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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
Commissioner Haas led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Reverend Carolyn Cammenga, gave the invocation.
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Michael W. Brown, Robert Coughlin, Erwin Haas, Jerry DeMaagd, Steve Redmond and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Finance Director Tom Chase, Public Works Director John Gorney, Police Chief Tom Hillen, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Deputy Administrator Mark Rambo, Parks and Recreation Director Val Romeo, Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, and City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett.
Twenty-two (22) citizens and members of the news media attended the meeting.
Motion by Artz, seconded by DeMaagd, to approve the agenda
with the following addenda: add 7(c) authorize the Mayor to sign a contract for Gymnasium painting.
ACKNOWLEDGE VISITORS AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS:
Fire Fighter and union president spoke of the many volunteer efforts the Kentwood fire fighters are doing, including a coat drive, thanksgiving meals for families and Toys for Tots.
Representative Yonker provided an update to the Commission on transportation funding and new education requirements.
(All items under this section are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion with no discussion. If discussion is desired by a Commission member, that member may request removal of an item from the Consent Agenda.)
Motion by Haas, supported by Redmond, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
- Authorize tri-partite contract with Kent County, Sinclair Recreation and the City of Kentwood for the purchase of a play structure and accessories for Kelloggwoods Park for a total cost of $40,000.00 with funds from the Kent County Community Development Fund Block Grant.
- Payables for the City totaling $417,957.98.
- Authorize the Mayor to sign a contract with Kosters and De Vries Inc., for the painting of the Recreation Center gymnasium walls and ceiling, in the amount not to exceed $9,800.00, with funds from the FY 2015-16 Property and Building Fund budget.
Roll Call Vote: Yeas: All. Nays: None. Absent: None.
Motion by DeMaagd, supported by Brown, to approve the minutes
of the November 9, 2015 City Commission Meeting.
PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS:
ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE TO POLICE OFFICERS BYLSMA AND WHITE.
Police Chief Hillen introduced Police Officers Jeff Bylsma and John White.
City Clerk Kasunic administered the Oath of Office to Police Officers Bylsma and White who introduced friends and family in attendance.
APPROVE PURCHASE OF A ONE TON SILVERADO AND A TAHOE FROM BERGER CHEVROLET.
Fire Chief Looman reviewed his memorandum dated November 10, 2015 regarding the purchase of replacement vehicles, with two to replace three vehicles.
Motion by Artz, seconded by Brown, to authorize the purchase of a one-ton Silverado pickup truck and a 4WD Tahoe from Berger Chevrolet, at a cost of $30,955.00 and $37,618.00; with $19,732.00 in accessories, for a total cost of $97,350.00 with funds from the FY 2015-16 Fire Equipment Fund budget, piggybacking on an Oakland County contract.
AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF A TAHOE AND AN IMPLALA FROM BERGER CHEVROLET AND TWO TAURUSES FROM SIGNATURE FORD.
Police Chief Hillen reviewed his memorandum dated November 11, 2015 regarding the purchase of Police vehicles.
Motion by Coughlin, seconded by Brown, to authorize the purchase of one Chevrolet Tahoe and one Impala from Berger Chevrolet, in the amount of $35,941.00 and $17,648.00; and two Ford Taurus’s, from Signature Ford, in the amount of $39,064.00; with a $3,500.00 allowance for auxiliary equipment, for a total cost of $96,153.00, with funds from the FY 2015-16 Police Equipment Fund budget, piggy-backing on an Oakland County contract and the MI-Deal program.
ADOPT RESOLUTION 44–15 TO ACCEPT NEWLY CONSTRUCTED STREETS IN 2015 AS PUBLIC CITY STREETS.
City Engineer Bradshaw reviewed the streets the City is accepting and noted the increase in Act 51 funding because of the addition of streets.
Motion by Artz, supported by Haas, to adopt Resolution 44–15 to accept newly constructed streets in 2015 as Public City Streets.
Roll Call Vote: Yeas: All. Nays: None. Absent: None.
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
Commissioner Brown-noted he may be absent from the December 1st
City Commission Meeting.
Commissioner Coughlin-Informed the Commission that he will be absent for the December 1st
Commissioner Artz-Inquired when the Dog Park Grand Opening is; it is 10a.m. Saturday November 21st
Mayor Kepley-Informed the Commission the December 1st
City Commission meeting will be located at Challenger School on 52nd
Street; Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a politics and pints event November 23rd
at 5:00 p.m.; the Tree Lighting ceremony at the Library is December 1st
; the Volunteer reception is December 3rd
; the Santa Parade along Division is December 5th
; and the last day for leaf drop off is December 5th
The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 P.M.
Dan Kasunic Stephen C.N. Kepley
City Clerk Mayor