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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD DECEMBER 5, 2017
Commission Chambers
 
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:05 P.M.
 
Commissioner Brown led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
 
Reverend James Kralt of East Paris Christian Reformed Church gave the invocation.
 
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Emily Bridson, Michael W. Brown, Richard Clanton, Robert Coughlin, Thomas McKelvey, and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Finance Director Tom Chase, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, Public Works Director John Gorney, Police Chief Tom Hillen, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Deputy Administrator Mark Rambo, Deputy Police Chief Richard Roberts, Parks and Recreation Director Val Romeo, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, and City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett.
 
Fifteen (15) citizens and members of the news media attended the meeting.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by Brown, to approve the agenda with the following addenda: add 7(c) approval of contracts regarding Parks & Recreation Department, and 9(a) Oath of Police Officer.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
ACKNOWLEDGE VISITORS AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS:
 
Several South Christian students introduced themselves.
 
CONSENT AGENDA:
 
Motion by Brown, seconded by Clanton, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
  1. Receive and file minutes of the Committee of the Whole Meeting held on November 21, 2017.
  2. Payables for the City totaling $1,244,094.02.
  3. Approval of contracts for Business Plan update with Pros Consulting and Parks Master Planning Services with M.C. Smith & Associates Group for Parks and Recreation.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                   
Motion by Artz, seconded by McKelvey, to approve the minutes of the November 21, 2017 City Commission Meeting.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS:
 
OATH OF OFFICE FOR POLICE OFFICER QUINN D’ASCENZO
Police Chief Hillen introduced Police Officer D’Ascenzo. City Clerk Kasunic administered the Oath of Office and Officer D’Ascenzo introduced family and friends who were present.
 
PUBLIC HEARING:
 
CDBG.
Mayor Kepley opened the public hearing to adopt a resolution approving the submission of an RFP for a CDBG eligible project for FY 2018-19.
 
Following a brief presentation by Economic Development Planner Golder:
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by McKelvey, to close the public hearing.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 43–17 TO APPROVE THE CITY OF KENTWOOD APPLICATION FOR KENT COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS FOR THE VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK SPLASH PAD REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT.
Motion by Artz, seconded by Brown, to adopt Resolution 43–17 to submit the Veteran Park Splash Pad Redevelopment project for CDBG funding for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in the amount of 75% of project cost or $727,366.00.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent:  None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
BIDS:
 
AUTHORIZE REPAIR TO THE PLATFORM 51 FIRE APPARATUS BY APOLLO FIRE EQUIPMENT COMPANY.
Fire Chief Looman explained that some repairs are needed based on a third party inspection of the apparatus.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by Coughlin, to authorize repairs to the Platform 51 fire apparatus using Apollo Fire Equipment Company, in an amount not to exceed $7,900.00 (including an approximately 10% contingency), with funds FY 2017-18 Fire Equipment Fund budget.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
RESOLUTIONS:
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 44–17 TO ESTABLISH CITY COMMISSION MEETING DATES FOR THE 2018 CALENDAR YEAR.
Motion by Coughlin, seconded by McKelvey, to adopt Resolution 44–17 to establish City Commission Meeting Dates for the 2018 calendar year.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.   Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 45–17 TO AUTHORIZE CONSUMERS ENERGY TO MAKE CHANGES IN LIGHTING SERVICE FOR WILDFLOWER CREEK STREETLIGHTING.
Motion by Artz, seconded by Brown, to adopt Resolution 45–17 to authorize Consumers Energy to make changes in lighting service for Wildflower Creek streetlighting.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.   Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 46–17 TO AUTHORIZE CONSUMERS ENERGY TO MAKE CHANGES IN LIGHTING SERVICE FOR 5720 MADISON STREETLIGHT.
Motion by Artz, seconded by McKelvey, to adopt Resolution 46–17 to authorize Consumers Energy to make changes in lighting service for 5720 Madison streetlight.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.   Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
 
Commissioner Coughlin-Absent for the December 19th City Commission Meeting.
 
Mayor Kepley-Reminded everyone of the Volunteer Reception on Thursday and of the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                                           Stephen C.N. Kepley
City Clerk                                                                               Mayor