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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
February 7, 2017
Kentwood Library, Community Room
5:30 P.M.
 
Present: Commissioners: Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Brown, Betsy Artz, Robert Coughlin, Jerry DeMaagd, Erwin Haas, and Mayor Stephen Kepley. Also 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, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Deputy Administrator Mark Rambo, Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, and Assistant City Engineer Dan Vander Heide.
 
PLANNING DEPARTMENT:
 
  1. 2017-18 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT POTENTIAL PROJECTS DISCUSSION.
Economic Development Planner Golder noted the interest of the Commission to prioritize the list to have the kitchen remodeled; however, because staff could only estimate the cost of remodel, the sidewalk fill-in program was also listed as an option. With clarification of how the cost of that program can vary. Planner Golder reminded the Committee the public hearing for the CDBG grant process will be held at the February 21, 2017 City Commission meeting, with the application due February 24th to the county.
 
Motion by Coughlin, seconded by DeMaagd, to recommend the projects (Kitchen Renovation at the Activities Center and the Sidewalk Fill-in Project) for the Community Development Block Grant Projects for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
FINANCE DEPARTMENT:
  1. NOVEMBER 2016 GENERAL REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE REPORT.
Finance Director Chase informed the Committee the two departments that are ahigher percentage than the 41.9% were City General because of payment of bonds and because of the large turnout of the November General Election.
 
            Motion by DeMaagd, seconded by Haas, to receive and file the November 2016 General Revenue and Expenditure Report, subject to the audit.
 
                                                                                                Motion Carried.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT:
 
Commissioner DeMaagd informed the committee as to not violate the Open Meetings Act by sending an e-mail handed out his preference for the type of curb he would like to see on Wing Avenue.
 
Mayor Kepley explained his preference of another type of curb.
 
Fire Chief Looman informed the Committee of the cost of repair for the Engine that was involved in an accident is higher than expected but is covered by insurance.
 
The Committee reviewed the informational memo from Finance Director Chase on the budget timeline.
 
Commissioner Haas suggested the City build a cheap road for the proposed Breton Road extension to take the traffic away from Wing Ave. A short discussion ensued.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd inquired about adding Engleside road onto the Schedule of Capital Improvements as an unscheduled project to improve it from gravel to asphalt.
 
Mayor Kepley informed the Committee that the residents would need to pay for the improvements and explained the reason.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 6:10 P.M.
 
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                               Michael Brown
City Clerk                                                                   Mayor Pro-Tem