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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
February 21, 2017
Conference Room #119
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, Public Works Director John Gorney, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Deputy Administrator Mark Rambo, Parks & Recreation Director Val Romeo, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, Deputy Police Chief Don Tuuri, and Assistant City Engineer Dan Vander Heide.
 
PLANNING DEPARTMENT:
 
  1. RECOMMENDATION FOR 2017-18 COMMUNTY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROJECTS.
Economic Development Planner Golder informed the Committee staff has determined the estimate for remodeling the Parks & Recreation kitchen is much higher than the funds currently allowed by Kent County for the FY 2017-18 CDBG projects. She stated that this project and the sidewalk fill-in project will be submitted if the kitchen is not able to be completed. She stated that if additional funds are not provided by the county then the City would need to find funds to complete the kitchen project. A discussion ensued. This item will be on tonight’s City Commission Meeting agenda.
 
MAYOR’S OFFICE:
 
  1. PROCESS TO FILL OPEN COMMISSIONER-AT-LARGE POSITION.
Deputy Administrator Rambo provided dates and timeline for proposed review of applications/resume’ and interviews and requested direction on how they want to do interview. The Committee decided all applications be sent to commissioners and then looked at different options from interviewing all to having the commissioners pick their top candidates and forwarding to Rambo who will assemble them and compile the scores and determine the top candidates.
 
POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS:
 
            POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Deputy Police Chief Tuuri reviewed the Monthly Statistical Report for January 2017.
 
 
 
FIRE DEPARTMENT.
            Fire Chief Looman reviewed the Monthly Activity Report for January 2017.
 
Chief Looman spoke of the implementation of new software and deployment of tablets. They have begun Fire Fighter testing and expect to have specification for a Fire Engine RFP, and will bring before the Commission in the coming month.
 
            PUBLIC COMMENT:
           
Scott Urbanowski spoke on inclusion of people when filling the vacant City Commission seat and he planned on submitting an application for the seat.
 
Public Works Director Gorney introduced the new Fleet Services Supervisor Jamie King who will replace Terry Pratt when he retires.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 P.M.
 
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                               Michael Brown
City Clerk                                                                   Mayor Pro-Tem