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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
March 3, 2015.
Conference Room #119
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, Police Chief Tom Hillen, Deputy Administrator Rich Houtteman, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Parks & Recreation Director Val Romeo, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, and Assistant City Engineer Dan VanderHeide.
STORM WATER RULES.
Assistant City Engineer VanderHeide reviewed the proposed EPA Storm water rules, with the MDEQ administering those rules. He explained the current rules and how the proposed rules would require much more land to be used as a retention pond and the detrimental economic effect it would have on development. He explained there is a period in which the City is able to propose alternative rules and wait until the review process allows the modifications and then the City Commission will need to amend the Storm water Ordinance. Mayor Kepley along with other commissioners spoke on how draconian these new proposed rules are and requested staff to work to obtain alternative methods to those proposed rules.
Mayor Kepley informed the Commission of a proposed new organization, the Kentwood Community Foundation. He stated the three board members of the Kentwood Private Foundation established by Cora Bowen Stauffer approved the use of a consultant to create a public foundation and the implementation of a Steering Committee. The Committee would decide the goals and objectives of the new Kentwood Community Foundation. The idea is to raise enough funds to provide an annual investment which would support various programs throughout the city. If financial goals could not be reached, the findings of the Steering Committee could be used to set parameters for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to disperse the remaining private foundation funds. Mayor Kepley informed the Commission that a resolution will be presented at the next City Commission Meeting to allow the Mayor to pursue both the public foundation objectives and establishing a non-profit 501c3 status to support fund raising initiatives for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Mayor Pro-Tem Brown asked for any public comment. Resident Helder inquired of what will become of the vacant church/property the City had purchased. Staff provided information regarding the demolition of the building.
COMMISSIONER-AT-LARGE SECOND INTERVIEWS –
ED KAPE JR.
City Commissioners and Mayor Kepley had Ed Kape Jr. present a ten minute presentation regarding the three questions provided in advance of the interview, then asked eight questions not known in advance.
The Committee of the Whole was adjourned to the City Commission at 6:48 p.m.
Reconvened from City Commission at 8:00 p.m.
City Commissioner and Mayor Kepley had Ron Woods present a ten minute presentation regarding the three questions provided in advance of the interview, then asked eight questions not known in advance.
City Commissioners and Mayor Kepley had Steve Redmond present a ten minute presentation regarding the three questions provided in advance of the interview, then asked eight questions not known in advance.
The Committee discussed the three candidates and then voted:
Motion by DeMaagd, seconded by Artz, to pursuant to Section 14.7 of the City Charter, to appoint Steve Redmond to complete the term of office for the seat vacated by Commissioner at large Sharon Brinks, and to approve the appointment at the City Commission’s regular meeting of March 17, 2015.
Kepley and Haas dissenting.
Mayor Kepley informed the Commission he will vote in favor of appointing Redmond to Commissioner-At-Large at the City Commission Meeting on March 17th
The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 P.M.
Dan Kasunic Michael Brown
City Clerk Mayor Pro-Tem