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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
December 6, 2016
Conference Room #119
5:30 P.M.
 
Present: Commissioners: Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Brown, Betsy Artz, Jerry DeMaagd, Erwin Haas, Steve Redmond 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, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, City Treasurer Laurie Sheldon, and City Attorney Jeff Sluggett.
 
PLANNING DEPARTMENT:
 
  1. RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES TAX ABATEMENT CLAW BACK POLICY.
Economic Development Planner Golder reviewed the current claw back policy and the specifics of the proposed changes. City Attorney Sluggett noted he had completed a legal review. Deputy Administrator Rambo spoke of being business friendly and wanting to be operational consistent.
 
Motion by DeMaagd, seconded by Redmond, to recommend to the City Commission to adopt a policy regarding Claw Back Policy for Tax Abatements.
 
                                                                        Motion Carried.
 
MAYOR’S OFFICE:
 
  1. DISTRIBUTIVE ANTENNA SYSTEMS (DAS) ORDINANCE, LICENSE AND FEES REVIEW-INFORMATION ONLY.
City Attorney Sluggett and Deputy Administrator Rambo reminded the Committee of the DAS Ordinance that had been adopted a few months prior. This proposed ordinance and other documents are to provide needed procedures to issue permits and to be consistent with the other eighteen surrounding communities. Noting this set standards and design elements built into the Zoning Code. Planner Golder clarified the requirements if these were to be installed on private property and that the Planning Commission is also reviewing these proposed procedures. No action required at this time.
 
KENTWOOD 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE:
 
City Treasurer Sheldon, co-chair of the 50th Celebration along with City Commissioner Betsy Artz, provided a brief review of the planned events, noting these events cover two fiscal periods.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by DeMaagd, to recommend to the City Commission to authorize the Kentwood 50th Anniversary Committee to proceed with Kentwood 50th Anniversary Celebration activities at an estimated cost of $89,000.00 to be paid from the General Fund-City General Activity-Community Activities account in the FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd thanked City Engineer for the work he and staff did on the Wing Ave. workshop. There was an inquiry on the cost the City incurred for the new traffic signals being installed on Breton Avenue and 44th Street. City Engineer Bradshaw informed the Committee that 80% had been paid by the Federal government, and of the 20% left, 75% was paid by City of Grand Rapids.
 
Commissioner Brown expressed his views regarding why all inspectors check building for the minimum standards, so that the tragedy that happened in Oakland, CA. does not happen here, and it bothers him because they are looked at as the bad guys when those structures do not meet those standards.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd inquired of the recent change on the Bond Market with Finance Director Chase.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 6:42 P.M.
 
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                               Michael Brown
City Clerk                                                                   Mayor Pro-Tem