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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
December 16, 2014
Conference Room #119
Present: Commissioners: Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Brown, Betsy Artz, Sharon R. Brinks, Robert Coughlin, Jerry DeMaagd, Erwin Haas and Mayor Stephen Kepley. Also present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Finance Director Tom Chase, Economic Planner Lisa Golder, Police Chief Tom Hillen, Deputy Administrator Rich Houtteman, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Assistant Planner Joe Pung, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Parks & Recreation Coordinator Val Romeo, Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, and Public Works Director Ron Woods.
CGAP GRANT-COLLABORATIVE WATER AND ICE RESCUE RESPONSE TEAM.
Fire Chief Looman referred to his memorandum dated November 26, 2014 regarding the grant, the participants and the department’s inadequate equipment needed for water rescue.
Motion by Haas, seconded by DeMaagd, to recommend to the City Commission to adopt a resolution accepting the Competitive Grant Assistance Program (CGAP) Grant.
FARMER’S MARKET FEASIBILITY STUDY-PRESENTATION.
Economic Development Planner Golder and City Commissioner Coughlin gave a power point presentation regarding the Farmer’s Market Feasibility Study. They noted the meetings with the State, Farmer’s Market Association, and other individuals and referred to the Park & Recreation study along with an EDC plan that wanted a market for the residents. They explained the Mission Statement, informed of market analysis, potential locations, suppliers-producers analysis and visited other markets. They explained they need to set a budget, set hours and training, but wanted feedback from the Commission if staff should continue to work on this project. The Committee inquired on several issues and concerns but were overall in favor of continuing on this project.
CITY OF KENTWOOD EMPLOYEE PENSION PLAN-STATEMENT OF INVESTMENT POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND OBJECTIVES.
Finance Director Chase explained the proposed new investment plan, reviewed the process, potential cost savings and requested approval. The Committee asked several questions of the new model.
Motion by Artz, seconded by Haas, to recommend to the City Commission to authorize the Mayor and Finance Director to implement the City of Kentwood Employee Pension Plan Statement of Investment Policies, Procedures and Objectives, subject to review by City Attorney.
WETLAND MITIGATION VIA CONSERVATION EASEMENT FOR 4360 BROOKMERE DR., SE.
City Engineer Bradshaw provided a brief power point presentation showing the land that is being proposed for wetland mitigation and the reasons for the conservation easement.
Motion by DeMaagd, seconded by Artz, to recommend to the City Commission to authorize the Mayor to execute a conservation easement to the State of Michigan in order to achieve the wetland mitigation the City owes.
POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS:
Police Chief Hillen reviewed the monthly report, spoke on the PRICE Program that had been implemented. Informed the Committee of the Courtesy Security Awareness Program, informed them of businesses that sold alcohol to minors and of the department participation in the Toys for Tots Program.
Fire Chief Looman reviewed the monthly report. Spoke of injuries to two firefighters and of the major fire the week prior.
A brief discussion ensued regarding the house that burned and the process of demolition.
Finance Director Chase informed the Committee of the FITCH rating for the City of Kentwood that showed a double A plus rating.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 P.M.
Dan Kasunic Michael Brown
City Clerk Mayor Pro-Tem