City Council Minutes

 

May, 2017

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan       

May 2, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor Kelly on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

Council Members Present:     Mayor James C. Kelly, Melissa A. Allen, George T. Kubin, Thomas L. Reed

                                               

Council Members Absent:      Jerry L. Church (excused)

City Manager:                         Kurt Giles

City Clerk:                              Mari Anne Ryder

Police Chief:                           Richard Ramereiz, Jr.

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Public Services Director – Keith Risdon, Mark Abbott – DPW Superintendent, Bobbie Marr – Finance Director

 

Mayor Kelly led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on April 18, 2017.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Claims & Accounts.

 

City Council discussed the Claims & Accounts.

 

Manager Giles stated there is a correction to the claims and accounts in the reduced amount of $267.22, which is sales tax that was charged by Worthy Electric.  The corrected amount of Claims and Accounts is $482,207.31.  This will also correct the Consent Agenda Item for payment to Worthy Electric less the sales tax.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve the Claims & Accounts in the corrected amount of $482,207.31.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the March, 2017 Monthly Minutes.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to receive the March, 2017 Monthly Minutes and place on file.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Cathy Roth, a resident on Prospect Street, inquired about the upcoming construction project.

 

Manager Giles stated there is a Public Meeting scheduled for May 18th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 

Consent Agenda.

Mayor Kelly requested approval of the following Consent Agenda items “a” through “b.”

 

a.      Payment to Worthy Electric for Electrical Service Relocation at former City Hall.

b.     Payment to FTC&H for Water Supply Project.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve the Consent Agenda items as corrected.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

New Business.

 

Cable Consortium Presentation.

 

Carey Hammel from MAC TV described the services provided by MAC TV both recent and upcoming productions.

 

City Council thanked Carey for the presentation.

 

Set Budget Work Session.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members set a Budget Work Session for the 2017/2018 Budget in May.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to set the Budget Work Session for the 2017/2018 Budget for May 24, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members set a Public Hearing for June 6, 2017 at 6 PM for the 2017/2018 Budget Adoption.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to set a Public Hearing for June 6, 2017 at 6 PM for the 2017/2018 Budget Adoption.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members set a Public Hearing for June 20, 2017 at 6 PM for  2016/2017 Budget Amendments.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Kubin, to set a Public Hearing for June 20, 2017 at 6 PM for the 2016/2017 Budget Amendments.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed Council of the following:

1.     There is an informational meeting scheduled for the Corinth/Prospect Street Project to be held on May 18, 2017 4-7 p.m.

2.     The Water Transmission Main Project meeting is May 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Alma Library.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz stated a multi-county training was held in the City Hall Training Room and all attendees were impressed with the facilities.  Discussions took place regarding St. Louis P.D. hosting future trainings and in return, St. Louis Officers will receive free seating at the training events that are hosted in St. Louis.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Kubin made mention of a resident that questioned the amount of parking spaces at the DeShano Construction Project.

 

Manager Giles stated there are more than the required amount of parking spaces in the approved site plan.

 

Mayor Kelly stated he attended the CPR/AED training that was recently held.  There were approximately 50 people in attendance and the training was very good.

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Kubin, to adjourn at 6:35 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan       

May 16, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor Kelly on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

Council Members Present:     Mayor James C. Kelly, Melissa A. Allen, George T. Kubin, Thomas L. Reed

                                               

Council Members Absent:      Jerry L. Church (excused)

City Manager:                         Kurt Giles

City Clerk:                              Mari Anne Ryder

Police Chief:                           Richard Ramereiz, Jr.

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Public Services Director – Keith Risdon, Mark Abbott – DPW Superintendent, Bobbie Marr – Finance Director, Rich Apps – Fire Chief, Phil Hansen – DDA Director, Steve Mann – Miller Canfield, Rosemary Horvath – Morning Sun, 33 Residents

 

Member Kubin led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Public Hearing – Establishing Special Assessment District.

 

Mayor Kelly Opened the Public Hearing at 6:01 p.m.

 

Manager Giles introduced Steve Mann of Miller Canfield.

 

Steve Mann gave a brief explanation of Act 33.

 

Mayor Kelly asked for Public Comments.

 

Several residents asked questions regarding Act 33.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Mayor Kelly Closed the Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m.

 

Resolution 2017-09 – Establishing Special Assessment District and Calling for Public Hearing  on distribution of Special Assessment Levy for June 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

The following preamble and resolution were offered by Member Kubin, and supported by Member Allen:

 

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of St. Louis, County of Gratiot, State of Michigan, pursuant to Act 33, Public Acts of Michigan, 1951, tentatively declared its intent to create a special assessment district to pay for certain costs and expenses of fire and police motor vehicles, apparatus, equipment, housing and operations (the “Assessed Costs”) and assess the costs thereof to the property specially benefitted by said fire and police protection in the special assessment district tentatively described in Exhibit A attached hereto and made a part hereof; and

 

WHEREAS, after due and legal notice, the City Council met on May 16, 2017, at 6:00 o’clock p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, and heard all persons in interest therein at said first hearing with respect to the estimates of Assessed Costs and on the question of creating the special assessment district therefor; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council desires to proceed with the establishment of the special assessment district; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council desires to fix the day for a hearing on objections to the distribution of the special assessment levy. 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

1.         The City Council hereby determines that the provision of costs and expenses of fire and police motor vehicles, apparatus, equipment, housing and operations is necessary for the public health, safety and welfare of the City and shall be made and completed pursuant to Act 33.

2.         The City Council hereby approves the plans and estimate of Assessed Costs in the total sum of $94,200 for the first year's assessment, which shall be spread against the hereinafter named special assessment district pursuant to Act 33. 

3.         The City Council finally determines that said special assessment district shall consist of all of the lots and parcels of land described in Exhibit A attached hereto and made a part hereof, that the district shall be designated “St. Louis Fire and Police Special Assessment District” (the “District”), and that the existence of the District shall be maintained until all special assessments payable on the roll hereinafter described, as may be amended and continued from time to time, have been paid.

4.         There has been prepared a special assessment roll in which all the parcels of land to be assessed as above set forth are described, with the names of the owners thereof, if known, and the amount of the special assessment levy for fire and police protection costs and expenses against each parcel of land is shown.

5.         The assessments made in the Roll are hereby ordered and directed to be collected and the City Treasurer is directed to distribute the special assessment levy on the taxable value of all of the lands and premises in the District. 

6.         The City Council shall meet on June 6, 2017, at 6:00 o’clock p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, at the City of St. Louis Municipal Offices, 300 North Mill Street, St. Louis, Michigan, at which time and place the City Council shall hear objections to the distribution of the special assessment levy.

7.         The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause notice of such hearing to be published twice prior to said hearing in the Morning Sun, a newspaper of general circulation in the City, the first publication to be at least ten (10) days before the time of hearing and the second publication to be at least one (1) day before the time of the hearing, and the City Clerk shall cause notice of said hearing to be mailed by first-class mail to all record owners of or persons in interest in property in the special assessment district as shown on the last City tax assessment records of the City at least ten (10) days before the date of said hearing.

8.         Said notice shall be in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit B.9.

9.         All resolutions and parts of resolutions insofar as they conflict with the provisions of this resolution be and the same hereby are rescinded.

 

AYES:   Kubin, Allen, Reed, Kelly

 

NAYS:  None

           

RESOLUTION DECLARED ADOPTED.

                                                                                   

EXHIBIT A

 

Special Assessment District

 

The special assessment district shall consist of all lots and parcels of land within the City of St. Louis, County of Gratiot, Michigan.

 

 


EXHIBIT B

 

Public Hearing Notice

 

NOTICE OF HEARING ON DISTRIBUTION OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENT LEVY
FOR FIRE AND POLICE ASSESSED COSTS AND EXPENSES

BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF

THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS
 
TO ALL OWNERS OF THE

FOLLOWING-DESCRIBED LANDS:

All lots and parcels of land within the City of St. Louis, County of Gratiot, Michigan.
 

 

TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to the provisions of Act 33, Public Acts of Michigan, 1951, as amended, a special assessment roll has been prepared and is on file in the office of the City Clerk for public examination.  Said special assessment roll has been prepared for the purpose of assessing the cost of fire and police protection costs and expenses.  

            PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council will meet on Tuesday, the 6th day of June, 2017, at 6:00 o’clock p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, at the City of St. Louis Municipal Offices, 300 North Mill Street, St. Louis, Michigan, to hear objections to the distribution of the special assessment levy.

 

            TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that appearance and protest at this hearing is required in order to appeal the amount of the special assessment to the State Tax Tribunal if an appeal should be desired.  A property owner or party in interest, or his or her agent, may appear in person at the hearing to protest the special assessment or may file his or her appearance by letter delivered to the City Clerk by Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and his or her personal appearance shall not be required.  The property owner or any person having an interest in the property subject to the proposed special assessment may file a written appeal of the special assessment with the State Tax Tribunal within thirty-five days after confirmation of the special assessment roll if that special assessment was protested at this hearing.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on May 2, 2017 with changing the spelling of a resident’s name and correcting “budget” under Set Work Session.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Claims & Accounts.

 

City Council discussed the Claims & Accounts.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the Claims & Accounts in the amount of $364,776.23.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Reports.

 

City Council discussed the April, 2017 Monthly Reports.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to receive the April, 2017 Monthly Reports and place on file.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Audience Recognition.

 

None.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

Mayor Kelly requested approval of the following Consent Agenda items “a” through “d.”

 

a.      Payment to Spicer Group for SAW Grant Implementation.

b.     Payment to GAWA for Water Supply Project.

c.      Payment to FTC&H for Water Supply Project.

d.     Payment to Ward’s Excavating for Manhole Repair Project.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Kubin, to approve Consent Agenda items “a” through “d.”  All ayes carried the motion.

 

New Business.

 

Approve Flag Day Ceremony.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for the Gleaners to hold a Flag Day Ceremony at City Hall on June 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Kubin, to approve the Flag Day Ceremony.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Playground Equipment Purchase – Lincoln Park.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for playground equipment for Lincoln Park from GameTime in the amount of $5,985.48 and Bluegrass Playgrounds in the amount of $1,163.92 for a total purchase price in the amount of $7,149.40, which will be reimbursed by grant funds from Gratiot County Community Foundation.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the purchase of playground equipment for Lincoln Park in the amount of $7,149.40.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) Safety Program Renewal.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members the Proposal from MECA for 2018-2020 Safety Program Renewal in the amount of $11,310.00 per year.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to approve the Proposal from to MECA for 2018-2020 Safety Program Renewal in the annual amount of $11,310.00 per year.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Addition to the Agenda.

 

Appoint Kurt Giles to the Gratiot County Airport Authority Board, a 4-year term.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to appoint Kurt Giles to the Gratiot County Airport Authority Board.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

None.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz stated May 21, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. is the Police Memorial Service; code violation issues have been addressed and tickets were issued; the Memorial Day Parade is May 29th at 10:00 a.m.

 

Council Comments.

 

Mayor Kelly stated he was pleased with the audience expressing interest in the assessment and it was good to see involvement.

 

Public Comments.

 

Resident Gary Smith requested authorization for the Annual Fishing Derby.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed to approve the Annual Fishing Derby to be held June 10, 2017.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Chief Ramereiz stated he received a request for the Memorial Day Parade after the Agenda was completed. 

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Kubin to approve the Memorial Day Parade to be held May 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to adjourn at 8:00 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan       

May 24, 2017

 

The special meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Wednesday, May 24, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers

 

Council Members Present:     Mayor James C. Kelly, Melissa A. Allen, George T. Kubin, Thomas L. Reed

                                               

Council Members Absent:      Jerry L. Church (excused)

City Manager:                         Kurt Giles

City Clerk:                              Mari Anne Ryder

Police Chief:                           Richard Ramereiz Jr.

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – DPW Superintendent, Bobbie Marr – Finance Director, Jessica Little – Library Director, Mark Abbott – DPW Superintendent, Mike Parsons – Electric Foreman 
 

Member Reed led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

Discuss 2017/2018 Budget.

 

Finance Director Marr reviewed the projected 2017/2018 proposed budget with City Council Members.

 

The 2017/2018 Budget will be presented for adoption at the June 6, 2017 City Council Meeting.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to adjourn at 11:37 a. m.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

 

   
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