City Council Minutes

 

July, 2017

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan       
 July 5, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, July 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

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

                                               

Council Members Absent:      None

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, Jessica Little Library Director, Rosemary Horvath Gratiot County Herald

 

Member Kubin led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on June 20, 2017.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Claims & Accounts.

 

City Council discussed the Claims & Accounts.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve the Claims & Accounts in the amount of $1,167,914.29.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the June, 2017 Monthly Minutes.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to receive the June, 2017 Monthly Minutes 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 No. 2 to Crawford Contracting for Wells 10 & 11.

b.     Payment No. 2 to J.R. Heineman for Wells 10 & 11 Well Houses.

c.      Payment to Spicer Group for SAW Grant.

d.     Payment to Central Asphalt for 2017 Pavement Project.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the Consent Agenda items a through d.

All ayes carried the motion.

 

New Business.

 

Appointment to DDA Board.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Member approve the appointment of Carla McDaid to the DDA Board.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Allen, to appoint Carla McDaid to the DDA Board.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Resolution 2017-15 Water/Sewer Rates.

 

Manager Giles requested adoption of Resolution 2017-15 Water/Sewer Rates.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to raise rates for water usage to the following:

These rates shall be effective for all bills due and payable October 1, 2017, and thereafter:

            (a)       Gallons per month                  Min.    Charge per 1,000 Gallons

                               Base                                                        $16.20

                        First    20,000                                                 $3.24

                        Next    180,000                                               $3.05

                        Over    200,000                                               $2.93

            A separate meter may be installed, at the customers expense, to measure water used FOR cooling purposes.  If water is used for cooling purposes, and the water is not discharged to a sanitary sewer wastewater charges are not  
           applicable.

(b)   To the above commodity charge established in subsection (a), there shall be added a monthly service charge to cover billing costs, installation and maintenance of meters, based on meter size as follows:

 

Meter Size                                          Monthly Charge

5/8 inch                                                           $3.64

3/4 inch                                                           $4.16

1 inch                                                              $4.76

1 inch                                                          $5.12

1 inch                                                          $5.59

2 inch                                                              $9.08

3 inch                                                              $12.20

4 inch                                                              $21.19

6 inch                                                              $32.90

8 inch                                                              $45.90

(c)       For non-metered flat rate customers, within the City, the charge shall be a  

                  minimum of $38.46, which shall include the monthly service charge.

(d)       For flat rate customers, outside the City, the charge shall be a minimum of  

            $76.94 per month, which shall include the monthly service charge or base rates.

(e)             For customers outside the corporate limits, the charges shall be double the city commodity rate and service charge based on meter size when no rate agreement exists between the City and the Township.

 

(f)              All other charges in effect shall remain the same.

 

Sewer Rate Schedule

(a)        The monthly sewer bill shall be based on the water usage at the following   

     rates:

                    Base                                                        $7.26 minimum

                                                                                    $5.66 per 1,000 gallons

                                    Non-metered customers                                 $37.85

            Non-metered, non-City residents,

            When no rate agreement exists between

            the City and Township                                   $68.01

(b)    All other charges in effect shall remain the same.

 

The vote on the foregoing resolution was as follows:

Ayes:    Reed, Church, Allen, Kubin                                                     

Nays:   None

Abstain:  Kelly  

Resolution Declared Adopted.

Resolution 2017-16 Electric Rates

 

Manager Giles requested adoption of Resolution 2017-16 Electric Rates.

 

Discussion was held.

 

The following preamble and resolution was offered by Member Kubin, and supported by Member Reed:

 

Residential Service

Rate A-1

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                       @ $7.21                   per month

            Energy Charge                           @ $0.053183           per kwh

Generation & Transmission Service    

            Energy Charge:                         @ $0.0669794          per kwh

Energy Optimization Charge:              @   $0.00225            per kwh

Residential Water Heater Service

Rate A-2

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                       @ $7.21                   per month

            Energy Charge                           @ $0.053183           per kwh

Generation & Transmission Service    

            Energy Charges:

                        First 250 kwh                 @ $0.069794           per kwh

                        Next 400 kwh                @ $0.061929           per kwh

                        Over 650 kwh                @ $0.069794           per kwh

Energy Optimization Charge:               @   $0.00225           per kwh

Residential Electric Heat Service

Rate A-3

Distribution Charge

            Customer Charge                                @ $7.21          per month

            Energy Charge                                    @ $0.053183  per kwh

Generation & Transmission Service 

            Energy Charges

                        First 600 kwh                          @ $0.069764  per kwh

                        Over 600 kwh (Nov.-May)     @ $0.061929  per kwh

                        Over 600 kwh (June-Oct.)      @ $0.069794  per kwh

Energy Optimization Charge:                        @ $0.00225    per kwh

Residential All Electric Service

Rate A-4

Distribution Charge

            Customer Charge                                @ $7.21          per month

            Energy Charge                                    @ $0.053183  per kwh

Generation & Transmission Service

            Energy Charges:

                        First 250 kwh                          @ $0.069794  per kwh

                        Next 400 kwh                         @ $0.061929  per kwh

                        Over 600 kwh (Nov.-May)     @ $0.063452   per kwh

                        Over 600 kwh (June-Oct.)      @ $0.069794  per kwh

Energy Optimization Charge:                        @   $0.00225  per kwh

General Service

Rate B

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                                @ $16.62        per month

            Energy Optimization Charge:             @ $4.09          per month

            Energy Charge                                    @$.026943     per kwh

Generation & Transmission Service:

            Energy Charge                                    @ $0.123491  per kwh

General Service

Rate C

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                    @ $34.66                    per month

            Energy Optimization Charge: @ $70.20                    per month

            Demand Charge:

              First 100 kw                          @ $2.80                      per billing kw

              Over 100 kw                         @ $0.4666925            per billing kw

            Energy Charge           

First 180 kWh per kw             @ $.045203                per kWh

              Over 180 kWh per kw          @ $0.031122              per kWh

Generation & Transmission Service:

            Demand Charge:

              All kw                                   @ $ 10.51                   per billing kw

            Energy Charge:

              All kw                                   @ $0.042084              per kWh

Large Power

Rate D

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                    @ $34.66                    per month

            Energy Optimization Charge: @ $452.02                  per month

            Demand Charge                      @ $8.34                      per billing kw

            Primary Service Discount       @ $1.56                      per billing kw

            Energy Charge                        @ $0.010899              per kWh

Generation & Transmission Service:

            Demand Charge

              First 100 kw                          @ $5.07                      per billing kw

              Next 1,900 kw                      @ $2.73                      per billing kw

              Over 2,000 kw                      @ $0.498393              per billing kw

Energy Charge

              First 180 kWh per kw           @ $0.070823              per kWh

              Over 180 kWh per kw          @ $0.062139              per kWh

The vote on the foregoing resolution was as follows:

Ayes:     Kubin, Reed, Allen, Church                                               

Nays:      None

Abstain:  Kelly 

Resolution Declared Adopted.

Resolution 2017-17 Solid Waste Rate.

 

Manager Giles requested adoption of Resolution 2017-17 Solid Waste Rate.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to raise rates for Solid Waste Collection to $13.77 and Hazardous Waste Collection to 0.26. 

These rates shall be effective as of August 1, 2017 and thereafter.

Ayes:  Allen, Church, Kubin, Reed, Kelly

Nays:  None

Resolution Declared Adopted.

Resolution 2017-18 Yard Waste Collection Rate.

 

Manager Giles requested adoption of Resolution 2017-18 Yard Waste Collection Rate.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to raise rates for Yard Waste Collection to $11.13.

These rates shall be effective as of August 1, 2017, and thereafter:

Ayes:   Allen, Church, Kubin, Reed, Kelly

Nays:   None

Resolution Declared Adopted.

Blues Festival Request from Middle of the Mitten.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for the Blues Festival to be held August 18 & 19 with Hospitality Tent and closing the 200 block of North Mill Street from 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 17th until Sunday, August 20th at 5:00 p.m.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to approve the request from the Middle of the Mitten Association to hold the Blues Festival August 18 & 19 with Hospitality Tent and closing the 200 block of North Mill Street from 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 17th until Sunday, August 20th at 5:00 p.m. 

 

Ayes:  Kubin, Reed, Allen, Church

Nays:  Kelly

Motion Carried.

 

Purchase of Dump Truck.

 

Manager Giles requested approval to purchase a 2017 Dodge Dump Truck for DPW from Lafontaine Chrysler in the amount of $66,802.60.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to purchase a 2017 Dodge Dump Truck from Lafontaine Chrysler in the amount of $66,802.60.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Proposal for Switchgear Replacement Project.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the proposal from Theka/Newkirk for the completion of the Switchgear Replacement Project in the amount of $67,750.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Reed, to approve the proposal from Theka for the completion of the Switchgear Replacement Project in the amount of $67,750.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Switchgear Replacement Project Updated Contract Price.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the updated contract price for the Switchgear Replacement Project in the amount of $35,994.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the updated contract price for the Switchgear Replacement Project in the amount of $35,994.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Water System Asset Management Program.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the Proposal from FTC&H for Professional Services for the Water System Asset Management Program in an amount not to exceed $20,300.00.

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Kubin, to approve the Proposal from FTC&H for Professional Services for the Water System Asset Management Program in an amount not to exceed $20,300.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed Council Members that the Wilson Blvd. house has been moved and the former City Hall is close to being put on the market.

  

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz informed Council Members that an Officer is currently on medical leave and the Fireworks event went well.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Reed inquired about blight at a property on Pine and Saginaw Streets.  Chief Ramereiz will meet with the Community Services Coordinator to discuss the issue.

 

Mayor Kelly stated he enjoyed the Fireworks and the concert in Clapp Park.

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to adjourn at 6:55 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan       
 July 18, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

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

                                               

Council Members Absent:      None

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, Tom Alcamo US EPA, Matt Baltusis MDEQ, Rosemary Horvath Gratiot County Herald

 

Member Reed led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on July 5, 2017 as corrected.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Claims & Accounts.

 

City Council discussed the Claims & Accounts.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to approve the Claims & Accounts in the amount of $410,557.81.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Reports.

 

City Council discussed the June, 2017 Monthly Reports.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Tom Alcamo updated Council Members on the Velsicol Plant site activities.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

Mayor Kelly requested approval/receipt of the following Consent Agenda items a through g.

 

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

b.     Payment to Spicer for SAW Grant Services Feb. - April.

c.      Payment to Spicer for SAW Grant Services April May.

d.     Payment to Rowe for Prospect/Corinth Project.

e.      Payment to Gametime for Playground Equipment.

f.      Payment to Lafontaine Chrysler for 2017 Dump Truck.

g.     Information regarding Bio-Solids.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve the Consent Agenda items a through g. All ayes carried the motion.

 

New Business.

 

Request to use Clapp Park.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Member approve the request from Dalis Hitchcock to hold a Pet-a-Palooza Carnival Event in Clapp Park on Saturday, August 19th.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the request to use Clapp Park.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Digester Sludge Recirculation Pumps.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for Jett Pump & Valve to replace two recirculation pumps in the amount of $29,623.90.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve Jett Pump & Valve to replace two recirculation pumps in the amount of $29,623.90.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Street Sweeper Repairs.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for the repair of the brakes on Street Sweeper by Bell Equipment in an amount not to exceed $8,300.00. 

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve the repair of the Street Sweeper brakes by Bell Equipment in an amount not to exceed $8,300.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Discuss Union Street Lift Station Bids.

 

Manager Giles stated two bids were received for repair to the Union Street Lift Station. Isabella Corporation the low bidder at $147,295.00.  Since then, the pump controls were adjusted and the pump is now working. Manager Giles did not recommend going forward with the bid award at this time.

 

City Manager Report.

 

None.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz informed Council Members that the blight issue discussed at the last meeting is being addressed and the Police Department is currently short staffed and scheduling is being adjusted to accommodate the staffing issues.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Kubin stated he will not be in attendance at the August 1st Council Meeting.

 

Member Allen stated she appreciated staff attending the Council Meetings.

 

Member Church asked with the retirement of Steve Mepham is the remaining staff held enough licensing.  Manager Giles stated the rest of the staff held the licenses needed.

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

 

 

   
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