City Council Minutes

 

August, 2017

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 August 1, 2017

 

The Special Meeting of the St. Louis City Council and the St. Louis Public School Board was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

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

 

Council Members Absent:      George T. Kubin (excused)

City Manager:                         Kurt Giles

City Clerk:                              Mari Anne Ryder

Police Chief:                           Richard Ramereiz, Jr.

 

Others in Attendance:

 

City Staff – Phil Hansen – DDA Director, Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – DPW Superintendent

 

St. Louis Public Schools – Shane Brooks, Jennifer McKittrick, Eugene Binder, Ernie Teall,          

                                           Stephanie Binder, Charles Clevenger, Kristi Teall, Carrie Salladay,           

                                           Don Kelley, Greg Walterhouse

 

Superintendent Teall introduced St. Louis Public School Board Members and Staff.

 

Member Allen lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

The following topics were discussed:

 

a.       Summer Feeding Program – Pool Site and Future Plans

b.      Homecoming and Community Tailgate Party

c.       Community Clean Up

d.      Baseball Field and Athletic Field Situation

e.       City Projects

f.        Other

 

Next Meeting Date – Monday, January 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Allen to adjourne at 5:51 p.m.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 August 1, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, August 1, 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,  Thomas L. Reed

                                               

Council Members Absent:      George T. Kubin (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, Matt Baltusis - MDEQ

 

Member Church 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 July 18, 2017.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Claims & Accounts.

 

City Council discussed the Claims & Accounts.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the Claims & Accounts in the amount of $1,065,588.97.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the July, 2017 Monthly Minutes.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Matt Baltusis asked Council Members if they had any questions for him or if they have had any concerns from residents.  There were none.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

 

a.       Payment to J.R. Heineman for Wells 10 & 11 Well Houses.

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

c.       Payment No. 3 to Crawford Contracting for Wells 10 & 11 Raw Water Transmission Main.

d.      Contract Modification No. 1 for Wells 10 & 11 Raw Water Main Transmission.

e.       Payment to Bader & Sons for John Deere Tractor with Loader.

f.        Payment to Bader & Sons for 3 Mowers with Trade In.

g.      Receive Cable Consortium Minutes.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Confirm Verbal Approval of Officer/Officer Delegate and Employee/Employee Delegate for MERS Conference.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Member approve Mike Parsons as Officer Delegate, Teresa Ward as Alternate, Dave Giles as Employee Delegate and Jeff Fisher as Alternate to attend the MERS Conference.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to confirm approval of the above listed employees to attend the MERS Conference.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Request from American Legion.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for temporary road closures for the Boots for Heroes 5K run/walk to be held on September 9, 2017 beginning at 8:46 a.m..

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve the request from the American Legion Post for the 5K run/walk.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Purchase of Pressure Washer.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for the purchase of a pressure washer for DPW from Gilbert Sales in an amount of $5,200.00. 

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the purchase of a pressure washer from Gilberts Sales in the amount of $5,200.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Purchase of Harley Rake.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for the purchase of a Harley Rake for DPW from Bader and Sons in the amount of $8,000.00.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the purchase of a Harley Rake from Bader and Sons in the amount of $8,000.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Revised Quote for Digester Pumps.

 

Manager Giles requested Council revise their approval for the Digester Pumps from Jett Pump and Valve from the initial $29,623.90 to $30,485.71 due to the cost increase since the original quote was received.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Allen, to approve the revised quote for the Digester Pumps from Jett Pump and Valve in an additional amount of $861.81 for a total amount of $30,485.71.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed Council Members that the Huron Wind Project that was entered into with the MPPA has since proposed to change to Pegusus Wind Project in Tuscola County and a new Letter of Authorization will be brought to Council at the next meeting for Approval.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

None

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Reed inquired on the process of Employee Evaluations, Manager Giles stated they are usually performed in the Spring and that employees have not usually been asked to evaluate Supervisors.

 

Member Allen inquired on the status of signage at a business on M-46.  Manager Giles will continue following up on this matter.

 

Member Church asked if an Ordinance could be considered regarding campers parked throughout the City in the tree line.  Staff will review Ordinances in the surrounding area to see what other communities do.

 

Public Comments.

 

County Commission Jan Bunting entered the meeting at 6:50 and updated members on Gratiot County activities.

 

DPW Superintendent updated members on a catch basin issue on the corner of Devon and Essex.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to adjourn at 6:54 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 August 15, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, August 15, 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, Bobbie Marr – Finance Director, Matt Baltusis – MDEQ, Catherine Roth – Resident, Ralph Echtinaw – Resident

 

Member Kubin led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held on August 1, 2017 with St. Louis School Board Members.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on August 1, 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 $371,027.53.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Reports.

 

City Council discussed the July, 2017 Monthly Reports.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Resident Catherine Roth expressed issues she is having with the construction project on Prospect Street.

 

Matt Baltusis informed Council Members of the upcoming First Responders Meeting and the Public Information Meeting.  Also, additional funds for the Velsicol cleanup project are expected for next year.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

Mayor Kelly requested approval/receipt of the following Consent Agenda items “a” through “e”.

 

a.       Contract Modification No. 2 from Crawford Contracting for Wells 10 & 11 Water Supply Project.

b.      Change Order No. 3 from RCL Construction for Booster Pump Stations.

c.       Payment to Rowe for Prospect/Corinth Reconstruction.

d.      Payment to MDOT for Prospect/Corinth Reconstruction.

e.       Payment to Gilbert Sales for Pressure Washer.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Letter of Authorization – Pegasus Wind Project.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Member approve the Letter of Authorization from MPPA changing from the Huron Wind Project to Pegasus Wind Project in Tuscola County.  There are no changes in pricing.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the Letter of Authorization.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Phase 1 – Downtown Sidewalk Repairs.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the Proposal from Ultra Concrete Lifting for Phase 1 of Downtown Sidewalk Repairs in an amount of $12,000.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve the Proposal from Ultra Concrete Lifting for Phase 1 of Downtown Sidewalk Repairs in an amount not to exceed $12,000.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Pavement Markings.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for Pavement Markings on Major Streets by PK Contracting in the amount of $6,400.00.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to approve Pavement Markings on Major Streets by PK Contracting in the amount of $6,400.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Review, comment and approval of distribution of the proposed 2017 Gratiot County Master Plan.

 

Manager Giles stated a link to the draft Master Plan is on the webpage for Council’s review, comment and approval of distribution.

 

The Planning Commission approved the draft as presented with three changes pertaining to the Future Land Use Section.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve the distribution of the 2017 Gratiot County Master Plan.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve distribution of the 2017 Gratiot County Master Plan.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Purchase/Lease of Postage/Folding Machine.

 

Bobbie Marr explained issues with the current City Hall folding and postage machines.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the purchase of a Postage/Folding Machine from Neopost in the amount of $13,725.00 plus monthly maintenance fees totaling $25,385.40 over 5 years.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed members of a recent Training Seminar that was attended by staff regarding Medical Marijuana.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz informed Council of the following:

 

A part-time officer has been hired and there is another potential part-time employee that may be hired soon.

 

An audit of the LEIN System is scheduled for September.

 

There are parking issues in the industrial park and a request for a change in parking in that area is being considered for the next Agenda.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Church asked if there has been anyone interested in purchasing the former City Hall.  Manager Giles stated there are a couple of prospects.

 

Member Kubin inquired if anyone plans to attend the Fall MML Conference.  It was the consensus of the Council not to attend the Fall Conference.

 

Member Reed inquired about paving the City dirt roads.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Member Allen asked if the speed trailer was in use and inquired about the Rotary Club book exchange.

 

Mayor Kelly stated he thought the water shut-off due to the Prospect Street Construction Project went well, without too many issues.

 

Public Comments.

 

Discussion was held regarding two intersections in the Prospect Street area.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to adjourn at 7:46 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

 
 

 

 

 

   
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