City Council Minutes

 

September 2017

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 September 5, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, September 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, Bobbie Marr – Finance Director, Max Clever – Spicer Group, Matt Baltusis – MDEQ, Ralph Echtinaw - Resident, four high school students

 

Member Reed led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on August 15, 2017.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Claims & Accounts.

 

City Council discussed the Claims & Accounts.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to approve the Claims & Accounts in the amount of $1,435,320.78.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Board Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the August, 2017 Monthly Board Minutes.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Matt Baltusis informed Council Members that the EPA Quarterly Newsletter will be available soon and an update of the progress at the former Velsicol site was given.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

 

a.       Payment No. 4 to Crawford Contracting for Water Supply Replacement.

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

c.       Payment to Spicer for SAW Grant 5/28-7/1.

d.      Payment to Spicer for SAW Grant 7/2-7/29.

e.       Payment to MDOT for Prospect/Corinth Reconstruction.

f.        Payment to Kemira for Ferric Chloride.

g.      Payment to Bader’s for Harley Rake.

h.      Liaison Meeting Minutes.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Set Public Hearing for Establishment of an Industrial Development District.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members set a Public Hearing for September 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for the establishment of an Industrial Development District.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to set a Public Hearing for September 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for the establishment of an Industrial Development District.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Phase II Sidewalk Repairs.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve Phase II Sidewalk Repairs by Precision Concrete Cutting in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to approve Phase II Sidewalk Repairs by Precision Concrete Cutting in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Sanitary Sewer Main Rehabilitation.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the Proposal from Insituform Technologies USA, LLC for Sanitary Sewer Main Rehabilitation at the High School Athletic Field in an amount of $51,342.90.

 

Discussion was held.
 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve the Proposal from Insituform Technologies USA, LLC for Sanitary Sewer Main Rehabilitation at the High School Athletic Field in the amount of $51,342.90.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Chlorine Tank Modifications.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for WWTP Chlorine Tank Modifications by T.H. Eifert in the amount of $15,980.00 including the addition of tank cleaning and electrical work for a total project amount not to exceed $19,400.00.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve WWTP Chlorine Tank Modifications by T.H. Eifert in the amount of $15,980.00 including the addition of tank cleaning and electrical work for a total project amount not to exceed $19,400.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Repairs to Vactor.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for repairs to the Vactor by Jack Doheny Company in the amount of 12,578.19.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to approve repairs to the Vactor by Jack Doheny Company in the amount of $12,578.19.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Cartegraph Services Contract.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the Cartegraph Services Contract which is an asset management program and the first year of service and equipment are SAW Grant eligible. The succeeding years will be approximately $15,000.00 to $20,000.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to approve the Cartegraph Services Contract.

 

Roll Call Vote:

 

Ayes:  Kubin, Allen, Church, Kelly

 

Nays:  Reed

 

Motion Carried.

 

Additional Agenda Items.

 

Manager Giles stated additional asbestos material was discovered in the Switchgear project and requested approval for the removal by Mid-State Asbestos Removal in an amount not to exceed $12,000.00.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church to approval the additional asbestos removal by Mid-State Asbestos Removal in an amount not to exceed $12,000.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles asked if any Council Members were able to attend Republic Services event.  None were available.
 

Manager Giles asked members to check their availability for a Goal Setting Session on October 25th at 8:00 a.m.

 

Manager Giles informed members that a quote for the PA System for the Council Chambers is expected soon.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz informed Council that the LIEN Audit is next week, Officers are being rescheduled to cover shifts with two officers on medical leave and a conference is in the process of being scheduled with the Substance Abuse Coalition.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Allen asked if the Car Tour and the Blues Festival went well.  Chief Ramereiz stated there were no issues.

 

Member Church asked if part of the old Switch Gear panel could be donated to the Historical Society.  Manager Giles stated that has already been planned.

 

Member Kubin stated he was glad to see students attend the Council Meeting on their first day of school.

 

Mayor Kelly inquired about the parking issue in the Industrial Park.  Chief Ramereiz stated it was somewhat better.

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to adjourn at 7:47 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
September 19, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, September 19, 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 (6:43 p.m.)

                                               

Council Members Absent:      None  

City Manager:                         Kurt Giles

City Clerk:                              Mari Anne Ryder

Police Sergeant:                      Kristi Forshee

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – DPW Superintendent, Bobbie Marr – Finance Director, Phil Hansen – DDA Director, Tom Alcamo – EPA, Diane Russell – EPA, Chelsea Mervenne – EPA, Matt Baltusis – MDEQ, Theo VonWallmenich – CH2M, Kasey Zehner – Greater Gratiot, Rosemary Horvath – Morning Sun (6:30 p.m.), Ralph Echtinaw – Resident 

 

Member Allen led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Kubin, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on September 5, 2017.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Claims & Accounts.

 

City Council discussed the Claims & Accounts.

 

Manager Giles stated the invoice from Freed Construction has been revised in a decreased amount of $342.00, changing the total amount of payables to $641,966.00.  The revised invoice will also reflect a change to Consent Agenda Item 10 e.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve the Claims & Accounts in the amount of $641,966.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Reports.

 

City Council discussed the August, 2017 Monthly Reports.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

None.

 

Public Hearing – Establishment of Industrial Development District.

 

Mayor Kelly opened the Public Hearing at 6:11 p.m.

 

Kasey Zehner of Greater Gratiot stated the Industrial Development District is for the parking lot area to the North of the Apex Marine building, City property between Momentum Industries and Resurrection Life Church and Industrial Park Lots 3, 4 and 5.

 

Mayor Kelly requested Public Comments on the Establishment of the Industrial Development District.

 

There were none.

 

Mayor Kelly closed the Public Hearing at 6:13 p.m.

 

Resolution 2017-19 To Establish and Industrial Development District.

 

The following preamble and resolution were offered by Kubin, and supported by Church.

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to PA 198 of 1974, as amended, the City of St. Louis has the authority to establish “Industrial Development Districts” within the City of St. Louis; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of St. Louis is seeking to expand the already existing Woodside Industrial Development District No. 2 to include municipally-owned and privately-owned industrial property to the north in order to foster future development; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of St. Louis, with the assistance of Greater Gratiot Development, Inc., on its own initiative seeks to establish an Industrial Development District on property located within the City of St. Louis boundaries; and

 

WHEREAS, written notice has been given by mail to all owners of real property located within the district, and to the public by newspaper advertisement in the Morning Sun and/or public posting of the hearing on the establishment of the proposed district; and

 

WHEREAS, on September 19, 2017 a public hearing was held at which all owners of real property within the proposed Industrial Development District and all residents and taxpayers of the City of St. Louis were afforded an opportunity to be heard thereon; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council deems it to be in the public interest of the City of St. Louis to establish the Industrial Development District as proposed; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of St. Louis that the following described parcel of land situated in City of St. Louis, County of Gratiot, and State of Michigan, to wit:

 
Proposed Industrial Development District No. 6

Legal Description

Parcel No.: 53-860-023-02 (current Apex Marine facility and lots to the north)
LOTS 3, 4 & 5 OF WOODSIDE INDUSTRIAL CENTER EAST AS RECORDED IN LIBER 1 OF PLATS, PAGE 195, GRATIOT COUNTY RECORDS. ALSO UNPLATTED LAND LYING WITHIN THE EAST ½ OF SECTION 25, TOWN 12 NORTH, RANGE 3 WEST, CITY OF ST. LOUIS, GRATIOT COUNTY, MICHIGAN DESCRIBED AS:

COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 25; THENCE NORTH 00°01’01” EAST 1282.55 FEET ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SECTION 25; THENCE NORTH 89°30’47” WEST 459.83 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 5 (AS MONUMENTED) AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTH 01°11’49” EAST 212.92 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 88°03’39” WEST 860.91 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 00°02’04” WEST 177.47 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 89°34’50” EAST 856.10 FEET ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID WOODSIDE INDUSTRIAL CENTER EAST TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.

THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL OF LAND (INCLUDING LOTS 3, 4 & 5

AND THE UNPLATTED LAND TO THE NORTH OF SAID LOTS)

CONTAINS 13.12 ACRES OF LAND.

Parcel No.: 53-010-386-40 (city-owned lot north of Woodside Industrial Center)
A PARCEL OF LAND IN THE SOUTHEAST Ό OF SECTION 25, TOWN 12 NORTH, RANGE 3 WEST, CITY OF ST. LOUIS, GRATIOT COUNTY, MICHIGAN DESCRIBED AS: COMMENCING AT THE EAST Ό CORNER OF SAID SECTION 25; THENCE SOUTH 00°01’01” WEST 637.00 FEET ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SECTION 25 TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUING SOUTH 00°01’01” WEST 724.49 FEET ALONG SAID SECTION LINE; THENCE NORTH 89°30’47” WEST 459.83 FEET ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF LOT 6 OF WOODSIDE INDUSTRIAL CENTER EAST, LIBER 457 OF PLATS, PAGES 871-877, GRATIOT COUNTY RECORDS TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 5 OF WOODSIDE INDUSTRIAL CENTER (AS MONUMENTED); THENCE NORTH 01°11’49” EAST 212.92 FEET; THENCE NORTH 00°00’36” EAST 64.94 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 83°56’36” EAST 407.70 FEET; THENCE NORTH 00°01’01” EAST 486.16 FEET PARALLEL WITH THE EAST SECTION LINE; THENCE SOUTH 89°35’03” EAST 50.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.

THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL CONTAINS 3.24 ACRES OF LAND AND IS SUBJECT TO ALL EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY OF RECORD.

is established as an Industrial Development District pursuant to the provisions of PA 198 of 1974, as amended, to be known as Woodside Industrial Development District No. 6.

 

AYES: Kubin, Church, Allen, Kelly

 

NAYS: None

 

RESOLUTION DECLARED ADOPTED.

 

Informational Items.

 

a.       Sound System.

b.      Haunted Yard.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to receive the Informational Items and place on file.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

 

a.       Final Payment No. 17 to RCL for Water Supply Replacement.

b.      Payment to Rowe for Prospect/Corinth Project.

c.       Payment to Cartegraph for Asset Management Program, Servies and Equipment.

d.      Payment to NutriGrow Environmental for Biosolids Land Application.

e.       Payment to Freed Construction for former City Hall building Re-finishing.

f.        Payment to PK Contracting for Major Street Pavement Markings.

g.      Payment to Ward Excavating for Catch Basin Repairs.

h.      Payment to Theka for Switchgear Project.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

EPA Presentation – Tom Alcamo.

 

Tom Alcamo gave a presentation on the treatment process of the former Velsicol site.

 

Set Public Hearing for Apex Marine Industrial Facilities Exemption (IFE).

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members set a Public Hearing for October 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for Apex Marine IFE.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to set a Public Hearing for October 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for the Apex Marine IFE.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Set Goal Setting Meeting.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members set October 25, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. for the Goal Setting Meeting.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Kubin, to set the Goal Setting Meeting for October 25, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

MML Liability & Property Pool Board of Directors.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve to Elect the four incumbent Directors to the MML Liability & Property Pool Board.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to Elect the four incumbent Directors to the MML Liability & Property Pool Board.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Catch Basin Removal and Replacement.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for removal and replacement of seven Catch Basins by Ward’s Excavating in the amount of $17,200.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve the removal and replacement of seven Catch Basins by Ward’s Excavating in the amount of $17,200.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Rescind Approval of Phase I Sidewalk Repairs and Approve New Contract.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Member Rescind the August 15, 2017 Approval of Ultra-Lift Concrete for Phase 1 Downtown Sidewalk Repairs in an amount not to exceed $12,000.00 and Approve the Proposal from Concrete Lifting and Leveling Company in an amount not to exceed $12,000.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to rescind the August 15, 2017 Approval of Ultra-Lift Concrete for Phase 1 Downtown Sidewalk Repairs in an amount not to exceed $12,000.00 and Approve the Proposal from Concrete Lifting and Leveling Company in an amount not to exceed $12,000.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Traffic Control Order #T114.1.129.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve Traffic Control Order #T114.1.129 which reflects the following road signage changes:  The intersection of Prospect Street and Corinth Street would become a 3-way stop, The intersection of Corinth Street and Olive Street would become a 4-way stop, the intersection of Olive Street and Eden Street would become a 4-way stop, the Intersection of Olive Street and Berea Street would become a 4-way stop.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to approve Traffic Control Order #T114.1.129.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Discuss Sale of Property.

 

Manager Giles stated an offer has been received for the former City Hall building from Coty Properties in the amount of $60,000.00 and asked direction from Council Members.

 

Discussion was held.

 

It was the consensus of the Council for City staff accept the offer and a purchase agreement will be an item on the next Agenda.

 

Additions Agenda.

 

Repairs to Vactor.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve repairs to the Vactor by Jack Doheny Company in the amount of $7,586.40.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve repairs to the Vactor by Jack Doheny in the amount of $7,586.40.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles updated Council Members on the progress of the Switchgear replacement project.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Report.

 

Sergeant Forshee informed Council Members that one Officer that was on medical leave is back on duty and the Police Clerk will be returning soon.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Reed asked about references for the Cartegraph Asset Management Program.  Utilities Director Risdon will check with Cartegraph and inform Member Reed.

 

Public Comments.

 

None

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to adjourn at 7:49 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

 

 

   
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