City Council Minutes

 

October, 2017

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
October 3, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, October 3, 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, Jessica Little Library Director, Phil Hansen DDA Director, Kasey Zehner, Jim Wheeler Greater Gratiot, Kyle Acker Apex Marine, Catherine Roth Resident, Ralph Echtinaw Resident

 

Member Church led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on September 19, 2017.  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 $1,184,417.21.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the August, 2017 Monthly Minutes.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Catherine Ross thanked Council members for addressing her concerns regarding construction issues. 

 

Public Hearing Apex Marine, Inc. Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption (IFE).

 

Mayor Kelly opened the Public Hearing at 6:08 p.m.

 

Kasey Zehner described the Apex Marine project and stated it is a $1.9 million expansion project and the proposed IFE is for real property for 12 years.

 

Mayor Kelly requested Public Comments.

 

There were none.

 

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

 

Resolution 2017-20 To Approve IFE Application

 

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

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to P.A. 198 of 1974, M.C.L. 207.551 et seq., after a duly noticed public hearing held on April 7, 1986 this City Council by resolution established St. Louis Industrial Development District No.6; and

 

WHEREAS, Apex Marine, Inc. has filed an application for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate with respect to a 50,759 square foot expansion to be acquired and installed within the Industrial Development District No. 6; and

 

WHEREAS, before acting on said application, the St. Louis City Council held a hearing on October 3, 2017, at the City Hall Council Chambers, in the City of St. Louis, at 6:00 p.m., at which hearing the applicant, the Assessor and a representative of the affected taxing units were given written notice and were afforded an opportunity to be heard on said application; and

 

WHEREAS, construction of the facility and installation of new machinery and equipment had not begun earlier than six (6) months before September 19, 2017, the date of acceptance of the application for the Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate; and

 

WHEREAS, completion of the facility is calculated to and will at the time of issuance of the certificate have the reasonable likelihood to retain, create or prevent the loss of employment in the City of St. Louis; and

 

***WHEREAS, the aggregate SEV of real and personal property exempt from ad valorem taxes within the City of St. Louis, after granting this certificate, will not exceed 5% of an amount equal to the sum of the SEV of the unit, plus the SEV of personal and real property thus exempted.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY the City Council of the City of St. Louis that:

1. ***The City Council finds and determines that the granting of the Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate considered together with the aggregate amount of certificates previously granted and currently in force under Act No. 198 of the Public Acts of 1974, shall not have the effect of substantially impeding the operation of the City of St. Louis, or impairing the financial soundness of a taxing unit which levies ad valorem property taxes in the City of St. Louis.

 

2. The application from Apex Marine, Inc. for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate, with respect to an expansion of the existing facility on the following described parcel of real property situated within the Industrial Development District No. 2, to wit:

 

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 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 000101 EAST 1282.55 FEET ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SECTION 25; THENCE NORTH 893047 WEST 459.83 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 5 (AS MONUMENTED) AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTH 011149 EAST 212.92 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 880339 WEST 860.91 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 000204 WEST 177.47 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 893450 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 be and the same is hereby approved.

 

3. The Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate when issued shall be and remain in force for a period of 12 years after completion.

 

AYES:  Kubin, Church, Allen, Reed, Kelly

 

NAYS:  None

 

RESOLUTION DECLARED ADOPTED.

 

Agreement of Understanding.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the Agreement of Understanding between Apex Marine, Inc. and the City of St. Louis for the issuance of an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen to approve the Agreement of Understanding between Apex Marine, Inc. and the City of St. Louis for the issuance of an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate.

 

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes:  Kubin, Allen, Church, Reed, Kelly

Nays:  None

Agreement of Understanding Approved.

 

Informational Items.

 

a.       Mid Michigan Cable Consortium Minutes.

 

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

 

Consent Agenda.

 

Mayor Kelly requested approval of the following Consent Agenda items a through f.

 

a.       Payment to FTC&H for Water Supply Replacement Services.

b.      Payment No. 4 to J.R. Heineman for Water Supply Replacement.

c.       Payment to Wm. F. Nelson for Switchgear Project.

d.      Payment No. 57 to GAWA for Water Supply Replacement.

e.       Payment to Neopost for Folding/Postage Machines.

f.        Payment to Crawford Contracting for Wells 10 & 11 Raw Water.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Cost Increase for Switchgear Project.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members ratify the cost increase from Wm. F. Nelson for the Switchgear Project in the amount of $24,808.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to ratify the cost increase from Wm.. F. Nelson for the Switchgear Project in the amount of $24,808.00

 

Parade Request and Temporary Street Closure.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve the request from St. Louis High School Student Council for the Annual Homecoming Parade on October 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. and the temporary closure of Mill Street and Saginaw Street beginning at 3:30 p.m.

 

Chief Ramereiz indicated that plans were the same as previous years except on-street parking would not be allowed along the parade route.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the Homecoming Parade and Street closures.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Purchase of Transformers.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve the purchase of Transformers for Evergreen Trailer Park from T & R Electric in the amount of $5,562.00.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve the purchase of Transformers from T & R Electric in the amount of $5,562.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Electric Rate Study.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve the proposal for Electric Cost of Service and Rate Design Study from Utility Financial Solutions (UFS) in the amount of $22,500.00 and the optional Power Cost Adjustment in the amount of $2,950.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve the proposal for Electric Cost of Service and Rate Design Study from Utility Financial Solutions (UFS) in the amount of $22,500.00 and the optional Power Cost Adjustment in the amount of $2,950.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Purchase Agreement.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the Purchase Agreement between the City of St. Louis and Coty Properties, LLC for the sale of the former City Hall building at 108 West Saginaw Street in the amount of $60,000.00

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Kubin, to approve the Purchase Agreement between the City of St. Louis and Coty Properties, LLC for the sale of the former City Hall building at 108 West Saginaw Street in the amount of $60,000.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles updated Council Members on the following items:

 

The County Drain in Westgate Subdivision, Crawford Street Water Tower Painting, Raw Water Transmission Main, Wells 10 & 11, Switchgear Project, Possible land sale and the recent power outage.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz informed Council the LEIN Audit is complete, just waiting on final report.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Allen inquired on the burn ban and Trick-or-Treat.

 

Member Reed asked the status of a blight issue.

 

Public Comments.

 

Resident Ralph Echtinaw asked about the sound system that is in the process of being purchased.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to adjourn at 7:01 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

   
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