City Council Minutes

 

November, 2017

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    

November 7, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, November 7, 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:                              Absent (excused)  Bobbie Marr acting as Deputy Clerk

Police Chief:                           Richard Ramereiz, Jr.

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – DPW Superintendent, Matt Baltasis – MDEQ Superfund, Tom Alcamo – EPA, Matt Schooley – City of Alma, Ralph Echtinaw- Resident, 18 High School Students.

 

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 October 17, 2017, with corrections (name of support vendor).  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve the minutes of the Goal Session meeting held on October 25, 2017, with noted corrections (formatting).  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 $1,817,282.40.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Board Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the October 2017 Monthly Board Minutes.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

Tom Alcamo – USEPA updated Council on the progress of work at the Superfund Site.  

 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

 

a.       Payment No. 5 to Heineman for Wells 10 & 11 Well Houses.

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

c.       Payment to Spicer for Prof. Svc. – SAW Grant.

d.      Payment WM. F. Nelson for Switchgear Project.

e.       Payment to Theka for Switchgear Project.

f.        Payment to Jett Pump for Pump Replacement.

g.      Payment to Ward’s for Catch Basin Replacement.

h.      Payment to Crawford for Water Main.

i.        Mid-Michigan Cable Minutes (Informational).

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Introduce Ordinance B-235 and Set Public Hearing.

 

Manager Giles introduced Ordinance B-235 and requested Council Members set a Public Hearing for November 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to set a Public Hearing for November 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Wastewater Pond Effluent Structure Modification.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve the Proposal from T.H. Eifert for Wastewater Pond Effluent Structure Modification in the amount of $31,340.00.

 

 Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve the Proposal from T.H. Eifert for Wastewater Pond Effluent Structure Modification in the amount of $31,340.00.

All ayes carried the motion.

 

Swimming Pool Repairs.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve the Proposal from A.R. Peters Pool Painting for repairs to the swimming pool an amount not to exceed $20,000.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen , supported by Reed, to approve the Proposal from A.R. Peters Pool Painting for repairs to the swimming pool an amount not to exceed $20,000.00. 

All ayes carried the motion.

 

Letter of Authorization.

 

Manager Giles requested Council Members approve the Letter of Authorization from Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA) to purchase power in the maximum commitment of $31,622.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Allen, to approve the Letter of Authorization from MPPA in a maximum commitment of $31,622.00, to be signed by the City Manager.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Purchase of Service Agreement.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the Purchase of Services Agreement between the City of St. Louis and the City of Alma Transportation Department for Dial-A-Ride Service from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 in the amount of $5.000.00 per year which will be billed quarterly in the amount of $1,250.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve the Purchase of Services Agreement between the City of St. Louis and the City of Alma Transportation Department for Dial-A-Ride Service from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 in the amount of $5.000.00 per year.

 

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Reed, Church, Allen, Kelly

Nays:  NA

Absent:  Kubin

Motion carried.

 

Request from Middle of the Mitten Association for Annual Christmas Parade.

 

Manager Giles requested approval of the request from the Middle of the Mitten Association for the Annual Small Town Family Christmas Parade and temporary street closures on December 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the request from the Middle of the Mitten Association for the Annual Small Town Family Christmas Parade to be held December 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Discuss Request from DDA Board to consider an Ordinance.

 

Manager Giles stated the DDA Board is requesting Council Members consider an Ordinance  to prevent large trucks from using North Mill Street.

 

Discussion was held.

 

It was the consensus of the Council to have City staff proceed with investigating the Ordinance.

 

Discuss Request from DDA Board to make a change to the Zoning Ordinance.

 

Manager Giles stated the DDA Board is requesting Council Members consider changing the rule that prevents first-floor residential in the entire C-1 (Central Business District) to be in effect on North Mill Street only.

 

Discussion was held.

 

It was the consensus of the Council to have City staff proceed with investigating and gathering more information on the Zoning Ordinance change.

 

Traffic Control Order T115-1-130.

 

Manager Giles stated Troy Grunder from Rowe is recommending a 3-way stop sign be approved at the intersection of Prospect and Eden for the safety of pedestrian crossing Prospect Street.

 

Discussion was held.


Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve Traffic Control Order T115-1.130.

 

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Reed, Allen, Church, Kelly

Nays:  NA

Absent:  Kubin

Motion carried.

 

Discuss 2018 Meeting Times.

 

Manager Giles asked Council Members if they wanted to keep the meeting times for the 2018 Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m. or if they wanted to change the times.

 

Discussion was held.

 

It was the consensus of the Council to keep the meeting times at 6:00 p.m. for Council Meetings in 2018.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed Council members of the following:

 

He is looking at present and future staffing of the Electric Department and believe that we have the need to add a journeyman to round out our staff and position ourselves for future staffing changes due to retirements.

 

The downtown power outage is scheduled for December 2nd to do the switchgear connection. 

 

Wells 10 & 11 transmission electric connection may be done in mid-December.  

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Report.

 

Police Chief Ramereiz informed Council members of the following:

SB 594 – Privatized police force.  Bill is sponsored by Senator Arlan Meekhof.  If passed this bill would allow for a “privatized police” force.  These “private” police offices would essentially have all the same arrest powers and authority as current law enforcement officers but would not be governed by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.  They would not be required to have the same education or training standards that is mandatory of current law enforcement officers.   There would be no standardized minimum requirements to be a “private” police officer.  Basically, John Q. Citizen could be handed a badge and police equipment and be able to work as a police officer with no training or education to be a police officer.  The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Police Officer’s Association of Michigan and the Fraternal Order of Police are all requesting the local government and local law enforcement contact their legislators in Lansing and speak out against SB-594. 

HB 4945 – Amendment to the Michigan Vehicle Code making changes in the way golf carts can be operated on public roadways.  Currently, golf carts are not allowed to be operated on any state trunk line or business route.  HB 4945, if passed, would allow a golf cart to be operated on a state trunk line or business route “if it is necessary to reach his or her destination.”  This would be allowed if the golf cart as a clearly visible orange triangle for the purpose of designating a slow-moving vehicle and the operator rides as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable.  HB-4945, if passed, would also prohibit the operation of a golf cart on any street that has a posted speed limit that is greater than 25 MPH. 

Chief Ramereiz advised Council that he would keep them informed of the status of these two bills.

No shave November is underway.  Funds will be contributed to the Shop with a Hero Program.   All are welcomed to join.

Council Comments.

 

Member Church asked about the use of the camera in Clapp Park.  Chief Ramereiz reported that we have been having issues with all the security cameras and were just today back on line so he will be looking to see if we have any usable footage to determine who the vandals may be.

 

Member Allen reported that she would be missing next weeks GAWA meeting. 

 

Member Allen inquired about the status of Cemetery issues which were reported by Public Services Director Risdon that he believed to be resolved. 

 

Member Allen congratulated students on the recent Shark Football team making districts and the Volleyball team winning Districts, and cross-country runners’ advancement to States.  

 

Member Allen reported that she was glad she attended the meeting on marijuana legislation and said she would urge others to educate themselves and have a voice in this debate.

 

Mayor Kelly inquired how the new sound system was working.   Mr. Echtinaw reported that he could hear council fine but speakers outside the council table will difficult to understand.   This pointed out the need for the podium/mic system for those wishing to address council and we will have to see if those can be linked to the speaker system.

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Allen, to adjourn at 7:34 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

 

 

Bobbie Marr, Deputy Clerk

 

  

   
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