City Council Minutes

 

July, 2019

 
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 July 2, 2019

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 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

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Ralph Echtinaw – St. Louis Sentinel, Bill Leonard – Candidate for City Council, Emma Selman – Gratiot County Herald, Karen Aumaugher, Dora Boody, Pam Amiels - Residents

 

Member Church led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

City Council/School Board Meeting Minutes.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the minutes of the City Council/School Board Meeting held on June 18, 2019.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Regular Meeting Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Kubin, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on June 18, 2019.  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 $418,280.89.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Board Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the June, 2019 Monthly Board Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to receive the June, 2019 Monthly Board Minutes and place on file.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Karen Aumauger stated she resides on Michigan Avenue and inquired on the condition of the river.  Mayor Kelly informed her there is a group investigating the issue called the Healthy Pine River Group.  Meeting details were given to her.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

Mayor Kelly requested approval of Consent Agenda items “a” through “c” as shown below:

a.       Payment to All Partitions and Parts for Pool House.

b.      Payment to Spicer for Michigan Avenue/Pine Street Water Main.

c.       Payment to Seifert Concrete for Sidewalk Replacement Project.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Appointment to DDA Board.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the appointment of Brandon Flegel to the DDA Board.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church to approve the appointment of Brandon Flegel to the DDA Board.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Natural Gas Line Replacement at the Electric Plant.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the replacement of the natural gas line at the Electric Plant by Farabee Mechanical in the amount of $83,734.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Council Members expressed concern over receiving only one company’s quote for such a large project.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve the replacement of the natural gas line at the Electric Plant by Farabee Mechanical in the amount of $83,734.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

MML Workers Compensation Fund Trustees Election.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve to cast a ballot for the three Trustees seeking election to the MML Board of Trustees.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to approve to cast a ballot for the three Trustees seeking election to the MML Worker’s Compensation Fund.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Resolution 2019-12 Principal Residence Exemption.

 

Manager Giles requested member approve Resolution 2019-12 which allows qualified property owners to file a written request with the July or December Board of Review to claim a Principal Residence Exemption.

 

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

 

WHEREAS, Under PA206 of 1893, The governing body of a local tax collecting unit may allow, by resolution, a qualified property owner to file a written request with the July or December Board of Review to claim a Principal Residence Exemption as determined by the date an affidavit claiming the exemption was filed under subsection 2 (MCL 211.7cc);

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that pursuant to PA206 of 1893, The City of St. Louis, Gratiot County authorizes a qualified property owner to file a written request with the July or December Board of Review to claim a Principal Residence Exemption as determined by the date an affidavit claiming the exemption was filed under subsection 2 (MCL 211.7cc);

 

Ayes:  Kubin, Church, Allen, Reed, Kelly

 

Nays:   None

 

Resolution Declared adopted.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed Council of the following:

 

1.      Manager Giles stated Attorney Steve Mann is available to attend a meeting to discuss the Public Safety Special Assessment.  The consensus of the Council was to have him attend to discuss this and the possibility of a public transportation millage.

2.      The pool is scheduled to be open this weekend.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

None.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Kubin mentioned properties with tall grass.  Community Services Coordinator has returned to work and is addressing the issues.

 

Chief Ramereiz stated he has applied for grant funds to purchase an AED for City Hall.

 

Public Comments.

 

Karen Aumauger inquired on the possibility of the Healthy Pine River Group presenting at a County Commissioners meeting.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to adjourn the meeting at 6:43 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 July 16, 2019

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 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

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – Superintendent DPW, Bobbie Marr – Finance Director, Ralph Echtinaw – St. Louis Sentinel, Bill Leonard – Candidate for City Council, Emma Selman – Gratiot County Herald, Patrick Bowland and Bob Lalond – MPPA

 

Mayor Kelly led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on July 2, 2019 with noted corrections.  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 $498,305.04.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Reports.

 

City Council discussed the June, 2019 Monthly Reports.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to receive the June, 2019 Monthly Reports and place on file.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Audience Recognition.

 

There were no comments.

 

Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA) Presentation – Patrick Bowland.

 

Patrick Bowland, MPPA General Manager presented a review of the projects and service provided to the City by MPPA.

 

Members thanked Patrick for the review.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

Mayor Kelly requested approval of Consent Agenda items “a” through “d” as shown below:

a.       Payment to Central Asphalt for 2019 Pavement Improvement Project.

b.      Payment to Lafontaine for 2019 Dodge Pick Up.

c.       Payment to Justin LaDoux for Cage and Shark.

d.      Payment to Kile Plumbing for Pool House Remodel.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve Consent Agenda items “a” through “d” as shown above.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

New Business.

 

Lucille Chovanec Proclamation
 

Manager Giles stated longtime resident and former Council Member Lucille Chovanec is turning 100 years old on August 5th.

 

Mayor Kelly proclaimed the following:

 

WHEREAS, the St. Louis City Council wishes to honor Lucille C. Chovanec on her 100th Birthday and;

 

WHEREAS, the St. Louis City Council expresses their gratitude to Lucille Chovanec for serving on the City Council from January 8, 1979 to December 16, 1985, and

 

THEREFORE, I, James C. Kelly, by the power vested in me as Mayor of the City of St. Louis do hereby proclaim August 5, 2019, as “Lucille Chovanec Day” in recognition of 100 years of life.

 

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have set my hand and seal of the City of St. Louis this 5th day of   August Two Thousand and Nineteen.

 

Reed, Church, Allen and Kubin were in support of the Proclamation.

 

Computer Upgrades at the Library.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve computer upgrades at the Library by Presidio Networked Solution Group in the amount of $5,839.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to approve computer upgrades at the Library by Presidio Networked Solution Group in the amount of $5,839.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Replacement of Pump #1 at the Michigan Avenue Pump Station.

 

Manager Giles stated only one quote has been received so far for replacement of pump #1 at the Michigan Avenue Pump Station by JETT Pump & Valve in the amount of $25,513.99.  Another quote from T.H. Eifert is expected soon.  This item will be place on the next Agenda.

 

No action was taken.

 

Resolution 2019-13 Electric Service Rates.

 

Manager Giles stated he would like members to hold off on adoption of the following Resolution 2019-13 Electric Service Rates, as some of the rates may still need to be adjusted.

 

No action was taken.

 

This item will be placed on the next agenda.

 

In addition to the following rate adjustments all customer classes will be subject to a Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) factor which will be used to balance power supply costs with customer charges.  PCA factor shall be calculated monthly in accordance with the PCA Rider contained herein.

 

Residential Service

Rate A-1

 

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                       @ $8.70                   per month

            Energy Charge                           @ $0.05260             per kwh

 

Generation & Transmission Service     

            Energy Charge:                         @ $0.06920              per kwh

 

Energy Optimization Charge:               @   $0.00225            per kwh

 

PCA                                                                                        per kwh

                       

Residential Water Heater Service

Rate A-2

 

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                       @ $8.70                   per month

            Energy Charge                          @ $0.05260             per kwh

 

 

 

Generation & Transmission Service     

            Energy Charges:

                        First 650 kwh                 @ $0.06920             per kwh

                        Over 650 kwh                @ $0.06300             per kwh

 

Energy Optimization Charge:                @   $0.00225           per kwh

 

PCA                                                                                        per kwh

 

Residential Electric Heat (with or without electric water heater)

Rate A-3

 

Distribution Charge

            Customer Charge                                @ $8.70          per month

            Energy Charge                                    @ $0.05260    per kwh

 

Generation & Transmission Service

            Energy Charges:

                        First 650 kwh                          @ $0.06920    per kwh

                        Over 650 kwh                         @ $0.06500    per kwh

                       

Energy Optimization Charge:                         @   $0.00225  per kwh

 

PCA                                                                                        per kwh

 

General Service

Rate B

 

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                                @ $19.00        per month

            Energy Optimization Charge:             @ $4.09          per month

            Energy Charge                                    @$0.03900     per kwh

 

Generation & Transmission Service:

            Energy Charge                                    @ $0.10900    per kwh

 

PCA                                                                                        per kwh

General Service

Rate C

 

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                    @ $40.00                    per month

            Energy Optimization Charge: @ $70.20                    per month

            Demand Charge:

              All kw                                   @ $3.05                      per billing kw

            Energy Charge           

  First 180 kWh per kw           @ $0.03370                per kWh

              Over 180 kWh per kw          @ $0.03200                per kWh

           

Generation & Transmission Service:

            Demand Charge:

              All kw                                   @ $ 10.60                   per billing kw

            Energy Charge:

              All kWh                                @ $0.043000              per kWh

 

PCA                                                                                        per kWh

 

Large Power

Rate D

Distribution Service:

            Customer Charge                    @ $50.00                    per month

            Energy Optimization Charge: @ $452.02                  per month

            Demand Charge                      @ $10.00                    per billing kw

            Primary Service Discount       @ $1.56                      per billing kw

           

Generation & Transmission Service:

            Demand Charge

              All kw                                   @ $7.00                      per billing kw

              Energy Charge

              All kWh per kw                    @ $0.06525                per kWh

           

PCA                                                                                        per kWh

 

 

RATE EFFECTIVE FOR BILLS RENDERED

ON AND AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2019

 

 

The City of St. Louis Electric Department

ST. LOUIS, MICHIGAN

ELECTRIC SERVICE SCHEDULE

POWER COST ADJUSTMENT RIDER (PCA)

 

POWER COST ADJUSTMENT RIDER (PCA)

 

Applicability:

The PCA will apply to all Electric Rate Schedules except non-metered and special contract rates.

 

Calculation:

 

The PCA will be calculated using the most recent six month’s actual power cost and applied to each customer’s monthly billed energy (kWh).

 

The PCA Adjustment shall be calculated according to the following formula:

 

PCA = ((P/S) + L) – B

 

P = Wholesale power supplier cost

 

Cost of power during previous six-month period calculated using the most recent six month’s actual power cost plus periodic true up of accumulated positive or negative balance.

 

S = Number of kilowatt-hours sold during the same time period as factor “P”.

 

L = System annual average losses (7.2%).

 

B = Average cost of power per kilowatt-hour recovered through base retail rates

($0.06743).

 

Schedule PCA

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Resolution 2019-14 MDOT Contract Acceptance for Maple Street Reconstruction.

 

Manager Giles requested members adopt Resolution 2019-14 which accepts the Maple Street Reconstruction between the City and MDOT and authorizes the Mayor and Clerk to execute the agreement for Category B Funding.

 

The following preamble and resolution was offered by member Allen, and supported by member Reed:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, Contract No. 19-5391, Control Section EDB 29000, Job Number 208344CON by and between the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of St. Louis is hereby accepted and,

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the following Officials are authorized to sign the said contract:

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

James C. Kelly, Mayor

 

Yeas:    Allen, Reed, Church, Kubin, Kelly

Nays:   None

Resolution Declared Adopted this 16th day of July, 2019.

 

Ordinance B-238 Greenland Place Apartments PILOT.

 

Manager Giles introduced Ordinance B-238 Greenland Place Apartments PILOT which extends the PILOT for 1-year and remains 6%.

 

Manager Giles requested members set a Public Hearing for August 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to set a Public Hearing for August 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. to consider adoption of Ordinance B-238 Greenland Place Apartments PILOT.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed Council of the following:

 

1.      A ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned at the swimming pool.

2.      The Water Main Project on Michigan Avenue/Pine should be complete in a week or two.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz informed members of the following.

1.       The new police cars should be coming soon.

2.      $2,000.00 in grant funds has been awarded from the Luneack Foundation for an AED at City Hall and Tourniquets to be issued to officers for their duty belts so they always have them with them.

3.      Hired Part Time Officer, Paxton McCarty.

4.      Plans are being made to have a 125th Anniversary Celebration for the Police Department.

 

Council Comments.

 

Council Members expressed their dissatisfaction with the weeds that have been neglected during the Water Main Project.

 

Member Allen inquired on the 4th of July Celebration, and the computer upgrades at City Hall.

 

Member Kubin stated how pleased he is with the Mill Street Resurfacing Project.

 

Public Comments.

 

There were no comments.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to adjourn the meeting at 7:29 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

 

 

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