City Council Minutes

 

August, 2019

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 August 6, 2019

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, August 6, 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 Sergeant:                      Kristi Forshee

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – Superintendent DPW, Bobbie Marr – Finance Director, Phil Hansen – DDA Director, Ralph Echtinaw – St. Louis Sentinel, Bill Leonard – Candidate for City Council, Roger Collison – Candidate for City Council, Corey Bailey, Brandon Flegel – DDA Members, Sean Kelly, Sue Whitford, Dan Doepker, Brandon Flegel, Donna Kelley – Planning Commission Members, Amanda Kelly, Don Kelley – Residents, Chelsea Rowley – MEDC

 

Member Allen led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Public Hearing – Greenland Place LDHA Tax Exemption Extension.

 

Mayor Kelly opened the Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. to consider the adoption of Ordinance B-238 Greenland Place LDHA Tax Exemption Extension for the tax year of 2019.

 

Mayor Kelly asked for Public Comments.

 

There were none.

 

Mayor Kelly closed the Public Hearing at 6:01.

 

Ordinance B-238

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 58-59 OF THE ST. LOUIS CITY CODE, EXTENDING THE TERM OF THE WOODLAND PLACE (NOW KNOWN AS GREENLAND PLACE), LDHA TAX EXEMPTION FOR ONE ADDITIONAL YEAR

The City of St. Louis Ordains:

Section 1:        This Article shall remain in effect for a period of one year after the previous   

expiration date of Ordinance B-148 so long as the housing development remains subject to income and rent restrictions pursuant to section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.  Amended date of expiration shall be December 31, 2019. At the close of said one- year period, the subject property shall revert to the regular tax tolls of the City. 

Section 2:  Separability. If any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this ordinance is, for any reason, held invalid or unconstitutional by any Court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof.

Section 3:  Ordinances Repealed. All ordinances and/or parts of ordinances inconsistent with this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Section 4:  Effective Date. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 days from and after its enactment as provided by the City Charter.

Ayes:  Allen, Church, Reed

Nays:  Kelly

Ordinance declared adopted.

Member Kubin joined the meeting.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on July 16, 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 $676,799.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the July, 2019 Monthly Minutes.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Ralph Echtinaw asked about the recent planned power outage.

 

Roger Collison inquired on the Blues Festival.

 

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Presentation.

 

Chelsea Rowley, Community Assistance Team Specialist for Region 5, presented a review of the programs that MEDC provides.

 

Members thanked Chelsea for the presentation.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

a.       Payment to Cartegraph for Annual Renewal.

b.      Payment No. 1 to Freed Construction for Pool House Remodel.

c.       Payment to Rowe for Water Main Project.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Resolution 2019-15 Electric Service Rates.

 

Manager Giles requested members adopt Resolution 2019-15 Electric Service Rates.

 

Discussion was held.

 

The following preamble and resolution was offered by Member Reed, and supported by Member Church:

 

In addition to the following rate adjustments, all customer classes are 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                                                          Variable                 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                                                           Variable                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                                                                   Variable        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                                                                  Variable         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                                                       Variable                    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                                                      Variable                     per kWh

 

 

RATE EFFECTIVE FOR BILLS RENDERED

ON AND AFTER November 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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The vote on the foregoing resolution was as follows:

Ayes:   Reed, Church, Allen, Kubin                                                 

Nays:   None

Abstain:   Kelly

Resolution declared adopted.

 

Replacement of Pump #1 at Michigan Ave. Pump Station.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the expenditure for the replacement of Pump #1 at the Michigan Ave. Pump Station in an amount not to exceed $25,513.99 and authorize staff to execute the transaction.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Kubin, to approve the expenditure for the replacement of Pump #1 at the Michigan Ave. Pump Station in an amount not to exceed $25,513.99 and authorize staff to execute the transaction.

 

Re-Appoint Kurt Giles and Phil Hansen to Greater Gratiot Development Board.

 

Manager Giles stated Greater Gratiot Development is requesting the re-appointment of himself and Phil Hansen to the Greater Gratiot Development Board.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to re-appoint Kurt Giles and Phil Hansen to the Greater Gratiot Development Board.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed Council of the following:

1.      The American Legion Post is planning their Boots for Heroes event September 11th.

2.      The Pool House Ribbon Cutting is Thursday.

3.      Annual testing was performed on the generators prior to work being done.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Report.

 

None.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Reed inquired on the watermain project, garage sale permits and stated he received an anonymous map of blight in the City.

 

Member Kelly stated he presented the proclamation to Lucille Chovenec on August 5th and she and her family were quite pleased.

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to adjourn the meeting at 7:03 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 August 20, 2019

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor James C. Kelly on Tuesday, August 20, 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, Steve Mann – Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, Tom Alcamo – EPA, Theo Von Wallmenich & Scott Pratt – CH2M, Emma Selmon – Gratiot County Herald

 

Member Church led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Kubin, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on August 6, 2019.  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 $476,519.42.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Reports.

 

City Council discussed the July 2019 Monthly Reports.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Municipal Attorney, Steve Mann, discussed with Council the possibility of the 2-mill Public Safety Special Assessment being made permanent by a vote of the people.

 

Steve Mann stated voters can approve establishing the special assessment district but not the millage rate. Under PA 33, City Council would still determine the rate annually if the district was approved. Also, the existing special assessment district would have to be terminated before the district was voted on.

 

Steve Mann also reviewed other ballot issue options and financing for water system improvements and street projects.

 

Steve Mann stated he felt the best option was selling bonds.

 

Public transit was also discussed.

 

Members Thanked Steve Mann for the information.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

a.       Payment to Rehmann for work station upgrades.

b.      Payment to CORE Technology for Annual Maintenance Agreement.

c.       Payment to Farabee Mechanical to initiate contract for radiator replacement and gas line replacement.

d.      Payment to Spicer for Professional Services Michigan Ave./Pine Water Main Replacement.

e.       Payment No. 3 to Ward’s Excavating for Michigan Ave./Pine Water Main Replacement.

f.        Payment to Presidio for Library computer upgrades.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Purchase of Crack Seal from National Highway Maintenance Systems (NHMS).

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the purchase of Crack Seal from NHMS in the budgeted amount of $8,920.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the purchase of Crack Seal from NHMS in the budgeted amount of $8,920.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Other Items:  Boots for Heroes 5/K Event.

 

Chief Ramereiz requested members approve temporary street closures for the Annual Boots for Heroes 5/K Event to be held September 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed to approve the temporary street closures for the Boots for Heroes event.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed Council of the following:

1.      Working with Central Dispatch to allow the placement of radio equipment on Giddings Water Tower.

2.      St. Louis Correctional Facility is planning to go solar.

3.      Power cost adjustment practice runs have begun.

4.      The Planning Commission approved a 3-year extension of the special use permit for the Hope House, with yearly reviews.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz informed Council of the following:

1.      Rite Aid Pharmacy is providing free medical disposal boxes to Police Departments.

2.      The new patrol cars are expected this week.

3.      US-27 Motor Tour is August 22nd.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Allen inquired on the Police Bike.

 

Mayor Kelly stated the Street Sign on North and Watson is bent.

 

Public Comments.

 

There were none.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to adjourn the meeting at 7:33 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

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