City Council Minutes

 

April, 2019

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 April 2, 2019

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor Kelly on Tuesday, April 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,  Thomas L. Reed

 

Council Members Absent:      George T. Kubin (excused)

 

City Manager:                         Kurt Giles

City Clerk:                              Mari Anne Ryder

Police Chief:                           Richard Ramereiz

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – Superintendent Public Works, Bobbie Marr – Finance Director, Ralph Echtinaw – St. Louis Sentinel, Bill Leonard – Candidate for City Council, Ron Salladay – Resident, Sam Miller – Resident, Walter Seyka – Resident, eight high school students

 

Mayor Kelly led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Public Hearing – Ordinance B-237 Recreational Marihuana Facilities.

 

Manager Giles Introduced Ordinance B-237 and stated the intent of this Ordinance is to prohibit Marihuana Facilities within the City of St. Louis boundaries.

 

Mayor Kelly opened the Public Hearing at 6:03 p.m.

 

Mayor Kelly asked for public comments.

 

Resident Walter Seyka expressed his support of Marihuana establishments in the City.

 

Resident Ron Salladay stated he is in support of not having Marihuana establishments in the City.

 

Discussion was held.

 

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

 

Ordinance B-237 – Recreational Marihuana.

 

The City of St. Louis ordains:

Section 1.  Intent.

The Intent of this Ordinance is to exercise the City of St. Louis’ authority to prohibit the establishment or operation of marihuana establishments with the City as such facilities are defined in the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (the “Act”).

Section 2. Prohibition.

Pursuant to the Act, Section 6.1, the City of St. Louis prohibits the establishment or operation of any and all categories of marihuana establishments within its boundaries.

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.  Ordinance repealed.

All ordinances and/or parts of ordinance 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.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes:  Allen, Church, Reed, Kelly

Nays:  None

Absent:  Kubin

Ordinance B-237 declared adopted.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on March 19, 2019.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Claims & Accounts.

 

City Council discussed the Claims & Accounts.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve the Claims & Accounts in the amount of $141,578.66.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Board Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the March, 2019 Monthly Board Minutes.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

None.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

Mayor Kelly requested approval/receipt of Consent Agenda item “a” as shown below:

 

a.       Payment to Krapohl Ford for F-350 Truck.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to approve Consent Agenda item “a” as shown above.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

New Business.

 

Request from Housing Commission.

 

Manager Giles stated the Housing Commission is requesting City Council appoint Dawn McKay to fill the vacancy on the Housing Commission. 

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Reed, to appoint Dawn McKay to the Housing Commission.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Repair Sewer Line.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the repair of a sewer line near 131 North Mill Street by Ward Excavating the amount not to exceed $15,000.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve the sewer line repair by Ward Excavating in an amount not to exceed $15,000.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Professional Services for Prison Pump Station Improvements.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the Letter Agreement for Professional Services from Spicer Group for Prison Pump Station Improvements in the amount of $72,000.00, which will be reimbursed by the State of Michigan.


Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the Letter Agreement for Professional Services from Spicer Group for Prison Pump Station Improvements in the amount of $72,000.00, which will be reimbursed by the State of Michigan.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

County Commissioner Jan Bunting entered the meeting at 6:39 p.m.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed members there is a meeting this week with Republic Services regarding the curbside recycling issue, and discussion was held with a group of churches willing to volunteer in the community on May 5, 2019.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

None.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Reed inquired on blight issues.  Chief Ramereiz stated the issues are constantly being addressed.

 

Member Church inquired on the painting of the pavilion in Clapp Park.

 

Public Comments.

 

County Commissioner Bunting addressed the Council with her concerns regarding stray cats and other animals in Pine River Township.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Church, to adjourn the meeting at 7:07 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 April 16, 2019

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor Kelly on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

Council Members Present:      Mayor James C. Kelly, Jerry L. Church, George T. Kubin

 

Council Members Absent:      Melissa A. Allen, Thomas L. Reed (both excused)

 

City Manager:                         Kurt Giles

City Clerk:                              Mari Anne Ryder

Police Chief:                           Richard Ramereiz

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – Superintendent Public Works, Ralph Echtinaw – St. Louis Sentinel, Bill Leonard – Candidate for City Council, Tom Alcamo – EPA, Theo Von Wallmenich and Scott Pratt – CH2M

 

Member Kubin led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Kubin, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on April 2, 2019.  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 $631,849.63.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Reports.

 

City Council discussed the March, 2019 Monthly Reports.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

Tom Alcamo, EPA, updated members on Phase II of the cleanup at the former Velsicol site.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

a.       Payment to USF for Electric Rate Study.

b.      Payment to C & D Builders for Shed Rebuild.

c.       Main Street Bridge Funding Application Proposal (Informational).

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Pool House Floor Repairs and Coating.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve pool house floor repairs and coating by Mann’s Painting in the amount of $13,222.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve pool house floor repairs and coating by Mann’s Painting in the amount of $13,222.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Resolution 2019-04 Preventative Maintenance Funding for Main Street Bridge.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve Resolution 2019 – 04 Preventative Maintenance Funding for Main Street Bridge through the Michigan Department of Transportation Local Bridge Program.

 

Discussion was held.

 

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

 

WHEREAS,  the condition of the substructure of the Main Street Bridge has been identified as scour critical to the extent that scour countermeasures must be installed; and

 

WHEREAS, the budget of the City of St. Louis will not allow for construction of these scour countermeasures without additional funds from other sources;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of St. Louis requests Michigan Department of Transportation Local Bridge Program Funding for construction of scour countermeasures as part of the Preventative Maintenance Program for the Main Street Bridge for MDOT’s Fiscal Year 2022.

 

Ayes:     Kubin, Church, Kelly 

Nays:     None

Absent:  Allen, Reed

Resolution declared adopted this 16th day of April, 2019.

 

Purchase of Crack Seal Material.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the purchase of Crack Seal Material from NHMS for Olive, Hubbard and Michigan Avenue in the amount of $9,220.00.
 
Discussion was held.
 
Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve the purchase of Crack Seal Material from NHMS for Olive, Hubbard and Michigan Avenue in the amount of $9,200.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed Council of the following:

 

1.  Planning has taken place regarding the resurfacing of Mill Street.

     Discussion was held.  It is the consensus of the Council that staff proceed with the planning process.

2.  Giddings water tower radio equipment replacement was discussed.

3.  Pre-construction meetings were held on the Waste Water Treatment Plant Primary Bypass

     project and Michigan Ave./Pine Street Water Main Project.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz explained the benefits of their partnership with carfax.com.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Kubin inquired on the reason for the yellow no parking spot between Dr. Near’s building and the Warehouse Apartment building.  It is believed at one time it was an unloading spot for a former business and could now be used as two extra parking spots.  Superintendent Abbott agreed.

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to adjourn the meeting at 7:05 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Oak Grove Cemetery Board of Trustees Meeting.

 

Mayor Kelly called the Cemetery Board of Trustees meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 

Revised Cemetery Rules and Regulations.

 

Manager Giles reviewed the revisions with members and stated the Cemetery Committee has requested approval of the revisions of the Cemetery Rules and Regulations.

 

Manager Giles also stated the proposed Cemetery Rules sign is included for Councils information.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve the Oak Grove Cemetery Rules and Regulations of April, 2019.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Public Comments.

 

Superintendent Abbott stated they will begin leaf cleanup in the Cemetery next week.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 
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