City Council Minutes

 

February, 2019

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 February 5, 2019

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor Kelly on Tuesday, February 5, 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

 

Council Members Absent:      Thomas L. Reed (excused)

City Manager:                         Kurt Giles

Deputy Clerk:                          Bobbie Marr

Police Chief:                           Richard Ramereiz

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – DPW Superintendent, Ralph Echtinaw – St. Louis Sentinel, Brett Baublitz and Rob Sutten – Alma Transportation Department, Jan Bunting – County Commissioner, Meredith St. Henry – Gratiot County Herald

 

Mayor Kelly led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on January 15, 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 $525,502.23.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Board Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the January, 2019 Monthly Board Minutes.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

There were no comments.
 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

a.       Payment to JGM Valve Corporation for Purchase of Pump for Prison Bar Screen.

b.      Payment to Jett Pump & Valve for Michigan Avenue & Union Street Pump Stations Repairs.

c.       Cable Consortium Minutes – Receive.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Dial-A-Ride Agreement.

 

Manager Giles described the status of the proposed Purchase of Service Agreement with the City of Alma Transportation Agreement and stated ridership for St. Louis is increasing.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Allen to approve the Purchase of Services Agreement for 2019-2020 in the amount of $10,000.00.

 

Roll call vote:

Ayes:  Church, Allen, Kubin, Kelly

Absent:  Reed

Motion carried.

 

Appointment to Library Board.

 

Manager Giles stated a letter of interest was received from Theresa Jewell to fill the vacant position on the Library Board.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Manager Giles requested the appointment of Theresa Jewell to the Library Board.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to appoint Theresa Jewell to the Library Board.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

MPPA - Letter of Authorization.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the Letter of Authorization to purchase Power through the Michigan Public Power Agency for planning year June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023 in the maximum commitment amount of $8,400.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the Letter of Authorization to purchase capacity through the Michigan Public Power Agency for planning year June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023 in the maximum commitment amount of $8,400.00 and authorize the City Manager to execute the Letter of Authorization.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Bid Award – Primary Clarifier Bypass.

 

Manager Giles stated three bids were received for the Primary Clarifier Bypass Project and J.R. Heineman had the lowest bid in the amount of $136,000.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to award the bid for the Primary Clarifier Bypass Project to J.R. Heineman in the amount of $136,000.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Purchase of 2018 Ram 2500 Pickup for DPW.

 

Manager Giles requested approval for the purchase of a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup with Boss V plow from My Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in the amount of $35,071.00.

 

Discussion was held

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Church, to approve the purchase of a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup with Boss V plow from My Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in the amount of $35,071.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Discuss Recreational Marihuana Ordinance.

 

Manager Giles presented information on adopting an Ordinance to opt in or out of allowing businesses for recreational Marihuana use.

 

Discussion was held.

 

The majority consensus of the council is to bring opt – out ordinance to a future meeting.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles updated council members on the following items.

 

The 2012 Gratiot County Grant to support the Tough Books Program and others like e-tickets etc. has had an audit and it revealed that e-tickets was not an eligible program under grant funds.  St. Louis has been asked to participate in reimbursing those costs.  More to follow.

 

The wind turbine that is near the stockyard area is on Bethany Township’s tax roll, which now has been placed on the City’s tax roll due to the 425 Agreement.  There is a collaboration of government units that have legal council for various wind turbine disputes.  Primarily the method of depreciation for tax purposes.  They are asking for the City to now be a member and contribute to this legal fund.

 

A meeting is scheduled next week on the Gemini Project.  More to follow.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

None.

 

Council Comments.

 

Discussion was held on a county wide millage to support Dial-A-Ride Service.

 

Discussion was held on the county parks millage to include support of City owned parks.

 

Public Comments.

 

Mark Abbott stated he appreciated the consensus of the council to opt-out of allowing Recreational Marihuana Businesses.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Bobbie Marr, Deputy Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 February 19, 2019

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor Kelly on Tuesday, February 19, 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

 

Council Members Absent:      Thomas L. Reed (excused)

City Manager:                         Kurt Giles

City Clerk:                              Mari Anne Ryder

Police Chief:                           Richard Ramereiz

 

Others in Attendance:

 

Keith Risdon – Public Services Director, Mark Abbott – DPW Superintendent, Ralph Echtinaw – St. Louis Sentinel, William Leonard – Candidate for Council

 

Member Kubin led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Kubin, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on February 5, 2019.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Claims & Accounts.

 

City Council discussed the Claims & Accounts.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the Claims & Accounts in the amount of $359,785.84.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Reports.

 

City Council discussed the January, 2019 Monthly Reports.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

The following City Council candidates were introduced:  Bill Leonard – Candidate for Council Member, Ralph Echtinaw – possible candidate for Council Member and Jim Kelly – Mayor re-elect.  
 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

a.       Payment to My Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Pickup.

b.      Payment to BS&A for Annual Software Services Fee.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

Proposed E-Ticket Reimbursement.

 

Manager Giles requested members consider repayment to the County of Gratiot for E-Ticket System, due to the system not being able to be paid from the 9-1-1 surcharge, in three annual installments in the amount of $2,370.23 for a total reimbursement in the amount of $7,110.68.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Allen, to approve repayment to Gratiot County in three annual installments in the amount of $2,370.23 for a total reimbursement in the amount of $7,110.68.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Plumbing Quotes for Pool Bath House Remodel.

 

Manager Giles stated three quotes have been received for plumbing at the pool bath house.  The lowest quote is from Kile Plumbing, which did not include details on fixtures to be used, etc. Contact has been made for clarification.  The quote from Powell’s Service includes more fixtures etc. than the quote from Pure Plumbing, due to their belief in what the plumbing inspector will require.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve plumbing at the pool bath house in an amount not to exceed $30,000.00 with discretion by staff used in comparing quotes.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles updated council members on the following items.

1.      Discussion was held before the Fire Board meeting regarding participating with Bethany Township and Gratiot County Road Commission on the resurfacing of 900 feet of Croswell Road. Council consensus was not in favor of participation.

2.     The Airport Authority will meet Thursday to discuss funding the Authority.

3.     The Planning Commission approved the site plan for Gemini Capitol, LLC.

4.      GAWA passed a resolution assigning accounting duties to the City of St. Louis.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

None.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Church inquired on salting the sidewalk at Clapp Park on the NE corner where the walk slopes and the water runs to the drain.

 

Member Church also commended the Electric Department for their efforts in the few power outages during the recent ice storm compared to other communities.

 

Member Kubin inquired on the possibility of passing a Resolution in support of a county wide millage for Dial-A-Ride Services.

 

Member Allen thanked Ralph Echtinaw for his recent article in the St. Louis Sentinel on the water main break during the extreme cold temperatures, and thanked Mark Abbott for attending Council meetings.

 

Mayor Kelly encouraged members to attend the Lunch-N-Learn March 7th, the topic is on Narcan. Also, Ron Salladay’s Retirement Celebration February 23rd .

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to adjourn the meeting at 6:58 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

 
   
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