City Council Minutes

 

March, 2019

 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 March 5, 2019

 

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

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, William Leonard – Resident, Meredith St. Henry – Gratiot County Herald

 

Member Allen led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on February 19, 2019 with a correction to the E-Ticket motion.  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 $1,058,418.85.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Minutes.

 

City Council discussed the February, 2019 Monthly Minutes.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

None.
 

Consent Agenda.

 

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

a.       Payment to Spicer for Maple Street Design.

b.      Payment to Jack Doheny Companies for Vac Truck.

c.       Letter from MDEQ on SESC Program – receive.

d.      Central Dispatch Minutes – receive.

 

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

 

New Business.

 

MPPA Presentation – Patrick Bowland – MPPA.

 

Patrick Bowland from MPPA was unable to attend due to illness.  The presentation will be rescheduled.

 

Resolution 2019-03 Maple Street Reconstruction.

 

Manager Giles requested members adopt Resolution 2019-03, a Resolution to establish a request for funding, designate an Agent, attest to the existence of funds and commit to implementing a maintenance program for reconstruction of Maple Street funded by the Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B Program.

 

Discussion was held.

 

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

 

WHEREAS, the City of St. Louis is applying for $250,000.00 in funding through MDOT from the Transportation Economic Development Category B Program to construct a new asphalt pavement with concrete curb and gutter on Maple Street.

 

WHEREAS, MDOT requires a formal commitment from the public agency that will be receiving these funds and will be implementing and maintaining these infrastructure projects.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the City has authorized Kurt Giles, City Manager, to act as agent on behalf of the City to request Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B Program funding, to act as the applicant’s agent during the project development, and to sign a project agreement upon receipt of a funding award.

 

BE IT FURTHURE RESOLVED THAT, the City attests to the existence of, and commits to, providing a least $470,000.00 toward the construction costs of the project, and all costs for design, permit fees, administration costs, and cost overruns.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the City commits to owning, operating, funding and implementing a maintenance program over the design life of the facilities constructed with Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B Program funding.

 

Ayes:      Kubin, Allen, Church, Kelly

Nays:      None

Absent:   Reed

 

Resolution declared adopted.

 

Asbestos Abatement/Pool House.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the removal of Asbestos at the Pool House by Mid-State Asbestos Removal, Inc. in the amount of $5,400.00.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve Asbestos Abatement at the Pool House by Mid-State Asbestos Removal, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $5,400.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Amendment to Water Services Agreement.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve the Amendment to the Water Services Agreement between the Cities of Alma and St. Louis.  The Amendment allows either the City of St. Louis or the City of Alma to be responsible for GAWA financial accounting.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Motion by Kubin, supported by Church to approve the Amendment to the Water Services Agreement.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Annual Financial Commitment to MAGNET.

 

Manager Giles stated a request for the Annual Financial Commitment to MAGNET has been received.  Previous years the City has contributed $3,000.00.  The request for 2019 is $1.00 per capita according to the most recent Census making the contribution $7,249.  Part of the City’s Census count includes prisoners in St. Louis Correctional Facility and Central Michigan Prison.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Motion by Kubin, supported by Church, to contribute the Annual Financial Commitment amount of $3,000.00.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

Manager Giles informed members that bids were opened for the Michigan Avenue/Pine Street Water Main Replacement Project and Ward Excavating was low bidder.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz updated members on the status of emotional support animals.

 

Maintenance/evaluation has been performed on the police radio system.  Some repairs are needed but all in all the system is in good shape.

 

He has also requested free ammo from the Military Surplus which can be used for target practice.

 

Council Comments.

 

Member Allen stated she really liked the Employee Spotlight article in the City Newsletter and hoped it would continue.  Members agreed.

 

Mayor Kelly stated the City received $5,125.00 from the Hoffmeyer fund.

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to adjourn the meeting at 6:38 p.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk
 

CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

 St. Louis, Michigan    
 March 19, 2019

 

The regular meeting of the Saint Louis City Council was called to order by Mayor Kelly on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 8:00 a.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 Public Works, Ralph Echtinaw – St. Louis Sentinel

 

Member Church led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Council Minutes.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on March 5, 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 $320,837.36.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Monthly Reports.

 

City Council discussed the February, 2019 Monthly Reports.

 

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

 

Audience Recognition.

 

None.

 

Consent Agenda.

 

There were no items.

 

New Business.

 

Bid Award – Michigan Ave./Pine Street Water Main Replacement.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve to award the Michigan Ave./Pine Street Water Main Replacement Project to low bidder, Ward’s Excavating, in the amount of $405,363.53.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to award the Michigan Ave./Pine Street Water Main Project to Ward’s Excavating in the amount of $405,363.53.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Letter of Authorization to Purchase Power.

 

Manager Giles requested members Authorize the purchase of power through MPPA for April 2019 to June 2019 in the maximum commitment amount of $52,632.00 and authorize himself to execute the Letter of Authorization.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Church, supported by Allen, to authorize the purchase of power through MPPA for April 2019 to June 2019 in the maximum commitment amount of $52,632.00 and authorize the City Manager to execute the Letter of Authorization.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Consider Renewal of PILOT at Greenland Place Apartments.

 

Manager Giles stated Greenland Place Apartments are requesting the City renew the PILOT at Greenland Place Apartments an additional 15 years.  The original PILOT which was for 15 years has expired.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Reed, to deny the renewal of the PILOT at Greenland Place Apartments for an additional 15 years.

 

Roll call vote:

Ayes:  Kubin, Reed, Allen, Church, Kelly

Nays:  None

Motion Carried.

 

Request from Parks and Recreation Commission.

 

Manager Giles stated the Parks Commission is requesting City Council appoint Kristy Hardy to fill the vacancy on the Parks & Recreation Commission. 

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Allen, to appoint Kristy Hardy to the Parks and Recreation Commission.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Introduce Ordinance No. B-237 Recreational Marihuana and Set Public Hearing for April 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Manager Giles introduced Ordinance B-237 and requested members set a Public Hearing for April 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon after as the agenda allows.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to set a Public Hearing to consider Ordinance B-237 on April 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. 

 

Roll call vote:

Ayes:  Allen, Church, Kubin, Reed, Kelly

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

 

Payment to County for Wind Turbine Representation.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve payment to the County of Gratiot for the Proportional assessment for legal fees for wind turbine MTT cases in the amount of $527.34.

 

Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Reed, supported by Allen, to approve payment to the County of Gratiot for the Proportional assessment for legal fees for wind turbine MTT cases in the amount of $527.34.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

Pool House Exterior Renovations.

 

Manager Giles requested members approve pool house exterior renovation by Freed Construction in the amount of $68,693.00 and to negotiate scope changes to reduce the cost of construction. 


Discussion was held.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to approve pool house exterior renovations by Freed Construction in the amount of $68,693.00 and authorize staff to modify the scope and cost of work to be completed.  All ayes carried the motion.

 

City Manager Report.

 

None.

 

City Clerk Report.

 

None.

 

Police Chief Report.

 

Chief Ramereiz stated he will be on vacation next week.

 

Council Comments.

 

Members discussed the employee appreciation dinner and thanked staff for efforts in making the dinner a nice event.

 

Member Church inquired on the use of power in the next phase of the former plant site cleanup.

 

Public Comments.

 

None.

 

Adjournment.

 

Moved by Allen, supported by Church, to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 a.m.   All ayes carried the motion.

 

Mari Anne Ryder, City Clerk

 

   
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