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September 12, 2016 | City Council Minutes

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS
 
CITY COUNCIL
 
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
 
 
90 Kerby Road
September 12, 2016
7:00 pm
 
A regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council for the City of Grosse Pointe Farms was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016, by Mayor James Farquhar, at 90 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
 
Present:  Mayor James Farquhar, Councilmembers Therese Joseph, Joe Ricci, Louis Theros, Peter Waldmeir and Martin West.
 
Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Lev Wood (Excused).
 
Also Present: Messrs; Shane L. Reeside, City Manager; Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk/Assistant City Manager; John Lamerato, City Controller/Treasurer; Terry Brennan, Director of Public Services; Dan Jensen, Director of Public Safety; John Hutchins, Deputy Director of Public Safety; Brian Keesey, City Planner; and William Burgess, City Attorney.
 
Mayor Farquhar led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Waldmeir moved, Theros seconded to excuse the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Wood.
 
Council considered approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held August 15, 2016.
 
Farquhar moved to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held August 15, 2016. Motion carried.
 
Without objection, the Council temporarily adjourned its Regular Session and reconvened as a Zoning Board of Appeals.
 
Without objection, the Zoning Board of Appeals concluded its business and reconvened as a City Council.
 
Council considered an appeal regarding the denial of a fence permit for 134 Merriweather Road.
 
Mr. and Mrs. Faussie, property owners of 134 Merriweather Road, made an appeal to Council to allow them place a privacy fence behind and existing hedge facing Kercheval Avenue.
 
Farquhar asked the Council if they had any questions or comments regarding the appeal.
 
West presented a photo slideshow of the various fences located along Kercheval Avenue where the proposed fence would be placed. West stated these photos demonstrated that many of the wood stockade fences had in his opinion become dilapidated and urged the property owner to consider a brick wall instead of the wood stockade fence.
 
Farquhar stated that he would like an assurance that the existing hedge in front of the proposed fence be maintained and that it be replaced with a similar hedge in the event that the original hedge dies.
 
Waldmeir proposed that the fence be granted with the condition that the hedge is inspected annually to ensure it is in good health and screening the fence entirely. He asked what type of fence the property owners wanted.
 
Mrs. Faussie said they would like “board on batten” style fencing.
 
Theros stated that he would prefer that the property owners choose a “shadow box” style fence.
 
Farquhar asked if there was any public comment from the audience or if any written public comment had been received by the City Clerk.
 
City Clerk Kozicki stated that no written comment was received.
 
The audience did not have any comment.
 
Waldmeir motioned, Theros supported that the fence permit for 134 Merriweather Road be granted with the following conditions:
 
  1. The fence must be 6 feet tall.
  2. The fence must be a “shadow box” style fence.
  3. The fence must always be concealed by a hedge that is taller than the fence.
  4. In the event that the hedge concealing the fence becomes diseased and/or dies the fence must be removed.
 
Mrs. Faussie asked Council if they would consider amending the motion to allow for the fences gate to be “board on batten” style fence.
 
Theros asked Waldmeir to amend his amendment to specify that the “shadow box” fence have a spacing of 3 ½ inches between the fence’s boards.
 
Waldmeir amended the motion to include the following conditions:
 
  1. The fence’s gate may be “board on batten” style.
  2. The shadow box fencing must have a minimum spacing of 3 ½ inches between boards.
 
Motion carried unanimously.
 
Council considered a request for site plan review and approval for the alteration of the appearance of a structure located at 18680 Mack Avenue, from the property owner.
 
David Barczys, agent for the property owner Atanis Illitch, gave a brief presentation to Council regarding the site plan.
 
West asked what the use of the building would be.
 
Mr. Barczys stated that the building would be used as a baseball training facility.
 
Waldmeir asked Mr. Barczys if he had read the memorandum from the City’s Planner and if he was willing to accept the conditions stated in it.
 
Mr. Barczys stated that he had read the memorandum and the property owner would be willing to accept the conditions outlined in it.
 
Farquhar asked if there was any public comment from the audience or if any written public comment had been received by the City Clerk.
 
City Clerk Kozicki stated that no written comment was received.
 
Andy Dervan 306 Fisher Road asked if there was enough parking for the intended use.
 
Terry Brennan, Public Services Director, stated that there was enough parking for the intended use.
 
Theros motioned, West seconded that Council approve the site plan for 18680 Mack Ave. in accordance with Section 1511, Subsection 1 (c) and 1(d) of the Zoning Ordinance, as well as the following Approvals and Modifications:
 
  1. Approve the proposed Site Plan in accordance with Section 1511, Subsection 1(c) and 1(d) of the Zoning Ordinance.
 
  1. Grant a Modification of section 9(vi) of the Sign Ordinance per Section 11 of the Sign Ordinance for the proposed Metal Awning.
 
  1. Grant an exception to the on-site parking requirements of Section 1504 of the Zoning Ordinance in accordance with Section 1504, Subsection 4, which permits the utilization of off-site public parking in the required parking calculation in the B-1 Local Business District if approved by Council.
 
Motion carried unanimously.
  
Council considered a request from the Grosse Pointe Historical Society for the conditional use of a residential structure located at 375 Kercheval Avenue as an office and resource center.
 
Patricia O’Brien, Jim Conway and Stuart Briggs, on behalf of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society (property owner), gave a brief presentation regarding their conditional use request.
 
Waldmeir asked if the Grosse Pointe Historical Society had any plans to change the exterior of the existing home.
 
Jim Conway responded by stating that they are hiring an architect but do not have any immediate plans to change the exterior.
 
Waldmeir asked Administration if this request was going to require any changes to the zoning map.
 
Attorney Burgess stated Council is not considering any change to the zoning of the property at this time.
 
Jim Conway said they plan to add a wheelchair ramp and new windows.
 
Theros stated he is fine with the proposal but cautioned the Grosse Pointe Historical Society from planning any dramatic changes to the exterior that are not consistent with the character of the neighborhood.
 
Farquhar asked if the Historical Society would consider a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program with the City.
 
Jim Conway stated that the Historical Society would be ok with a PILOT program that compensated the City for the services the property utilized.
 
Farquhar asked if there was any public comment from the audience or if any written public comment had been received by the City Clerk.
 
City Clerk Kozicki stated that no written comment was received.
 
The audience did not have any comment.
 
Joseph motioned, Ricci seconded that Council approve the conditional use for the occupancy, of the one-family residential structure at 375 Kercheval, (which is located in the R-1 one-family district), by the Historical Society of Grosse Pointe for use as an office and resource center.
 
Motion carried unanimously.
 
Council considered four items on the Consent Agenda.
 
a.      Consideration of a request from the Beautification Advisory Commission’s Chairperson, Lev Wood to appoint three members to the Beautification Advisory Commission.
b.      Consideration of a request to purchase radio equipment from the Public Safety Department.
c.      Consideration of a request from the Finance Director to approve August 2016 invoices.
    1. Consideration of a request to be recognized as a non-profit from “Grosse Pointe Soccer Association” for the purpose of obtaining a charitable gaming license from the State of Michigan.
    2. Consideration of a request from the Finance Director to approve April 2016 invoices.
 
Theros moved, Ricci seconded to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Council received the Public Safety Report for August 2016 and it was ordered placed on file.
 
Mayor Farquhar adjourned the meeting at 8:08 p.m.
 
 
 
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Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk                             Mayor James Farquhar, Mayor

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