City Council Meeting Minutes
June 5, 2017 | City Council Minutes
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
90 Kerby Road June 5, 2017 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, June 5, 2017, by Mayor James Farquhar, at 90 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Present: Mayor James Farquhar, Councilmembers Louis Theros, Joe Ricci, Peter Waldmeir, and Mayor Pro Tem Lev Wood.
Absent: Councilmembers Therese Joseph and John J. Gillooly.
Also Present: Messrs; Shane L. Reeside, City Manager; Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk/Assistant City Manager; John Lamerato, Controller/Treasurer; John Hutchins, Deputy Director of Public Safety; and William Burgess, City Attorney.
Mayor Farquhar led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Farquhar made a motion to excuse Councilwoman Therese Joseph and John J. Gillooly. Motion carried unanimously.
Council considered approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held May 8, 2017.
Farquhar moved to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held May 8, 2017. Motion carried unanimously.
Council considered an appeal regarding the denial of a fence permit at 285 Vincennes Place.
City Manager Reeside informed Council that the applicant has requested to have their appeal tabled until the July 10, 2017 meeting.
Theros motioned, Wood seconded to table the appeal regarding the denial of a fence permit at 285 Vincennes Place until the July 10, 2017 meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Council considered an appeal regarding the denial of a fence permit at 203 Ridge Road.
Michele Eickhorst, property owner, of 203 Ridge Road presented the fence plan to Council.
Wood and Theros stated that a 4ft fence is sufficient the property.
Waldmeir asked the applicant why a higher fence is needed and what plants would be used in front of the fence.
Mrs. Eickhorst stated she would like to use hydrangeas even though it was not shown in the landscaping plan.
Ricci stated that he felt that a 6ft fence was acceptable but asked the applicant if a 5ft fence with a maximum height of 5ft would be acceptable.
Mrs. Eickhorst stated that she would consider a 5ft fence.
Theros stated that the landscaping plan was the same plan from the May 2015 fence appeal.
Thereos stated that 5ft maximum height fence seems acceptable but a more detailed landscaping plan would be needed.
Waldmeir stated that the fence plan is incomplete with regards to vegetation and he would only approve the appeal if a new drawing was submitted with an exact height of the fence.
Theros asked the applicant if a shadow box fence with a 5ft max height with 4ft posts would be acceptable. He went on to state that the fence’s planks would have to match the gaps.
The applicant said maybe.
Farquhar opened the public hearing at 7:35pm.
No public comment was received and the hearing was closed at 7:35pm.
City Attorney Burgess stated that Council would need to approve the following exceptions: 1) opacity; 2) height; and 3) fence in front yard.
Theros stated that he be in favor of a 4ft fence and liked that it is an additional foot back from the original proposal.
Waldmeir asked the applicant if a 4ft, 6 inches max height would work.
Mrs. Eickhorst said no.
City Attorney Burgess asked what height would the posts be.
Waldmeir stated the posts would be 4ft and asked the applicant again if that was acceptable.
Mrs. Eickhorst said no.
City Attorney Burgess stated a vote would be appropriate and a simple majority is needed, in this instance 3 affirmative votes.
Wood motioned, Waldmeir seconded to deny the fence appeal. Motion passed unanimously.
Waldmeir motioned, Theros seconded that Council modify the applicants request by requiring a 4ft, 6 inch fence at the midpoint, setback 5ft from the sidewalk, with the landscaping indicated in the May 2015 landscaping plan with additional driveway vegetation approved administratively and a hilltop shadowbox style fence that has gaps that equal the planks subject to administrative approval. Motion passed unanimously.
City Attorney Burgess asked the applicant if she would construct the approved fence.
Mrs. Eickhorst stated maybe.
Council considered the following six items on the Consent Agenda.
a. Consideration of a request from the Administration to enter into an agreement with Wolverine Fireworks Display Inc., for the 2017-2018 Grosse Pointe Farms Regatta Fireworks Displays.
b. Consideration of a request from the Grosse Pointe South High School Athletic Booster Club to hold the 2017 Run the Pointe event on September 23, 2017.
c. Consideration of an agreement to supply water between the City of Grosse Pointe Farms and the Country Club of Detroit.
d. Consideration of a request to award a contract for the Moselle Water Main Project.
e. Consideration of a request to award the CDBG Ramp Project contract to Merlo Construction for $42,631.00, contingent upon receipt of the “Notice to Proceed” from Wayne County.
f. Consideration of requests from the GPFCLL & St. Paul Parish to hold picnics at Pier Park.Theros motioned, Waldmeir seconded to approve the consent agenda.
Wood asked that items C and D be removed from the consent agenda.
Theros motioned, Wood seconded that items A, B, E and F on the consent agenda be approved and that items C and D be pulled from the consent agenda. Motion passed unanimously.
Council considered an agreement to supply water between the City of Grosse Pointe Farms and the Country Club of Detroit.
City Manager Reeside presented the agreement to Council.
Theros motioned, Wood seconded to approve the agreement to supply water between the City of Grosse Pointe Farms and the Country Club of Detroit. Motion passed unanimously.
Council considered a request to award a contract for the Moselle Water Main Project.
City Manager Reeside gave a brief explanation of proposed contract.
Theros motioned, Wood seconded that the City award the contract for the Moselle Water Main Project as proposed, contingent on the developer agreeing to utilize the City’s contractor for their portion of the project. Motion passed unanimously.
Public Services Director Terry Brennan gave a brief update regarding the Grosse Pointes Refuse Disposal Authority.
Council received the Public Safety Report for June 2017 and it was ordered placed on file.
Council considered a request to go into closed session to discuss litigation.
Waldmeir motioned, Theros seconded to go into Closed Session to discuss litigation and the purchase of real estate. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Farquhar adjourned the meeting at 8:03 p.m.
Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk Mayor James Farquhar, Mayor