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July 10, 2017 | City Council Minutes

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS
CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
90 Kerby Road
July 10, 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, July 10, 2017, by Mayor James Farquhar at 90 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Present: Mayor James Farquhar, Councilmen John J. Gillooly, Louis Theros, Joe Ricci, Peter Waldmeir, and Mayor Pro Tem Lev Wood.
Absent: Councilwoman Therese Joseph
Also Present: Messrs; Shane L. Reeside, City Manager; Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk/Assistant City Manager; Debbie Peck, Controller/Treasurer; Terry Brennan, Director of Public Services; Daniel Jensen, Director of Public Safety; Brian Keesey, City Planner; Chris Cornwall, City Attorney; and William Burgess, City Attorney.
Mayor Farquhar led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council considered the Minutes of the Regular Meeting and Closed Session held June 5, 2017.
Farquhar moved to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting and Closed Session held June 5, 2017. Motion passed.
Council considered the Minutes of the Special Workshop Meeting held June 26, 2017.
Farquhar moved to approve the Minutes of the Special Workshop Meeting held June 26, 2017. Motion passed.
Council considered an appeal regarding the denial of a fence permit at 285 Vincennes Place.
City Manager stated the applicant was unable to attend the meeting and recommend the matter be tabled until the August 7, 2017 Council Meeting.
Farquhar moved, Wood seconded to adjourn the appeal regarding the denial of a fence permit at 285 Vincennes Place until the August 7, 2017 Council Meeting. Motion passed.
Council considered a proposed site plan (façade change) at 72 Kercheval.
The following Exhibits were provided to Council: A) Memo from Terry Brennan, Public Service Director entitled, “Façade Change, 72 Kercheval Ave.;” B) Letter from John
Jackson, City Planner entitled, “Capricious: Site Plan Review of plans dated 05.26.2017;” and C) Site Plan from Badrak Design Group entitled, “Capricious;”
Matt Badrack of Badrack Design Group was present on behalf of the applicant and gave a brief presentation of the proposed site plan.
Gillooly stated that he supports the proposed site plan.
Wood discussed the letter provided by the City Planner, Brian Keesey regarding the project. He asked the applicant to address the lighting concerns brought up by the City Planner.
Matt Badrack, stated that the façade change would utilize the existing soffit lighting on the front of the building and that the lighting in the rear alley would not change.
Farquhar asked the Public Service Director, Terry Brennan if the reduced amount of doors on the front of the building would meet the building code.
Public Service Director Brennan stated that the reduced amount of doors would still meet the building code.
Farquhar opened the public hearing at 7:08pm.
No verbal or written comments were given.
Farquhar, closed the public hearing at 7:09pm.
Wood motioned, Theros seconded that the City Council approve the site plan for a façade change for 72 Kercheval. That would include the expansion of the Caprious retail establishment based upon plans submitted by Badrack Design Group dated May 26, 2017. Approval is based upon the following facts: 1) No variances are required and all requirements of the Zoning Ordinance are met for the B-1 Zoning District; 2) The proposed project doesn’t change the intended use and complies with the character of the shopping district; and 3) The impact on parking in the area is minimal.
Approval is contingent on confirmation by Administration that the lighting in the rear alley will not change. Motion passed after a voice vote.
Farquhar motioned for Council to temporarily adjourn its Regular Session and reconvened as a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Motion passed.
Upon proper motion, the Zoning Board of Appeals concluded its business and reconvened as City Council.
Council considered approval of Fiscal Year Ending 2017 Budget Amendments.
Controller/Treasurer Peck gave a brief presentation of the proposed Fiscal Year Ending 2017 Budget Amendments.
Theros motioned, Gillooly seconded to approve the Fiscal Year Ending 2017 Budget Amendments as proposed. Motion passed.
Council considered the following six items on the Consent Agenda.
a) Consideration of a request from the City Controller/Treasurer for approval of the City’s financial institution list.
b) Consideration of a request from the Public Services Director to purchase a Toro Workman MDX from Spartan Distributers.
c) Consideration of a request from the Administration to enter into a two year agreement with Midwest Employers Casualty for excess worker’s compensation insurance.
d) Consideration of a request from Racing for Kids to close Kercheval Avenue from Hall Place to McMillan on August 30, 2017.
e) Approval of quarterly invoice for labor legal matters.
f) Approval of June 2017 invoices.
Theros motioned, Wood seconded to approve the aforementioned six items on the Consent Agenda. Motion passed.
Council received the June 2017 Public Safety Report and it was ordered placed on file.
Council considered a request from the City Attorney to enter Closed Session to discuss litigation.
Waldmeir moved, Theros seconded to enter into Closed Session to discuss litigation. Motion passed.
Mayor Farquhar adjourned the meeting at 8:12 p.m.

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