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August 7, 2017 | City Council Minutes

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES


90 Kerby Road August 7, 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, August 7, 2017, by Mayor James Farquhar, at 90 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.

Present: Mayor James Farquhar, Councilpersons: John J. Gillooly, Therese Joseph, Louis Theros, Joe Ricci, Peter Waldmeir, and Mayor Pro Tem Lev Wood.

Absent: None

Mayor Farquhar led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Farquhar moved to amend the Agenda to remove the item requesting a Closed Session. Motion passed.

Council considered the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held July 10, 2017.

Farquhar moved to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held July 10, 2017. Motion passed.

Council heard a presentation by Kathy Brown of the Grosse Pointe Garden Center.

Council considered an appeal regarding the denial of a fence permit at 285 Vincennes Place.

The following Exhibits were provided to Council: A) Memo from Terry Brennan, Public Service Director entitled, “285 Vincennes proposed fence and gate adjacent to public right-of-way;” B) Fence plan drawing and photos; C) Application for Fence Permit dated 11/18/2016; and D) Zoning Board of Appeals Application dated 01/27/2017.

The property owner, Nayna Nagrecha, gave a brief presentation of her request for a fence permit.

Waldmeir made it clear that up until this point in time nothing has been approved regarding this fence permit application.

Theros asked if the original plan featured a shadow box around the entire backyard.

The applicant stated yes.

Waldmeir asked what the height of the existing hedge off Kerby Road was.

The applicant stated they were several feet taller than the proposed fence.

Farquhar asked if the neighbors had been notified that the Council was hearing this fence appeal.

City Clerk Kozicki stated yes they had been notified and written comment had been received.

Farquhar asked if they front gate would feature columns.

The applicants stated yes.

Theros asked the applicant if they would agree to a shorter gated fence.

The applicant said yes.

Wood asked the applicant why they needed a gate.

The applicant stated to prevent cars from turning around in their driveway.

Waldmeir asked Public Services Director, Terry Brennan if the 6ft and 4ft fences met the City’s opacity requirements.

Public Services Director, Terry Brennan stated no.

Farquhar asked the applicant if they would allow Council to table this request until the September 11, 2017 Council meeting.

The applicant stated she would prefer not to.

Theros asked the applicant if they would settle for a 5 ft apex on the front gate.

The applicant stated yes.

Theros asked if the applicant would go for 4ft or 5ft on sections “A” and “B” (see fence plan).

The applicant stated no.

Ricci asked the applicant what the pillars would be made of.

The applicant said they would be made of black aluminum and would be 4ft with a 5ft apex.

Farquhar opened public comment at 7:35pm.

No public comment was received.

Theros motioned, Ricci seconded to approve the fence appeal under the following conditions:

1. The 5ft shadow box fence in section “A” meet the City’s shadow box opacity standards.
2. If the hedge dies or become diseased that a new hedge be planted or the fence be removed.
3. The front gate will be 4ft with an apex of 5ft and the pillars will be made of black aluminum.
4. The fence section labeled “B” will be 4ft and black aluminum including the side yard to the gate.
5. All of the sections labeled “B” will be metal and have 50% opacity.
6. The gate at the side of the house will be wood.

City Attorney Burgess asked the applicant if they understood and agreed to the aforementioned conditions in the stated motion.

City Attorney Burgess stated that the property owner could either build the fence being approved, start the process over again with a new design or adjourn the matter for the September 11, 2017 Council meeting.

The applicant stated they understood the conditions of approval and agreed to them.

Motion passed. YES: Joseph, Theros, Ricci and Waldmeir. NO: Farquhar, Gillooly and Wood.

Council considered a request from Administration to authorize an agreement with Hubbell Roth and Clark for the purpose of developing a Water Asset Management Plan.

Water Superintendent Scott Homminga gave a brief presentation regarding the proposed agreement.

Wood asked if the plan would need to be updated periodically.

Water Superintendent Scott Homminga stated the plan would be updated as assets in the plant changed.

Wood motioned, Waldmeir seconded to approve the request from Administration to authorize an agreement with Hubbell Roth and Clark for the purpose of developing a Water Asset Management Plan. Motion passed.

Council temporarily adjourned its Regular Session and reconvened as a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

The Zoning Board of Appeals concluded its business and reconvened as City Council.

Council considered the following three items on the Consent Agenda.

a) Consideration of a request from Administration to authorize an agreement with Oakland County for the purpose of providing I.T. Services related to CLEMIS Software.
b) Consideration of approval of legal bills for quarter ending June 30, 2017.
c) Consideration of approval of July 2017 invoices.

Gillooly motioned, Waldmeir seconded to remove “Consent Agenda Item A” from the Consent Agenda. Motion passed.

Theros motioned, Waldmeir seconded to approve the remaining two items on the Consent Agenda. Motion passed.

Council considered a request from Administration to authorize an agreement with Oakland County for the purpose of providing I.T. Services related to CLEMIS Software.

Public Safety Director Daniel Jensen gave a brief presentation regarding the proposed agreement.

Gillooly motioned, Theros seconded to approve the request from Administration to authorize an agreement with Oakland County for the purpose of providing I.T. Services related to CLEMIS Software. Motion passed.

City Manager Reeside provided Council with an update regarding the DTE Gas Renewal Program.

Mayor Farquhar adjourned the meeting at 8:17 p.m.

 

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Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk Mayor James Farquhar, Mayor

 

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