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January 8, 2018 | City Council Minutes

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS
 
CITY COUNCIL
 
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
 
 
90 Kerby Road
January 8, 2018
7:00 p.m.
 
A regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council for the City of Grosse Pointe Farms was called to order at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, by Mayor Louis Theros, at 90 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
 
Present: Mayor Louis Theros, Mayor Pro Tem James C. Farquhar, Councilmembers John J. Gillooly, Joe Ricci, and Peter Waldmeir.
 
Absent: Councilmembers Therese Joseph and Lev Wood.
 
Also Present: Messrs.; Shane Reeside, City Manager; Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk/Assistant City Manager; Dan Jensen, Director of Public Safety; Terrance Brennan, Director of Public Services; Brian Keesey, City Planner; William T. Burgess, City Attorney; and Mlle. Deborah Peck, City Controller/Treasurer.
 
Mayor Theros led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Mayor Theros moved to excuse the absences of Councilmembers Joseph and Wood. Motion carried.
 
Council considered the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held on December 4, 2017.

Mayor Theros moved to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held on December 4, 2017. Motion carried.
 
Council held a ceremony for the promotion of Vincent Finn from Public Safety Officer to Seargent.    
 
Council heard a presentation of the Fiscal Year End 2017 Audit and CAFR by Plante Moran, City Auditor.

Council considered a request from the Grosse Pointe Historical Society for a conditional use change at 375 Kercheval Avenue.
 
The following Exhibits were provided to the City Council: A) Memo from Terry Brennan, Public Service Director entitled, “375 Kercheval, Conditional Use Request;” B) Letter from Brian Keesey, City Planner entitled, “Grosse Pointe Historical Society Office/Resource Center;” and C) Site Plan Application Package.
 
Patricia O’Brien, President of Grosse Pointe Historical Society (GPHS), James Conway, Executive Board Member GPHS, and Bob Ross of Ross Construction Inc., gave a presentation on their request for a conditional use change at 375 Kercheval Avenue.
 
Waldmeir asked if there was a formal landscaping plan.
 
Bob Ross stated that there was not a formal landscaping plan but the GPHS would accept a conditional approval contingent on administrative approval of a landscaping plan.
 
Waldmeir asked if there was room for a garage to be built on the site if the building was used for a residence.
 
Bob Ross stated that there is room for a garage to be built and it would comply with the Zoning Ordinance.
 
Mayor Theros opened the Public Hearing at 7:25 p.m.
 
No written comments were received from the public.
 
Paul Hawk, 384 Kercheval spoke about an unrelated public safety matter.
 
Mayor Theros closed the Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m.
 
Waldmeir asked if the use of the property would change.
 
Patricia O’Brien stated that the properties use would not change.
 
Waldmeir motioned, Ricci seconded to approve the conditional use for the occupancy of the proposed one-family residential structure design at 375 Kercheval, by the Historical Society of Grosse Pointe for use as an office and resource center as outlined in Public Service Director Terry Brennan’s memorandum (Exhibit A). This use is the same use approved by City Council on September 12, 2016 for this property. Such motion is based on the proposed use meeting the standards in Section 2502 of the Zoning Ordinance described in the Brian Keesey’s Letter (Exhibit B). Furthermore, approval of the conditional use is subject to administrative approval of a landscaping plan. YES: Theros, Farquhar, Gillooly, Joseph, Ricci, Waldmeir, and Wood. NO: None. ABSENT: None. Motion carried.
 
Council held a Public Hearing for the consideration of the vacation of a public easement at 306 Provencal Road.
 
The following Exhibits were provided to the City Council: A) Memo from Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk entitled, “Vacation of Public Easement at 306 Provencal Road;” B) Letter from Stephen Brownell, Property Owner; and C) Resolution approving the vacation of the public easement at 306 Provencal Road.
 
Stephen Brownell, property owner of 306 Provencal Road, spoke to City Council about the request for a vacation of the public easement and how the original need for the easement is no longer valid.
 
City Attorney Burgess stated that he drafted the proposed resolution authorizing the vacation of the easement at 306 Provencal Road.
 
Waldmeir motioned, Ricci seconded to approve the resolution approving the vacation of the public easement at 306 Provencal Road. Motion carried.
 
Council considered the following five items on the Consent Agenda.
 
    1. Approval of the reappointment of the Thomas Youngblood to the Board of Review for a term expiring February 2021.
    2. Consideration of a request from Administration to reschedule the March 27, 2018 Board of Review Meeting to March 19, 2018.
c.       Consideration of a request from the Water Superintendent to replace water meter reading system.
d.      Consideration of Wayne County Annual Permit renewals.
e.       Consideration of a request from the Finance Director to approve December 2017 invoices.
 
Gillooly motioned, Farqhuar seconded to approve the aforementioned items on the consent agenda. Motion carried.
 
Mayor Theros presented Council with his 2018 Committee assignments.
 
Waldmeir motioned, Gillooly seconded to approve the Mayor’s 2018 Committee assignments as presented. Motion carried.
 
Mayor Theros adjourned the meeting at 7:43 p.m.
 
 
 
____________________________               _____________________________
Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk                             Louis Theros, Mayor

 

 

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