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May 14, 2018 | City Council Minutes

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS
 
CITY COUNCIL
 
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
 
 
90 Kerby Road
May 14, 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 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 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 Lev Wood.
 
Absent: Councilman Peter Waldmeir.
 
Also Present: Messrs.; Shane Reeside, City Manager; Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk/Assistant City Manager; Dan Jensen, Director of Public Safety; John Hutchins, Deputy Director of Public Safety; Terry Brennan, Public Services Director; Brian Keesey, City Planner; and Mlle. Debra Peck, City Controller/Treasurer.
 
Mayor Theros led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Mayor Theros informed Council that Councilwoman Therese Joseph submitted her resignation in writing and the resignation took effect May 14, 2018.
 
Mayor Theros motioned that Councilman Waldmeir’s absence from the meeting be excused. Motion carried.
 
Council considered the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held on April 9, 2018.
 
Council approved the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held on April 9, 2018.
 
Council considered the Proposed Fiscal Year Ending 2019 Budget.
 
Mayor Theros gave a brief presentation on behalf of the Budget and Audit Committee regarding the Proposed Fiscal Year Ending 2019 Budget.
 
Mayor Theros opened the Public Hearing at 6:15 p.m.
 
Catherine A Sauerbier of 234 Provencal Road spoke in favor of the proposed budget.
 
Andy Dervan of 306 Fisher Road spoke in favor of the proposed budget.
 
Mayor Theros closed the Public Hearing at 6:20 p.m.
 
Farquhar motioned, Wood seconded to approve the Proposed Fiscal Year Ending 2019 Budget as presented. Motion carried.
 
Council considered the Fiscal Year Ending 2019 recycling charges and utility rates.
 
City Controller/Treasurer Peck gave a brief presentation on the proposed rates.
 
Wood motioned, Farquhar seconded to approve the Fiscal Year Ending 2019 recycling charges and utility rates as presented. Motion carried.
 
Council considered three Fiscal Year Ending 2018 Budget Amendments.
 
City Controller/Treasurer Peck gave a brief presentation on each of the three proposed Fiscal Year Ending 2018 Budget Amendments.
 
Council heard public comment on the agenda item.
 
Wood motioned, Gillooly supported to approve Fiscal Year Ending 2018 Budget Amendments #1, #2 and #3 as proposed in the documents provided by City Controller/Treasurer Peck to Council. Motion carried.
 
Council considered outdoor seasonal seating at 98 Kercheval Avenue (Café Nini) within the public right of way.
 
Council heard a presentation from Mr. Edward Barbieri, agent for Café Nini regarding outdoor seasonal seating within the public right of way at 98 Kercheval Avenue.
 
City Manager Reeside stated that the Administration has reviewed Café Nini’s request seasonal outdoor seating and recommends approval of the application.
 
Wood asked if the restaurant staff would obstruct pedestrian traffic while serving the outdoor patrons.
 
Public Service Director, Brennan stated the planter boxes will delineate the outdoor seating area and that pedestrian traffic will not be negatively affected by the proposal.
 
Wood asked if the area should be roped in.
 
Public Service Director, Brennan stated that the area could not be roped in due to the need for five feet of barrier free access.
 
Gillooly stated he was in support of the outdoor seasonal seating as proposed by Mr. Barbieri.
 
Mayor Theros started the Public Hearing at 6:48 p.m.
 
No written or verbal public comment was received.
 
Gillooly motioned, Farquhar supported that City Council approve the request for temporary outdoor seating, sales and service in accordance with Section 800 of the Zoning Ordinance. Additionally, approval is contingent on the applicant complying with all of the recommended conditions stated in Public Service Director, Terry Brennan’s memorandum entitled, “98 Kercheval, Café Nini, Temporary Seasonal Outdoor Seating and Liquor Sales” dated April 20, 2018. YES: Theros, Farquhar, Gillooly, Ricci and Wood; NO: None; ABSENT: Waldmeir. Motion Carried.
 
Council considered a site plan for the alteration of the appearance of a structure at 18700 Mack Avenue (Golden Dragon).
 
The following documents were provided to Council: 1) Memorandum from Public Service Director, Terry Brennan entitled, “Site Plan Review, 18700 Mack Ave. (Formerly Golden Dragon)” dated April 18, 2018; 2) Letter from City Planning Consultant McKenna & Associates entitled, “Façade improvements to existing structure-Plans dated March 26, 2018” dated May 2, 2018; and 3) Site plan entitled, “Remodeling of the Golden Dragon” from Serra-Marko & Associates dated May 3, 2018.
 
Council heard a presentation from Joe Paluzzi, agent for MJMLS Associates.
 
Farquhar asked if the property owner would be willing to install an enclosed dumpster.
 
Mr. Palluzi stated that he would be agreeable to that condition if it did not result in the loss of a parking spot.
 
Wood asked the applicant if the property could be used for retail.
 
Mr. Palluzi stated that it was more likely to be used as a restaurant but it could be used for retail as well.
 
Mayor Theros opened the Public Hearing at 7:58 p.m.
 
No public comment was received in writing or verbally.
 
Wood motioned, Theros seconded that City Council approve the Site Plan for the alternation of the appearance of the structure at 18700 Mack Avenue in accordance with Section 1511, Subsection 1(d) of the Zoning Ordinance, the memorandum from Public Service Director, Terry Brennan and the letter from the Planning Consultant McKenna & Associates. Additionally, the applicant will consult with Administration to develop a plan for on-site refuse management. YES: Theros, Farquhar, Gillooly, Ricci and Wood; NO: None; ABSENT: Waldmeir. Motion Carried.
 
Council considered a collective bargaining agreement with the Police Officers Association of Michigan.
 
City Manager Reeside gave a brief presentation of the proposed collective bargaining agreement.
 
Farquhar motioned, Wood seconded to approve the collective bargaining agreement with the Police Officers Association of Michigan. Motion carried.
 
Council considered two appointments to the Grosse Pointe Public Library Board of Trustees.
 
Ricci gave a brief presentation regarding the two appointments to the Grosse Pointe Public Library Board of Trustees.
 
Gillooly stated that both of the candidates are excellent and that he supports their appointments.
 
Farquhar stated that he is glad that two residents of Grosse Pointe Farms will be serving on the Grosse Pointe Public Library Board of Trustees.
 
Abigail Ward and Elizabeth Vogel were present and thanked Council for considering them for appointment.
 
Gillooly motioned, Farquhar seconded that Abigail Ward be appointed to serve a term as the Grosse Pointe Farms representative and Elizabeth Vogel be appointed to serve a term as the at-large representative on the Grosse Pointe Public Library Board of Trustees.
 
Council considered the recodification of the City Code of Ordinances.
 
Gillooly motioned, Farquhar seconded to table the Public Hearing regarding the recodification of the City Code of Ordinances until July 9, 2018. Motion carried.
 
Council considered the following seven items on the Consent Agenda.
 
a.         Consideration of a request from the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club to use the Pier Park Community Building for a special event.
b.         Consideration of a request to appoint Anthony Chalut to the Parks and Harbor Committee.
c.         Consideration of a request from Grosse Pointe Little League to host a special picnic at Pier Park.
d.         Consideration of a request from the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary Club to hold the “39th Annual Grosse Pointe Run” event on September 15, 2018.
e.         Consideration of a request from the Grosse Pointe South High School Athletic Booster Club to hold the “2018 Run the Pointe” event on September 22, 2018.
f.          Approval of quarterly payment for legal services.
g.         Consideration of a request from the Finance Director to approve April 2018 invoices.
 
Gillooly motioned, Ricci seconded to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion carried.
 
Council received the April 2018 Public Safety Report.
 
Council received the City’s Quarterly Financial Report for the nine months ended March 31, 2018.
 
Council received a presentation by Rocket Fiber regarding high speed fiber.
 
Grosse Pointe Public Schools Superintendent Gary Niehaus gave the presentation due to the absence of a Rocket Fiber representative.
 
Council deliberated and decided further information would be required before any decision would be made regarding the project.
 
Mayor Theros adjourned the meeting at 9:08 p.m.
 
 
____________________________               _____________________________
Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk                             Louis Theros, Mayor

 

 

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