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October 8, 2018 | City Council Minutes

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS
CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

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, October 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 Sierra Leone Donaven, John J. Gillooly, Joe Ricci, Peter Waldmeir and Lev Wood.
Absent: None.
Also Present: Messrs.; Shane Reeside, City Manager; Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk/Assistant City Manager; Daniel Jensen, Director of Public Safety; John Hutchins, Deputy Director of Public Safety, and Mlle. Debra Peck, City Controller/Treasurer.
Mayor Theros led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council considered the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting held on September 10, 2018.
Mayor Theros motioned to approve the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting held on September 10, 2018. Motion carried.
Council heard a presentation from Mary Ellen Stempfle regarding the Wayne County Community College millage ballot proposal.
Council considered an appeal by Services for Older Citizens (D.B.A. The Helm) regarding the denial of a generator permit at 158 Ridge Road.
The following documents were provided to Council: 1) Memorandum from Public Service Director, Terry Brennan entitled, “Services for Older Citizens, Generator” dated October 1, 2018; and 2) Site plan for proposed generator.
Peggy Hayes, Executive Director of Services for Older Citizens (SOC), gave a brief presentation regarding the proposed generator at 158 Ridge Road.
Waldmeir asked the applicant if the building would be suitable to serve as an emergency heating and cooling center for seniors.
Ms. Hayes stated that the building would serve as a warming and cooling center during daytime hours.
Waldmeir asked the applicant how many seniors could be served on a daily basis during an emergency.
Ms. Hayes stated that SOC could serve a couple hundred clients.
Mr. Robert Rador, Chair of the SOC Board of Directors, added that two years ago SOC was utilized as a day time warming center during a winter power outage noting that SOC did not lose power during that period.
Waldmeir asked why the initial permit application was denied
Terry Brennan, Director of Public Services, stated that it was denied because it is in the front yard of the property.
Wood asked if proper notice was provided to the adjacent properties.
Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk and Assistant City Manager stated that proper notice was provided.
Gillooly asked what effort is being made to reduce sound from the generator.
Terry Brennan, Director of Public Services, stated the generator’s decibel level will be tested to ensure it is compliant with City Ordinances. He added that the generator is natural gas and will run quieter than a diesel powered generator.
Wood asked when the generator would be exercised.
Ms. Hayes stated they would exercise the generator during the afternoon hours when it would be less likely to have an adverse effect on the neighboring properties.
Ricci asked what the height of the exhaust pipe on the generator would be.
Doug Fletcher of American Generator stated that the exhaust pipe would be contained within the enclosure and not exceed the height listed in the specifications provided to Council.
Mayor Theros opened public comment at 7:38 p.m.
Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk and Assistant City Manager stated that a letter of support was received by Merrill Star of 207 Lewiston.
Andy Dervan, 306 Fisher Road, asked questions about the durability of the generator’s sound dampening foam.
Mr. Fletcher stated that the foam will not need to be replaced for the life of the generator.
Scott Halter, 489 Bournemouth Road, asked what the property is zoned.
Terry Brennan, Director of Public Services stated it is zoned Community Service.
Mayor Theros closed public comment at 7:40 p.m.
Waldmeir motioned, Wood seconded to grant the issuance of the permit for the generator at 158 Ridge Road as described and explained in the materials provided to Council. Furthermore, approval is contingent upon the applicant providing adequate screening of the generator and agreeing to replace any arbor vitae screening in the event that it may die. Additionally, the applicant will work with Administration to ensure that the generator’s decibel level meets City Ordinance once installed and that generator is exercised on a schedule that is the least disruptive to adjacent properties. YES: Mayor Theros, Mayor Pro Tem Farquhar, Councilmembers Donaven, Gillooly, Ricci, Waldmeir and Wood; NO: None: Absent: None. Motion Carried.
Council considered a request to make a joint-purchase of an air bottle refilling station with Grosse Pointe Shores and Grosse Pointe Woods.
Director Dan Jensen gave a brief presentation on the matter.
Gillooly motioned, Wood seconded to authorize the purchase of the air bottle refilling station for a cost not to exceed that described in the memorandum provided by Director Dan Jansen. Motion Carried.
Council discussed parking on Mack Avenue and proposed alteration of right of way for parking adjacent to Village Market.
Council heard a presentation from John Vitale, agent for Village Market, regarding parking on Mack Avenue and a proposed alteration of right of way for parking adjacent to Village Market.
City Council took no action and provided no formal recommendation on the matter.
Council considered the following four items on the Consent Agenda.
a. Consideration of the annual SMART Municipal and Community Credit Contract for FY 2019.
b. Consideration of a request to approve Medstar Agreement.
c. Consideration of a request from Administration to approve an agreement with Services for Older Citizens regarding CDBG senior center funding.
d. Consideration of a request from the Finance Director to approve September 2018 invoices.

Wood motioned, Gillooly seconded to remove consent agenda items a. and b. and approve the balance of the consent agenda. Motion carried.
Council considered approval of the annual SMART Municipal and Community Credit Contract.
Reeside gave a brief presentation regarding the agenda item.
Farquhar motioned, Gillooly seconded to approve the annual SMART Municipal and Community Credit Contract. Motion carried.
Council considered a request to approve the Medstar Agreement.
City Manager Reeside gave a brief presentation regarding the agenda item.
Waldmeir motioned, Wood seconded to approve the Medstar Agreement. Motion carried.
Council received the October 2018 Public Safety Report.
Council heard public comment.
Mayor Theros adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.


Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk                                                                     Louis Theros, Mayor

 

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