City Council Meeting Minutes
April 8, 2019 | City Council Minutes
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
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, April 8, 2019, by Mayor Louis Theros, at 350 Lake Shore 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.
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; Matthew Baka, Director of Public Service; William T. Burgess, City Attorney; Brian Keesey, City Planner; and Mlle. Debra Peck-Lichtenberg, City Controller/Treasurer.
Mayor Theros led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council considered the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting and Closed Session held on March 11, 2019.
Mayor Theros motioned to approve the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting and Closed Session held on March 11, 2019. Motion carried.
Council considered a Site Plan for Tribus, LLC, for the construction of a new building at 18450 Mack Avenue.
The following documents were provided to the City Council: 1) Memorandum from Public Service Director, Matthew Baka entitled, “18450 Mack Ave., New Commercial Building” dated April 1, 2019; 2) Letter from City Planner Brian Keesey entitled, “Renovation and elevation change to existing structure at 18450 Mack Ave.” dated April 1, 2019; and 3) Site Plan entitled, “Tribus, LLC. Building” dated September 19, 2018.
Mr. Michael Gordon AIA, agent for Tribus, LLC gave a brief presentation regarding the proposed new building to be located at 18450 Mack Avenue. He stated the reason for the demolition of the current building was due to damage caused by a previous fire.
Gillooly asked if the applicant what the proposed uses were going to be for the first and second floors of the new building.
Mr. Gordon stated that it was likely the first floor would be used for medical offices and the second floor offices would be used for financial services.
Farquhar asked Public Safety Director Jensen if the sight lines would be negatively effected by the reduction of the building’s setback to zero feet.
Director Jensen stated that the zero foot setback would negatively effect driver’s sight lines on Manor Street and that he would prefer a building setback of three to five feet.
Wood asked the applicant if there was any other building located at an intersection on Mack Avenue in the City with a setback of zero feet.
Director Jensen stated that he believed this was the only building in the City on Mack Avenue located at an intersection that would have a zero foot setback.
Wood asked if additional lighting in the alleyway was going to be added.
Mr. Gordon stated no, additional lighting in the alleyway was not going to be added.
Wood asked if the applicant had applied for a sign permit.
Mr. Gordon stated that he had not applied for a sign permit.
Waldmeir asked Director of Public Service Baka what the current setback of the building was.
Director Baka stated the current setback was approximately ten feet.
Waldmier asked the applicant if they planned to lease parking.
Mr. Gordon stated that they would lease parking spaces from the adjacent public lot.
Ricci stated he was in favor of a three to five foot setback for the new building.
Wood asked the applicant if they were agreeable to the suggestions set forth in the letter from McKenna and Associates memorandum.
Mr. Gordon stated yes, they were agreeable to the suggestions in the letter from McKenna and Associates.
Waldmeir asked the applicant if the building was setback five feet would the building still be able to accommodate to two enclosed parking spaces.
Mr. Gordon stated that setting the building back five feet would not eliminate the two parking spaces.
Mayor Theros opened the Public Hearing at 7:25 p.m.
Andy Dervan, 306 Fisher asked had questions about the orientation of the enclosed parking spaces.
Joel Walczy, 467 Manor Street stated that he would like assurances that the new building would have minimal signage facing Manor Street.
Mayor Theros closed the Public Hearing at 7:28 p.m.
Theros asked the applicant if they would be agreeable to reducing the square footage of proposed building’s windows.
Mr. Gordon stated that they would try to reduce the size of each window to two by two feet.
Wood motioned, Gillooly seconded to approve the partial demolition and the site plan for a new two story structure located at 18450 Mack Avenue as described in the drawings, plans and memorandum provided by the applicant, Administration and the City’s planning consultant subject to the following conditions: 1) the signage must be vertical and not placed higher than the door; 2) the building must be setback 3 feet on the left side of the front façade and 5 feet on the right side that is closest to the corner. YES: Chairman Theros, Farquhar, Donaven, Gillooly, Ricci, Waldmeir and Wood; NO: None; Absent: None. Motion Carried.
Council considered a resolution to establish a request for funding, designate an agent, attest to the existence of funds and commit to implementing a maintenance program for the resurfacing of Fisher Road funded by the Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B Program.
City Manager Reeside provided a brief presentation regarding Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B Program.
Waldmeir motioned, Gillooly seconded to approve the resolution to establish a request for funding, designate an agent, attest to the existence of funds and commit to implementing a maintenance program for the resurfacing of Fisher Road funded by the Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B Program. Motion carried.
Council considered an appeal by Henry Ford Cottage Hospital regarding a sign permit at 159 Kercheval Avenue.
Frank Tassone, RN, Nurse Manager for Henry Ford Cottage Hospital gave a brief presentation regarding the proposed banner to celebrate the one hundred year anniversary of Cottage Hospital.
Mayor Theros asked the applicant if they would accept a smaller banner with the same design.
The applicant stated yes, the Hospital would accept a smaller banner with the same design.
Farquhar motioned, Wood seconded to approve the banner at 159 Kercheval Avenue under the following conditions: 1) The banner may only be displayed from May 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019; and 2) The size of the banner must be reduced twenty percent from the originally proposed sized. YES: Chairman Theros, Farquhar, Donaven, Gillooly, Ricci, Waldmeir and Wood; NO: None; Absent: None. Motion Carried.
Council approved the following seven items on the Consent Agenda.
a. Consideration of request to schedule a Public Hearing for proposed Fiscal Year Ending 2020 Budget for the May 13, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting.
b. Consideration of a request from Administration to approve an agreement with the Country Club of Detroit regarding the sale of water.
c. Consideration of request to schedule a Public Hearing for a proposed fireworks ordinance for the May 13, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting.
d. Consideration of a request to schedule a Public Hearing for a proposed ordinance to amend the vehicle code for the May 13, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting.
e. Consideration of a request from Administration to approve a permit for the 2019 Regatta Fireworks.
f. Consideration of a request from the Administration to enter into an agreement with Wolverine Fireworks Display Inc., for the Grosse Pointe Farms Regatta Fireworks Display.
g. Consideration of a request from the Finance Director to approve March 2019 invoices.
Waldmeir motioned, Farquhar seconded to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion carried.
Council received the March 2019 Public Safety Report.
City Manager Reeside informed Council that the Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast would take place on May 2, 2019.
Council heard general public comment from the audience.
Mayor Theros adjourned the regular meeting at 8:05 p.m.
Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk
Louis Theros, Mayor