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May 13, 2019 | 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, May 13, 2019, 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: Shane Reeside, City Manager; Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk/Assistant City Manager; Debra Peck Lichtenberg, City Controller/Treasurer; Daniel Jensen, Director of Public Safety; John Hutchins, Deputy Director of Public Safety; Matthew Baka, Director of Public Service; William T. Burgess, City Attorney; and Hunter Whitehill, City Planner.
Mayor Theros led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council considered the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting held on April 8, 2019.
Mayor Theros motioned to approve the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting held on April 8, 2019. Motion carried.
Council considered an agreement with The Grosse Pointe War Memorial regarding the Patriot Theater.
Alan Lowenthal, Esq. was present on behalf of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
Waldmeir motioned, Wood seconded to approve the agreement between the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and City of Grosse Pointe Farms regarding the Patriot Theater. Motion carried.
Waldmeir motioned, Wood seconded to temporarily adjourn Regular Session and reconvene as the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Motion carried.
The Zoning Board of Appeals considered a variance request for 24 Beverly Road regarding the demolition of an existing non-conforming detached garage and the construction of a new attached garage.
The following documents were provided to the City Council: 1) Memorandum from Public Service Director, Matthew Baka entitled, “24 Beverly, Variance request” dated May 6, 2019; 2) Letter from City Planner Brian Keesey entitled, “24 Beverly Road: Addition of a Non-Conforming Building” dated May 6, 2019; and 3) Site Plan entitled, “Latka-Hess Residence” dated March 26, 2019.
Mr. Blair Hess, property owner, gave a brief presentation regarding the variance request.

Chairman Theros opened the Public Hearing at 7:10 p.m.
No verbal or written comments were received.
Chairman Theros closed the Public Hearing at 7:10 p.m.
Donaven motioned, Wood seconded to approve the variance request to demolish the existing non-conforming detached garage and the construct a new attached garage with the following conditions: 1) the Historic District Commission provides written approval of the variance request; and 2) that the rear fence be screened with evergreen plant material. YES: Chairman Theros, Farquhar, Donaven, Gillooly, Ricci, Waldmeir and Wood; NO: None; Absent: None. Motion Carried.
Waldmeir motioned, Wood seconded to adjourn the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and reconvene as the City Council. Motion Carried.
Council held a Public Hearing to consider a proposed ordinance to amend the Vehicle Code.
Gillooly, Chairman of the Ordinance Committee gave a brief presentation regarding the proposed ordinance to amend the Vehicle Code.
Waldmeir asked City Manager Reeside how the fees related to this ordinance are established.
City Manager Reeside stated that the fees could be set by Administration or Council.
Mayor Theros recommended that Council consider the amount of each fee at as a separate agenda item.
Mayor Theros opened the Public Hearing at 7:15 p.m.
No verbal or written comments were received.
Mayor Theros closed the Public Hearing at 7:15 p.m.
Ricci motioned, Waldmeir seconded to approve the proposed ordinance to amend the Vehicle Code. Motion carried.
Council held a Public Hearing to consider a Proposed Fireworks Ordinance.
Gillooly, Chairman of the Ordinance Committee gave a brief presentation regarding the Proposed Fireworks Ordinance.
Mayor Theros opened the Public Hearing at 7:20 p.m.
Andy Dervan, 306 Fisher Road asked who determines what hours fireworks may be used.
City Attorney Burgess stated that the hours fireworks may be used are set by State law.
Mayor Theros closed the Public Hearing at 7:20 p.m.
Farquhar motioned, Wood seconded to approve the proposed Fireworks Ordinance. Motion carried.
Council held a Public Hearing regarding the Proposed Tax Millage Rates and Budget for Fiscal Year Ending 2020.
Wood, on behalf of the Budget and Audit Committee and City Controller/Treasurer Peck gave a presentation regarding the Proposed Tax Millage Rates and Budget for Fiscal Year Ending 2020.
Mayor Theros opened the Public Hearing at 7:25 p.m.
No verbal or written comments were received.
Mayor Theros closed the Public Hearing at 7:25 p.m.
Wood motioned, Gillooly seconded to approve the Tax Millage Rates and Budget for Fiscal Year Ending 2020 as proposed. Motion carried.
Council considered a request to approve Water and Sewer Rates for Fiscal Year Ending 2020.
Wood, on behalf of the Budget and Audit Committee and City Controller/Treasurer Peck gave a presentation regarding Water and Sewer Rates for Fiscal Year Ending 2020.
Wood motioned, Gillooly seconded to approve the Water and Sewer Rates for Fiscal Year Ending 2020 as proposed. Motion carried.
Council considered a request to approve a Recycling Contract Extension and Recycling Rates for Fiscal Year Ending 2020.
Wood, on behalf of the Budget and Audit Committee and City Controller/Treasurer Peck gave a presentation regarding a Recycling Contract Extension and Recycling Rates for Fiscal Year Ending 2020.
Wood motioned, Farquhar seconded to approve a Recycling Contract Extension and Recycling Rates for Fiscal Year Ending 2020 as proposed. Motion carried.
Council approved the following seven items on the Consent Agenda.
a. Consideration of the re-appointment of Kevin Broderick and Conrad Koski as citizen representatives to the Retirement System Boards.
b. Consideration of the re-appointment of Mayor Pro Tem James C. Farquhar and Councilmember Joe Ricci as Council representatives to the Retirement System Boards.
c. Consideration of a request from the Parks and Recreation Department to purchase two John Deere TX Gators.
d. Consideration of a Resolution approving the Plan Year 2019 CDBG Application.
e. Consideration of a request from the Grosse Pointe Rotary Sunrise Club to approve the “40th Grosse Pointe Run” on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
f. Approval of payment for legal services.
g. Consideration of a request from the Finance Director to approve April 2019 invoices.
Waldmeir motioned, Ricci seconded to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion carried.
Council received the City’s Quarterly Financial Report for the nine months ended March 31, 2019.
Council received the April 2019 Public Safety Report.
City Manager Reeside informed Council that the Administration was proceeding with a project to raise the height of a portion of the docks at the Pier Park Marina to ensure they would remain usable to boaters during high water conditions and stated that the cost would not exceed $40,000.
Council authorized the emergency expenditure at the Pier Park Marina for a cost not to exceed $40,000.
State Representative Joe Tate, gave an update to City Council regarding several issues before the State House of Representatives.
Council heard general public comment from the audience.
Mayor Theros adjourned the regular meeting at 8:44 p.m.


Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk Louis Theros, Mayor

 

 

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