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April 13, 2020 | City Council Minutes

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE FARMS
CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

The regularly scheduled virtual meeting of the City Council for the City of Grosse Pointe Farms was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020, by Mayor Louis Theros.
Present: Mayor Louis Theros, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Ricci, Councilmembers John J. Gillooly, James C. Farquhar, Beth Konrad-Wilberding, Neil Sroka 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; and William T. Burgess, City Attorney.
Mayor Theros led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sroka motioned, Wood seconded to limit public comment to three minutes. Motion carried unanimously.
Council considered the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting and Closed Session held on March 9, 2020.
Mayor Theros motioned to approve the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting and Closed Session held on March 9, 2020. Motion carried.
Council considered a request from Administration to authorize the purchase of a fire apparatus.

Public Safety Director Jensen, Deputy Director Hutchins and Lieutenant Rodgers gave a presentation regarding the request to purchase the fire apparatus.

Council discussed the purchase with Administration.

Mayor Theros asked for public comment from the audience.

Public comment was received from Andrew Dervan, 306 Fisher Road who spoke in favor of the purchase.

Wood motioned, Farquhar seconded t that the City Council approve and authorize the Public Safety Department to place an order to purchase one Rosenbauer FX Pumper with Rosenbauer Commander Chassis, for a price not to exceed $648,327 as detailed in the memo provided to the Council from Debra Lichtenberg dated March 28, 2020, the undated memo from the Department of Public Safety Deputy Director John Hutchins and the detailed purchasing memo dated February 10, 2020 from Lt. Andrew Rogers.

The City Council concurs that the intent and guidelines of the City’s purchasing policy have been followed in the research and recommendation of this purchase.
Extensive market research was done by members of the department regarding alternative brands of equipment prior to formulating a recommendation for this specific brand.

The department has a clear understanding of the unique nature of the size of our garage and has a prior history with this company.

Therefore, it is in the best interest of the city to move forward based on the facts presented.
With approval of this motion, the City Council amends the 2019‐2020 Capital Projects Fund budget to increase the approved expenditures by $648,327. Motion carried.

Council considered the following items on the Consent Agenda.
a) Consideration of a request from Administration to approve an agreement with the Country Club of Detroit regarding the sale of water.
b) Consideration of a request from the Finance Director to approve February 2020 invoices.
c) Consideration of a request to schedule a Public Hearing for proposed Fiscal Year Ending 2020 Budget for the May 11, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting.
Gillooly motioned, Sroka seconded to remove item “a” and approve items “b-c” on the Consent Agenda. Motion carried.

Council considered a request from Administration to approve an agreement with the Country Club of Detroit regarding the sale of water.
City Manager Reeside gave a brief presentation regarding the proposed agreement.
Farquhar motioned, Wood seconded to approve the proposed agreement with the Country Club of Detroit regarding the sale of water. Motion carried.
Council received the March 2020 Public Safety Report.

Council discussed the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the City.

Council requested public comment from the virtual audience but none was received.
Mayor Theros adjourned the regular meeting at 7:50 p.m.


Derrick Kozicki, City Clerk                                                             Louis Theros, Mayor

 

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