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March 12, 2012 | City Council Minutes

Present on Roll Call: Mayor James C. Farquhar, Jr.; Councilmembers Lev Wood, Therese M. Joseph, Louis Theros, Joseph T. Leonard and Peter W. Waldmeir.

Those Absent Were: Councilmember Martin F. West.

Also Present: Messrs. William Burgess, City Attorney; Shane L. Reeside, City Manager; Matthew Tepper, Assistant City Manager/City Clerk; John M. Lamerato, City Controller/Treasurer; Matthew R. Rumora, Municipal Judge; Dan Jensen, Director of Public Safety; John Hutchins, Deputy Director of Public Safety; Richard Huhn, Director of Parks & Recreation; Pamela Baker, Deputy City Clerk.

Mayor James C. Farquhar, Jr. presided at the Regular Meeting.

12-022 COUNCILMAN EXCUSED

It was reported that Councilman West was out of the community and, therefore, unable to attend the meeting.

It was moved by Councilman Theros and supported by Councilman Joseph that the Council hereby excused Councilman West from attending the meeting.

Unanimously Adopted

12-023 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEE AWARDS

At this time, Mayor Farquhar, Judge Rumora, Director Jensen and Deputy Director Hutchins presented the 2011 Merit Awards to the following:

Lt. Jack Patterson Det. John Walko PSO Antonino Trupiano PSO Roger Wierszewski PSO/F.I. Thomas Shimko Paul Monarch, Communications

12-024 MINUTES

The Minutes of the Regular Meeting, which was held February 6, 2012, were approved as submitted.

The Minutes of the Closed Session, which was held February 6, 2012, were approved as submitted.

12-025 STATUS UPDATE – MACK/MOROSS GREENWAY PROJECT

Mack/Moross Greenway Project President Sheila O’Hara and Mel Hurley gave the Council an update on the Project.

12-026 STATUS UPDATE – WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Dr. Julie Corbett, along with Dr. Sandra Robinson, Gary Cummings, Mike Dodson and Catherine Hall each gave the Council their update on the services of Wayne County Community College.

12-027 STATUS UPDATE – SEWER SYSTEM

Persons Addressing the Council:
1-Andrew Dervan, 306 Fisher, inquired as to the length of the Fox Creek Enclosure.
2-Rebecca Edwards, when to expect the information bulletin and is it specific; she feels The power point map is inaccurate; inquired about the cost for surveying the Fox Creek Enclosure and would like to see on the city’s website, the cost incurred by Hubbell, Roth and Clark, Inc. since May.

The City Manager gave a brief update regarding the sewer system.

12-028 CONSENT AGENDA

It was moved by Councilman Theros and supported by Councilman Leonard that the following be approved from the Consent Agenda:

• The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2012-13 Programming.
• Auditing Services Bid.
• Parking and Traffic Committee Recommendations. • Permit for Fireworks.
• Emergency Sewer Lining Expenditure.
• Recycling Contract Extension


Unanimously Adopted

12-029 ECONOMIC VITALITY INCENTIVE PROGRAM (EVIP) GRANT RESOLUTION

Communications Received:
1-Proposed Resolution.


Following a full discussion, it was moved by Councilman Theros and supported by Councilman Wood that the Council hereby adopt the following resolution, as amended:

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan Department of Treasury has given preliminary notice of its intent to award an economic Vitality Incentive Program grant in the amount of up to $300,000 toward reimbursement of capital expenditures required to implement an All Grosse Pointe Dispatch Center; and

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan requires each municipality’s governing body to approve a resolution authorizing participation in the proposed project prior to finalizing the award of grants from the State of Michigan’s EVIP program; and

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan requires a resolution and copies of the minutes from the date of the meeting at which the resolution was approved to be provided within 60 days of the preliminary notice of award;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Grosse Pointe Farms Mayor and City Council hereby authorize participation in the All Grosse Pointe Dispatch Center project and on behalf of the City of Grosse Pointe Farms authorize City Manager Shane Reeside and City Clerk Matthew Tepper to provide this resolution and minutes indicating its approval to the State of Michigan, and to submit and execute documents requested by the State of Michigan relating to the EVIP grant requirements, subject to approval by the City Attorney.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the City of Grosse Pointe Farms’ acceptance of the grant and participation in the All Grosse Pointe Dispatch Center project shall not be deemed a final commitment to any proposed Interlocal agreement nor to the feasibility of or participation in any final project that may be proposed, but instead the City of Grosse Pointe Farms retains in its discretion all final decision-making with respect to the feasibility of and its participation in any final project.

Unanimously Adopted

12-030 COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

Communications Received:
1-Memorandum from Councilman West, dated March 8, 2012, along with Letters of Interest.


Following discussion, a motion was made by Councilman Leonard to disapprove the request for an exception to Article III, thereby allowing the appointment of one (1) additional citizen member to the Committee.

The motion failed for lack of support.

It was then moved by Councilman Theros and supported by Councilman Wood that the Council hereby approve the following recommended appointments to the City’s Communication Committee:

1. Leslie Curtis, 473 Bournemouth circle
2. Jan Starr, 29 Dyar Lane
3. Kelly Bartsch Rionda, 155 Lakeview
4. Elizabeth Vogel, 133 Muir Road


And, further, the Council hereby grants an exception to Article III of the Communications Committee Policies and Procedures thereby allowing the appointment of one (1) additional citizen member to the Committee, rather than the three (3) citizen members.

Unanimously Adopted

12-031 REQUEST FOR CHARITABLE GAMING LICENSE

Communications Received:
1-Request from Alliance Francaise de Grosse Pointe.


It was moved by Councilman Theros and supported by Councilman Leonard that the Council hereby approve the request for Charitable Gaming License from Alliance Francaise de Grosse Pointe, the raffle to be held May of 2012, raising fund to recognize top students taking French in each grade of high school at Grosse Pointe Public and private schools.

Unanimously Adopted

12-032 REPORTS

Reports Received:
1-Public Safety Report for February 2012
The foregoing Report was received by the Council and ordered placed on file.

ADJOURNMENT

Upon proper motion made, supported and carried, the Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

JAMES C. FARQUHAR, JR.
MAYOR

MATTHEW J. TEPPER
CITY CLERK

Minutes Prepared: March 13, 2012

 

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