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January 9, 2012 | City Council Minutes

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

Those Absent Were: None.

Also Present: Messrs. William T. Burgess, City Attorney; Christopher Cornwall, City Attorney; Shane L. Reeside, City Manager; Matthew Tepper, Assistant City Manager/City Clerk; John M. Lamerato, City Controller/Treasurer; Terry Brennan, Director of Public Service; Dan Jensen, Director of Public Safety; John Hutchins, Deputy Director of Public Safety; Pamela J. Baker, Executive Assistant/Deputy City Clerk.

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

12-000 RECOGNITION FOR GROSSE POINTE SOUTH 2011 CROSS COUNTRY DIVISION 1 STATE CHAMPIONS

At this time, Mayor Farquhar recognized the following members of Grosse Pointe South’s 2011 Cross Country Division 1 State Champions, and their coaches:

Hannh Meier Kelsie Schwartz Haley Meier Ersula Farrow Megan Sklarski Carolyn Sullivan Nicole Keller Mary Spencer

And, Coaches

Steve Zaranek Leo Lamberti Shawn McNamara Tereza Schaible

12-001 MINUTES

The Minutes of the Regular Meeting which was held on December 5, 2011, were approved as submitted.

The Minutes of the Closed Session, which was held on December 5, 2011, were approved as susbmitted.

12-002 STORM SYSTEM UPDATE – HUBBELL, ROTH & CLARK, INC.

Documents Received: 1-Presentation submitted by Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.

Persons Addressing the Council: 1-Thomas Biehl, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. 2-Jim , 382 Mt. Vernon, asked about response time by employees to the Pump Station and status of claims. 3-Liz Vogel, 133 Muir, stated that the Resolution for Fox Creek Enclosure should be adopted and suggested that the City go door-to-door to inquire about elevations. 4-Andrew Dervan, 306 Fisher 5-Dr. Connie Boris, stated that the residents need sound information as to what exactly caused the flooding. Following a presentation by the City’s Engineer, Thomas Biehl, and based upon the recommendations of the Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc., it was moved by Councilman Leonard and supported by Councilman Theros that the Council hereby authorize the City Engineers to proceed with the preliminary plans and cost estimates for Phase 1 Upgrades to the Kerby Road Pump Station identifying contingencies that could be associated, or have substantial impact, on Phase II.

Unanimously Adopted

12-003 RESOLUTION – FOX CREEK ENCLOSURE

Persons Addressing the Council: 1-Thomas Biehl, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.

Following discussion, it was moved by Councilman Waldmeir and supported by Councilman West that the Council hereby approve the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, the City of Grosse Pointe Farms resolves that there is a common interest by multiple governmental units in assessing the condition and operability of the Fox Creek Enclosure.

WHEREAS, those local governmental entities include, but are not limited to the County of Wayne, the City of Grosse Pointe Farms, the City of Grosse Pointe and the City of Grosse Pointe Park.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that given a common interest in sanitary sewage disposal reliability, the City of Grosse Pointe Farms formally requests the Wayne County Drain Commissioner to provide for the inspection and assessment of the condition of the Fox Creek Enclosure.

Unanimously Adopted

12-004 FIRE SAFETY INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT

Communications Received: 1-Proposed Fire Safety Interlocal Agreement.

It was moved by Councilman Theros and supported by Councilman Leonard that the Council hereby adopt the Fire Safety Interlocal Agreement, as presented.

Unanimously Adopted

12-005 CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Communications Received: 1-City Council Committee Assignments.

The Council accepted the Committee Assignments, as presented.

12-006 RESOLUTION – DEFICIT ELIMINATION PLANS – WATER & SEWER AND MUNICIPAL RADIO SYSTEM

Communications Received: 1-Memo from John M. Lamerato, City Controller/Treasurer, dated 6 December, 2011. 2-Proposed Resolution.

Persons Addressing the Council: 1-John M. Lamerato, City Controller/Treasurer.

Following discussion, it was moved by Councilman Waldmeir and supported by Councilman West that the Council hereby adopt the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, the City of Grosse Pointe Farms Water and Sewer and Municipal Radio System Funds have a $310,518 and $7,579 deficit in unrestricted net assets respectively on June 30, 2011; and

WHEREAS, Act 275 of the Public Acts of 1980 requires that a Deficit Elimination Plan be formulated by the local government and filed with the Michigan Department of Treasury;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the legislative body adopts the mentioned plans in the attached memo as the Deficit Elimination Plan;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Clerk submits the Deficit Elimination Plan to the Michigan Department of Treasury for certification.

Unanimously Adopted

12-007 ORDINANCE NO. 382 – ORDINANCE ADDRESSING FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT PROVISIONS OF THE STATE CONSTRUCTION CODE NO.

Communications Received: 1-Memorandum from Director of Public Service, dated December 21, 2011. 2-Proposed Ordinance.

Persons Addressing the Council: 1-Terry Brennan, Director of Public Service.

It was moved by Councilman Theros and supported by Councilman Wood that the Council hereby adopt the new Ordinance No. 382 – Ordinance Addressing Floodplain Management Provisions of the State Construction Code – Code No. 12-05, as follows:

(Full Ordinance No. 382 – Ordinance Addressing Floodplain Management Provisions of the State Construction Code – Code No. 12-05 to appear In the Official Minutes) Unanimously Adopted

12-008 WAYNE COUNTY ANNUAL PERMITS

Communications Received: 1-Memorandum from Director of Public Service, dated December 21, 2012.

It was moved by Councilman Theros and supported by Councilman Wood that the Council hereby approve the annual permit renewals for Maintenance, Repairs, and Special Events/Road Closures, as required by Wayne County.

Unanimously Adopted

12-009 REPORTS

Reports Received: 1-Public Safety Report for November 2011

The Council received the Report and ordered it placed on file.

12-010 CLOSED SESSION

It was moved by Councilman West and supported by Councilman Wood that the Council temporarily adjourn the Regular Meeting and convene a Closed Session for the purpose of discussing litigation matters.

Unanimously Adopted

12-011 RECONVENE THE REGULAR MEETING

It was moved by Councilman Leonard and supported by Councilman Waldmeir that following adjournment of the Closed Session, the Council shall reconvene the Regular Meeting.

Unanimously Adopted

12-012 TAX ASSESSMENT SETTLEMENT – COUNTRY CLUB OF DETROIT

City Attorney William Burgess announced that there was an agreement, in principal, with regard to a settlement with the Country Club of Detroit and details of that settlement will be forthcoming.

ADJOURNMENT

Upon proper motion made, supported and carried, the Meeting adjourned at 10:05 p.m.

JAMES C. FARQUHAR, JR. MATTHEW J. TEPPER MAYOR CITY CLERK

Minutes Prepared: January 10, 2012

 

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