City Council Meeting Minutes
September 12, 2011 | City Council Minutes
Present on Roll Call: Mayor James C. Farquhar, Jr.; Councilmembers Martin F. West, Therese Joseph, Louis Theros, Joseph T. Leonard and Peter W. Waldmeir.
Those Absent Were: None.
Also Present: Messrs. William Burgess, City Attorney; Shane L. Reeside, City Manager; Matthew Tepper, Assistant City Manager/City Clerk; John Lamerato, City Controller/City Treasurer; Terry Brennan, Public Service Director; 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.
11-074 MOMENT OF SILENCE – HONORING SEPTEMBER 11TH VICTIMS
At this time, Mayor Farquhar called for a Moment of Silence in honor of the September 11, 2001 victims.
11-075 MOMENT OF SILENCE /RESOLUTION – HONORING COUNCILMAN CHARLES S. “TERRY” DAVIS III
At this time, Mayor Farquhar called for a Moment of Silence in honor of Councilman Davis’ passing on August 14, 2011 and stated that a Resolution honoring Councilman Davis will be present to his wife and children at their home.
11-076 PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION – GROSSE POINTE FARMS SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GIRL’S TRACK TEAM AND COACHES
At this time, Mayor Farquhar presented members of the Grosse Pointe South High School State Championship Girl’s Track Team, and their Coaches, Certificates of Appreciation for their outstanding contribution to their school and their community; as follows:
Aubryn Samaroo Natalie Gay Marissa Monforton Mia Perkins Emily Jackman Madi Kaiser Sydney Burke Lily Pendy Carmen Engel Caitlin Moore Veronica Schacht Haley Meier Hannah Meier /and/ Coaches Steve Zaranek Leo Lamberti Mike Novak Shawn McNamara Tereza Schaible
The Minutes of the Regular Meeting, which was held August 8, 2011, were approved as submitted.
The Minutes of the Closed Session, which was held August 8, 2011, were approved as submitted.
11-078 QUESTIONS FROM PUBLIC REGARDING RECENT FLOODING
Mayor Farquhar stated to the audience that the City is scheduling a Special Meeting solely dedicated to this issue on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and the Administration has been working diligently and swiftly since Friday night, along with the City’s engineers Hubbell, Roth & Clark to find cause and formulate a solution to the problem. The Council would be premature in making comments tonight, however you are welcome to come to the podium, state your name and address and recite your questions.
The Following Persons had Concerns & Questions for the Council: 1-Carlos Monarrez of 417 Moran. 2- Bill Seymour of 401 Roland Court. 3-Susan Raudabaugh of 256 Cloverly. 4-Steve Gualtieri of 413 McKinley. 5-Chris Lawrence of 413 Champine. 6-Philip Tannian of 453 McKinley. 7-Kevin Nugent of 440 McKinley. 8-Cathleen Dueweke of 416 Roland. 9-Andrew Dervan of 306 Fisher.
Mayor Farquhar thanked everyone for their questions and comments which will be addressed at the meeting on Thursday at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
11-079 REQUEST TO APPROVE CITIZEN REPRESENTATIVE – RETIREMENT SYSTEMS COMMISSION
Communications Received: 1-Memo from Assistant City Manager, dated August 1, 2011, along with two resumes. A nomination for Mr. Kevin P.A. Broderick to serve as Citizen Representative to the City’s General Employee Retirement Systems Commission was placed on the table.
A nomination for Mr. James Penman to serve as Citizen Representative to serve on the City’s General Employees Retirement Systems Commission was placed on the table.
There being no further names submitted, the nominations were closed.
A ballot vote was then taken for Mr. Kevin P.A. Broderick and Mr. Penman and the whole number of votes cast was six (6), the number necessary for an election is four (4) and Mr. Broderick received four (4) votes and Mr. Penman received two (2).
Follow the ballot vote, Mr. Kevin P.A. Broderick was appointed to serve as Citizen Representative to the General Employes Retirement Systems Commission to fill the remainder of the term ending in May 2012.
11-080 VILLAGE OF GROSSE POINTE SHORES MUNICIPAL COURT PROPOSED SUBDIVISION
Communications Received: 1-Proposed Agreement.
Persons Addressing the Council: 1-Brian Vick, City Manager, Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.
It was moved by Councilman Waldmeir and supported by Councilman Leonard that the Council hereby approves the Municipal Court Operating Agreement between the City of Grosse Pointe Farms and Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, A Michigan City, subject to specific amendments and conditions, including approval of the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council; and further, the Council recognizing that a separate written document be developed for the Court Administrator and Court personnel with respect to costs and hours and subject to administrative approval.
11-081 RESOLUTION – SCHOOL OF CHOICE
Communications Received: 1-Proposed Resolution.
It was moved by Councilman Theros and supported by Councilman Leonard that the Council hereby adopt the Resolution in Opposition to School of Choice Mandate, as follows:
WHEREAS, on April 27, 2011, Governor Rick Snyder published his plan for Education Reform to the Michigan Legislature, specifically “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace”, proposing legislation to include a provision for “schools of choice” and will no longer allow school districts to opt out of accepting out-of –districts students; WHEREAS, the Grosse Pointe Public Schools taxpayers take pride in our schools and voted for increased millage to provide a high-level curriculum to our students, and to enact school of choice would be an injustice to community taxpayers; WHEREAS, the Grosse Pointe taxpayers are paying nearly $7 million dollars a year in taxes through approved sinking fund and other bond issues for the capital improvements and expansions of its schools for its residents (debts that are NOT taxable to our-of-district families or reimbursable from the State); WHEREAS, tax-paying students stand the chance of being bumped from their ability to participate in extracurricular programs such as athletics and other clubs because of limited availability; WHEREAS, it is because of local control that has established high standards for education through the efforts of its Board of Directors, Administration, teachers staff, parent-boosters, and students who fully vest themselves into the community by giving of their time for extracurricular activities, fund raising, and community service events; WHEREAS, a mandated participation in school of choice may necessitate a lower-standard curriculum to ensure graduate ratios; AND, WHEREAS, a proposed House Bill is anticipated to be drafted and presented to the legislature in fall of 2011 that would mandate schools of choice in all Michigan school districts and that such legislation would further interfere with local control of our schools; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Grosse Pointe Farms objects to any legislation mandating that every school district become a school of choice district, or that any legislation be introduced that further eliminates local control of schools, and that a copy of this resolution be immediately provided to the Governor, the legislative leaders of the State House and Senate, the current State Representative and Senator representing the Grosse Pointes, Grosse Pointe Public Schools Board of Education, and all Grosse Pointe communities and City of Harper Woods. Unanimously Adopted
11-082 CONTRACT RATIFICATION – POLICE OFFICERS LABOR COUNCIL
Communications Received: 1-Memorandum from Assistant City Manager, dated September 2, 2011.
It was moved by Councilman Waldmeir and supported by Councilman Leonard that the Council hereby approve the contract ratification with the Police Officers Labor Council (POLC), as stated in the memorandum from the Assistant City Manager, dated September 2, 2011.
Unanimously Adopted 11-083 REPORTS
Report Received: 1-Public Safety Report – August 2011
The foregoing Report was received by the Council and ordered placed on file.
11-084 DISCUSSION – COUNCIL VACANCY
Communications Received: 1-Memorandum from Assistant City Manager/City Clerk, dated September 2, 2011.
Pursuant to the City Charter and the State of Michigan Election Law, City Council has 60 days to fill the vacancy occurring on August 14th with October 13th being the deadline for an appointment for the balance of Mr. Davis’ term until November 2013; and, further, Charter dictates that should Council not choose to appoint, a special election would occur during the February 2012 Primary at a cost of approximately $12,000.
Following discussion, it was moved by Councilman Waldmeir and supported by Councilman Leonard that the Council consider their option of appointment to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Councilman Davis and that the City Clerk post a Notice of Council Vacancy ten days in advance of the deadline for Council appointment and to include solicitation of candidates.
Unanimously Adopted 11-085 CLOSED SESSION
It was moved by Councilwoman Joseph and supported by Councilman West that immediately following adjournment of the Regular Meeting, a Closed Session shall be held for the purpose of discussing real estate and litigation matters.
Upon proper motion made, supported and carried, the Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
JAMES C. FARQUHAR, JR. MATTHEW J. TEPPER MAYOR CITY CLERK
Minutes Prepared: September 19, 2011