VILLAGE OF KALKASKA
MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 IN THE VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 200 HYDE STREET, KALKASKA, MICHIGAN, 49646.
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
President Sieting called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
PRESENT: President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White.
ABSENT: Trustee North
STAFF PRESENT: Scott Yost, Village Manager; Angie Koon, Village Clerk; Glenn Artress, Police Lieutenant; Helen Artress, Department of Public Safety Administrative Assistant; Mark Baars, Clean Water Plant Supervisor; Denny Corrado, Compliance Officer.
PUBLIC PRESENT: Chris Helberg, Kevin Rogols, Ehren Jones, Jessica Jones, Shyler Engel, Laura Zingg, Mickey Miller, Dan Johnson, Lon Husbands, Dennis Mansfield, Amy Sieting and Patty Cox.
Dan Johnson started with a prayer and President Sieting led with the Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA
Motion by White, second by Needham, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.
Trustee Kelly had a question regarding a library services and technical grant for which the DDA planned to apply. The inquiry will be directed to DDA Director Cash Cook.
Motion by Sanborn, second by Dupuie, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.
PUBLIC COMMENT – None
Presentation on KMHC Millage Campaign – Kalkaska Memorial Health Center (KMHC) Administrator Kevin Rogols stated that the hospital has been working on a plan to expand services, without impacting or disrupting surrounding residents, through the vacation of Second and Coral Streets. Rogols explained the proposed capital millage renewal, which will be on the ballot at a special election in May of 2017, will enable the hospital to expand these services.
Rogols detailed the areas of focus which include expansion of private rooms within Long-Term Care, addition of chemotherapy and infusion services, increased office space for primary and specialty care physicians, and increased parking. Rogols stated these areas are based on community input of desired needs. Rogols presented photos of the existing hospital campus, as well as illustrations of the proposed future campus. Rogols reviewed the timeline for the proposed project if the millage renewal is successful.
Manager Yost stated that the vacation of Second and Coral Streets will be instrumental in this project.
Motion by Dupuie, second by Sanborn, to approve the bills as presented in the amount of $133,661.67. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – Trustee North. Motion carried.
REPORTS FROM COUNCIL COMMITTEES
Finance Committee – President Sieting stated the committee was only able to review bills at today’s meeting, and other business will be handled at a later date.
Parks and Recreation Committee – Trustee White stated the committee met on January 25, 2017 to discuss reorganization of trails, as well as the Canopy Study. White stated that preparation work was also done for the February 1, 2017 Master Plan public forum.
Ordinance Review Committee – Trustee Needham reported that the committee discussed a proposed amendment to the Taxi Cab Ordinance. Needham reviewed the proposed changes, and stated the committee recommends that it be approved as presented. This will be addressed under New Business.
REPORTS FROM VILLAGE OFFICERS
The January 2017 report was provided by Lieutenant Artress.
CLEAN WATER REPORT
The January 2017 report was provided by Clean Water Plant Supervisor Mark Baars.
Manager Yost invited KMHC Administrator Kevin Rogols to discuss a recent meeting held between hospital and law enforcement personnel. Rogols explained that the hospital recently rendered care to an individual involved in a violent crime within the Village, and met with Village DPS and County Sheriff’s Department staff to debrief and review current hospital procedures. Rogols stressed the importance of having protocols in place to maintain safety, and will coordinate with law enforcement agencies to identify areas of needed improvement.
Yost requested that Council members review the Railroad Tank Car and Natural Hazard Mitigation resolutions. These will be tabled to the next meeting.
Yost stated he and Lieutenant Artress met with Emergency Manager Mike Thompson regarding a Voluntary Defense Force. Yost also introduced Chris Helberg of the Kalkaska Volunteer Milita, who was present at tonight’s meeting.
Yost announced that the Village will host a Weather Spotter training course on April 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Yost also announced a Medical First Responder course, which will be sponsored by the Kalkaska Emergency Unit (KEU). Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Village Manager or Village President.
Yost requested that the Business Development Committee meet as soon as possible regarding an offer from an internet provider to lease space on the Village’s water tower.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – None
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None
Schedule Public Hearing for Adoption of Budget for Fiscal Year Ending 2/28/2018 – The Public Hearing was scheduled for the February 27, 2017 regular Council meeting.
Consider Adoption of Resolution 2017-003 Railroad Tank Car Parking – Tabled to the February 27, 2017 Council meeting.
Consider Adoption of Resolution 2017-004 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan – Tabled to the February 27, 2017 Council meeting.
Consider Adoption of Resolution 2017-005 Amendment to Village Fee Schedule – Manager Yost pointed out that the only change made to the fee schedule involved Medical Marijuana facility license charges. Yost stated that the annual licensing fee will be permitted by new State law. Yost stated he hopes that proposed amendments to the Medical Marijuana Zoning and Regulatory Ordinances will be available for Planning Commission and Council review in March.
Motion by Needham, second by White, to adopt Resolution 2017-005. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – Trustee Kelly; Absent – Trustee North. Motion carried.
Consider Approval of Purchase Agreement for Vacant Lot #9 at Kalkaska Enterprise Industrial Park – Manager Yost explained that the offers for both this lot and lot #10, which will be addressed next on the agenda, were both full-price. Yost reminded Council that there were previous offers on these lots by another buyer, which were rejected because offers were less than full price. Yost stated that purchase agreements being considered on both lots are for Medical Marijuana processing facilities. Yost advised that he views these as opportunities for significant Village revenue. Trustee Needham added that these facilities will be monitored very closely to ensure they are in compliance with State law, as well as regulations put into place by the Village.
President Sieting introduced Mr. and Mrs. Jones, along with their attorney Shyler Engel, who own facilities elsewhere. Engel explained the Medical Marijuana Licensing Act and reviewed the growing, processing and distribution processes.
Motion by White, second by Sanborn, to approve the purchase agreement for lot #9 and authorize the Village President to sign. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – Trustee North. Motion carried.
Consider Approval of Purchase Agreement for Vacant Lot #10 at Kalkaska Enterprise Industrial Park – Motion by Needham, second by White, to approve the purchase agreement for lot #10 and authorize the Village President to sign. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays –None; Absent – Trustee North. Motion carried.
Appoint Village Representative to Kalkaska County Tax Allocation Board – President Sieting will serve as the Village representative to the Kalkaska County Tax Allocation Board, with Trustee Needham acting as an alternate.
Consider Adoption of Ordinance 2017-003 Amendment to Taxi Cab Ordinance – Motion by Needham, second by Sanborn, to adopt amended Ordinance 2017-003 as presented. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – Trustee North. Motion carried.
Authorize Publication of Delinquent Utility Accounts to be Transferred to Tax Rolls – Motion by Needham, second by Dupuie, to authorize the publication of delinquent utility accounts to be transferred to tax rolls. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – Trustee North. Motion carried.
Manager Yost attempted to clear up some misconceptions as to why Walmart will not be proceeding with the store in Kalkaska. Yost stated that alterations were made to the Village Zoning Code and site plan review process, which will be beneficial to the Village in the future. Yost concluded by advising Council to approach any future project with caution and clarity.
With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 7:25 p.m.
Recorded By: Angie Koon, Village Clerk