VILLAGE OF KALKASKA
MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 10, 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, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White.
STAFF PRESENT: Scott Yost, Village Manager; Angie Koon, Village Clerk; Mark Baars, WWTP Supervisor; Helen Artress, Department of Public Safety Administrative Assistant; Glenn Artress, Police Lieutenant; Denny Corrado, Village Licensing and Zoning.
PUBLIC PRESENT: Dan Johnson, Clyde Johnson, Kevin Rogols, Misty Marshall, Amy Sieting, Mickey Miller, Darren Gramm, Diana Shafer, Arthur Caden, Kelly Hall, Robert Hall, Connie Vedder, Dawn Uranis, Mark Johnson, Jonathon Dupuie, Kenneth Berry, Crystal Spencer, Megan Nothelfer, Joyce Ann Golden, Elizabeth Dunham and Dennis Mansfield.
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.
Motion by Sanborn, second by Needham, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.
CONSIDERATION OF TRIAL OR SETTLEMENT STRATEGY WITH COUNSEL REGARDING PENDING LITIGATION (Possible Closed Session per Section 152.268e of the Open Meetings Act)
President Sieting read a brief statement providing background on the healthcare lawsuits for which Village Council will enter into Closed Session.
Motion by Sanborn, second by White, to enter into Closed Session. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays –None; Absent – None. Motion carried. Closed Session began at 6:10 p.m.
RETURN TO OPEN SESSION
Motion by White, second by Needham, to return to Open Session. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays –None; Absent – None. Motion carried. Open Session resumed at 8:05 p.m.
President Sieting then called for a ten-minute recess.
PUBLIC COMMENT – None
Trustee Kelly questioned the refund issued for a Medical Marijuana license fee. Manager Yost stated the applicant decided against pursuing the license.
Motion by Sanborn, second by Dupuie, to pay the bills as presented in the amount of $370,172.85. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – Trustee Kelly; Absent – None. Motion carried.
REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES
Finance Committee – Trustee Sanborn stated that, in addition to bills, the committee reviewed monthly payroll reconciliations, monthly payroll, bank reconciliations and journal entries.
REPORTS FROM VILLAGE OFFICERS
The June 2017 report was provided by Lieutenant Artress
CLEAN WATER REPORT
The June 2017 report was provided by CWP Supervisor Mark Baars.
Manager Yost stated that the Chalker Park sealing was completed by the jail work crew.
Yost announced that a Pre-Construction Meeting for the SAW Grant will take place on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
Yost stated that the Department of Public Safety officers were recently involved in two events where Narcan (an opioid reversal agent) was used, stating it is a benefit to arm officers with this item.
Yost stated that the Rural Development project is progressing, and apologized for disrepair of Village streets during this project. Yost requested residents to contact the Village Office to report any poorly-patched roads. Yost reported that paving should begin on the south end of the Village around July 24, 2017. Yost further stated boring underneath the streets would take place for most water services.
Yost stated that a Public Works Committee meeting is needed. Clerk Koon will contact committee members for availability.
Yost reported that the Michigan Rural Water Association will be assisting the Village with a required Water System Asset Management Study.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – None
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None
Consider Approval of Pay Draw No. 6 Rural Development Water and Sewer Projects – Motion by Needham, second by Sanborn, to approve Pay Draw No. 6 contingent upon Rural Development approval. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None. Motion carried.
Consider Request from Kalkaska Sheriff’s Office to Waive Clubhouse Rental Fee for 2017 Hunter’s Safety Class August 13, 2017 – Motion by White, second by Ellis, to waive Village Clubhouse rental fee for KSO Hunter’s Safety Class as requested. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Elis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None. Motion carried.
Personnel Committee Report (Personnel Matters) – Trustee Needham stated that the committee had previously discussed wage adjustments for employees Faith Ramsey and Denny Corrado. Needham stated the recommendations were based on job performance evaluations, and explained why the increases are justified.
Motion by Needham, second by Kelly, to authorize a $2.18 wage adjustment for Faith Ramsey to keep her in line with other Administrative Assistants and for added duties. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays –None; Absent – None. Motion carried.
Motion by Needham, second by White, to authorize a $1.71 wage adjustment for Denny Corrado for added hours and duties. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Ellis, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – Trustee Kelly; Abstention – Trustee Dupuie; Absent – None. Motion carried.
Cindy Anderson introduced herself as a taxpaying citizen of Kalkaska County. Anderson read a statement on all individuals “being one” and pointed on what she felt was a racist statement made President Sieting, an elected official. Anderson also pointed out the Village’s Mission Statement, which makes reference to supporting all people in the Village. Anderson stated that there has been a lot of good work in Kalkaska, and expressed her desire to organize town hall meetings to continue the positive aspects. Anderson stated she feels Sieting ran for office to represent all people of the community, not solely one race. Anderson stated she believes all of Sieting’s constituents need an apology, and asked Sieting whether he would apologize. Sieting stated that he does not feel he owes anyone an apology for exercising his freedom of speech.
Joyce Golden introduced herself, and stated that she does not live in the Village of Kalkaska. Golden stated she is sorry that Anderson feels the way that she does. Golden further stated she believes that, because Sieting posted the comments in question on his personal Facebook page, the statements were not made to represent all of the community. Golden stated she is not offended by the comments and, whether or not she agrees, she believes the statements represent Sieting’s own opinion. Golden thanked Sieting for his service, and stated she believes him to be honest and hard-working. Golden commended Sieting for expressing his opinion.
Elizabeth Dunham submitted a statement in reference to the Trump sign located on the Sieting Hotel, and identified the sections of the Village Sign Ordinance which she feels the sign violates. Dunham stated she does not believe the sign is benefitting the Village, and explained why she feels the sign should be removed.
Joyce Golden responded that Donald Trump is the U.S. President, and stated she is glad that Sieting supports the President and displays the sign in question.
Megan Nothelfer introduced herself as a community member who is currently disappointed in the community. Nothelfer stated she believes that energy may be better spent on improvements in the Village. Nothelfer stated she supports President Sieting, and has no problem with the neither the Trump sign nor Sieting’s personal opinion expressed.
Trustee Needham pointed out that the sign on the hotel says to “Pray for Trump”, and stated she is upset that there is a dispute over praying for someone. Needham further stated she believes people should all be able to voice their opinions, pointing out that others who have made comments at tonight’s meeting are expressing opinions.
Trustee Kelly stated she has been a Village resident for 51 years. Kelly stated that less than a handful of residents have approached her regarding the sign on the Sieting hotel. Kelly further stated she believes that everyone may choose to express opinions in their own way.
Elizabeth Dunham stated she is not attacking Sieting’s political beliefs. Dunham stated she believes this is an issue because the Village Ordinances should be followed by all, rather than making exceptions for some.
Ken Berry stated he does not have a problem with the Trump sign on the Sieting Hotel, nor does he have a problem with expressing a personal opinion on a personal Facebook page. Berry read a statement made by Sieting on Facebook, where he refers to a “rogue Council member serving her own political agenda”. Berry stated he feels that Council members should be united and working together, not opposing each other.
Jonathon Dupuie stated he feels nothing is more important than the safety of the community members, and advised recent actions do not make him feel safe.
Cindy Anderson stated that she attended the protest last month with her mother. Anderson stated the counter-protesters at the Sieting Hotel property crossed the street and swore at her mother, which made them afraid. Anderson pointed out that Sieting gave these individuals permission to be on his property, and stated she feels Kalkaska is supposed to be a friendly community. Jonathon Dupuie added that he too felt intimidated at the protest.
President Sieting addressed Elizabeth Dunham, and pointed out that there are five sign violations surrounding his property. Sieting stated he would fight just as hard for others’ right to express their opinions as he is doing for himself.
With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.
Recorded By: Angie Koon, Village Clerk