VILLAGE OF KALKASKA
MINUTES OF A SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 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 4:00 p.m.
PRESENT: President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie (left at 5:11 p.m.), Ellis (arrived at 4:03 p.m.), Kelly, Sanborn and White.
ABSENT: Trustee Needham
STAFF PRESENT: Scott Yost, Village Manager; Glenn Artress, Police Lieutenant; Helen Artress, Police Department Administrative Assistant.
PUBLIC PRESENT: Craig Wood, Judy Wood and Mickey Miller.
APPROVAL OF SPECIAL AGENDA
Motion by White, second by Sanborn, to amend the agenda to accept public comment. Motion carried on a voice vote.
Retired DPW Supervisor Craig Wood commented on the offer to settle with the Ramseys, which had come to his attention. Wood stated he had no intent of filing suit against the Village of Kalkaska. Wood further stated the attorney for the Plaintiffs has kept him up to date regarding this matter and on the offer of settlement. Wood advised that he is interested in an out-of-court settlement, and requested a reply from the Village either way as he would like to negotiate.
CONSULTATION WITH VILLAGE ATTORNEYS TO DISCUSS PENDING HEALTHCARE LAWSUITS WITH THE HILLS, RAMSEYS AND CHEW-ARTRESS AND CONSIDERATION OF A WRITTEN LEGAL OPINION FROM VILLAGE ATTORNEYS CONCERNING SUBPOENAS AND NOTICES FROM PLAINTIFFS TO VILLAGE COUNCIL MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES (POSSIBLE CLOSED SESSION PER SECTION 15.258(e) OF THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT
Motion by Sanborn, second by Kelly, to go into closed session to: 1) consult with the Village of Kalkaska attorneys regarding trial strategy in connection with the pending healthcare lawsuits with the Hills, Ramseys, and Chew-Artress’s pursuant to MCL 15.268(e); and 2) for consideration of a written legal opinion from the Village of Kalkaska attorneys concerning subpoenas and notices from Plaintiffs to Village Council members and employees pursuant to MCL 15.268(h). A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – Trustee Needham. Motion carried. Closed Session began at 4:12 p.m.
RETURN TO OPEN SESSION
Motion by White, second by Sanborn, to end Closed Session. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Ellis, Kelly, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – Trustees Dupuie and Needham. Motion carried. Open Session resumed at 5:17 p.m.
President Sieting noted that no discussion took place regarding Craig Wood per the Village attorney’s recommendation.
With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 5:18 p.m.
Recorded By: Scott Yost, Village Manager