Village Council Minutes 9-11-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 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.

ABSENT: None

STAFF PRESENT:     Scott Yost, Village Manager; Angie Koon, Village Clerk; Helen Artress, Department of Public Safety Administrative Assistant; Glenn Artress, Police Lieutenant.

PUBLIC PRESENT: Clyde Johnson, Darren Graham, George Konvinski, Pat Konvinski, Crystal Spencer, Elizabeth Dunham, Ed Tobey, Diana Shafer, Art Caden, Ken Berry, Jonathon Dupuie, Bob Bowersox, Dawn Uranis, Fred Azar, Mickey Miller, Patty Cox, Billie Shafer and Dennis Mansfield.

Trustee Needham 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.

CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by Sanborn, second by Ellis, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

BILLS

Motion by Sanborn, second by White, to pay the bills as presented in the amount of $1, 245, 407.76.

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.

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 OFFICERSPOLICE REPORT

The August 2017 report was provided by Lieutenant Artress.

CLEAN WATER  REPORT

The August 2017 report was provided by CWP Supervisor Mark Baars.

MANAGER’S REPORT

Manager Yost stated that the SAW grant program has begun, which includes the assessment and cleaning of the sewer system. Yost also stated that the force main tie-in, as part of the R.D. Project, went well.

Yost advised that a progress meeting was held at the Cleanwater Plant, and a good work plan was developed.

Yost stated that the 9/11 Ceremony, which was held this morning at Railroad Square, was a solemn occasion with many speakers. Yost thanked first responders for their service.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

President Sieting announced that he will be assigning various tasks to single members of the Council. These tasks included medical marijuana issues, Census reporting, and the administration of a utilities insurance program.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

 

NEW BUSINESS

Consider Approval of Pay Draw No. 8 Rural Development Water and Sewer Projects –  Motion by White, second by Needham, to approve Pay Draw No. 8 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 Michigan Volunteer Defense Force to Waive Rental Fees for Village Clubhouse (October 13-15, 2017 and November 3-5, 2017) – Motion by Sanborn, second by Ellis, to waive Clubhouse fees as requested.  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.

Bob Bowersox of the Michigan Volunteer Defense Force explained the services they provide. Bowersox stated they will be utilizing the Clubhouse as their command center during the Iceman race, as well as a field training event in preparation for the Iceman race.  Bowersox thanked Council for their support.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Elizabeth Dunham asked about the Consumers Energy Public Hearing, whose notice was provided in the Consent Agenda. Manager Yost explained this hearing takes place in Lansing, and the Village is required to notify Council.

Art Caden asked whether the Village Wastewater Treatment Plant was run by a contracted operator. Yost replied that the plant is operated by a Village employee.  Caden asked whether an annual inspection is performed by the MDEQ.  Yost stated that an inspection is completed, and it has always been exemplary.  Caden asked how groundwater monitoring samples are taken.  Yost explained that the samples are pulled by the Village, and Grand Traverse Analytical is utilized to test the samples.  Yost further stated that operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant has been much-improved since it has come under Village management.

Pat Konvinski read a statement regarding her concern over the cost of the current Village healthcare lawsuits. Konvinski stated she feels this will affect not only Village property values, but Township and County property values as well.  Konvinski recalled the July 24, 2017 Council meeting, where attendees expressed concerns over Facebook posts by Village President Sieting.  Konvinski stated that, years from now, these Facebook remarks will be in the past but the effects of the lawsuits will still be here.  Konvinski asked about the ages of the plaintiffs, and whether they are Medicare-eligible.  Konvisnki also asked who was in office when the healthcare Letter of Understanding was enacted, as well as who signed the Letter of Understanding.  Konvinski thanked the Village Council for allowing her to speak on this matter.

The statement read by Konvinski is attached to original Council packet materials.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 6:21 p.m.

Recorded By: Angie Koon, Village Clerk