VILLAGE OF KALKASKA
MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016 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 Banko, Needham, Sanborn and White.
ABSENT: Trustees Ellis and North
STAFF PRESENT: Scott Yost, Village Manager; Angie Koon, Village Clerk; Glenn Artress, Lieutenant; Helen Artress, Department of Public Safety Administrative Assistant; Denny Corrado, Compliance Officer.
PUBLIC PRESENT: Chris Helberg, Dan Johnson, Diana Shafer, Eric Peterson, Mickey Miller and Dennis Mansfield.
Dan Johnson started with a prayer and President Sieting led with the Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA
Trustee White asked that item 6c. Parks and Recreation Committee Report be added under Committee Reports.
Motion by White, second by Needham, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Sanborn, second by Banko, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.
PUBLIC COMMENT – None
PRESENTATIONS – None
REPORTS FROM COUNCIL COMMITTEES
Police Committee – President Sieting stated the committee discussed the Lieutenant’s position, stating that the position is listed in the Kalkaska Police Department Procedure Manual. Sieting provided this documentation evidencing that Lieutenant Artress is covered under the existing Police Union Contract and can participate in contract negotiations. Per President Sieting, this was also confirmed by the Village Attorney since the department is still operating under the contract expiring February 28, 2016. There is no recommendation from the committee at this time.
Finance Committee – President Sieting reported that the committee discussed continuing with hourly wages for the Village Manager, and ending discussion about entering into a salary agreement, as documents showed that cost per year would be less hourly as compared to salary. There was no recommendation at this time as it will be discussed further at the Personnel Committee level.
President Sieting stated the committee also reviewed vacant properties owned by the Village. Sieting stated that research is being done to determine property values before listing for sale. A list of parcels was provided for Council review. The committee also discussed utilizing revenue from the sale of properties to ear mark for the development of a skate park.
Motion by Needham, second by White, that the Village create a Public Improvement Fund as outlined in the Village Financial Management Guide, adopted on June 8, 2015 and authorized by MCL Section 141.261 to provide for the funding of future capital improvements; and, upon the sale of properties outlined in the meeting materials, these revenues will be placed in said Public Improvement Fund. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Banko, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – Trustees Ellis and North. Motion carried.
Discussion took place, and it was clarified that the funds placed in the Public Improvement Fund will not be ear marked for anything specific.
Parks and Recreation Committee – Trustee White stated the committee discussed funding for a skate park. One possible source of funding could come from Capital Improvements. The issue will be discussed further by appropriate committees.
White stated that the committee also discussed Chalker Park clean-up, which will include replacement of wood chips. White reported that cedar wood chips are no longer available, and he is researching the cost of cedar mulch. Trustee Banko stated she contacted both Northside School and the court looking for assistance with clean-up.
REPORTS FROM VILLAGE OFFICERS
Manager Yost stated he would contact a realtor to have marketable title searches performed on Village properties being considered for sale.
Motion by Needham, second by White, to proceed with the attempt of property sales with the exception of two parcels at 109 Fourth Street; and to authorize the Village Manger to continue research. Motion carried on a voice vote.
Yost reported that a meeting will be held on May 4, 2016 with representatives from MDOT and Walmart regarding the proposed traffic light at Beebe Road and other traffic issues involving Walmart. Additionally, Manager Yost will meet with MDOT representatives on May 19, 2016 to discuss traffic calming in the Village.
Yost gave an update on the USDA project for water and sewer system improvements. A resolution will be considered under New Business regarding a restriction on the use of water tower property.
Yost stated that the Village has received its first residential Medical Marijuana Dispensary application, and there has been much interest in the Commercial District. Yost also announced that the Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing at their May 5, 2016 meeting regarding the Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance.
President Sieting stated he would be placing a time capsule in the front interior of the Sieting Hotel on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Sieting asked the public to drop off any items they would like included in the time capsule.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None
Appoint President Pro-Tem – President Sieting appointed Kathy Sanborn as President Pro-Tem.
Consider Adoption of Resolution 2016-017 Requesting Waiver of Reverter or Change in Use Restriction on Water Tower Property – Manager Yost explained that the resolution refers to Village property containing the Water Tower. The original deed contains a restriction of use, and the adoption of this Resolution will allow the Village to request that the Michigan DNR remove the use restriction from the original deed.
Motion by Banko, second by Needham, to adopt Resolution 2016-017. Motion carried on a voice vote.
Eric Peterson asked for status on renaming the Kalkaska Airport, which was proposed several months ago. Manager Yost stated he has attempted contact with the Michigan Aeronautics Department with no resolution to date. Yost requested Peterson’s assistance in this matter.
Trustee Banko referred to the Finance Committee report given earlier, and asked to see the documents evidencing the cost savings of leaving Manager Yost at an hourly wage. President Sieting stated that there was no documentation provided, and the issue will be addressed at the Personnel Committee level. Discussion took place on the cost of operating the Department of Public Safety with a DPS Director versus a Police Department with a Police Chief. President Sieting stated that there are cost savings by not employing a Police Chief. It was also pointed out that the officers are better utilized on patrol.
Trustee Needham stated that Officer Huff and Manager Yost are working on generic language for the new Police Union contract involving health insurance. This would allow the contract to be re-opened to re-address this issue as insurance laws change.
With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 6:35 p.m.
Angie Koon, Village Clerk