Public Hearing Notice 6-12-17

Notice of Public Hearing on Increasing Property Taxes

The Village Council of the Village of Kalkaska, County of Kalkaska, State of Michigan, will hold a public hearing on a proposed increase of 3.8549 mills as a judgment tax levy pursuant to MCL 600.6093 to be levied in 2017. The hearing will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office, 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan, 49646.

The Village Council intends to take action on the proposed additional millage at their meeting held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

If adopted, the proposed additional millage will increase revenues from ad valorem property taxes 31% over such revenues generated by levies permitted without holding a hearing. If the proposed additional millage rate is not approved the revenue will increase by 31% over the preceding year’s revenue.

The Village of Kalkaska has complete authority to establish the number of mills to be levied from within its authorized millage rate.

This notice is published by the Village of Kalkaska, 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan, 49646, telephone (231) 258-9191.

Village Council Minutes 5-22-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 22, 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; Glenn Artress, Lieutenant.

PUBLIC PRESENT: Mickey Miller, Deb Shively, Justine Zingg, Eric Peterson, Tom Sabourin, Tom Steiner, Carolyn Phillips, Amy Sieting, Clyde Johnson, Deb Perkins, Charlie Tinon, Mike Oosterhart, Kevin Rogols, Dennis Mansfield, Ken Barry, Ashley Krogel and Cheryl Krogel.

President Sieting started with a prayer and 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 Dupuie, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

PRESENTATIONS – None

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Public Works Committee – Trustee White stated the committee met on May 17, 2017 and considered a partial sewer refund for the utility customer at 511 S. Walnut Street who suffered a significant leak at the home.

Motion by Kelly, second by Sanborn, to issue a credit in the amount of $173.25 to the homeowner of 511 S. Walnut Street. A roll call vote was then taken:  President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

White stated the committee also reviewed bids on the sewer televising and cleaning related to the SAW project. White announced that the lowest bid came in from Allstate Power Vac in the amount of $92,687.80.

Motion by White, second by Needham, to accept the lowest bid from Allstate Power Vac with Clyde Johnson of Gosling Czubak as the managing engineer; and assign the Village Manager or Village President to sign applicable paperwork. 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 VILLAGE OFFICERS

MANAGER’S REPORT

Manager Yost gave an update on the Rural Development water and sewer project, including a timeline for restoration, repaving and patching of roads on the south end of the Village. Yost stated that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rural Development project took place on May 17, 2017.  Yost distributed copies of the article and photos from the newspaper covering the event.  Yost also displayed a certificate received from Representative Bergman.

Yost stated that he, Sergeant Huff and Lieutenant Artress spoke at the Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony which was held on May 16, 2017.

Yost explained that the SAW project, which includes the televising and cleaning of sewer mains, is being funded by a grant.

Yost reviewed upcoming committee meetings. Yost reported that the Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing at its June 1, 2017 regular meeting to review proposed amendments to the Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance.

Yost announced that Senator Gary Peters will be in town on July 5, 2017 with more details to follow. Yost also stated that Representative Daire Rendon has been holding hours at the Village Office.

Trustee Needham commented on how quickly the R.D. is progressing and stated that, as a resident, she appreciates this.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

Schedule Truth in Taxation Hearing – The Public Hearing was scheduled to take place at the June 12, 2017 regular Council meeting.

Consider Adoption of Ordinance 2017-006 Consumers Energy Franchise – Motion by White, second by Ellis, to adopt Ordinance 2017-006.  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.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Carolyn Phillips stated that, while she is not a Village resident, she does shop locally within the Village. Phillips stated she patronized the ELK Café, which was housed in the former Cornell’s Crossing building, and looked forward to this building being converted to an eatery and marketplace.    Phillips sought clarification as to why the ELK Café would not be locating here permanently, as she heard it was due to personality conflicts or red tape with the Village.  Phillips stated she shopped at Cornell’s often, and fears that the building will remain unused or vacant.  Phillips stated she is hopeful the building can be used as a successful restaurant/marketplace, and requested an update on the progress between the business owner and the Village.

President Sieting stated he feels there is nothing to restrict this building being used as the cornerstone of the community. Sieting stated he believes it is important for the Village to endorse investments and help create a friendly environment.

Phillips stated she is hopeful that the ELK Café specifically will operate in the Cornell’s building, but stated heard the business owner is no longer pursuing this due to issues with the Village. President Sieting stated that the Village does not have the authority to prevent a business from moving into the Village limits.

Trustee White thanked the public for their attendance at tonight’s meeting. White announced that “Drive-In Movie Night” will be returning to the Village this summer at Railroad Square.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 6:25 p.m.

Recorded By: Angie Koon, Village Clerk

Focus Group Meeting for Master Plan 5-24-17

Please be advised of a Focus Group meeting on behalf of the Village of Kalkaska Planning Commission. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Village Office located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan 49646.  The purpose of this meeting is to prioritize goals to be considered in the updated Master Plan, which is currently being developed by the Planning Commission in conjunction with the Kalkaska Community Planning Process.

Focus Group Meeting for DDA Plan 5-23-17

Please be advised of a Focus Group meeting on behalf of the Village of Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Village Office located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan 49646.  The purpose of this meeting is to prioritize goals to be considered in the updated DDA Plan, which is currently being developed by the DDA in conjunction with the Kalkaska Community Planning Process.

Personnel Committee meeting 5-24-17

Please be advised of a Village Personnel Committee Meeting being held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Village Offices located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, MI 49646 to discuss the adoption of a 457 Plan document with FTJ Fund Choice and other personnel matters.

 

Meter Upgrades-Notice to Village Residents

As part of ongoing water and sewer projects, the Village of Kalkaska will be upgrading its meter system by installing transmitting units to the exterior of customer residences and commercial buildings. This will allow meter reads to be collected remotely and year-round.  Vanguard Utilities, the Village’s water meter contractor, will begin installing these units on May 30, 2017.  They anticipate these installations to be completed in approximately three weeks.

There are a few customers whose water meters are located indoors. In these instances, it may be necessary for the Vanguard representative to enter the premises.

Please contact the Village Office at (231) 258-9191 with any questions. We appreciate your patience during this transition, and look forward to the convenience that this upgrade will bring.

Village Council Minutes 5-8-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 8, 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 and White.

ABSENT: Trustee Sanborn

STAFF PRESENT:     Scott Yost, Village Manager; Angie Koon, Village Clerk; Denny Corrado, Compliance Officer; Mark Baars, WWTP Supervisor; Glenn Artress, Lieutenant.

PUBLIC PRESENT: Mickey Miller, Ed Tobey, Ann Kirtley, Clyde Johnson and Dan Johnson.

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.

CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by Needham, second by Dupuie, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

PRESENTATIONS – None

BILLS

Motion by Dupuie, second by White, to approve the bills as presented in the amount of $80,667.66. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham and White; Nays – None; Absent – Trustee Sanborn.  Motion carried.

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Finance Committee – President Sieting stated the committee reviewed payroll reconciliations, monthly payroll registers, bank reconciliations and journal entries.

REPORTS FROM VILLAGE OFFICERS

POLICE REPORT

The April 2017 report was provided by Lieutenant Artress. Trustee Dupuie questioned the time period for Animal Complaints, which was clarified by Lieutenant Artress.  Artress stated that the National Trout Festival went smoothly with no major incidents.  Artress attributes the minimal complaints to visibility of police officers.

Trustee Needham thanked the Village and Department of Public Safety for their assistance with the Trout Festival. Needham advised that, to her knowledge, the only complaint received from the public was a citizen who received a parking ticket.

CLEAN WATER REPORT

The April 2017 report was provided by Clean Water Plant Supervisor Mark Baars. Baars advised that there have been some problems with grease, which causes issues at the plant.  Baars is working with Compliance Officer Denny Corrado on grease trap inspections in order to resolve these issues.

MANAGER’S REPORT

Manager Yost reported that the Rural Development projects are in progress. These include the replacement of approximately 18,000 feet of water main, and the installation of remote reads for water meters.  Yost stated he and DPW Supervisor Nick Blasko have been spending much time on-site during these projects.

Yost stated the mandatory pre-bid meeting for the SAW Grant was held, with the bid opening taking place on May 17, 2017.

Yost announced the upcoming return of “Movie Night in Kalkaska”, which will be discussed under New Business. Yost stated that volunteers are needed for this endeavor.

Yost stated that the Village is working with the Coast Guard, as they have requested to use the Village airport for weekly training. Yost also pointed out that a Coast Guard helicopter flew over the Trout Festival Youth Parade, which was very well-received.  Yost stated the Coast Guard may be involved in this year’s Airport Fly-In as well.

Yost reported that former Senator Jason Allen recently visited the Village, and was updated on the progress of Village projects.

Yost stated that a severability clause was added to the Trail Consortium Memorandum of Understanding, which will be addressed under New Business.

Yost advised that the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Rural Development projects will be held on May 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Trout Monument. Yost also stated that Representative Daire Rendon will hold hours at the Village Office on May 12, 2017 at 12:00 noon.

Yost announced the Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, which will take place on May 16, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the Kalkaska County Governmental Center.

Yost stated the Public Works Committee will meet on May 17, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to open bids for the SAW project.

Yost stated that the Vietnam Moving Wall will be located at Railroad Square from August 17-19, 2018. Yost announced additional upcoming events taking place in the Village:  Railroad Speeder Cars on June 3, 2017; and the Airport Fly-In on June 24, 2017.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

Consider Approval of Rural Development Pay Draws for Water and Sewer Projects – Motion by White, second by Needham, to authorize pay draws contingent upon Rural Development approval.  A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham and White; Nays – None; Absent – Trustee Sanborn. Motion carried.

Consider Amendment to Kalkaska County Trails Consortium Memorandum of Understanding (Adopted March 27, 2017) – Motion by Kelly, second by Dupuie, to approve the Amendment to the Kalkaska County Trails Consortium Memorandum of Understanding.  Motion carried on a voice vote.

Authorize Participation in Kalkaska Movie Night – With the intent of providing low-cost or no-cost entertainment for families in our community, motion by Needham, second by Dupuie, to authorize the Village Manager to work in conjunction with Citizens 4 Kalkaska, and  others as those groups may emerge, in activities pertaining to providing an outdoor “Movie Night in Kalkaska” activity at Railroad Square; and to waive all fees associated with usage of these properties for “Movie Night in Kalkaska”; and, further, to waive fees for vendors who may be invited to participate.  However, vendors must register and be pre-approved by the Village Office.  Additionally, it is recognized funds may be expended for purchase of movie licensing, if required, and for acquisition of equipment to enhance the entertainment experience.  This is intended to be a modification of the Fee Schedule, focused on these activities only, with the goal of providing an incubator atmosphere for these activities.  Donations will be accepted, and placed in the suitable and appropriate existing line items in the Village Parks and Recreation budget.  The Village will exercise oversight authority to accept or reject any entertainment selection or vendor, as it sees fit, in order to insure a family and youth-oriented entertainment experience.  Individuals or groups are encouraged to contact the Village Office to offer services such as selection of entertainment and leisure.

A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly and Needham; Nays – None; Abstention – Trustee White; Absent – Trustee Sanborn.  Motion carried.

Discussion took place on the cost of movie licenses. Manager Yost asked for volunteers to assist with Movie Night.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Dan Johnson, Chair of the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center board, thanked the Village for its support and the opportunity to present information on the millage renewal. Johnson announced that the millage renewal was approved overwhelmingly at this month’s election.

Ann Kirtley, who lives near the Kalkaska airport, expressed concern about shooting taking place at the firing range during the day and night. Kirtley asked for clarification on who utilizes the firing range.  Lieutenant Artress stated that the firing range, which is owned by the Village, is used by law enforcement personnel and for CPL class instruction.  Artress advised that there have been no night shoots yet this year as night qualification usually takes place in the fall.  Manager Yost instructed Kirtley to contact Central Dispatch to report any problems.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 6:35 p.m.

Recorded By: Angie Koon, Village Clerk

Public Hearing: Amendment to Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance 6-1-17

The Kalkaska Village Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan to hear comments on a proposed amendment to the Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 152, Section 152.45 of the Code of Ordinances), which was originally adopted on November 9, 2015. A draft of the proposed ordinance amendment will be available for review at the Village Offices.  Public may appear at the public hearing in person or by counsel.  Written comments may also be submitted, and must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Village Office on June 1, 2017.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to stop in the Village Office or call 258-9191.

Public Hearing: Amendment to Zoning Code 6-1-17

The Kalkaska Village Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan to hear comments on a proposed amendment to the Zoning Code (Chapter 152 of the Code of Ordinances) related to construction standards for accessory buildings. A draft of the proposed ordinance amendment will be available for review at the Village Offices.  Public may appear at the public hearing in person or by counsel.  Written comments may also be submitted, and must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Village Office on June 1, 2017.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to stop in the Village Office or call 258-9191.