Planning Commission Minutes 8-3-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

AUGUST 3, 2017

COUNCIL CHAMBERS – 200 HYDE STREET

MINUTES OF THE MEETING

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

Chair Larsen called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

PRESENT: Chair Larsen, Burgin, Baxter, Sieting, White and Yost.

ABSENT: None

PUBLIC PRESENT: Mike Hickey, Liz Tucker, Jodi Willison, Ruthann Willison, David Willison, Ryan Basore, Laverne Warchock, Ron Ascione, Dean Templeton, Mickey Miller, Tim Ellis and Phil Stout.

Chair Larsen led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

ASSIGN MEMBER TO TAKE MINUTES IN CLERK’S ABSENCE

Chair Larsen assigned Vice-Chair Baxter to take minutes in the absence of Clerk Koon.

APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA

Motion by Sieting, second by White, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

  1. July 6, 2017 Regular Meeting:       Motion by White, second by Burgin, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

PUBLIC HEARING

  • To hear public comments on a Petition to Amend the Zoning Ordinance submitted by the Richard Templeton Irrevocable Family Trust: Motion by Sieting, second by Burgin, to open the Public Hearing. Motion carried on a voice vote. The Public Hearing was opened at 6:04 p.m.

 

Chair Larsen read two letters regarding the proposed zoning amendment from individuals who were not in attendance. These are attached to the original file.  Public comment was opened.

Mike Hickey, who owns property near the site of the proposed amendment, asked for the intended purpose of the property. A representative for the Templeton family stated that, at this time, he is unaware of the potential buyer’s intended use for the property.

DDA Director Cash Cook read a statement pertaining to this matter. No further public comment took place.

Motion by Sieting, second by White, to approve the Petition for Amending the Zoning Ordinance to change said property from Commercial to Industrial. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – Chair Larsen, Burgin, Sieting, White and Yost; Nays – Baxter; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

Motion by Sieting, second by White, to close the Public Hearing. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The Public hearing was closed at 6:10 p.m.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Historical District Study Committee: Burgin requested that DDA Director Cash Cook copy the maps needed to proceed.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

CURRENT BUSINESS

  • Consider Action on the Petition to Amend the Zoning Ordinance submitted by the Richard Templeton Irrevocable Family Trust: See vote above. Yost asked the property owner for the location of the parcel to be developed. Discussion took place on an easement and future access to the property.

 

  • Expenditure Report: Motion by Sieting, second by Yost, to accept as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 

  • Schedule Public Hearing – Petition to Amend Zoning Ordinance (Angelo Ascione Estate): Motion by Yost, second by Burgin, to schedule the Public Hearing for the September 7, 2017 meeting. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Sieting, second by White, to adjourn. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

 

Recorded by: LeNell Baxter, Vice-Chair

Village Council Minutes 7-24-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 24, 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.

PUBLIC PRESENT: Shannon Hurd, Tracey Peal, Ed Tobey, Diana Shafer, Russ Naasko, Juanita Coon, Earl Coon, Scotty Shafer, Randall Bissonette, Mel Hill, Doug Hicks, Stacy Hicks, David McGough, Tim Aschmann, Billie Shafer, Jerrica Temple, Jim Paris, Nancy Paris, Mary Robinson, Chip Sheahen, Dody Slyfield, Cindy Anderson, Lon Husbands, George Konvinski, Pat Konvinski, Nicole Doom, Don Doom, Mickey Miller, Kelly Ramsey, Marilyn Coville, Crystal Spencer, Joyce Golden, Megan Nothelfer, Teresa Smith, Deb Perkins, Jacob Perkins, Dawn Moses, Mike Oosterhart, Daryl Dimon, Mike Tanner, Gary Golden, Jarrad Novath, Kelly Hall, Robert Hall, Dan Johnson, Kevin Rogols, Mike Tinkle, Lisa Anderson, Clyde Johnson, Gay Kasza, John Roberts, Nathan Dupuie, Jonathon Dupuie, Krystle Nichols, Ken Berry, Tim Eagleton, Joel Wiggins, Gail Burkhart, Teresa Skrobecki, Kristen Fuller, Brandon Harvey, Fallon Harvey, Dawn Uranis, Amanda Crambell, David Hogerheide, Erik Hayes, Cindy Riddle, Elizabeth Dunham, Kaye Lafond, Timothy Grey, Whitney Amann, John Havington, Chris Sorensen, Shannon Sorenson, Comrade Jenkins, Arthur Caden, Malinda Hayden, Monica Rouleau, Emily Moe, Helen Steinhauer, Annette Goodyear, Tyler Colby, Corry Barnum, Ryan Wagner, Steve Ordiway, Marg Robinson and Dennis Mansfield.

Manager Yost started with a prayer and President Sieting led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA

Motion by Sanborn, second by Needham, to approve the agenda as presented. A voice vote was then taken:  Ayes – Six (6); Nays – One (1); Absent – None.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by White, second by Needham, to approve as presented. A voice vote was then taken:  Ayes – Five (5); Nays – 2 (two); Absent – None.  Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

PRESENTATIONS – None

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Public Works Committee – Trustee White stated the committee discussed water and sewer issues from customers requesting relief on utility bills.

Motion by White, second by Ellis, to issue the following utility bill adjustments: $6.30 adjustment at 604 W. Dresden Street for water leak; $6.30 adjustment at 509 Hyde Street for a broken water pipe; $696.15 adjustment at 559 S. Cedar Street for a ruptured water line; $1,660.05 adjustment at 129 E. Kalkaska Street for a water leak with three months of penalties waived; and $532.75 refund at 209 E. Park Drive for faulty meter.  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.

Parks and Recreation Committee – Trustee White stated the committee discussed damages at Chalker Park.  White stated the committee also discussed ongoing projects at Chalker Park, including equipment repairs and maintenance needed.  White reported that a program which will provide 50 new trees at no cost to the Village.  White stated he is currently searching for a grant to assist with changing the Skateboard pad at the park into an additional pavilion.

REPORTS FROM VILLAGE OFFICERS

MANAGER’S REPORT

Manager Yost elaborated on the “Re-Leaf” Grant, which will provide funding to the Village to purchase trees, along with an “Adopt-a-Tree” program.

Yost announced that the first phase of street paving began today, in conjunction with the Rural Development water and sewer project.

Yost reported that TV 9&10 showcased Officer Gray’s wife for creating teddy bears out of the Department of Public Safety’s old uniforms. These bears will be given to children in an accident scene or traumatic situation.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

 NEW BUSINESS

Consider Approval of Change Order No. 3 Rural Development Water and Sewer Project – Clyde Johnson of Gosling Czubak reviewed the various items covered by the Change Order, which must be approved before the contractor can submit its next pay draw. The Change Order must also be approved by Rural Development.

Motion by Ellis, second by White, to approve Change Order No. 3 contingent upon Rural Development approval. 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.

Authorize Clerk to Cast Unanimous Ballot (Michigan Municipal League Workers’ Compensation Fund Trustees) – Motion by Needham, second by Sanborn, to authorize the Clerk to cast a unanimous ballot for the MML Workers’ Compensation Fund Trustees.  A voice vote was then taken:  Ayes – Five (5); Nays – Two (2); Absent – None.  Motion carried.

 

Consider Adoption of Resolution 2017-021 Fireman’s Picnic Banner – Motion by White, second by Needham, to adopt Resolution 2017-021.  A voice vote was then taken:  Ayes – Six (6); Nays – One (1); Absent – None.  Motion carried.

Consider Request from Kalkaska Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to Publish Vacancy on Board – Motion by Sanborn, second by Ellis, to publish Kalkaska Brownfield Redevelopment Authority vacancy.  A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Ellis, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – Trustees Dupuie and Kelly; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

CONSIDERATION OF TRIAL OR SETTLEMENT STRATEGY WITH COUNSEL REGARDING PENDING LITIGATION (Possible Closed Session per Section 152.268e of the Open Meetings Act)

Sieting reviewed the key points of the pending Village healthcare litigation.

Motion by Needham, second by White, to enter into Closed Session per Section 152.268e of the Open Meetings Act. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Ellis, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – Trustees Dupuie and Kelly; Absent – None.  Motion carried.  Closed Session began at 6:22 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, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – Trustee Kelly; Absent – None.  Motion carried.  Open Session resumed at 7:48 p.m.

Motion by Sanborn, second by White, to take a 5-minute recess. A voice vote was then taken:  Ayes – Six (6); Nays – One (1); Absent – None.  Motion carried.

Trustee White read the following Public Offer to Settle with the Ramseys:

“We all know that healthcare has become an extreme financial burden on small communities such as the Village of Kalkaska. Other communities in Michigan have been placed into a financial emergency, in part, by the costs of providing health care benefits. Often, like in this instance, this is a result of unwise decisions made by past administrations, compounded by a failure to address the foreseeable problems when there was still an opportunity to do so.  That is what has happened in the Village.

“Melvin and Penny Hill, Richard and Lila Ramsey, Helen Chew-Artress and William Artress – claim that, in 1996, some Village employees and representatives, including the police chief and the elected Village Clerk, drafted a letter of understanding that claimed that  the Village had to provide them and their spouses with premium, top level healthcare for three years. The letter also stated that after the three year period, these employees and officials would receive the same premium healthcare benefits upon their retirement for the rest of their lives.  The letter, however, made it clear that these additional lifetime benefits would be paid out of a special fund created and paid for by wage concessions by the people who would be receiving the lifetime health care benefits.  It is important to note that the healthcare benefits letter was never formally adopted by the Village Council as it should have been.  Also, none of the current Village Council members were involved in the decision to draft that letter, or provide these health care benefits.

“Between 1996 and the mid-2000s, health care costs increased enormously, and the special fund to pay for the lifetime health care benefits was depleted. By the mid-2000s, it was obvious that the special fund would run out of money.  By 2014, the Village could no longer afford the costs of providing those benefits without either cutting funds devoted to Village services, or considering the imposition of additional taxes on Village residents.  So the Village council stopped paying for the benefits after notifying the people who were to be receiving them.  Before doing so, the Village tried to negotiate with several of these individuals, but they refused to meet.

“In 2015, Melvin and Penny Hill, Richard and Lila Ramsey, Helen Chew-Artress and William Artress filed lawsuits against the Village of Kalkaska, claiming that the Village must pay for their health benefits, throughout their retirement. These lawsuits are a complex and costly problem.  The Council has been doing its best to address these lawsuits, and has fought hard to make sure that the Village and all of its residents are not saddled with the costs of providing very expensive, lifetime healthcare benefits to a select few.

“Melvin and Penny Hill, Richard and Lila Ramsey, Helen Chew-Artress and William Artress are demanding significant sums of money and it is conceivable that, if the Village loses all of these lawsuits, it could be required to pay millions of dollars to these individuals and their lawyers. If that were the outcome, the Village would be placed into a very difficult financial position, and it may have no choice but to place such a judgment on the tax rolls, which would increase taxes on Village residents, and could impact the Village’s ability to deliver services to its residents.

“Unlike some prior Village Councils, this Council understands that it has a duty to make decisions in the best interests of Village residents, and to do so in a way that will minimize or eliminate any financial harm to the Village and its residents. For this reason, and to encourage a resolution of all claims against the Village, the Village has decided to make a public settlement offer to Richard and Lila Ramsey.  The Village makes the following very monetary settlement offer to them:

“A Lump Sum Payment of $80,000.00.

“The Village Council agrees to pay this amount in exchange for the Ramsey’s written agreement to dismiss their lawsuit with prejudice and waive any and all other known or unknown claims. We are under the impression that the Ramseys probably believe they are entitled to substantially more, maybe double this offer. The size of the settlement offer is directly caused by the types of claims the Ramseys are bringing, and the relief they are asking the Court to award them.  This is an offer that we are making to put an end to this claim, and to help avoid a result that could negatively impact Village finances on an ongoing basis.  And the Village Council is doing it in a transparent fashion so the public can see the efforts we are undertaking to avoid financial burdens on Village residents.

“The Village council sincerely hopes that the Ramseys accept this fair and reasonable offer. If they do, we expect that the attorneys will formalize a settlement agreement.  If they do not, the Village Council will continue to do everything it can to avoid financial harm to the Village and its residents.

Copies of this document will be available for your reference.”

Motion by White, second by Ellis, to make the above Public Offer to Settle with the Ramseys in the amount of an $80,000.00 lump sum payment, per the statement read by Trustee White above. 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.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Before Public Comment began, President Sieting read a statement stating anyone who wishes to speak will be given the opportunity to do so. Sieting requested that those wishing to speak wait until they are acknowledged to do so.  Sieting also requested the public to direct comments to the Chair, in an orderly and civil fashion, as well as a polite and respectful manner.

Trustee Kelly added that she hopes all wishing to speak can be civil. Kelly states she would like to see the Village develop a business plan to move forward.

Elizabeth Dunham issued an apology to President Sieting, stating she is sorry for what he and his family are going through due to the negative media attention. Dunham stated she has been the loudest voice against the Trump sign which hangs at the Sieting Hotel.  Dunham further stated she does not know who shared the screen shots of Sieting’s Facebook posts, and acknowledged this was not an appropriate action as it did catch Sieting off-guard by generating this type of attention.  Dunham stated that, although the posts were shared on Sieting’s personal Facebook page, Sieting is primarily known as the Village President causing the Village to be put at the center of this issue.  Dunham stated she feels Sieting’s behavior and judgment reflect poorly on the Village and, because of the negative press attention brought to Kalkaska, she understands that some people are no longer going to patronize the Village.  Dunham states she disagrees with this; however, it is the outcome of the posts.  Dunham stated she was impressed with Sieting’s apology to a Virginia blogger, but stated she feels Sieting’s follow-up comment that it “does not change the issue” only brings more negative attention.  Dunham cited various groups which come into Kalkaska, who are affected by the negative attention brought to the Village.  Sieting stated he appreciates Dunham’s statements.

Tim Aschmann stated that, having 23 years in the military, he has seen many of his friends dying for freedom. Aschmann expressed his disbelief that this much excitement was generated by a sign asking others to pray for our U.S. President.  Aschmann stated that everyone should have the freedom to be able to speak their mind, and referred to the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.  Aschmann stated he trusts officials who say what they believe and rejects those who do not.  Regarding those who are thought to be boycotting the Village, Aschmann asked whether we want people here who will try to take away First Amendment rights.  Aschmann pointed out that the posts in question were posted second-hand on Sieting’s Facebook page.

David Hogerheide acknowledged the Council’s option to hold a Closed Session during its regular meeting, but encouraged them to do so at the end of the meeting as a courtesy to the public who have been waiting to speak. Hogerheide questioned the restriction that Village Council members be Village residents, and asked whether a Village property owner would be permitted on the Council.  Manager Yost and President Sieting stated they believe this is dictated by the General Law Village Act, but would do further research.

Annette Goodyear introduced herself as a concerned Village resident, therapist and single mother. Goodyear stated she is now embarrassed that she moved to Kalkaska a few years ago.  Goodyear stated she does not support President Sieting.  Goodyear pointed out she does not see the Trump sign at the Sieting Hotel or the U.S. President as the issue.  Sieting stated she feels that, as a leader, President Sieting showed a lack of judgment.  Goodyear further stated she believes Sieting may need a psychological evaluation.

Dawn Moses, a 40-year resident of Kalkaska, stated she feels the voices of those wanting to remain neutral are not being heard. Moses stated she feels the Council needs to be responsible and contain the situation, which she believes they have the power to do, as it has created poor publicity.  Moses stated she too feels that people are avoiding the community as a result of this issue.  Moses stated she wants to be proud of Kalkaska, and encouraged Sieting to separate his personal business from Village business.

Cindy Anderson introduced herself as a Kalkaska property owner and long-time vacationer to the Village. Anderson read a statement regarding the need to focus on positive actions and come together as both a community and as a nation.  Anderson used Traverse City as an example stating that, despite their differences, people have come together here to form a thriving community.  Anderson stated she would like to meet with President Sieting to discuss how this can be accomplished in Kalkaska.  Anderson discussed the Michigan Alliance for Kalkaska Redevelopment, which she has founded to bring businesses to Kalkaska.  Anderson stated she feels she has to forgive the statements made by Sieting to move past this.   Anderson stated that specific religious groups, such as Muslims, are not the problem; rather, hate and terrorism are the problem.

Kenneth Berry asked whether we are teaching our children that we can say whatever we want without consequences. Berry asked Sieting if he feels it is appropriate to lie, slander and harass women.  Sieting stated he does not.  Berry asked whether Sieting obtained a permit for the Trump sign at the Sieting Hotel.  Sieting stated that he did obtain a permit.

Krystle Nichols stated that her 10-year-old son recognized the comments made on Facebook as “hate speech”, and stated he knows he would get into trouble if he made those comments. Nichols further stated her son observed Sieting and his supporters bullying her on the internet regarding the Facebook posts.  Nichols stated that, not only has this situation had a negative impact on the town, it has hurt her business as well.  Nichols advised that she is on the road for her business, and she recently lost business sales as a result of the Facebook posts.  Nichols stated she does not care about the Trump sign on the Sieting Hotel, and advised Sieting to clean up his act.

President Sieting stated he feels this meeting would not be taking place if he had removed the sign at the Sieting Hotel. Sieting stated that whoever violated his personal Facebook page by sharing these posts got the outcome they desired, which was to create damage and hysteria.  Sieting pointed out that the original posts were made approximately seven or eight months ago, and stated the individual acted with malicious intent to see how much damage could be created by sharing these posts.

Amanda Crambell stated her Facebook profile was marked private when originally created, but she opened up the privacy settings at a later date. Crambell recognized that opening up privacy settings makes the page a public domain and, since there was an option to share Sieting’s post, it was open for anyone to retrieve.  Crambell stated she feels that, as a public official, Sieting’s statements do not jive with those in the community.  Crambell further stated she does not believe sharing such posts was appropriate for a representative of the community to do.  Crambell pointed out that employers are able to look at employee candidates’ Facebook pages, and recognized an elected official as an employee.

Jonathon Dupuie stated he read posts Sieting made on-line naming individuals who he feels are intending to do him harm. Dupuie stated he feels this behavior is inappropriate for the Village President.  Dupuie stated he feels that Sieting is spreading lies about and attacking Trustee Dupuie on-line.

A disagreement took place over the sign prohibiting firearms inside the Village Office (public vs. employees), and whether this applies to President Sieting.

Jarrad Novath, a Kalkaska County resident, stated he does not feel Kalkaska has a thriving downtown business district. Novath also stated he does not feel this issue is beneficial to the existing businesses.  Novath requested that the businesses be left alone, and issues be addressed with only those involved.

Jerrica Temple commended President Sieting for standing up for his freedom of speech, stating that he is entitled to express his opinions.

Shawn McGuiness stated he did some research on the situation after driving past the Village Office and seeing protesters outside the building. McGuiness stated he did not see anything hateful in, and agreed with, the posts on Sieting’s Facebook page.  McGuiness discussed illegal immigrants, and stated he does not believe it is hateful to not want terrorists entering the country.

Nicole Doom introduced herself as a Kalkaska business owner, and stated that she is losing business as a result of this matter. Doom stated she has been hearing about white supremacist groups coming into Kalkaska.  Doom advised that her background is made up of multiple nationalities, and stated she does not feel safe in town.  Doom further stated she feels she is in danger and must hide her heritage.  Doom asked Council to put Kalkaska residents first.  Doom asked for an apology from President Sieting, whom she believes works for the residents, and stated she does not think he acted in the best interest of the residents.

Billie Jo Shafer stated that she supports President Sieting, and believes that the statements he made on Facebook referred to the Muslim ideology rather than the religion as a whole. Shafer stated she does not see a direct effect on local businesses, and feels there is no hate in Kalkaska.

Pat Konvinski stated that she moved to the area five years ago, and admitted that this is the first Council meeting she has ever attended. Konvinski expressed frustrations with “Facebookers and bloggers” whom she feels have nothing better to do with their time, and encouraged them to get a life.

Jacob Perkins stated that he supports the First Amendment, and asked for proof that businesses are failing as a result of the Facebook posts. Perkins further stated he does not believe the reaction to this issue is appropriate.

President Sieting advised that he has received numerous death threats over this issue. Don Doom asked for proof of this.  Sieting stated that he could provide Doom with copies of these threats.

Gail Burkhart stated she is a long-time resident of Kalkaska, and has seen the Council move forward with positive actions. Burkhart stated she feels that, if the Village can get past this issue, the town and businesses will continue to grow.

Stacy Hicks stated she agrees that social media is not the appropriate venue to handle this situation. Hicks stated that, as a Village business owner who does not reside within the Village, she feels held hostage by Council’s decisions.  Hicks encouraged citizens to take positive actions, beyond social media postings, and get behind these actions.

Debbie Perkins agreed that the Village needs to get past this issue. Perkins stated she believes President Sieting is not going to apologize, and feels that citizens need to move forward for the betterment of the community.  Perkins encouraged residents to put trust in the elected officials, and gave Council credit for the positive things they have done.  Perkins also stated she feels that this is what President Sieting will be remembered for, and feels it will be a black cloud hanging over his head.

Ryan Wagner stated he believes Sieting stood up for First Amendment rights, as a supporter of freedom of speech and the Constitution. Wagner discussed terrorist attacks that have taken place in America, and stated he feels leftist thinking is not welcome in Kalkaska.  Wagner sated that those involved in the Facebook campaign “Kalkaska for Peace”, who he believes are largely individuals from out of town, are trying to bully President Sieting with boycotting tactics.  Wagner stated he believes this issue began over the Trump sign hanging at the Sieting Hotel, and encouraged the “Kalkaska for Peace” group to sit down with Sieting to discuss peace.  Wagner referenced a post where he stated Cindy Anderson intentionally and repeatedly mispronounced Trustee Needham’s name in a derogatory manner. Wagner also referenced a post regarding an unnamed female Council member.  Trustee Dupuie asked Wagner to re-read this statement as she thought it named the Council member.  Wagner reiterated that the Council member was not named.

Cindy Anderson stated she does not know to which post Wagner was referring. Anderson also stated she was previously unaware of how to pronounce Trustee Needham’s name.

President Sieting stated that there is a historical reason for his sharing of the Facebook post in question. Sieting further stated that it was not his intent for innocent individuals to suffer as a result of the post.  Sieting invited those who seek a resolution to contact him personally and make an appointment to speak with him regarding this issue.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 9:05 p.m.

Recorded By: Angie Koon, Village Clerk

 

Special Village Council Meeting 8-1-17

Please be advised of a special Village Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to be held at the Village Office located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan 49646 for 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 15.268e of the Open Meetings Act).

Notice of Public Hearing at Planning Commission Regular Meeting 8-3-17

 

Parcel#: 041-009-001-01

Site Address: US-131 North

Zone District: Commercial

The Kalkaska Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing on Thursday, August 3, 2017 in the Council Chambers located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan to accept comments on a petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance submitted by the Richard I. Templeton Irrevocable Family Trust. The proposed amendment is to change the zoning from Commercial to Industrial for a vacant parcel located on the east side of US131 North, across from Beebe Road.  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 August 3, 2017.   A copy of the application submitted by the Richard I. Templeton Irrevocable Family Trust may be viewed at the Village Office during regular business hours.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to stop in the Village Office or call 258-9191

Food Sovereignty Committee meeting

Please be advised of a Village Food Sovereignty Committee meeting taking place on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Village Offices, located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan 49646.  This will be an introductory meeting of the committee.

DDA Minutes 7-11-17

Village of Kalkaska

Downtown Development Authority

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 IN THE VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 200 HYDE STREET, KALKASKA, MICHIGAN, 49646

  1. CALL TO ORDER: The Village of Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority regular meeting was called to order by Chair Zenner at 5:00 P.M.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Chair Zenner, Sanborn, Paryani, Sieting, Coffey, Ascione, Burgin and Johnson

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:  Yost

PUBLIC PRESENT:  Cash Cook (DDA Director), Nicole Doom and Donald Doom

  1. APPOINT RECORDING SECRETARY: Chair Zenner appointed DDA member Kim Johnson.
  2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Motion by Sieting, second by Burgin, to approve agenda as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Motion by Sieting, second by Burgin, to approve the June 6, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  4. PUBLIC COMMENTS: Nicole Doom stated she has been in business for 4 years. She recently relocated in March from the State Farm Plaza to downtown. This is the first meeting she has been able to attend, but reads the minutes monthly. She voiced her concern of the deterioration of economic development in the downtown district. She would like to see more marketing and promotion of the downtown district and asked the DDA for their response to her concerns. She owns a resale shop and feels that resale is not supported in Kalkaska. Chair Zenner thanked Nicole for attending the meeting and bringing her concerns. Sieting also thanked her, and asked additional questions in regards to promotion. Doom expressed that Facebook, television, newspapers, radio and video promotions are being used in other communities such as Bellaire, Central Lake and Alden. She feels that many people do not know what there is downtown. Burgin referred Doom to the website, and asked if she saw her business listed. Doom responded that it is there now, but she had to reach out to Gayenell to have it added. Sieting explained that we have several new dynamics in the works that we could not share but, if she remained in the downtown district, she would see the benefits.
  5. PRESENTATIONS: None
  6. CORRESPONDENCE: None
  7. COMMITTEE REPORTS
  8.  
    1. DDA Director Update
      1. Is the NCT Relocation Proposal available? Not at this time.
      2. Bridge Topic – NCT Design – cross river one time – not motorized. Discussion.
      3. DDA should find small projects to work on instead of all focus on large, long-term projects. Items such as bike paths. Cash responded that he is continuing to work on Burgin’s presentation. Some items may be Parks and Recreation.
    1. Associate Director Update – No discussion

 

    1. Projects & Promotions Committee Report
        1. Working on final details for concerts.
          1. Entertainment, chairs and tables. Concert is 6pm-10pm with movie to follow.
        2. New events – Discussion.
          1. Offer property for group events – currently have different groups signed up for upcoming events.
          2. Fee schedule for events.
    2. Design Committee Report
      1. Reviewed and submitted updated designs (small revisions) to Scott at Wade Trim.
      2. Information Center discussion – Rotary Grant 8/2017. Waiting for this to move forward with tower, then will submit.
      3. Discussion about possible soft Streetscape at Fifth Street to M-72.
  1. CURRENT BUSINESS:
  2. Bills: Motion by Sieting, second by Sanborn, to approve payment of bills as presented. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – Burgin, Coffey, Paryani, Sanborn, Johnson, Sieting, Zenner and Ascione; Nays – None; Absent – Yost. Motion carried.
  3. Cash Balance Report: Motion by Sieting, second by Sanborn, to accept as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  4. Revenue Expenditure Report: Motion by Sieting, second by Sanborn, to accept Revenue Expenditure Report as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  5. Consider Endorsing Trails Coalition Letter to DNR: Put together by TART (non-motorized users). DNR Letter – Thank you letter requires edit on last line.Motion by Sieting, second by Paryani, to authorize Chair Zenner to sign the letter after edit. All Ayes, motion carried.
  6. OLD BUSINESS:
    1. Master Plan Update – Planning and Zoning has last meeting on July 12, 2017, then will work on finalizing all information. Final adoption goal is January 2018.
  7. FOR YOUR INFORMATION: None
  8. ADJOURN: Meeting adjourned at 6:06 PM by Chair Zenner. Next meeting: August 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Reminder to members: Submit Committee meeting notes to Gayenell prior to meeting if possible.

Recorded By: Kim Johnson, DDA Member

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Minutes Special Meeting 7-13-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017 IN THE VILLAGE OF KALKASKA COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 200 HYDE STREET, KALKASKA, MICHIGAN, 49646.

  1. CALL TO ORDER: The Village of Kalkaska Brownfield Redevelopment Authority regular meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Avery at 9:07 a.m.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Mark Avery, Kevin Rogols and Valerie Thornburg

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Chair Neuhardt and Donald Kessel

PUBLIC PRESENT:  Cash Cook

  • APPROVAL OF SPECIAL AGENDA: Motion by Rogols, second by Thornburg, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 

  1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  
  • April 6, 2017 Regular Meeting – Motion by Rogols, second by Thornburg, to approve the minutes as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 

  1. PUBLIC COMMENT: None
  • CORRESPONDENCE: None

 

  • UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None

 

 

  • CURRENT BUSINESS
  • Revenue/Expenditure Report:   Tabled to next meeting.

 

 

    1. Approval of Bills (Otwell Mawby Invoice# 16848): Motion by Rogols, second by Thornburg, to approve as presented in the amount of $2,369.10. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – Avery, Rogols and Thornburg; Nays – None; Absent – Chair Neuhardt and Kessel. Motion carried.
    1. Consider Resignation of Kessel and Declare Vacancy on Board: Motion by Rogols, second by Thornburg, to accept resignation of Kessel and declare vacancy on board.       Motion carried on a voice vote.

Discussion took place on interest by DDA Director Cash Cook to fill vacancy. Rogols stated he felt this would be a conflict of interest.  Further discussion on Cook’s interest was tabled in Chair Neuhardt’s absence.

Motion by Thornburg, second by Rogols, to request that the Village publish the vacancy. Motion carried on a voice vote.

  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION
  • Cornell Building Redevelopment Combined Brownfield Plan Update:

 

  • DDA Director Cash Cook provided an update, and discussed items yet to be filed with the MEDC.

 

 

  • PUBLIC COMMENT: None

 

 

Discussion took place concerning Kalkaska Housing and Venture North funding to promote single-family spec. house construction.

  • ADJOURNMENT –

 

Recorded By: Valerie Thornburg, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Member

Village Council Minutes 7-10-17

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.

ABSENT: None

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.

CONSENT AGENDA

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

BILLS

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

POLICE REPORT

The June 2017 report was provided by Lieutenant Artress

CLEAN WATER REPORT

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

MANAGER’S REPORT

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

NEW BUSINESS

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.

PUBLIC COMMENT

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.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

 

Recorded By: Angie Koon, Village Clerk

Planning Commission Minutes 7-6-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

JULY 6, 2017

COUNCIL CHAMBERS – 200 HYDE STREET

MINUTES OF THE MEETING

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

Chair Larsen called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

PRESENT: Chair Larsen, Burgin, Baxter, White and Yost.

ABSENT: Sieting

PUBLIC PRESENT: Richard Otto, Mayjor Bole, Jodi Willison and Juanita Coon.

Chair Larsen led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA

Motion by Baxter, second by Burgin, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

  1. June 1, 2017 Regular Meeting:       Motion by White, second by Baxter, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

SITE PLANS REVIEWS

  • Commission on Aging Senior Center:       Yost explained that the site plan submitted consists of the renovation of and addition to the Kalkaska County Senior Center. Yost noted that no change in signage or driveway access is anticipated by the Senior Center. Jodi Willison of the Kalkaska County Commission on Aging stated the project also includes the removal of a 5-foot sidewalk, to be replaced with an 8-foot sidewalk, which will be paid for in part by a grant.

 

Burgin asked about the deteriorating siding on the building. Mayjor Bole of Kalkaska County stated it would be replaced.  Juanita Coon asked if the project would affect parking at the People’s Church.  Bole replied that it would not.  Richard Otto stated that, as a former board member, he was involved in the early planning stages of the project.

Yost stated that the Village Manager’s Office conducted an administrative review, following the Site Plan Review Checklist, of the Site Plan Application and supplemental materials submitted for the proposed Kalkaska Senior Center renovation and addition. Yost identified the following matters which the Manager’s office views as conditions of any anticipated site plan approval:

 

  1. That calculations showing adequate storm water handling capacity and design are submitted to, and approved by, the Village Engineer.
  2. A statement by a qualified authority that soil erosion control plans are not required for the project.
  3. Certification that building footprint-to-lot size are within Zoning Ordinance requirements.With the inclusion of the above listed conditions, Yost stated the Manager’s office finds the application and submittals would meet the criteria for site plan approval contained in the Village of Kalkaska Zoning Ordinance §152.108.Motion by Yost, second by White, that the Village of Kalkaska Planning Commission grants site plan approval, conditioned on agreement by Kalkaska Senior Center and their agents of compliance with the above listed conditions. Motion carried on a voice vote.
  4. COMMITTEE REPORTS
  5. Historical District Study Committee: No update.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

CURRENT BUSINESS

  • Expenditure Report: Motion by Baxter, second by Burgin, to accept as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 

    1.  
  • Schedule Public Hearing – Petition to Amend Zoning Ordinance: Yost explained that the property owner is requesting to have a vacant parcel re-zoned from Commercial to Industrial. This would allow the property to be utilized in many ways, including a medical marijuana facility. Yost stated that the Master Plan supports this.

 

Motion by Yost, second by Burgin, to schedule the Public Hearing for the August 3, 2017 meeting. Motion carried on a voice vote.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Denny Corrado requested information on being a member of the Planning Commission.

Juanita Coon complimented the board for doing a fantastic job.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Baxter, second by White, to adjourn. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m.

Recorded by: Angie Koon, Village Clerk

Special Village Council Meeting 7-19-17

Please be advised of a special Village Council meeting being held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Village Offices, located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan 49646.  The special meeting was scheduled to discuss comments made by the Village President, and the current and potential impact on residents, business owners and employees.