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April 15, 2002

CITY OF PLYMOUTH

 

CITY COMMISSION

 

 MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2002

 

 

A regular meeting of the Plymouth City Commission was held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2002 at Plymouth City Hall, 201 S. Main Street, Plymouth, Michigan 48170.

 

PRESENT:  Mayor Bill Graham, Mayor Pro-tem Colleen Pobur; Commissioners Michele Potter, Stella Greene, Phil Pursell, Ron Loiselle

ABSENT:   Commissioner Dwyer was excused.

 

Also present were City Manager Paul Sincock, City Attorney Robert Marzano, as well as various Department Heads.

 

A Proclamation from the Mayor was presented to Linda Langmesser, City Clerk to recognize the week of April 28 through May 4, 2002, as Municipal Clerks Week.

 

CITIZEN COMMENTS

 

Eileen Whittenburg, of the Plymouth Branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association presented a check of $500 to Tyler Simescu, the young man that developed the idea of a portable skate park.  The money is to be used on the purchase of skateboard apparatus (ramp) in partnership with the Northville Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Plymouth Recreation Department.

 

Jonathan Grant, 424 Providence town Lane, announced his candidacy for State Representative, 20th House District.  Jonathan has provided a “free speech” web site and was credited by the Detroit News for increasing voter turnout during the last City election by 50%.  Mr. Grant spearheaded opposition to a local publication that attacked our elected officials. Mr. Grant stated he would be the only candidate that will stand firm for the 1st and 2nd Amendments and work diligently in returning more dollars to our community.

 

Bruce Patterson, State Representative commended Comm. Loiselle for his induction into the Plymouth Hall of Fame.  Mr. Patterson presented Mayor Graham with two (2) Bills, Sewer Bonds and LaSata Bill, having to do with recalls.

 

Mr. Patterson reviewed the history of his bills and amendments that he pushed through the House.    He discussed bond issues regarding sewer infrastructure and revenue sharing.  Mr. Patterson stated we still have to face the issues of a Cultural Tax, The Smart Bus System and Lansing’s DARTA Bus System.

 

3.                  <![endif]> APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

A motion was made by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur to approve the agenda, seconded by Comm. Pursell.  Carried unanimously.

 

4.                  <![endif]> ENACTMENT OF THE CONSENT AGENDA

 

4.a.      Approval of the April 1, 2002 City Commission Meeting Minutes

Motion was made by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur and seconded by Comm. Potter for approval of the City Commission minutes for April 1, 2002.  Carried unanimously.

4 .b.            Approval of the February and March Bills

Moved to next meetings agenda.

4.c       Special Event:  PCAC Music in the Park June 19th through Aug 21st, Kellogg Park - Noon    

                       

RES. # 2002-51

 

SPECIAL EVENT RESOLUTION

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Plymouth City Commission hereby approves a Special Event based on the recommendation of the City Administration, as follows:

 

Sponsoring Organization:                           Plymouth Community Arts Council            734-416-4278

 

Organization Address:                                                       774 N. Sheldon, Plymouth

 

Organization's Agent:                                      Debra Madonna

 

Agent's Title:                                                    Chairperson

 

Agent's Address:                                               40200 Pinetree, Plymouth

 

Event Name:                                                    Music in the Park

 

Purpose:                                                          Free to the community “musical concerts – family

                                                                        entertainment

 

Event Dates:                                                     June 19, 2002 – August 21, 2002

                                                                                                      

Event Times:                                                    11am – 1pm

 

Coordination with                                         Nothing Scheduled

other annual events:            

 

Event Location:                                                    Kellogg Park

 

Event Type:                  [   ] City Operated            [   ] Co-sponsored            Allocation ____________

 

[ X ] Other Non-Profit     [   ] Other For-Profit

Annual Event:              [ X ] YES     [   ] NO

 

            Normal Schedule:            Every Wednesday at Noon

 

            Next year’s reserved dates:   6/18/03 – 8/20/03

 

The Resolution was offered by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur, seconded by Comm. Pursell.  Carried unanimously.

 

4.d            Special Event:  Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, Sat., June 1st 7am-3pm

 

            RES. # 2002-52

 

SPECIAL EVENT RESOLUTION

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Plymouth City Commission hereby approves a Special Event based on the recommendation of the City Administration, as follows:

 

Sponsoring Organization:                           Avon Breast Cancer Crusade                       212-282-6506

 

Organization Address:                                                       1345 Avenue of the Americas, New NY 10105

 

Organization's Agent:                                      Jennifer Pickus                                    773-880-5156

                                                                                                                        (m)            323-440-5022

Agent's Title:                                                    Event Coordinator

 

Agent's Address:                                               945 W. George St., Suite 210, Chicago, IL  60657

 

Event Name:                                                    Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Michigan

 

Purpose:                                                          “Introducing the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day”

 

Event Dates:                                                     Saturday, June 1, 2002

                                                                                                      

Event Times:                                                    7:00am – 3:00pm (approximate)

 

Coordination with                                         Farmer’s Market

other annual events:            

 

Event Location:                                                    Walking Route Attached

 

Event Type:                  [   ] City Operated            [   ] Co-sponsored            Allocation ____________

 

[ X ] Other Non-Profit     [   ] Other For-Profit

 

Annual Event:              [ X ] YES     [ X ] NO

 

The resolution was offered by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur and seconded by Comm. Pursell.  Carried unanimously.

 

4.e       Sale of Used Vehicles

 

RES. # 2002-53       

 

RESOLUTION

 

            WHEREAS, the City of Plymouth has reviewed the responses received in response to its

            Notice of Sale for surplus vehicles and equipment; and

 

WHEREAS, all vehicles and equipment are being sold AS IS with no warranty either expressed or implied; and

 

WHEREAS, City Administration is recommending that the high offers to purchase be accepted.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor and City Commission do hereby accept the following offers to purchase:

 

            1988 Plymouth Van:  Christopher Smith in the amount of $500

 

            1993 GMC Jimmy:  Gary Lindsay in the amount of $1,200

 

            1994 Crown Vic Patrol Vehicle:  Trumbull Auto Sales in the amount of $1,537

 

            1995 Crown Vic Patrol Vehicle:  Trumbull Auto Sales in the amount of $1,938.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that these vehicles are being sold AS IS with no warranty either expressed or implied.

 

The resolution was offered by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur, seconded by Comm. Pursell.  Carried Unanimously.

 

4.f        RFP’S for Architectural Services at Plymouth Cultural Center

 

RES. # 2002-54

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS      The City Commission has determined through the budget review procedure that there is a need to install new ceiling and lighting at the Plymouth Cultural Center, and

 

WHEREAS      The City Staff accepted proposals for professional architectural services to design and develop the construction documents for this project.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City Commission of the City of Plymouth does

Hereby accept the proposal form Joseph Philips – Architect, LLC for professional services at the

Plymouth Cultural Center in the amount of $5,300.00.  Expenses for this project are to be funded

Through the Capital Improvements Program 208-900-877.751.

 

The resolution was offered by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur, seconded by Comm. Pursell.  Carried Unanimously.

 

4.g.      Award Bids for Repair of Gathering

 

RES. # 2002-55

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS      The City of Plymouth operates a variety of public facilities and from time to time these facilities need upgrading and repair, and

 

WHEREAS      The City Commission has authorized through the budget repairs to the Plymouth Gathering Pavilion, and

 

WHEREAS      The City has accepted bids for these repairs and the low bid is from Richard Ward Builders.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City Commission of the City of Plymouth does

Hereby authorize the City Administration to enter into a contract with Richard Ward Builders for

Repairs and painting of the Gathering in the amount of $12,911.  Funding for this work is authorized

From 101-900-977.437.

 

The resolution was offered by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur, seconded by Comm. Pursell.  Carried Unanimously.

 

 

4.h                   Adoption of Old Village Goals

 

RES. # 2002-56

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS      The City of Plymouth City Commission has received the report from the Old Village Strategic Planning Session, and

 

WHEREAS      This report establishes goals for the Old Village area that were developed as a result of public input at a meeting on February 21, 2002, and

 

WHEREAS      The City Commission is desirous of regular reports from the City Administration related to the goals for Old Village.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City Commission of the City of Plymouth does

hereby adopt the following goals for the Old Village area as established at the Strategic Planning

Session held on February 21, 2002.  The Goals are:

 

¨      Special Events

¨      Code Enforcement

¨      Identify Funding Sources for goals

¨      Beautification of the Old Village

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City Administration is hereby directed to provide regular quarterly status reports on the accomplishments related to these goals.

 

The resolution was offered by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur, seconded by Comm. Pursell.  Carried Unanimously.

 

 

5.                  COMMISSION COMMENTS:

 

Comm. Potter stated, baring any snags, the brochures and applications for the Plymouth Community Youth Advisory Committee will be available at the end of the week. They may be picked them up at the City Hall, Township Hall and local schools.

 

Mayor Pro-tem Pobur congratulated the Box Bar and Sean O’Callahans for being named the best two places in the Metropolitan area for beer.

 

Comm. Pursell stated the trash clean-up day in the City of Plymouth is May 4th.

 

Mayor Graham attended the Conference of Western Wayne on April 12th.  Discussed at that meeting was the billion-dollar ballot proposal, which will probably be seen on the ballot in November, regarding the voters giving the State the authority to sell dollar bonds.  The purpose of the money is to downstream to local communities either by loans, grants or aids money to help to repair or replace and separate sanitary and storm sewers.

 

Mayor Graham stated that the representatives from the County Health Department commented on the West Nile Virus, there are two (2) birds effected by the virus, the crows and blue jays.  The County Health Department is concerned regarding the mosquito population and is advising local municipalities to inform the public to eliminate standing water. 

 

Mayor Graham stated that a representative from the American Red Cross made a presentation, encouraging communities to hold blood drives due to lack of blood.  Mayor Graham suggested that possibly in July or August, with combined efforts, the City and Community Fire Department could hold a blood drive at the Cultural Center.

 

Mayor Pro-tem Pobur congratulated Comm. Loiselle on his upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame.

 

Mayor Graham recognized the former Mayor, David McDonald in the audience.

 

6.a             Wilcox PUD – 2nd Reading

RES. # 2002-57

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS, an application has been received for a proposed Planned Unit Development for The “Wilcox Condominium” at 676 Penniman Avenue, more particularly described as:

 

Lots 11, 12, 13, and 14, “May Subdivision”, as recorded in Liber 31, Page 6, of Plats, City of Plymouth, WCR, and lots 231, 238, 239 and 240, and ½ vacated Penniman Avenue adjacent to lots 239 and 240.  “Assessor’s Plymouth Plat. No. 9”, as recorded in Liber 65, Page 7, of plats, City of Plymouth, WCR.

           

            WHEREAS, a public hearing was held before the Planning Commission on December 12,

            2001; and

 

            WHEREAS, the planning consultant has determined that the proposed project meets the

            Ordinance requirements for a Planned Unit Development; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Planning commission has recommended approval for the Planned Unit

Development at 676 Penniman Avenue.

 

NOW THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that an Ordinance to amend Section 78-27 of Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of the  City of Plymouth to Amend the Zoning Map of the City of Plymouth to change the zoning of the above described property from PUD, Planned Unit Development as depicted on the Site Plan/Final PUD Plan dated February 27, 2001 and Building Layout and Elevations dated March 14, 2001.  (Planning Commission File No. NR-00-13) to PUD, Planned Unit Development as depicted on the Site Plan/Final PUD Plan dated February 26, 2002 and Building Layout and Elevations dated November 27, 2001 and December 27, 2002.  (Planning Commission File No. NR-01-10), is hereby approved at its second reading.

 

A motion was made my Comm. Pursell, seconded by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur.  Carried unanimously.

 

6.b       Wilcox PUD Agreement

 

Comm.Greene inquired regarding whether all previous items had been addressed concerning the PUD Agreement.  James Penn, Chief Building Official, stated all previous items had been addressed and all items had been approved by the Planning Commission.

 

            The Developers of the Project stated that it would take approximately 24 months to complete

            each phase.  The parking garage will be included in Phase I.

 

RES. # 2002-58       

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS            the City of Plymouth has adopted Planned Unit Development Zoning for the Property

                        commonly known as the Wilcox Property on Penniman and Union, and

 

WHEREAS            it is necessary to complete a PUD Agreement with the developers to allow them

                        to continue their development.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City Commission of the City of Plymouth does hereby adopt the City of Plymouth, The Wilcox Planned Unit Development Agreement as presented by the City Attorney.  That agreement should be made a part of the official meeting minutes of this City Commission meeting.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Mayor and City Clerk are hereby authorized to sign the agreement as approved by the City Commission.

 

A motion was offered by Comm. Pursell, seconded by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur.  Carried unanimously.

 

7.      New Business

 

7.a       Portable Skate Ramp Bids

 

Comm. Greene stated she was pleased with the Portable Skate Park, and felt it would be very constructive for our community’s youth.  She would like the language to reflect that the remaining cost of this joint project is to be shared by both communities, Plymouth and Northville.

 

Comm. Loiselle, Comm. Pursell and Mayor Pro-tem  also contributed $500 towards the Portable Skate Ramp Project.

 

RES. # 2002-59

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS            the City of Plymouth did jointly apply for a Recreation Grant with the Northville Recreation Department from the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association, and

 

WHEREAS            The MRPA did award the joint Plymouth/Northville a grant of $5,000 for the purchase and implementation of a portable skate park system, and the two communities will share the cost, and

 

WHEREAS            the City Administration did seek bids for the skate park equipment and the Administration recommends the bid from SunRamps, Inc. as being in the best interest of the City,

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City Commission of the City of Plymouth does hereby authorize the purchase of a portable skate park system from SunRamps, Inc. in the amount of $17,996.00.  Further, the City Commission does hereby reject all other bids.

 

A motion was offered by Comm. Potter, seconded by Comm. Loiselle to except the motion as

amended.  Carried unanimously.

 

 

7.b      Charter Review Committee

 

RES. # 2002-60

 

City Manager Sincock stated that 1991 was the last time a Charter Review Committee

reviewed the City Charter, with a committee of 7 to 9 members.  Mayor Pro-tem established

that this is a special project for the City Attorney.

 

Comm. Pursell stated that Hugh Harsha, who was on the committee in 1991, would

be a good person to maybe contact for future volunteers, due to his historical perspective. 

 

City Attorney Marzano, stated we need to decide which avenue to take, revision or amendment.

 

WHEREAS            The City of Plymouth Charter was last reviewed in 1991 and from time to time it should be reviewed, and

 

WHEREAS            The City Commission is desirous of having a Charter Committee review the Charter and to have this committee report their findings and recommendations to the City Commission.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City Commission does hereby establish a

Charter Committee with a total membership of  9 members.  The Committee members

are to be appointed by the Mayor, through the recommendation of the City Commission

Appointments Committee.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the following shall apply to the Charter Committee:

 

¨      The purpose of the Charter committee is to foster corrective work on the present charter.  Some of the needs evolve from changes in the laws of the State and Federal Government as well as rule making by various agencies.

¨      The Charter Committee shall provide regular and timely reports to the City Commission at a not less than bi-monthly rate.

¨      The Charter Committee shall establish its own organizational structure as to Chairperson, sub-committees, meeting dates and times, business format, minutes, goals, etc.

¨      The Charter Committee meetings must be open public meetings.  Public interaction should be limited to the designated time on the agenda in order to allow the meetings to progress in a timely and orderly fashion.

¨      The Charter Committee shall have regular reasonable access to the resources of the City Attorney and City Administrative Staff through the City Manager.

¨      The Charter Committee shall develop their own outline of tasks for achieving goals as well as setting their own milestone dates or timelines.

¨      The Charter Committee shall compile resource material from the Michigan Municipal League, National League of Cities, Michigan Attorney General’s Office, other cities, universities, etc.

¨      The Charter Committee shall interview the City Manager and Department Heads as well as the City’s Auditor, former members of the City Commission could also provide potential input.

¨      The Charter Committee shall define and prioritize the problem areas and develop goals and recommendations for remedial work.

¨      The Charter Committee shall provide a final report to the City Commission prior to disbanding at the completion of their work.

 

BE IT STILL FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City Commission views the mission of the Charter Committee as a review and recommendation Committee.

 

A motion was offered by Comm. Loiselle, seconded by Comm. Potter as amended.  Carried unanimously.

 

7.c            Theodore Street Sewer Extension

 

RES. # 2002-61

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS, The City of Plymouth operates a sanitary sewer system to protect the public health safety and welfare, and

WHEREAS, There is a need to extend the Theodore Street Sanitary Sewer to accommodate the expansion of the City owned Cultural Center, and

WHEREAS, The City Engineer did design the sewer extension project and sealed bids were accepted for this project and the low bid is from Peter A. Basile & Sons, Inc. in the amount of $57, 160.00.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City Commission of the City of Plymouth does hereby authorize a contract with Peter A. Basile & Sons, Inc. in the amount of $57,160.00 for the Theodore Street Sanitary Sewer Extension project.

 

A motion was offered by Mayor Pro-tem Pobur, seconded by Comm. Loiselle.  Carried unanimously.

 
8.      REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

8.a.      Committee Reports - Comm. Loiselle congratulated the staff on the current issue of the Plymouth Courier.

 

8.b       Department Reports - None

 

8.c       Appointments -   Mayor Graham issued a Proclamation on behalf of the City of Plymouth to recognize Judge Garber as an Honorary Citizen.

 

9.      <![endif]> Adjournment - A motion to adjourn was offered by Comm. Loiselle, seconded by Comm. Pursell.  Carried unanimously.  Adjourned at 8:05pm.