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July 01, 2002

City of Plymouth
City Commission Meeting
Monday, July 1, 2002

 

A regular meeting of the Plymouth City Commission was held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2002 at Jaycee Park, Harding & Wing Streets, Plymouth, Michigan, 48170.

 

PRESENT:       Mayor Bill Graham, Commissioners Michele Potter, Phil Pursell, Dan Dwyer, Ron Loiselle

ABSENT:        Mayor Pro-tem Colleen Pobur, Commissioner Stella Greene

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Graham.

 

CITIZEN COMMENTS

 

Carol Levitte, 223 N. Main, spoke about the public notice board at Fire Station #2 in Old Village being in disarray.  She suggested that it could be utilized more with summer program materials and would look better if it was cleaned up and the old papers removed. 

 

SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM PRESENTATION

 

Bob Lawson, Summer Park Program Supervisor, spoke about the various summer park locations they are using and that the programs are staffed with college age kids for seven weeks. They supervise the activities in the various parks Monday thru Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  He spoke about some of the many programs that are involved such as soccer, kickball, capture the flag, checkers, arts and crafts, cards, tie dye, scavenger hunts, candy scrambles walking trips to the library, Penn Theater trips, Central School for swimming.  He stated that some bus trips are included and now there is the Mobile Skate Park for the kids to enjoy.  He stated that they also offer ice skating on Thursdays, as well as bus trips to various water parks.  He spoke about the great party they throw at the Cultural Center the last day of the program.  He thanked the Municipal Services Department for the great upkeep of the parks and is committed to provide great service for the children and the families of the community.  He stated they will continually strive to provide a quality service to enhance everyone’s lives immensely with providing Parks and Recreation enjoyment.

 

Mayor Graham thanked and commended Bob Lawson and his staff for all their hard work and efforts in providing the best Parks and Recreation service for the community.  He stated it speaks well of the community and provides a great service to the young people.

 

 

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

 

Motion was made by Comm. Potter and seconded by Comm. Pursell for approval to move agenda item #6 (Sign Ordinance Public Hearing) to item #11d.  Carried unanimously.

 

 

ENACTMENT OF THE CONSENT AGENDA

 

5a.  Approval of June 17, 2002 City Commission Meeting Minutes –

 

Motion was made by Comm. Loiselle and seconded by Comm. Potter for approval of the City Commission Meeting Minutes for June 17, 2002.  Carried unanimously.

 

 

5b.  Approval of May Bills –

 

Motion was made by Comm. Loiselle and seconded by Comm. Potter for approval of May Bills for the City of Plymouth.  Carried unanimously.

 

 

5c.  Special Event for Habitat for Humanity Car Show –

 

RES. 2002-110

 

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:                      Habitat for Humanity Western W.C.  459-7744

Organization Address:               638 Starkweather, Plymouth

Organization’s Agent:                            Heather Abreu

Agent’s Title:                                        Development Director

Agent’s Address:                                  638 Starkweather, Plymouth

Event Name:                                         Plymouth’s Old Village 1st Classic Ford Show

Purpose:                                               Car Show – 1950’s and older to benefit Habitat

                                                            For Humanity WWC

Event Dates:                                         Saturday, July 27, 2002

Event Times:                                         8:00am – 3:00pm

Coordination with

Other annual events:                              Downtown Sidewalk Sales, Farmer’s Market

Event Location:                         Liberty Ave., Old Village

Event Type:                                          Other Non-Profit

Annual Event:                                       Yes

                        Normal schedule:  3rd Weekend in July

 

Motion was made by Comm. Loiselle and seconded by Comm. Potter for approval of the resolution.  Carried unanimously.

 

 

5d.  Special Event for First Presbyterian Church Children’s Sing-a-Long –

 

RES. #2002-111

 

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:                      First Presbyterian Church  453-6464

Organization Address:               701 Church St., Plymouth

Organization’s Agent:                            Jerry Smith

Agent’s Title:                                        Director of Music

Agent’s Address:                                  same

Event Name:                                         A Children’s Sing-a-Long

Purpose:                                               To promote interest in children’s involvement in

                                                            Vocal music programs

Event Dates:                                         Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Event Times:                                         5pm to 6pm

Coordination with

Other annual events:                              nothing scheduled

Event Location:                         Kellogg Park

Event Type:                                          Other Non-Profit

Annual Event:                                       No

           

Motion was made by Comm. Loiselle and seconded by Comm. Potter for approval of the resolution.  Carried unanimously.

 

 

5e.  Special Event for Chamber of Commerce Taste of Old Village Restaurant Crawl –

 

RES. #2002-112

 

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 Chamber of Commerce

                                                            453-1540

Organization Address:               386 S. Main, Plymouth

Organization’s Agent:                            Fran Toney

Agent’s Title:                                        Executive Director

Agent’s Address:                                  same

Event Name:                                         Taste of Old Village Restaurant Crawl

Purpose:                                               To Promote Old Village

Event Dates:                                         Wed., Aug 7, 2002

Event Times:                                         6pm – 8:30 pm

Coordination with

Other annual events:                              nothing scheduled

Event Location:                         7 restaurants in Old Village

Event Type:                                          Other Non-Profit

Annual Event:                                       Yes

 

Motion was made by Comm. Loiselle and seconded by Comm. Potter for approval of the resolution.  Carried unanimously.

 

 

5f.  Special Event for Lions Club Flag pole Dedication –

 

RES. #2002-113

 

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

 

Sponsoring Organization:                      Plymouth Lions Club   455-4864

Organization Address:               PO Box 701159, Plymouth

Organization’s Agent:                            Lion John Marshall

Agent’s Title:                                        Lions District 11-A1-Dist. Governor-Elect

Agent’s Address:                                  13800 Eaton Drive, Plymouth

Event Name:                                         Dedication of Flag pole located in Kellogg Park in

                                                            the City of Plymouth

Purpose:                                               Same as above

Event Dates:                                         Saturday, July 27, 2002

Event Times:                                         Ideally 10:00 am

Coordination with

other annual events:                               Sidewalk Sales, Farmer’s Market

 

 Event Location:                                    Other Non-Profit

Annual Event:                                       No

 

Motion was made by Comm. Loiselle and seconded by Comm. Potter for approval of the resolution.  Carried unanimously.

 

 

COMMISSION COMMENTS

 

 

Comm. Potter inquired about the new portable skate park that is over at the Cultural Center and how well attended was it?

 

City Manager Sincock stated that it was great and well attended by participants, along with Commissioner Dwyer and other people from the community.  He stated it will be back on Wednesday between 9:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center, along with some basketball hoops. He stated in spite of the heat they seemed to have a great time.

 

Comm. Potter stated that the Youth Advisory Steering Committee has finished their interviews for the eleven (11) positions that are open.  She stated they will contact them and have them present at the next Commission Meeting for formal appointments.  She stated it was a long and fulfilling experience. She stated that the kids worked long and hard, were full of ideas and were energetic and excited.  She stated she hoped everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday.

 

Comm. Dwyer spoke about the portable skate park and how impressed he was with it and thanked the employees from the Parks & Recreation Department and Municipal Services for being out in the heat and making sure the park was up and running for the kids.  He thanked Comm. Potter for her commitment and accomplishment with the Youth Advisory Committee.  He stated that it was a personal vision of hers along with Jeanne DeRoche and he congratulated them both for their hard work.   

 

Mayor Graham invited everyone to attend the 4th of July Parade and stated that the weather forecast seems to be a good for all the people in attendance.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS -  NONE

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

10a.  Downtown Bathrooms –

 

City Manager Sincock provided a brief synopsis concerning the goal of the City Commission to establish partnerships with the community to develop and maintain downtown public restrooms.  He stated that there were several locations discussed and planned with the Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Committee.  He stated that a review of the location on the outside of the pavilion, northwest corner, was discussed and it would include costs to move any underground utilities such as electrical.  He explained that a new conduit and cable would have to be run from the electrical pole at that location to the transformer located near the middle of the open area.

 

Motion was made by Comm. Dwyer and seconded by Comm. Pursell for discussion of the proposed resolution. 

 

 

Jim McKeon, property owner downtown, stated he has been gone quite a bit and has not been in touch with the Chamber concerning this project.  He stated the go ahead wasn’t cleared by all the service clubs and is concerned as to why it was decided to situate the bathrooms where they are being proposed.  He stated the reason for placing the bathrooms under the Gathering was so they would not have to be moving all the lines for utilities. He stated that the committee did receive a letter from the Rotary Club indicating that it was going to be a problem having the bathroom under the Gathering and to accommodate them  He stated he remembers that at one of the meetings the City Manager was asked to get back with the group to discuss location and cost of moving utilities.  He stated that they were not even informed it was going to appear on the agenda at this meeting.

 

City Manager Sincock stated where the bathroom is being proposed will have a minimum expense. 

 

Jim McKeon stated he is just confused as to why none of this information was brought back to the people who were trying to raise the money for the project and now they have missed the target date for the Fall Festival and Ice Festival.  He stated he feels in the discussions with the Chamber of Commerce, that the City is not making any contributions and feels the project has been moved along very slowly and everyone not kept informed.  He has a concern that the Retail Committee is not going to be involved with approval of this project and is moving along in a manner that was not agreed on.

 

Mayor Graham spoke about what the original discussion involved with regards to placement of the bathroom and moving of utilities under the Gathering.  He stated to move it to the south, closer to the front would have cost approximately $75 –$80,000.  He stated at the last meeting he attended, he went over to the structure with the City Manger and indicated to him he wanted this project to move forward and a decision made as to the location.  He stated to keep the cost down it was very logical location that the bathrooms needed to be at the north end of the Gathering structure, and he asked Paul to meet with the Edison Co. to get a cost analysis.  He stated he doesn’t want to see this project debated and wants it to move forward as quickly as possible for the people downtown and to serve the public during events.

 

Jim McKeon stated that no one wants to see the bathrooms built more than he does and that he and John Thomas have worked very hard to see this happen.  He stated if the City is not going to pay for the project, they need to be careful that the people donating the money be involved with the detail and approval of the location.  He stated he would like them to put this resolution on hold and go back and meet with the Chamber and the Retail Committee.

 

 

Comm. Dwyer stated that this project has been going on for a long time and a lot of people involved in it, with some frustration from some of them.  He stated it has been a very open and participatory process.   He doesn’t have a problem postponing this resolution to be able to schedule a meeting with the Chamber and Retail Committee to discuss these concerns further.  He stated it is not a debate whether or not the bathrooms should become reality, it is the location that seems to be the problem.

 

John Thomas, Attorney and business owner, stated he has not seen the location drawings and he has been waiting for the City Manager to bring numbers and drawings back to the committee and he never did.  He stated it has been going on too long and he and Jim McKeon have done a lot of work with trying to get the project funded.  He stated he cannot support it and have people buying into the whole idea without more direction and information and would suggest they not adopt the resolution to move forward. 

 

Mayor Graham asked what the Commission wishes to do with this whole situation and he would like to see this moved forward.

 

A motion was made by Comm. Loiselle and seconded by Comm. Dwyer to postpone the resolution and not take any action on the proposed bathroom project until the August 5th meeting.  Carried unanimously.

 

 

RES. #2002-114 POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 5TH

 

WHEREAS, the City of Plymouth is desireous of establishing permanent public bathrooms in Downtown Plymouth as a public service; and

 

WHEREAS, the City has been seeking public input into the proposed location of the new Bathrooms and has had input from various user groups of the Kellogg Park and Gathering Pavilion as well as the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City Commission of the City of Plymouth does hereby direct the City Administration to further develop plans and specifications for public restrooms to be located on city property outside of the Gathering Pavilion at the northwest corner of the City’s Property.  The Administration is directed to instruct the City’s Architect to begin planning for this location forthwith.  The City Commission is also requiring that the City Administration provide regular updates as to the progress of this project.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City Commission is of the understanding that community contributions will fund the building and installation of the new public restrooms.

 

 

 

 

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

11a.  Committee Reports –  None

 

11b.  Reports -  Fire Department

 

11c.  Appointments –  None

 

11d.  Public Hearing for Sign Ordinance –

 

 

Mayor Graham opened the public hearing at 7:38 p.m. for public discussion.

 

Carol Levitte read a prepared statement regarding her view of the revision of the sign ordinance and stated she will retain the document in her files for historical value since the minutes are not detailed like she would like to see them.  She expressed her concerns and feels that this revision would be no more than spot zoning and requested that they not adopt it with the proposed wording.

 

Hearing no further discussion, Mayor Graham closed the public hearing at 7:41 p.m.

 

 

RES. #2002-115

 

WHEREAS, a public hearing was held before the City Commission on Monday, June 3, 2002; and

 

WHEREAS, the Zoning Ordinance is for the purpose of promoting, and protecting the public health, safety, peace, morals, comfort, convenience, and general welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Plymouth; and

 

WHEREAS, the Planning Consultant and the Building Official recommend approval to AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PLYMOUTH, BY DELETING SECTION 78-393 NON-CONFORMING SIGNS, AMENDING SECTION 78-387 DEFINITIONS, AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 78-393 NON CONFORMING SIGNS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF REGULATING NON-CONFORMING SIGNS IN THE CITY OF PLYMOUTH.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That an ordinance to AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PLYMOUTH, BY DELETING SECTION 78-393 NON-CONFORMING SIGNS, AMENDING SECTION 78-387 DEFINITIONS, AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 78-393 NON CONFORMING SIGNS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF REGULATING NON-CONFORMING SIGNS IN THE CITY OF PLYMOUTH, is hereby introduced in printed form for its first reading.

 

Motion was made by Comm. Potter and seconded by Comm. Pursell for approval of the resolution.  Motion carried with a no vote from Comm. Dwyer.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Comm. Loiselle and seconded by Comm. Dwyer for adjournment of the meeting at 7:45 p.m.  Carried unanimously.