City Commission Worksession Minutes 02-08-2021

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                        CITY OF MUSKEGON

                        Monday, February 8, 2021
                               5:30 p.m.
                          REMOTE MEETING



Present: Mayor Gawron (Muskegon, MI), Vice Mayor Hood (Muskegon,
MI), Commissioners Rinsema-Sybenga (Muskegon, MI), Emory
(Muskegon, MI), Johnson (Muskegon, MI), Ramsey (Muskegon, MI), and
German (Muskegon, MI).

Informational Portal – City Clerk
Bang the Table is an informational portal that will allow staff to put out
surveys, create newsletters, and create individual projects sites to assist
staff in organizing notifications, seek feedback, and keep citizens updated
and provide feedback.

Bang the Table offers a platform where all updates on a project are
gathered in one location in an easy to read format. Citizens can provide
feedback in a variety of ways including a mapping system, surveys,
comments, etc. This will be a useful tool for departments for projects such
as the master plan update, CDBG projects, NAM Programs, etc. The
system offers more flexibility and tools to provide information in a quick
format and allow us to better communicate with our citizens and gather
information. The cost is $15,000 per year with a $1,900 onboarding cost.
Staff did review other software including Accela Government Software,
Granicus, and Bloomz. We found this software is geared towards
government and offers many features not provided by other companies.

Mike McInerny from Bang the Table provided and overview and brief
demonstration of the software. A question and comment period followed.
This item will be on the Tuesday, February 9, 2021 agenda for Commission

Special Event Parking at Pere Marquette – City Clerk

Imagine Muskegon Lake
Commissioners discussed the direction of the Imagine Muskegon Lake
Plan that was adopted in 2017 and adopted into the City’s Master Plan in
2018 after a proposal for development at the ovals was rejected at the
January 26, 2021 City Commission meeting. Mayor Gawron suggested an
Ad Hoc committee to discuss and clarify the goals of the plan. The Ad Hoc
committee members will include Mayor Gawron, Commissioner Ramsey,
and Commissioner Johnson.

Public Comment was received by Chris Willis of 3066 Knollwood who
presented a plan for the ovals developed by the Beachwood/Bluffton
Neighborhood Association.

Adjournment:     The Worksession meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

                                  Respectfully Submitted,

                                  Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk

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