City Commission Worksession Minutes 07-12-2021

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                               CITY OF MUSKEGON
                         CITY COMMISSION WORKSESSION

                                  Monday, July 12, 2021
                                       5:30 p.m.
                               City Commission Chambers



Present: Mayor Gawron, Vice Mayor Hood (arrived at 5:40 p.m.), Commissioners
Rinsema-Sybenga, Emory, Johnson, Ramsey, and German

Absent: Commissioner German

Update on Community Survey Results
City Manager, Frank Peterson, shared and discussed the results from a Community
Survey that was available for city residents to provide input and feedback on a variety of

Special Event Fee Waiver Revisions
The Department of Public works is seeking input on amendments to the current Special
Event Fee Waiver Form to streamline the process for approval of fee waivers starting
with events in 2022.

Questions and scoring criteria were added to the existing fee waiver form that event
coordinators complete. Staff would verify the answers to these questions and based on
the number of points awarded and the amount of the waiver requests fees could be
waived at the staff level. Fee waiver requests over $2,500 would go before the

Staff is seeking feedback on the concept of continuing fee waivers beyond 2021 and the
desire to establish a procedure for a majority of these requests to be handled at the staff

Discussion took place regarding special event fee waivers. This will be coming back to
commission for formal approval at some point in the future.

Pere Marquette Park – Investment
Staff is presenting a plan for investment in Pere Marquette Park and has outlined
several potential improvements to pursue at Pere Marquette Park as previously
discussed at the April 27th Commission Meeting. The total cost of the preliminary
identified options falls approximately in alignment with the target amount of $100,000
that was established following the discussion in April.

Discussed options include:

Expanded Parking/Pedestrian Walkway – Cost of $20,910.00
Electrical Upgrades – Cost of $57,714.00
Tree Plantings – Cost of $15,000.00

Staff is seeking discussion and direction on the proposed revisions.

Discussion took place regarding the proposed improvements at Pere Marquette Park.

Fire Station Upgrades (Central)
The Public Safety Director updated the Commission on upgrades, modifications,
enhancements, and repairs to the Central Fire Station.

In November 2020 the Commission approved $236,230.00 in enhancements and
repairs for Muskegon Fire Central Station. Over the past 8 months change orders and
other upgrades were required in addition to the Dispatch expansion & remodel. Some of
the costs are in fact Dispatch’s responsibilities while others are directly assigned to
Muskegon Fire Department. A summary sheet with the scope, costs, updates and basic
notes to support the upgrades and repairs to complete the dual fire station. At this time
the Staff is requesting an additional $165,468.00 in funding. (Total combined $236,230
and $165,468 is $401,698). Some of the repairs have already occurred due to Covid 19,
contractor’s availability, etc.

This item will be on the regular meeting agenda on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Public Comment
Public comments were received.

The City Commission Worksession meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

                                                Respectfully Submitted,

                                                Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk

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