City Commission Worksession Minutes 08-09-2021

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                                CITY OF MUSKEGON
                          CITY COMMISSION WORKSESSION

                                Monday, August 9, 2021
                                       5:30 p.m.
                              City Commission Chambers
                        933 Terrace Street, Muskegon MI 49440


Present: Mayor Gawron, Commissioners Rinsema-Sybenga, Emory, Johnson, Ramsey,
and German

Absent: Vice Mayor Hood

Utility Aid Proposal
Staff is seeking input on the proposal for utility aid. The Development Services
Department is proposing utility aid for low income residents under two different
proposals. One proposal is an Energy Saving Incentive Program, the second is a
Conservation Program. Discussion took place regarding the outlined proposals.

Sanitation Policy
Staff is seeking approval of the policy for establishing and reinforcing rules and
regulations related to sanitation. Staff has developed a policy to govern the collection
and disposal of residential refuse and ensure all neighborhoods within the city are
maintained in a clean, orderly condition at all times for the health, safety, and welfare of
the community.

Discussion took place regarding the proposed Sanitation Policy and the item will appear
on the agenda at the August 10, 2021 Regular City Commission meeting.

Firetruck Purchase
Staff is requesting the Fire Department be authorized to enter into a purchase contract
with Halt Fire of Wixom. E23 is a 2006 pumper with 128,758 miles and L41 is a 2006 75
foot aerial device with 100,074 miles. Buying two badly needed units gives us the ability
to save the City $45,000 with a dual apparatus purchase. Using the pre-payment option
provided by the manufacture, Pierce Manufacturing of Wisconsin, the City will save an
additional $22,583.00. E23 and L41 will still be used as back up Fire Trucks when
Discussion took place regarding this item, it will appear on the regular meeting agenda
on August 10, 2021.

ARP Funding – Housing
City Staff has developed a Request for Qualifications and a draft Development
Agreement for the ARP-funded portion of the in-fill housing program. Staff is seeking
approval to release the RFQ broadly and begin discussions with respondents, with a
goal of bringing development agreements to the City Commission for approval in
September. Staff is recommending that the City Commission allocate $5 Million from
ARP stimulus revenue to accelerate the City’s current infill housing program. Staff
intends to use these dollars to leverage an additional $5 Million in private investment by
requiring each qualified developer to invest half the cost of construction. The proposed
development agreement would include provisions to ensure affordability to buyers
below 120% of the AMI by providing a more-robust down payment assistance program
to income-qualified buyers. Note that the agreements specifically call out owner-
occupied homes because we have the PILOT Infill Program currently focusing on
rentals. Additionally, the agreements call out “single family” homes; this should be
clarified to Commissioners that single-family homes can be either detached from other
single-family homes or attached to other single-family homes (townhouses are an
example of this).

Discussion took place and this item will receive further consideration at the August 10,
2021 Regular City Commission meeting.

Michigan Municipal League – Designation of Voting Delegates
The City Commission needs to select an official and alternate to be in attendance at the
Michigan Municipal League Convention and to cast the vote of the municipality at the
Annual Business Meeting. Discussion took place as to who might be appointed as the
official representative and the alternate representative. This item will appear on the
agenda for consideration August 10, 2021.

Public Comment – No public comments were received.

Adjournment – The Worksession meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.

                                         Respectfully Submitted,

                                         Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk

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