City Commission Worksession Minutes 01-08-2024

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            January 8, 2024 @ 5:30 PM


The Worksession Meeting of the City of Muskegon was called to order at City
Hall, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, Michigan at 5:30 PM, Monday, January 8,

Present: Mayor Ken Johnson, Vice Mayor Rebecca St.Clair, Commissioners Willie
German, Jr., Rachel Gorman, Jay Kilgo, and Destinee Keener.
Absent: Commissioner Katrina Kochin


    B. Muskegon Lake Development Joint Planning Manager's Office
Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce, addressed
the commission to update them on a chamber-led initiative to further beautify
the lakeshore. The Chamber has been in contact with property owners, business
owners, and the county and city staff and is tentatively planning to have some
planning sessions in the spring. They will be seeking a $15,000 contribution from
the city toward the beautification project. They anticipate the planning of the
project to cost $60,000 - $80,000 with a focus on Heritage Landing, which is in
need of a "refresh". Discussions have taken place with the Smith Group that
worked on the Detroit River Walk project.
    A. Greenhouse Gas Inventory - Preliminary Results Manager's Office
Peter Wills, Director of Government Relations and Strategic Operations
introduced representatives from Fishbeck. Fishbeck prepared a Greenhouse
Gas Inventory for Fiscal Year 2022. Last year the commission passed a resolution
supporting the effort to reduce emissions.

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Represenatives from Fishbeck discussed the Preliminary Report of the City's
organization-wide Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory of our carbon footprint, as
prepared by Fishbeck. The City is committed to reducing its carbon footprint
while continuing to provide residents with efficient and superior infrastructure
and services. In April 2023, the Commission passed a resolution declaring the
City’s commitment to climate action initiatives and to combat the impact of
climate change on the community and planet. The City is dedicated to
reducing the risks of climate change by implementing actions that save money,
improve productivity, and lower GHG emissions. The City intends to reduce its
organizational GHG emissions through deliberative budget, policy, and
administrative actions.
In an effort to reduce GHG emissions, we must first understand our current
carbon footprint and the drivers of those emissions. The GHG Inventory will be
used to set target reductions with the goal of eliminating the City’s organization-
wide GHG emissions by 2040.

The City issued an RFP on 9/19/23 and selected Fishbeck to conduct this
Inventory on 10/16/23 at a cost of $18,000. The contracted work period was
from 10/17/23 - 12/11/23. The RFP called for a preliminary report to be delivered
for discussion with the commission by 1/8/24 and a final report submitted for
adoption in February.

A Fishbeck Representative reviewed the proposal in a presentation and
discussion took place. Stephanie Jarrett, Vice President - leads the Air Quality
Team and Jada Holmstrom is a quality engineer.
This is a baseline report, The baseline year is 2022, the last year that was audited.
There are some recommendations listed about how to reduce our carbon
footprint or green house gas emissions as an entity. It is recommended that we
track the infomaiton that they have collected in the various spread sheets -
tracking will be the best way to see how we're doing in achieving our goal of
net zero emissions.

The Mayor asked for an update as to what the next steps are for the committee
tasked with making these recommendations for reduction of emissions. Assistant
City Manager LeighAnn Mikesell and Director of Government Relations and
Strategic Operations Pete Wills will be taking this information back to the

Public comments received.

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Motion by Commissioner German, second by Commissioner Keener, to adjourn
at 7:07 p.m.

                                  Respectfully Submitted,

                                  Ann Marie Meisch, MMC

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