2012-01-26 / Meeting Minutes

St. Ignace City Council Minutes

Council Proceedings (Unofficial)

The regular meeting of the St. Ignace City Council was held on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the St. Ignace Public Library.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Grondin with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Councilmember Wyse gave the invocation.

Present: Councilmembers Clapperton, Della-Moretta, Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde, Councilmembers Fullerton, Paquin, Wyse, Mayor Grondin.

Absent: None.

Staff Present: Les Therrian, City Manager; Prentiss M. Brown, Jr., City Attorney; Renee’ Vonderwerth, City Clerk; Mark Wilk, Chief of Police; Deb Evashevski, DDA Director; Bucky Robinson, Fire Chief.

Corrections of minutes for the Council Meeting of January 3, 2012.

None.

Minutes of the Council Meeting of January 3, 2012 were approved as written.

Additions to the Agenda:

10. Councilmember Della-Moretta – Marina/Harbor Master report. 11. Police Chief Wilk – USDA Grant.

1. TOM TARNUTZER PROCLAMATION:

Mayor Grondin stated that after 25 years of service for the City of St. Ignace, Tom Tarnutzer has retired and in recognition and appreciation of that read and presented the following proclamation:

PROCLAMATION WHEREAS, Thomas Tarnutzer, has worked for the City of St. Ignace for 25 years; and WHEREAS, Officer Tarnutzer, was hired by the City of St. Ignace and sworn in on January 23, 1987, to fill a Patrolman position; and WHEREAS, Officer Tarnutzer became a permanent patrolman on January 23, 1987, was Preliminary Breath Test certified in May 1987, Radar certified in January 1991; and WHEREAS, Officer Tarnutzer was recognized on many occasions with letters of commendation for exceeding the call of duty in relation to public service. His genuine concern and compassionate personality made him very approachable with the public; and WHEREAS, Officer Tarnutzer’s community involvement also included, his service on the chain gang for the St. Ignace football program, assistance with many car show parades and other traffic control issues, races (both bike and foot), emergency runs, and fire assistance. THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED, that the City of St. Ignace, the City Council and employees are very proud of Officer Tarnutzer for the recognition he has received from numerous agencies, Michigan Commission On Law Enforcement, House of Representative Dan Benishek M.D., US Senator Debbie Stabenow; and WHEREAS, special tribute was given from Governor Rick Snyder, State Senator Howard Walker, and State Representative Frank Foster for Officer Tarnutzer’s 25 years of service; and NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED, that Officer Thomas Tarnutzer, serving as Patrolman for the City of St. Ignace, be honored on this 16th Day of January, 2012, for his dedicated service to the City of St. Ignace and his commitment to public safety.

2. PUBLIC HEARING BUILDING INSPECTOR ORD. #633, “Building Inspector Enforcing Agency Designation”:

It was moved by Councilmember Della-Moretta, seconded by Mayor Pro- Tem LaLonde to open the Public Hearing. Motion carried unanimously.

After hearing no comments, it was moved by Councilmember Fullerton, seconded by Councilmember Paquin to close the Public Hearing. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Councilmember Della-Moretta, seconded by Councilmember Wyse to adopt Ordinance No. 633, “Building Inspector Enforcing Agency Designation”. Motion carried unanimously.

3. PUBLIC HEARING WATER AND SEWER RATE APPROVAL:

It was moved by Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde, seconded by Councilmember Wyse to open the Public Hearing. Motion carried unanimously.

After hearing several concerns and comments, it was moved by Councilmember Clapperton, seconded by Councilmember Della-Moretta to close the Public Hearing. Motion carried unanimously.

RESOLUTION The following Resolution was offered by Councilmember Paquin and supported by Council:member Fullerton: WHEREAS, Section 34-151, “ Water and Sewer Rates and Charges” of the City of Saint Ignace Wastewater Ordinance establishes sewer rates and charges for services furnished by the sewage system at rates currently established or as hereafter adopted by resolution of the City Council from time to time;

WHEREAS, effective March 1, 2012 as provided under the City Charter, for the preservation of the public peace, health or safety, a rate of $5.53 per 1000 gallons shall be applied to all sewer gallons sold; and

WHEREAS, effective March 1, 2012 as provided by the City Charter for the preservation of the public peace, health or safety, sewer Readiness to Serve shall be raised $1.50 per Equivalent Dwelling Unit, to $18.25, and;

WHEREAS, as provided by the City Charter for the preservation of the public peace, health or safety, all water users shall pay the following: $4.81 per thousand gallons of water used, effective March 1, 2012 $4.91 per thousand gallons of water used, effective March 1, 2013 $5.06 per thousand gallons of water used, effective March 1, 2014 $5.21 per thousand gallons of water used, effective March 1, 2015 $5.39 per thousand gallons of water used, effective March 1, 2016

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that said Ordinances, as amended, shall remain as heretofore adopted.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Saint Ignace adopts the above stated rates.

ROLL CALL VOTE: Yes: Councilmember Della-Moretta, Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde, Councilmembers Fullerton, Paquin, Wyse, Mayor Grondin Councilmember Clapperton. No: None. Absent: None. Resolution declared Adopted.

4. FORT DEBUADE AGREEMENT:

City Manager Therrian stated that the Fort deBuade Committee met to discuss the lease Agreement between the Michilmackinac Historical Society and the City, and informed Council that the committee has recommended to approve the lease which will expire on

October 31, 2012.

It was moved by Councilmember Wyse, seconded by Councilmember Della- Moretta to approve the lease agreement. Motion carried unanimously.

At this time, Mayor Grondin requested a Roll Call Vote:

Yes: Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde, Councilmembers Fullerton, Paquin, Wyse, Mayor Grondin, Councilmembers Paquin, Della-Moretta. No: None. Absent: None. Motion carried unanimously.

5. SPECIAL EVENTS POND HOCKEY RESOLUTION:

RESOLUTION The following Resolution was offered for adoption by Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde, supported by Councilmember Wyse:

WHEREAS, the St. Ignace Events Committee, in association with Labatt Blue, Kewadin Casinos, and many other businesses and entities in the community, requests permission to conduct the Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship, and

WHEREAS, this event does not require the usage of any public-owned property, except Moran Bay, and

WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 413 of the City of St. Ignace, “The Peddler’s Ordinance”, requires certain criteria be met in order for the event to be held.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the St. Ignace City Council has determined that the St. Ignace Events Committee meets the criteria established in the various sections of the Ordinance No. 413, and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council approves Special Events status for the Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship on February 17-19, 2012.

Roll Call Vote:

Yes: Councilmembers Fullerton, Paquin, Wyse, Mayor Grondin, Councilmembers Clapperton, Della-Moretta. Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde. No: None. Absent: None. Resolution declared Adopted.

SPECIAL EVENTS WISSA RESOLUTION:

RESOLUTION The following Resolution was offered for adoption by Councilmember Paquin, supported by Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde:

WHEREAS, the St. Ignace Events Committee, in association with World Ice & Snow Sailing Championships (WISSA), Kewadin Casinos, and many other businesses and entities in the community, requests permission to conduct the WISSA Championship, and

WHEREAS, this event does not require the usage of any public-owned property, except Moran Bay, and

WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 413 of the City of St. Ignace, “The Peddler’s Ordinance”, requires certain criteria be met in order for the event to be held.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the St. Ignace City Council has determined that the St. Ignace Events Committee meets the criteria established in the various sections of the Ordinance No. 413, and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council approves Special Events status for the World Ice & Snow Sailing Championships on February 20- 26, 2012.

Roll Call Vote:

Yes: Councilmembers Paquin, Wyse, Mayor Grondin, Councilmembers Clapperton, Della-Moretta, Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde, Councilmember Fullerton.

No: None. Absent: None. Resolution declared Adopted.

6. BIOSOLIDS REPORT:

City Manager Therrian explained to Council the large cost associated with the disposing of biosolids.

7. LIBRARY ANNUAL REPORT: Mayor Grondin introduced Gina Kemp, Librarian, to present the St. Ignace Library’s annual report, adding that this is her last Council meeting as she has accepted another position as a Library Director. Mayor Grondin congratulated Gina and stated that she would be missed.

At this time Gina read the annual report to Council and the citizens and asked for questions or comments.

Councilmember Clapperton, Library board member, stated that Gina has done an outstanding job for the St. Ignace Public Library and will be greatly missed. Councilmember Clapperton added that several applications have been received for a new Librarian, and the Library Board will start the process of hiring this week, stating that the Board’s goal is to hire a new Librarian with the same outstanding qualities.

City Clerk Vonderwerth, President of the Library Board, added that on Friday, January 20, an open house will be held in honor of Gina at the Library from 3 to 5 p.m. Mayor Grondin encouraged everyone to attend.

8. STREET MILLAGE BALLOT LANGUAGE APPROVAL: CITY OF ST. IGNACE RESOLUTION TO APPROVE BALLOT LANGUAGE FOR CITY ROAD REPAIR, MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION AND TO REPLACE PUBLIC WORK EQUIPMENT

At a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of St. Ignace (City), Mackinac County, Michigan, held at the St. Ignace Public Library on the 16th day of January, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.,

Present: Councilmembers Clapperton, Della-Moretta, Mayor Pro-Tem La- Londe, Councilmembers Fullerton, Paquin, Wyse, Mayor Grondin. Absent: None.

The following Resolution was offered by Council person Della-Moretta and seconded by Council person Wyse:

WHEREAS, it is necessary and appropriate to seek voter approval to restore a part of the City’s ad valorem property tax authority established in the City Charter at 20 mills as previously approved by the electors, so as to provide necessary funds for City operating purposes; and,

WHEREAS, by operation of the Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution and State law implementing the terms thereof (the “Headlee Amendment”), the City ‘s effective Charter tax limitation has been reduced from 20 mills to 17.1082 mills; and

WHEREAS, the City has been doing the following public work and has the duty to continue to repair, maintain and construct necessary City public roadways, and to do the same with updated equipment; and,

WHEREAS, the City Council has been advised by its Manager and Public Works Department that it needs public funds to do the same; and,

WHEREAS, it has been determined to perform the said upgrade it will need the following millage approved by the voters of the City, i.e.1.25 mills for street repair, maintenance and construction .25 mills for Public Works equipment update Total 1.50 mills to be voted on for Ten (10) years, is in the best interest of the public health, safety and welfare of the City and residence;

WHEREAS, the City Council desires to seek voter approval to restore up to 1.50 mills of taxing authority which has been reduced by operation of the Headlee Amendment. Now Therefore It Is Resolved, the City Council of St. Ignace, Mackinac County, Michigan, resolves as follows:

The City resolves to approve the ballot language attached as Exhibit A for inclusion at the May 8, 2012 election.

The City Clerk is authorized and directed to promptly submit this resolution along with the ballot language to the Mackinac County Clerk so that the ballot proposition may be approved and included at the May 8, 2012 election.

3. Any resolution inconsistent with this resolution is hereby rescinded. The Resolution was declared adopted.

Yeas: Councilmember Wyse, Mayor Grondin, Councilmembers Clapperton, Della-Moretta, Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde, Councilmembers Fullerton, Paquin. Nays: None. Absent: None. Resolution declared Adopted.

EXHIBIT A CITY OF ST. IGNACE MILLAGE PROPOSAL BALLOT Shall the tax limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on all taxable property within the City of St. Ignace, Mackinac County, Michigan, be increased by 1.50 mills ($1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of Ten (10) years, 2012 to 2021 inclusive, as new additional millage in excess of the limitation imposed by Michigan Compiled Laws Section 211.34d, to restore City Charter millage authorization previously approved by the electors as reduced by operation of the Headlee Amendment, tc provide for, funds for general operating purposes? The estimate of the revenue the City will collect if the 1.50 millage is approved and levied in the 2012 calendar year is approximately $127,500.

9. WWTP PAYMENT RESOLUTION:

CITY OF ST. IGNACE, MICHIGAN 2010 WASTEWATER IMPROVEMENTS Project: 10-0033 USDA-RD APPROVAL OF PAYMENTS Meeting Date: January 16, 2012

It was moved by Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde, and seconded by Councilmember Paquin: That the following invoices be approved for payment:

PPE #7 1/9/12 Mead Bros. Excavating 10-0033 Div A Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $28,751.52

PPE #8 1/4/12 DeVere Const. Co., Inc. 10-0033 Div B Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40,313.60

53906 12/30/11 C2AE 10-0033 Basic Eng. . . . . . . . . . $2982.32 $9861.63 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inspection $6879.31

737860 12/15/11 DEQ 10-0033 State Disposal Fee. . . . . . . . . . . $24,948.00 (to be pd from contingency) Roll Call Vote: Ayes: Mayor Grondin, Councilmembers Clapperton, Della-Moretta, Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde, Councilmembers Fullerton, Paquin, Wyse. Nays: None. Absent: None. Resolution declared adopted.

10. Councilmember Della-Moretta – Marina/Harbor Master Report. Councilmember Della-Moretta inquired on the status of the Marina and Harbor Master position. City Manager Therrian informed Council that 16 applications have been received for the Harbor Master position and have been narrowed down to three. Interviews will be conducted next week, and a Harbor Master will be selected and presented to Council at the first meeting in February. In addition, City Manager Therrian commended Bill Fraser and Gary Laysell for the time they have taken to learn and understand the operation of the bubbler system at the marina.

11. Police Chief Wilk – USDA grant:

Police Chief Wilk informed Council that the Police Department has received notice that the preapplication submitted to the USDA for a $10,000 grant towards a new police car, has met the requirements for eligibility and they are agreeable to consideration of approximately this amount in a formal application. Police Chief Wilk requested Council’s permission to pursue the necessary steps to secure funding.

It was moved by Mayor Grondin, and seconded by Mayor Pro-Tem LaLonde to authorize Police Chief Wilk to pursue the necessary steps to secure funding for the $10,000. Motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of Bills:

None.

Public Comment: Gary Laysell inquired on the applicants for the Building Inspector position. City Manager Therrian stated that the names of the applicants will be disclosed after the interviews have taken place.

The following bills were presented to
Council for payment:
ACE HARDWARE. . . . . . . . . . 96.65
AIRGAS USA LLC . . . . . . . . . 97.29
BLARNEY CASTLE FLEET
PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,114.99
CITY OF ST IGNACE WATER DEPT
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 544.78
CLOVERLAND ELECTRIC CO-OP
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24,032.60
DOUD’S MARKET OF ST IGNACE
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242.13
ETNA SUPPLY COMPANY. . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,401.50
GEORGES AUTO PARTS . . . . 60.00
KSS ENTERPRISES . . . . . . . 119.72
LAKEFRONT ELECTRONICS . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59.99
LYNN AUTO PARTS . . . . . 3,689.64
MACKINAC SALES . . . . . . . 236.97
MAXWELL MEDALS & AWARDS
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,094.89
MI STATE FIREMAN’S
ASSOCIATION . . . . . . . . . . . . 75.00
NATIONAL SAFETY COMPLIANCE
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149.30
NFPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165.00
NFPA/NFCSS SUBSCRIPTION. . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 855.00
PAUL R SVED . . . . . . . . . . . . 325.00
PUMMILL PRINT SERVICE LC. . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218.75
SEMCO ENERGY . . . . . . . 5,689.65
SPARTAN STORES . . . . . . . . . 19.98
ST IGNACE AUTOMOTIVE . 781.22
ST IGNACE TRUE VALUE . . 442.82
STATE OF MICHIGAN-DEQ. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24,948.00
STRAITS BUILDING CENTER . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73.64
THE REHMANN GROUP LLC . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,710.00
UP ASSESSORS ASSOCIATION. . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.00
WASTE MANAGEMENT OF WI-MN
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,146.86
WESLEY H MAUER JR. . . 1,592.80
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91,004.17














































There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:08 p.m. Mayor Paul Grondin Renee Vonderwerth, City Clerk

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