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CITY OF MONROE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2005

Regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Monroe, Michigan held on Monday, July 18, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Present:  Council Members Compora, Edwards, Guyor, Wetzel, Burkett, Sabo and Mayor Iacoangeli.

Charles D. Evans, City Clerk-Treasurer gave the invocation.

Mayor Iacoangeli led the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Public Hearings.

191  This being the date set to review the special assessment roll for S.A.D. #329, paving of the alley east of Wadsworth Street and south of East First Street, there being no comments on file in writing in the Clerk-Treasurer's Office, the Mayor declared the hearing open. 

Lila Cicero, 521 E. Second Street stated she attended a meeting last spring and objected at that time because of the cost and she didn't think it was necessary. 

Wayne Burdeaux, 602 E. First Street, made a correction to Ms. Cicero's comment.  He stated these are not taxes of $3,500, but her assessment for the paving.  There will be no effect on the property taxes and valuations will not be increased, due to this paving.

Jerry Swinehart, City Project Engineerer made a clarification that approval of the Special Assessment District required a majority of the property footage along the alley, not the majority of property owners

Councilman Sabo wanted to clarify the one time payment of $3,500.00 and asked the Clerk/Treasurer, Charles Evans, if it was still an option to amortize some of that cost over time.  Mr. Evans stated that there is a ten year time span in which you can pay the entire balance, with no interest for the first year and every year after that there is an installment payment plus interest as established by the Engineer.

Jack Noland, 432 E. First Street, stated the letter he received stated the assessment was $2,500.00 instead of $3,500.00.  He was informed that the amount was based on frontage of the property in question.

Wayne Burdeaux, 602 E. First Street, stated there was a 15% contingency fee built into the sums that were assessed to these property owners, which is refundable to the property owners if not used.

There being four people present commenting and one person objecting and no comments on file in writing in the Clerk-Treasurer's Office, the Mayor declared the hearing closed.

Council Action.

193 It was moved by Councilman Burkett and seconded by Councilwoman Edwards that the communication from the Assistant City Attorney, submitting Proposed Ordinance No. 05-007, an ordinance to amend Section 202.99, General Code Penalty; Complicity, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Monroe, be placed on its first reading and that the public hearing be set for Monday, August 1, 2005.

Ayes:   7   Nays:   0

Motion carried.

Proposed Ordinance No. 05-007 was then presented for the first time and laid over for its second reading and public hearing.

194 It was moved by Councilman Burkett and seconded by Councilwoman Edwards that the communication from the Assistant City Attorney, submitting Proposed Ordinance No. 05-008, an ordinance to amend Section 660.11, Shopping Carts, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Monroe, be placed on its first reading and that the public hearing be set for Monday, August 1, 2005.

Ronald Niesz, 938 Waterloo Avenue, asked for an explanation of what this means in English.

Debbie Manns, City Manager, explained that the City has a current ordinance in place related to shopping carts that may be left in various parts of the community.  The current policy is that the city staff will pick them up and store them.  The current fine to the retailers who want to redeem the carts is $2.00.  We'd like to raise that fee to $10.00 so that we may cover our costs.

After discussion, a vote was then taken on the motion.

Ayes:  7   Nays: 0

Motion carried.


Web Keeper's Note

Two abandoned shopping carts can be made into a live trap for goats, small children, large dogs, etc.  Contact Web Keeper for source of plans for construction.


Proposed Ordinance No. 05-008 was then presented for the first time and laid over for its second reading and public hearing.

195 It was moved by Councilman Burkett and seconded by Councilwoman Edwards that the communication from the Assistant City Attorney, submitting Proposed Ordinance No. 05-009, an ordinance to prohibit the practice of distracted driving, and to set penalties for violations thereof, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Monroe, be placed on its first reading and that the public hearing be set for Monday, August 1, 2005.

Councilwoman Edwards asked for an explanation of this ordinance.

Timothy Laitur, Assistant City Attorney stated that this ordinance simply addresses multi-taskers.  It is an extra tool to reinforce that driving is serious business and people should not be trying to drink coffee, talking on cell phones, reading, etc., while driving.

Councilwoman Wetzel was curious about the amount of the fines.

Ronald Niesz, 638 Waterloo Avenue, stated with all the terror war going on in this country, the Police have better things to do than to wonder who's eating a sandwich on the way to work in the morning.


Web Keeper's Note

Ronald Niesz has the proposed law figured out correctly.  This law is as necessary as tits on a boar hog.


Mayor Iacoangeli commented on an incident that occurred when a college student had the right- of- way and was struck while crossing the street by a motorist turning left who was talking on his cell phone.

Councilwoman Wetzel wanted to clarify that you can't be pulled over for being on a cell phone while driving, only if an accident occurs while driving and using a cell phone.

David Smith, 530 Hollywood Drive, opined that this ordinance is unnecessary.

Mark Worrell, 620 Valley Oak Court, commented on other cities that have passed ordinances banning the use of cell phones while driving.  He also wanted to know how the City intends to get the message out.

Timothy Laitur, Assistant City Attorney, believes the word will get out through the Monroe Evening News, as well as the television session of this meeting.


Web Keeper's Note

The Monroe Evening News has taken a strong editorial position in opposition to this silly ordnance and urges citizen to show up for the hearing to express their displeasure.


Debbie Manns, City Manager commented the Administration can investigate a public education program.

After discussion a vote was then taken on the motion.

Ayes:   7   Nays:   0

Motion carried.

Proposed Ordinance No. 05-009 was then presented for the first time and laid over for its second reading and public hearing.

196 It was moved by Councilman Burkett and seconded by Councilwoman Guyor that the communication from the Assistant City Attorney, submitting Proposed Ordinance No. 05-010, an ordinance to amend Section 1484.08, Inspection Guidelines of Chapter 1484, Rental Properties, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Monroe, be placed on its first reading and recommending that the public hearing be set for Monday, August 1, 2005.

Councilman Burkett asked that Mr. Laitur address the International Property Maintenance Code. 

Timothy Laitur, Assistant City Attorney, stated the purpose of this ordinance is an amendment that makes certain that rental properties will conform to the provisions of the International Property Maintenance Code.

 

Councilman Burkett stated that the Development Services representatives were not available at this meeting.

Debbie Manns, City Manager, responded that they will be in attendance at the public hearing so they can better describe the expanded scope of the International Property Maintenance Code.

After discussion, a vote was them taken on the motion.

Ayes:   7   Nays:   0

Motion carried.

Proposed Ordinance No. 05-010 was then presented for the first time and laid over for its second reading and public hearing.

Consent Agenda.  (All items listed under the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine by Mayor and Council and may be approved by one motion.  Any item may be removed for separate discussion by a Councilperson or citizen.)

A.         Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held on Tuesday, July 5, 2005.

B.         Approval of payments to vendors in the amount of $658,466.37

Action: Bills be allowed and warrants drawn on the various accounts for their payment.

197       World Harmony Run.

Communication from the Assistant to the City Manager, reporting back on a request from the organizers of the World Harmony Run that the City of Monroe support and recognize the runners of the World Harmony Run 2005 and that the City provide a police escort for the runners as they pass through Monroe, and recommending that the request be approved.

Supporting documents.

Action:  Accept, place on file and the recommendation be carried out.

198       Ice Cream Social Neighborhood Block Party.

1.         Communication from the Assistant to the City Manager, reporting back on a request from Maureen Carter for permission to close Shadowlawn Place to vehicular traffic from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2005 for a neighborhood ice cream social block party, and recommending that the request be approved.

Supporting documents.

Action:  Accept, place on file and the recommendation be carried out.

199       Appointments Resolution.

Communication from the Mayor's Office, submitting a proposed resolution of appointments to various City Boards and Commissions, and recommending that the resolution be adopted.

Supporting documents.

Action:  Accept, place on file and the resolution be adopted.

200                   Ratification of Teamsters Local #214 Contract.

Communication from the City Manager, submitting the negotiated settlement between the City of Monroe and the Teamsters Local #214, and recommending that Council formally approve the ratification of the contract and authorize signatures of City Officials.

Supporting documents.

Action:  Accept, place on file and the recommendation be carried out.

201       Ferric Chloride Bid.

1.         Communication from the Director of Wastewater, reporting back on bids received on June 27, 2005 for the supply of Liquid Ferric Chloride to the Wastewater Treatment Facility, and recommending that a purchase order in the amount of $14,000.00 be issued to Kemiron Companies, Inc. for Ferric Chloride.

2.         Supporting documents.

3.         Action:  Accept, place on file and the recommendation be carried out.

202       Polymer Bid.

Communication from the Director of Wastewater, submitting a quote from Polydyne, Inc. to increase the second year extension of their contract to supply Cationic Polymer to the Wastewater Treatment Facility to $0.09/pound, and recommending that a purchase order in the amount of $81,000.00  be issued to Polydyne for the needed polymer.

Supporting documents.

Action:  Accept, place on file and the recommendation be carried out.

203       Sodium Bisulfite Bid.

Communication from the Director of Wastewater, reporting back on bids received on June 27, 2005 for the supply of Sodium Bisulfite to the Wastewater Treatment Facility, and recommending that a purchase order in the amount of $6,000.00 be issued to Axchem Solutions for the Sodium Bisulfite.

Supporting documents.

Action:  Accept, place on file and the recommendation be carried out.

204       Budget Amendment - Confidential/Appointed Employee Wage.

Communication from the Finance Director, submitting a request that the 2006 budget be amended in the following way to fund wage increases for appointed and confidential employees; $25,860 be transferred from General Fund Contingency to various departmental line items and that the non-General Fund increases come from the reserve accounts for each fund, and recommending that the request be approved.

Supporting documents.

Action:  Accept, place on file and the recommendation be carried out.

205       Parking Validation Program.

Communication from the City Manager, submitting a proposed agreement with the DMBN for the administration of the Parking Validation Program for a two-year period of time, and recommending that the agreement be approved.

Supporting documents.

Action:  Accept, place on file and the recommendation be carried out.

It was moved by Councilman Burkett and seconded by Councilwoman Edwards that items A, B, 198, 200, 201, 202, 203, and 204 be approved as indicated and that items 197, 199 and 205 be removed and considered separately.

Ayes:   7   Nays:   0

Motion carried.

197   The communication from the Assistant to the City Manager was presented reporting back on a request from the organizers of the World Harmony Run that the City of Monroe support and recognize the runners of the World Harmony Run 2005 and that the City provide a police escort for the runners as they pass through Monroe, and recommending that the request be approved.

Councilwoman Dorothy Edwards wanted to know more about this request and if it was going to be an extra burden on our City police to escort the runners as they pass through Monroe.

John Michrina, Chief of Police responded this would not be an extra burden on the Police Department.  It would not have to be staffed on overtime and would be handled by the shift that happens to be working at the time.

After discussion, it was moved by Councilwoman Edwards and seconded by Councilman Sabo that item 197 be accepted, placed on file and the recommendation be carried out.

Ayes:   7   Nays:   0

Motion carried.

199   The communication from the Mayor's Office was presented submitting a proposed resolution of appointments to various City Boards and Commissions, and recommending that the resolution be adopted.

Councilman Sabo wanted to disclose that the appointment for the Monroe Housing Commission is Dennis R. Quinn who is a very close and personal friend of his and he would like to abstain from that portion of the resolution to avoid any conflict of interest.

After discussion, it was moved by Councilman Sabo and seconded by Councilwoman Edwards to accept the appointment of Michelle Nisley to the Downtown Development Authority for an unexpired term to June 30, 2007.

Ayes:    7   Nays:  0

Motion carried.

After discussion, it was moved by Councilman Burkett and seconded by Councilwoman Compora             to accept the appointment of Dennis R. Quinn to the Monroe Housing Commission for an unexpired term to June 30, 2007.

Ayes:  6   Nays:  0   (Councilman Sabo-abstained)

Motion carried.

205  The communication from the City Manager, submitting a proposed agreement with the DMBN for the administration of the Parking Validation Program for a two-year period of time, and recommending that the agreement be approved.

Councilman Burkett commented he had a problem with Paragraph 3 of the proposed agreement.

Mayor Iacoangeli responded that the City of Monroe is extending an agreement to the DMBN to serve as the agent for the City in validating parking tickets.

Councilman Burkett commented he did not see the necessity of Paragraph 3 and if it stays in he probably won't vote for the validation program contract as submitted.

Councilwoman Wetzel agreed with Councilman Burkett and she thinks it is an unnecessary addition to the validation agreement.


Web Keeper's Note

CHANGE FROM PUBLISHED PUBLIC VERSION

3. Compensation (Consideration): The DMBN shall receive no compensation for the operation and management of the validation program. Further, in consideration for operating the Parking Validation Program the DMBN board of Directors, Officers, and /or Committee members will acknowledge the current organizational structure of the DDA/Monroe Main Street program and board, and refrain from efforts to disband, disrupt, divide, or dissolve this organization.

The Web Keeper's opinion is that only Burkett and Wetzel understand basic contract and constutional law.  Clearly The Mayor, three councilpersons and the two city attorneys do not!

Link to Document


Councilman Sabo commented on sub Paragraph 4, Sub E which he found agreeable, states that any downtown business may participate in the parking validation program and membership in DMBN is not a requisite or obligation for participation.  He feels as a city sponsored program it should be available to anyone.

Mary Gail Beneteau, member of the DMBN made comments regarding the parking validation program.

Councilwoman Wetzel stated her concern was with the parking validation program and the importance of saving this program downtown.

After a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Councilman Burkett and seconded by Councilwoman Wetzel to strike from the contract under Paragraph 3 the sentence that begins with the word "Further".

Ayes:   2   Nays:   5 (Sabo, Edwards, Guyor, Compora, Mayor Iacoangeli)

Motion fails.

It was moved by Councilman Sabo that the parking validation agreement be approved as submitted.

Motion died for lack of support.

Mayor's Comments.

Mayor Iacoangeli deferred comments to the City Manager.

City Manager Comments.

Debbie Manns noted that Maureen Carter of our staff recently received a national award from the Edy Ice Cream Company and said she will be treating all of her neighbors on Shadowlawn to an ice cream sundae party.

She would like everyone to join her in welcoming Randy Richardville in the capacity of Economic Development Director.

Council Comments.

Councilman Burkett reiterated that he is not for opening any of the W streets in his neighborhood.  He also noted, regarding the pooper scooper issue, a number of people are offended by dogs doing their business in their yards, but they are hesitant to offend their neighbors.  If citizens have complaints regarding this issue, they should contact city hall.

Councilwoman Wetzel requested an updated listing of committee appointments.  She also wanted to know if actual bids could be included in their packets.

Councilwoman Guyor said she would like to encourage citizens to attend the next Traffic Committee meeting to voice their pros and cons regarding the proposed traffic signal light at N. Macomb Street and Lemerand, at the Mercy Hospital entrance.

It was moved by Councilman Sabo and seconded by Councilman Burkett to have the City Administration continue negotiations with the DMBN for a parking validation program.

After considerable discussion, a vote was taken on Councilman Sabo's motion.

Ayes:   5   Nays:   2 (Councilwoman Compora & Mayor Iacoangeli)

Motion carried.

It was moved by Councilman Sabo and seconded by Councilwoman Edwards to request the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce to administer the Parking Validation Program for 90 days during our negotiations with the DMBN.

Councilwoman Wetzel asked if this would be running under the same terms and conditions of the current contract with the DMBN and the current guidelines.

Mayor Iacoangeli stated the only change necessary was to change the name from DMBN to Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and ask that they refrain from disrupting the Main Street Program as well.

After discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.

Ayes:   5   Nays:   2 (Councilman Burkett & Councilwoman Wetzel)

Motion carried.

Citizen Comments.

Mark Worrell, 620 Valley Oak Court, had several comments. He complimented the City on the street sweeping improvements. He also would like to remind the City that there is a green waste ordinance that states you can't put grass clippings, bushes, etc., in the street and would like to know who enforces this ordinance.

Debbie Manns, City Manager responded that would constitute an ordinance violation and the Development Services Department would address those type of complaints.

He suggested that citizens be reminded of this ordinance via the City Newsletter or the MPACT television station.

Mr. Worrell also commented on ways to discourage street parking and stated that more caution should be taken in weed whacking small trees in City parks, so as not to damage the trees.

He also agreed with Councilman Burkett regarding the traffic on M-50.  His idea would be to work with the schools, townships and also the State to address this problem.

Councilwoman Compora expressed concern about the past administration selling water to Dundee and other locations, which encourages residential expansion, and hence, further traffic congestion. 

Sandy Mason, 223 Adams Street, expressed her concern to the Mayor and City Council regarding the oriental cockroach problem in her neighborhood, specifically 217 Adams Street, where the cockroaches are originating.

Ben Tallerico, Director of Development Services commented on the City's effort to correct this problem.

Councilwoman Compora stated to Ms. Mason that no one on the council would object to helping her with her problem and they would do anything they could to help her.

Mayor Iacoangeli explained that a meeting was held in his office on Friday to go over the situation and the directive was the City would do everything they could do as aggressively as they could in order to remedy the situation.

Councilwoman Edwards asked how or why the City let it get this far without condemning the house because it is a health hazard.

Ben Tallerico, Director of Development Services explained that structurally the property is not condemnable.

Councilwoman Edwards stated that she has known properties to be condemned based on filth and the hazardous conditions.

Mayor Iacoangeli recommended that Ben Tallerico contact a pest control company and have them inspect the property in question.

David Sisco, 228 Adams Street, was concerned when the dumpster was pulled out, where the cockroaches would go.  He felt before the dumpster was moved, the City should put up barriers on other properties in the area to keep the pests from spreading.

Deb Grabetz, 423 W. Front Street, stated a couple of years ago Social Services did remove the occupant from the home, so they were aware of the situation and all of this could have been avoided.  She is also concerned about the spreading of these cockroaches.

Gunner Ross, 503 W. Front Street, expressed his concern about the situation and offered to assist in any way the city thought he could help.

David Smith, 530 Hollywood Drive, was concerned about the chemicals that would be used and suggested different remedies to rid the area of these pests.

William Sweat, 207 S. Macomb Street, expressed his appreciation to the City Police Department, City Fire Department and the Department of Public Services for their assistance at the festival that was held at the Arthur Lesow Community Center this past weekend.

It was moved by Councilman Sabo and seconded by Councilwoman Compora that Council go into closed session to discuss labor negotiations and land acquisition.

Ayes:   7   Nays:   0

Motion carried.

Council reconvened at 11:05 p.m.

Adjournment.

It was moved by Councilwoman Guyor and seconded by Councilwoman Compora that the meeting adjourn at 11:06 p.m. until the Regular Meeting on Monday, August 1, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.

Ayes:   7   Nays:   0

Motion carried.

______________________________ _____________________________

Charles D. Evans                                John R. Iacoangeli

City Clerk-Treasurer                             Mayor


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