May 24 2010 Minutes
CITY OF BUCHANAN COMMISSION MINUTES
The Mayor called the public hearing to order at 6:00 p.m. as published and invited public to express comments regarding an application for Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption Certificate for C & S Machine Products, Inc., 215 South Post Road. Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance Director Shelley Klug introduced Dominick Sarratore from C&S Machine and then she explained that C&S is a manufacturer of precision parts for the computer, aerospace, and defense industries with a total project cost of $2,313,000 and requesting that the City Commission approve the application. There was discussion between Commission, and Sarratore regarding his business. Hearing no public comment and receiving no written comment, Moore moved, seconded by Norton to adjourn the public hearing at 6:06 p.m.
Commissioners present: Carla Cole, Patricia Moore, William Norton, Earl Scanlon, Warren Weaver
After information from the clerk, Moore moved, seconded by Scanlon to amend the Consent Calendar to include D. DPW Roof under New Business and two checks to the check register in the total amount of $12,879 for the closing on the sale of the Art Center. Roll call vote carried unanimously. Moore moved, seconded by Weaver to approve the Consent Calendar as amended. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
After brief discussion, Weaver moved, seconded by Norton to grant the Agreement for the Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate to C & S Machine Products, Inc. 215 South Post Road and approve the resolution as presented.
After confirmation that all parties agreed, Scanlon moved, seconded by Moore to approve the Street Closure Request: 6-26-10 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, on Front Street from Redbud to Oak for Buchanan’s Great Cruise In. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
After confirmation from the City Manager that money is available in capital equipment reserve, the 1995 year old mower would be sold as an auction item, and questions answered from Commissioners, Weaver moved, seconded by Moore to approve the purchase of the Kubota mower in the amount of $17,100 as low bid from HFS Tractor Sales & Service as presented. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
Director Debra Patzer summarized the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) 2010-2011 Budget that was unanimously approved by the Downtown Development Authority at their May meeting and requested favorable approval of their proposed balanced budget. After questions and discussion about the Michigan Main Street Program, Scanlon moved, seconded by Moore to approve the 2010-2011 DDA Budget as presented. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
Patzer summarized her memo to the City Manager while all reviewed the documents presented including a map and information about the properties. She presented the notebook with all detailed information on the individual properties and explained the few property exceptions. Patzer urged Commissioners to visit her office, welcomed questions from them, and invited them to the June DDA meeting. Discussion and debate was shared with Commissioner’s, Patzer and Alice Kring (who worked for the City and was on the DDA board from its inception). Commissioners agreed to their attendance of the June 9th DDA meeting.
Norton asked about the status of the DPW roof since it was brought forward several months ago. Mullendore confirmed her work with the building inspector and he has recommended an architect and/or structural engineer to review. Norton moved, seconded by Weaver to hire an architect to develop specifications to replace the entire Department of Public Works roof with a pitched roof. The City Manager confirmed that the DPW Director has a quote to repair the partial rubberized roof with a 25 year warranty and she would bring forward quotes. After shared discussion, the motion failed. YEA: Weaver, Norton. NAY: Scanlon, Cole, Moore.
Public comments were heard from Alice Kring and she requested permission from the Commission to utilize Mill Alley during the Cruise In on June 26th as it was possible a DJ would be playing. Moore moved, seconded by Scanlon to approve the request as presented. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
City Manager comments were heard.
Commissioners’ comments were heard.
Scanlon moved, seconded by Norton to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 p.m.