September 27 2010 Minutes
CITY OF BUCHANAN COMMISSION MINUTES
The regular scheduled meeting of the City Commission was held at Buchanan City Hall, 302 N. Redbud Trail, Buchanan, Michigan, Monday, September 27, 2010. Mayor Cole called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Commissioners present: Carla Cole, Patricia Moore, William Norton, Earl Scanlon, Warren Weaver
Scanlon moved, seconded by Moore to approve the Consent Calendar as presented.
Patzer reported on the DDA-City Property Transfer in that she has been working with Attorney Sara Bell, whom in turn is working with City Attorney Randy Hyrns. Who will be responsible for paying the tax share owed to Berrien County, Dial-A-Ride, and LMC is what the Attorneys are working on currently. Patzer explained in detail and shared discussion with the Commission.
Debra Patzer reported that she was assisting the City Manager on an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to add proposed language for District Regulations. Marx reported that jurisdictions across the State are having issues with setting up and dispensing medical marijuana and adhering to the new State legislation. Patzer explained the ordinance that the City of Livonia adopted in their Zoning Ordinance and the new section she was proposing for Buchanan’s Zoning Ordinance. Moore moved, seconded by Weaver to initiate the ordinance and forward it to the Plan Commission and City Attorney simultaneously for review, public hearing and then come back to the City Commission. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
Patzer explained that the Sidewalk Amenities Policy was not flexible, she has received complaints from downtown businesses, and after attendance to the Main Street Program Training (they support amenities on public sidewalks) she would like to work with the City Manager to amend the policy. After shared discussion between Patzer and Commission, Weaver moved, seconded by Scanlon to refer draft revision of the Sidewalk Amenities Policy to the Plan Commission for review and recommendation. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
Third Street resident Lorne Kay was concerned for the seniors about the increased cost to recycle through the trash services. Destiny Conway presented petitions requesting that the City give youths something to do, for instance opening a teen center. She and Olivia Cox explained that youth were disappointed that Buchanan doesn’t have things for them to do. Discussion was shared between Commission and the youths. Jacob Glossinger, 107 W. Dewey presented a sample of his water, reported that he has had numerous problems with his facility infrastructure caused by the water and he has sent emails and reported it to the front desk. Marx invited Glossinger to meet with him to review the issue. Third Street resident Kathy Kay was also concerned about the City water, thanked the young ladies for their presentation and opposed the amendment to the Sidewalk Amenities Policy. Monroe Lemay on behalf of the Chamber announced the Harvest Buchanan Festival and thanked all for support.
Acting City Manager Marx reported that the Smith Street permit was received and the culvert project would start tomorrow; may take a month to complete. He also reported that he met with the tenant at 415 Arctic, reported the City videoed the drain and lines were clear, thus the problem was referred to the Landlord.
All Commissioner shared greetings. Commissioner Moore reported that she is working with the DDA Director and the Common Committee to work with the youth to provide activities and urged youth participation to help resolve the City vandalism. Commissioner Scanlon urged all six City Commissioner Candidates to come up with a date and time to meet publicly and answer questions.
Scanlon moved, seconded by Weaver to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.