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April 8, 2019 Minutes

City of Buchanan Commission Minutes
April 8, 2019

The regularly scheduled meeting of the City Commission was held at City Hall, 302 N Redbud Trail, Buchanan, Michigan Monday, April 8, 2019 and was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Moore.  The Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Dave Mitchell gave the invocation.

Arbor Day Proclamation - April 24, 2019 - Buchanan Garden Club – Liz Miller and Carol McKean – Mayor Moore read Proclamation. Garden Club invited community to attend Arbor Day celebration. 

Garden Club Recognition for Service to the Community – Mayor Moore presented certificate of appreciation with card which included a tree donated in their honor. Noted positive impact on the City.

Roll Call
Present: Mayor Moore, Commissioners Denison, Downey, Toerne and Weedon
Absent: None
Guests: Members of the Garden Club and friends; Mac Green, Wightman and Associates; 
Also in attendance:  Bill Marx, City Manager; Brenda Hess, City Clerk

Public Comments 

Consent Calendar:
•    Approve Agenda
•    Approve Minutes: Regular scheduled meeting March 25, 2019
•    Approve Minutes: Special meeting-MDOT Grant Application, March 29, 2010
•    Approve Minutes: Budget meeting March 21, 2019
•    Approve Invoices/Expenditures for 4-8-19 in the amount of $56,808.86
•    Acknowledge Banner Placement – Fernwood Botanical Gardens Summer Camps
•    Approve Resolution 2019.04/191, to approve the Summer School Tax Collection Fee in the Sum of $2,602.73 per School District – Totaling $7,808.19
•    Approve the City Manager to select the lowest bid Portable Toilet Contractor for 2019
•    Acknowledge Receipt of the 2019-2020 FY Budget as presented by the City Manager in accordance with Charter Section 9.2
Toerne moved, seconded by Weedon to amend the Agenda.  Roll Call vote carried unanimously. Toerne moved, seconded by Downey to approve the Consent Calendar as amended.  Roll Call vote carried unanimously.

New Business
Discuss Water Main Replacement-Fourth Street from Short Street to Redbud Trail as Part of River Street and Redbud Trail Intersection Improvement Project – Manager Marx explained the age of the watermain is approaching its life expectancy and now could be a good time to replace it while the road is opened for the intersection improvement project. Denison moved, seconded by Toerne to approve the replacement of the Fourth Street watermain replacement project from Short Street to Redbud in the amount of $40,767.20. Roll Call vote carried unanimously.

City Manager Comments
Department of Public Works collected over 300 lawn bags after the nice weekend.  Spring clean up event is coming up soon-April 26-27.  Application was submitted for MDOT grant after special meeting of March 29, 2019. Money will be used for local streets of Schirmer and Fourth.  Thanked Commission for approving water main to protect investment of improvement of the Redbud/Fourth intersection. Free top soil from City compost pile is available for residents to by contacting City Hall.  

Commissioners’ Comments
Toerne-Representative Kim LaSata came for a meeting with Toerne and Marx.  She inquired about City needs.  Discussed road grant and lead pipe replacement, PFAS at landfill, and current plan to raise gas tax for roads. Noted Buchanan lost 2.5 million dollars in revenue sharing over the past two years. Representative LaSata’s email is senklasata@senate.mi.gov and she invites questions and comments from City residents.
Downey-Inquired who cleaned the trail. Trail clean-up lead by Emily Long who is a Scout who rallied a group of 20 young people to clean up McCoy’s Creek Trail. Found many tires. Noted DPW debris needs to be cleaned up to improve view from Trail.
Weedon-Question regarding rezoning of 509 Rynearson. Request is to rezone for light industrial from residential. Concerns raised that this rezoning might change it to have marijuana business.
Denison-Noted MDOT grant is a matching fund grant so we can make more improvements this summer and get more for City money in improvements.
Moore-Thanked Garden Club. Condolences to former Commissioner Scott King at the loss of his father. Reminded people that we are a pro-marijuana community. Moore is directing the play Wild Dust at the Tin Shop Theater.

Downey moved, seconded by Weedon to adjourn the meeting at 7:43 p.m.  Voice vote carried unanimously.

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Mayor Patricia A. Moore DPM                               City Clerk Brenda J. Hess

This meeting was recorded and can be viewed on Channel 17 and YouTube.

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