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December 14 2009 Minutes

CITY OF BUCHANAN COMMISSION MINUTES
December 14, 2009
  
The regular meeting of the City Commission was held at the Buchanan City Hall, 302 N. Redbud Trail, Buchanan, Michigan, Monday, December 14, 2009.  Mayor Pro-Tem Cole called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
    
The Pledge was recited by all in attendance.  No Invocation was heard.
  
Commissioner Moore read the biography of Sweet C Robinson and Mayor Pro Tem presented Citizen Appreciation Recognition Award.

Commissioners present:  Carla Cole, Patricia Moore, William Norton, Warren Weaver
Commissioners absent:   Barbara Clark
Staff present:   City Manager Meg Mullendore, Fire Chief Tim Gowen and Clerk Gladys Bybee
Guests/Visitors present:  Plan Commission Chairman Richard Wonacott and Kim O’Haver, Transportation Management, Inc. Assistant Director along with 6 visitors 
  
Moore moved, seconded by Weaver to approve the Consent Calendar as presented. Roll call vote carried unanimous.
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Chairman Wonacott reported that the Plan Commission considered a Zoning Ordinance Update but was cost prohibitive thus a revision would be done in house per the City Manager direction, one building review in Ottawa Ridge, and a few Design Review Meetings. Greetings were shared.  
   
After brief explanation and recommendation from the City Manager, Weaver moved, seconded by Moore to approve the Transportation Contract Extension with Transportation Management, Inc. for Buchanan Dial-A-Ride at $42.04 per vehicle hour up to the contract maximum of $156,599 and authorize City Manager Meg Mullendore and City Treasurer Julianne O’Bryant to endorse said Contract. Roll call vote carried unanimous.  
  
After brief explanation and shared discussion, Norton moved, seconded by Moore to approve the resolution as presented. Taxicab Driver’s License and Taxicab Business License Fee Schedule
WHEREAS, Chapter 18, Businesses of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Buchanan sets forth the licensing of Taxicabs in the City of Buchanan, and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 18, Section 18-45 a fee for the issuance of a Taxicab Business License shall be established by the City Commission by resolution, and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 18, Section 18-65 a fee for the issuance of a Taxicab Driver’s License shall be established by the City Commission by resolution, and 
WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 18, Section 18-44 (c) minimum insurance protection for each taxicab shall be established by the City Commission by resolution, and 
WHEREAS, the fees shall be included with the City of Buchanan - Schedule of Fees and Charges. 
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT FEES SHALL BE ESTABLISHED AS FOLLOWS:
Taxicab Business License $50.00       
                                                                    Renewal Fee (bi-annual)
Taxicab Driver’s License $25.00                                     $20.00
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that minimum insurance protection for each taxicab shall be in the amount of two-hundred fifty-thousand dollars ($250,000.00) for injury to or death of one (1) person and one-million dollars ($1,000,000.00) for injury to or death of more than one (1) person resulting from a single accident, and five-hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) for damage to property (including personal belongings or baggage of passengers) as a result of one (1) accident.
Roll call vote carried unanimous.  Resolution 2009.12/33 declared adopted.

Fire Chief Gowen summarized the MABIS Compact that had been adopted by all of Berrien County and discussion was shared regarding MEMAC.  Weaver moved, seconded by Norton to approve the resolution as presented. Michigan Emergency Management Assistance Compact (MEMAC) out of State
WHEREAS, the State of Michigan Emergency Management Act, Act 390 of the Public Acts of 1976, as amended M.C.L. 30.401 et.seq. authorizes the State and its political subdivisions to provide emergency aid and assistance in the event of a disaster or emergency; and
WHEREAS, the statutes also authorize the State to coordinate the provision of any equipment, services, or facilities owned or organized by the State or its political subdivisions for use in the affected area upon request of the duly constituted authority of the area; and
WHEREAS, this Resolution authorizes the request, provision, and receipt of interjurisdictional mutual assistance in accordance with the Emergency Management Act, Act 390 of the Public Acts of 1976, as amended among political subdivisions within the State;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the City Commission of the City of Buchanan that in order to maximize the prompt, full and effective use of resources of all participating governments in the event of an emergency or disaster we hereby adopt the Michigan Emergency Management Assistance Compact which is attached hereto and incorporated by reference.
Roll call vote carried unanimous.  Resolution No. 2009.12/34 declared adopted.

Norton explained that he and Commissioner Weaver attended both meetings of the ad hoc Advisory Committee on the Improvement of Buchanan’s McCoy’s Creek Watershed and moved that the Committee is an advisory committee only, and all recommendations and proposed expenditures must be reviewed and approved by the Buchanan City Commission.  Weaver seconded the motion and roll call vote carried unanimous.

City Manager and Commissioners’ comments were heard.  All thanked and congratulated Sweet C Robinson and sent wishes for all to have a Happy Holiday Season.

Weaver moved, seconded by Moore to adjourn the meeting at 7:37 p.m.

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Gladys M. Bybee, CMC-City Clerk                   Carla Cole, Mayor Pro Tem

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