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October 26 2009 Minutes

October 26, 2009

The regular meeting of the City Commission was held at City Hall, 302 N. Redbud Trail, Buchanan, Michigan, Monday, October 26, 2009.  Mayor Clark called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
The Pledge was recited by all in attendance.  Pastor Pat Ramsden gave the Invocation.

Commissioners present:  Barbara Clark, Carla Cole, William Norton, Warren Weaver
Commissioners absent:   Patricia Moore
Staff present:              City Manager Meg Mullendore and City Clerk Gladys Bybee
Guests/Visitors present: Buchanan Garden Club President Liz Miller, DDA Director Debra 
                                 Patzer along with 11 visitors
Debra Patzer requested to reserve time during the item on the agenda under new business: Discussion of Animals at City Hall.

Cole moved, seconded by Weaver to approve the Consent Calendar as presented. Roll call vote carried unanimous.
• Agenda
• Minutes: Regular Meeting October 12, 2009
• Checks 58216 to 58293 in the amount of $294,972.17
• Delinquent Township Billings-Certify to Winter 2009 Tax Roll
• Street Closure Request: Front from Liberty to Oak; Roe from Days to Oak; Days from Front to Roe; and Oak from Front to Roe for the Holiday Lighting Ceremony Parade  
• Banner Placement Request: Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Buchanan Garden Club President Liz Miller distributed a 2009-2010 Buchanan Garden Club Booklet and summarized all of the programs the Garden Club has administered.  She reported that member Tom Ferguson donated the funds to purchase the greens for the poles downtown if the City would install them at no cost. The City Manager and commission agreed to have the greens put up and thanked both Mr. Ferguson and the Garden Club.  

Norton explained in detail the circumstances regarding the condemnation of 509 and 511 Michigan Street and the City receiving a quit claim deed for 509.  After brief deliberation, Norton moved that the City obtain a title search and a warranty deed before moving forward to accept possession of the property. Weaver seconded the motion and roll call vote carried unanimous.  He reported that seven properties are condemned and Code Enforcement is working diligently on cleaning them up. 
After Commission deliberation and amendment, Weaver moved, seconded by Norton that the cats must leave City Hall by December 15th and only service animals be allowed to be in City Hall. Patzer spoke in objection to the motion. Roll call carried by majority. YEA: Norton, Weaver, Clark. NAY: Cole

Norma Ferris, Randall Peart, Alejandra Guerrero and Liz Miller comments were heard.

The City Manager comments were heard including updates on the Duck Pond, Mill Race, City Hall Feasibility Study, access to the new well site, and the proposed senior living facility.

All Commissioners’ commended the Garden Club and expressed sympathy to the Lyle Sumerix family. Individual Commissioner Comments were heard and the Mayor welcomed the City Manager back to work, but requested a Doctor’s release.

Cole moved, seconded by Norton to adjourn the meeting at 7:51 p.m.

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Gladys M. Bybee, CMC-City Clerk                               Barbara J. Clark, Mayor

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