VILLAGE OF ARMADA
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015
President Wolak called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. All rose for Pledge of Allegiance. Present at roll call: Shall, Clark, Coenen, Wolak, Ballard, Cooper, and Boelke. Also present: Clerk Poulos, Treasurer Adair, Jeff Bahorski, Brandon Saelens, Mark Koch, Valerie Kutchey, Ben Delecke, Kevin Oâ€™Brien, Kyle Oâ€™Brien, and many family members of Kyle Oâ€™Brien.
AGENDA, APPROVAL OF
MOTION by Cooper, seconded by Ballard, to approve agenda as presented.
All Ayes CARRIED
Valerie Kutchey asked Council if they had any intention of discussing the new Smart Meters being installed by DTE. She presented the Clerk with several articles from the internet stating the dangers of these meters. Attorney Bahorski stated that this has been disputed by many municipalities to no avail and the Village Council should educate themselves, but as this has been challenged and litigated, no Court has ruled against DTE. He stated that there is an opt-out provision which will still have DTE installing a new meter, which will still be read by a worker but is still a Smart Meter, that costs approximately $69.00 to install and will add a $9.00/month charge to an individualâ€™s bill.
Police Chief Smith and Officer Dominic Vicari presented Kyle Oâ€™Brien with a certificate of appreciation for his generous efforts to raise $2,000.00 to donate to Vested Interest in K9â€™s which allowed K9 Officer Atos to receive a bullet proof vest.
- The Building Department submitted its September, 2015, Report.
- The Planning Commission submitted its September 1, 2015, Meeting Minutes.
1. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION by Ballard, seconded by Cooper, to approve the consent agenda as presented.
- Approval of RCM Minutes of 9/28/15 approved as presented.
- Payment of Bills totaling $29,772.30 approved for payment as follows:
1. General Fund $ 4,821.12
2. Water Fund $ 3,455.11
3. Sewer Plant Fund $ 15,804.19
4. Sewer System Fund $ 326.61
5. Major Street Fund $ 754.64
6. Local Street Fund $ 685.90
7. Municipal Street Fund $ 168.29
8. Tax $ 3,756.44
Total $ 29,772.30
- Special Event Permit Approval â€“ Armada Area Schools PLTâ€“ approved the application from the Armada Area Schools for a Special Event Permit on October 25, 2015, for a four corner fundraiser.
All Ayes CARRIED
2. OLD BUSINESS
3. NEW BUSINESS
A. SBR PUMP REPAIR AT THE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT
This item was discussed after Item B to accommodate the arrival of Chris Munson. Sewer Commissioner Clark and Chris Munson explained to Council that pump 3 at the Wastewater Treatment Plant is out of service and is in need of repair. Several options were discussed as the pump is not under warranty.
MOTION by Clark, seconded by Ballard, to repair pump #3 for a cost of $8,850.00 with a chrome impeller, $900.00 for installation, and another $950.00 for coolant tubes for pumps 1, 2, and 3 for a cost not to exceed $11,200.00.
Ayes: Clark, Ballard, Coenen, Cooper, Shall, Boelke, Wolak
Nays: None CARRIED
B. ORDINANCE 131 REVIEW REQUEST FROM RESIDENT
Resident Brandon Saelens requested that Council review Ordinance 131 to clarify the definition of exotic and domestic animals, focusing on reptiles, as he is interested in opening a pet store downtown. He has been before the Planning Commission who recommended that he request the clarification from the Village Council as they would need to receive the clarification from the Village Attorney and Planner and would pass those costs onto Mr. Saelens. After a lengthy discussion, several members of Council believed the ordinance to mean that there were just restrictions on the types of reptiles allowed and not that reptiles are not allowed at all. The Council asked Attorney Bahorski to review and offer an opinion which he will deliver to Ben Delecke before the scheduled Special Planning Commission meeting on October 19, 2015.
C. ANNEXATION REQUEST
R.R.M.P., LLC submitted a letter (on file) requesting to annex a piece of property into the Village. Attorney Bahorski has prepared all the necessary documents for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners for the Clerk and Presidentâ€™s signatures.
MOTION by Cooper, seconded by Clark, to adopt the resolution to petition the Macomb County Board of Commissioners for the annexation of the land situated in the Township of Armada pursuant to the request by R.R.M.P., LLC.
Ayes: Cooper, Clark, Coenen, Shall, Boelke, Ballard, Wolak
Nays: None CARRIED
D. TIETZ/PROSPECT BRIDGE PROJECT UPDATE
Street Administrator Ballard stated that the project is progressing and is on schedule and Doug Skylis has been working with Jim Moegle to rectify his issues with the guardrail. He believes there is a progress meeting scheduled tomorrow at 10:00 am.
E. MAIN STREET PROJECT UPDATE
Street Administrator Ballard informed Council that the tentative date of completion is October 16, 2015.
He also provided Council with the letter (on file) he sent to Anthony Morrocco, Macomb County Drain Commissioner, regarding the proposed West Main Street project scheduled for 2017. Ballard asked the Drain Commission to consider inspecting, upgrading or reconstructing the Woodbeck Drain Culvert prior to the Villageâ€™s scheduled project.
UPCOMING AGENDA ITEMS
A. Tietz/Prospect Bridge Project
B. East Main Street Project
Ben Delecke congratulated Council for their professionalism and expediency of the annexation request.
COUNCIL COMMENTS/COMMUNITY EVENTS
Planning Commission Liaison Coenen encouraged Council to review the Planning Commission Minutes provided them.
Halloween is scheduled from 5 â€“ 7 pm on October 31, 2015.
No further business.
MOTION by Cooper, seconded by Ballard, to adjourn the meeting at 8:32 pm.
All Ayes CARRIED
Minutes submitted by:
Michelle Poulos, CMMC
Armada Village Clerk