The following is a summary of actions taken by the City Commission at its Regular Business Meeting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
Consent Agenda items G8 (requested by Commissioner Cunningham) and G9 (requested by Vice Mayor Griffin) were moved to the Regular Agenda. The following items were approved on the Consent Agenda by a vote of 7-0 (Vice Mayor Griffin abstained from item G10):
G1. Contract with H2O Compliance Services Inc. for Cross Connection Program Administration Services
H20 Compliance Services Inc. will administer the City’s Cross Connection Program starting September 2021 through September 2024. The Program monitors our water system to protect customers by making sure that no non-potable water sources are connected to the water system. The $135,000 contract will be paid from the Water Operating Fund.
G2. Contract with Treeworks, Inc. for the Hazardous Tree Removal Project (Bid Ref#59575-030.0)
Treeworks, Inc. will remove hazardous trees throughout the city that have been identified by forestry staff. As Kalamazoo’s forest matures, it is necessary to remove trees that are in poor condition or health to protect public safety and create new plating spaces. The $149,300 contract will be paid from the Solid Waste Operating budget and the Cemeteries Fund operating budget from previously approved grant awards.
G3. Two-Year Contract Extension for Automotive Parts (Bid Ref#060-42-016.1)
The City of Kalamazoo’s Fleet Division maintains and repairs city vehicles and equipment. This $150,000 contract with Ridge NAPA will provide necessary auto parts for the next two years. Funds are included in the General Fund budget.
G4. Approve a Professional Services Agreement with The Foster Group Consulting Services for Water and Wastewater Utilities (Bid Ref#00000-021.98)
The Foster Group provides consulting services relative to water and wastewater rates and has the knowledge and experience of more than 25 years working with Kalamazoo and other customer communities. The Foster Group will support financial planning and capital improvement budgeting, prepare cost of service and rate studies, and support rate negotiations and the Utility Policy Committee, among other services. The $225,000 contract is for a period of two years and comes from the water and wastewater budgets.
G5. Approve a Professional Service Agreement with Prein & Newhof for Work Related to the EGLE Affordability and Planning Grant
The City of Kalamazoo was awarded an EGLE Affordability and Planning Grant in May 2021 to examine affordability of utilities. Under this contract, Prein & Newhof will identify the utility system income requirements, financial assistance capacity, and identify barriers to program access. The $395.600 contract is paid entirely by the EGLE grant.
G6. Contract with Peters Construction Co. for Parkview Avenue – Oakland to Tamsin Water Main Replacement and Street Improvements Project (Bid Ref#91360-005.0)
A coordinated infrastructure project on Parkview Avenue between Oakland and Tamsin is scheduled for 2022. The project will include milling and resurfacing, new curb and gutter, sidewalks and ramps, culvert replacement, and permanent signing and pavement marking. Water main and all hydrants will also be replaced within the project boundaries. Peter’s Construction (located within Kalamazoo County) accepted the Local Preference Opportunity and matched the lowest bid. The total project cost of $2,986,431.35 is split between the Major Streets and Water budgets.
G7. Rezoning of 333 E. Alcott Street from Manufacturing – Limited District (M-1) to Residential – Multi Dwelling District (RM-24)
The City Commission offered for first reading an ordinance to rezone 333 E Alcott Street from Manufacturing - Limited District (M-1) to Residential – Multi Dwelling District (RM-24) and scheduled a public hearing to be held on Monday, September 20, 2021. On August 9, 2021 the Planning Commission unanimously approved a recommendation to the City Commission to approve the rezoning.
G10. Approval of City Commission Minutes
Approval of City Commission meeting minutes between April and August 2021.
G8. Graphic Packaging Tax Abatement Extension
By a 7-0 vote, the City Commission adopted a resolution to set a public hearing for September 20, 2021 to consider a request from Graphics Packaging to extend a PA 198 Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption Certificate for 11 years, valued at $191,000,000. The Commission will vote on the request following the public hearing on September 20.
G9. City Commission Appointee Compensation Resolution
By a 5-0 vote (Vice Mayor Griffin and Commission Knott abstained from voting), the City Commission adopted a resolution to set the salaries of City Commission Appointees, including the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, and Internal Auditor. Appointee salaries increased by 3% based on their annual reviews with the exception of the City manager, who declined a pay increase.