City Commission Action Summary, December 6, 2021

City Commission Regular Business Meeting | Monday, December 6, 2021

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Consent Agenda | 1:01:37 |

Items G.1 – G.16 on the Consent Agenda were approved, and items G.17 and G.18 were postponed until December, 20 2021, by a unanimous vote. Commissioner Praedel abstained from item G.5 and Commissioner Decker abstained from items G.7, G.13, and G.14.

G1. Approval of a contract with Alexander Chemical for Sodium Hypochlorite (Bid Ref# 88500-001.0)

A $162,662.50, 90-day contract was approved with Alexander Chemical Corporation of Peru, Illinois for the purchase of 12.5% sodium hypochlorite, by volume, at a price of $1.43 gallon. Sodium Hypochlorite is a strong version of liquid household bleach and is used to disinfect Kalamazoo Water Reclamation Plant effluent, prior to discharging to the Kalamazoo River. This disinfection is required by the State of Michigan.

G2. Contract Supplemental and Change Order for Code Enforcement Trash Cleanup (Bid Ref# 90974-001.0)

A supplemental change order was approved to contract 90974-001.0 for ongoing trash cleanup activities in the amount of $160,000 bringing the total contract to $280,000. The contract is with Student Haulers for removing and disposing of nuisance materials including the two major encampment cleanup activities resulting in substantial contract cost increase.

G3. Professional Service Agreement with Hurley & Stewart, LLC for construction engineering services for the Parkview Avenue – Oakland to Tamsin Water Main Replacement and Street Improvements Project (Bid Ref#90600-002.0.12)

A contract was approved with Hurley & Stewart, LLC for construction engineering services for the Parkview Avenue – Oakland to Tamsin (Greenleaf) Project in the amount of $262,000.00. This project includes HMA cold milling and resurfacing work along Parkview Avenue from Tamsin Avenue to Oakland Drive, including concrete curb and gutter, concrete sidewalk and ramp, culvert replacement, permanent signing and pavement marking work. As part of this project, water main and all hydrants within the project boundaries will also be replaced.

G4. First reading for an ordinance to rezone 1011, 1017, 1029 Denner Street/1405 Alamo Avenue from Residential – Single Dwelling District (RS-5) to Residential – Duplex District (RD-19); and schedule a public hearing for December 20, 2021.

A first reading for an ordinance to rezone 1011, 1017, 1029 Denner Street/1405 Alamo Avenue from Residential – Single Dwelling District (RS-5) to Residential – Duplex District (RD-19) was held, and a public hearing was scheduled for December 20, 2021. Among these properties there is a single-family dwelling, two duplexes and one triplex. The rezoning would make the existing duplex at 1011 and 1029 Denner Street conforming and allow for added dwelling units on two of the three other properties. 1405 Alamo Avenue would remain legal nonconforming, but the rezoning would increase the number of unrelated adult occupants permitted in each unit.

G5. Amendment to Historic Preservation Commission Ordinance

The City Commission approved the proposed amendment to the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) Ordinance which outlines the duties of the HPC. The proposed amendment clearly authorizes the HPC to expend money from the O’Connor Fund to facilitate providing financial assistance to preserve historic resources within the community.

G6. Revised PILOT resolution for Ashley Square Townhomes, formerly known as Trinity Village

The City Commission adopted a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) resolution for the Trinity Village Nonprofit Housing Corporation for the housing development located at 701 N. Pitcher Street, now known as Ashley Square Townhomes. The revised resolution removes the homeownership requirement and extends the length of the PILOT to match the requirements of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit award that the project received from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The Ashley Square Townhomes contributes 12 affordable housing units to the city and the new resolution will ensure the housing development offers affordable rental housing in the neighborhood through 2036.

G7. Eastside Neighborhood Association - East Main Street Development Agreement Amendment

The City Commission approved a $275,000 grant to Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association (KENA) to be used to purchase and rehabilitate a previously vacant, and blighted property that will further the goals of the neighborhood listed in the Imagine Eastside Neighborhood Plan.

G8. Verburg Park Access Agreement Allowing Environmental Protection Agency Access to Work on the Kalamazoo River

The City Commission approved the access agreement for Verburg Park for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to conduct and monitor remedial activities on the Kalamazoo River from March 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023.

G9. Amendment to 2003 HOME Investment Partnerships Program Subrecipient Grant Agreement for Trinity Village Non-Profit Housing Corporation

The City Commission approved an amendment to the 2003 HOME Investment Partnerships Program Subrecipient Grant Agreement for Trinity Village Non-Profit Housing Corporation to remove the homeownership requirement and increase the affordability period to match Low Income Housing Tax Credit requirements. The Ashley Square Townhomes contributes 12 affordable housing units to the city and amending the HOME agreement will ensure the housing development offers affordable rental housing in the neighborhood through 2036.

G10. Wellhead Protection Program Grant Assistance Contract with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

The City Commission authorized the City Manager to sign the original contract documents prepared by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) associated with the Wellhead Protection Grant Program. The contract agreement is in the amount of $140,000 including $70,000 awarded by EGLE and $70,000 matched by the City from previous wellhead work. Designated activities are specifically focused on public awareness and education of water quality and related issues of concern.

G11. Grant from the Irving S Gilmore Foundation in the Amount of $1,000,000 to Support the Second Phase of the Kalamazoo Farmer's Market Redevelopment

The City Commission accepted a $1,000,000 grant from the Irving S Gilmore Foundation to support the second phase of the Kalamazoo Farmer's Market redevelopment including the construction of the Events Building and a playground on the site.

G12. Consent of Easement Holders for a Private Restrictive Covenant on 4717 West KL Avenue

The City Commission authorized the City Manager to sign a Consent of Easement Holders form as part of a private Restrictive Covenant on 4717 West KL Avenue. This property is associated with release of petroleum from the former Mobile gasoline station. The covenant prohibits land uses that are not compatible with state’s nonresidential cleanup criteria and allows ExxonMobil Oil Corporation to move toward seeking state closure of the site.

G13. Purchase of properties for CPED

The City Commission approved the purchase of 830 N. Rose, 826 N. Rose, 822 N. Rose, 812 N. Rose (pending titlework), 110 W. Frank, 801 N. Burdick, 809 N. Burdick, 819 N. Burdick, 901 N. Burdick, 903 N. Burdick, and 907 N. Burdick Streets for a sales price not to exceed $164,500. The property to be acquired is contiguous land that will be utilized for the purpose and creation of housing as it relates to the homeownership, new construction infill strategy.

G14. Purchase of properties for CPED from Kalamazoo County Land Bank

The City Commission approved the purchase of 912 N. Rose, 908 N. Rose, 122 Darden Ct., 119 Darden Ct., 818 N. Rose, 814 N. Rose, 811 N. Burdick from the Kalamazoo County Land Bank for a sales price not to exceed $5,000. The property to be acquired is contiguous land that will be utilized for the purpose and creation of housing as it relates to the homeownership, new construction infill strategy.

G15. Board and Commission Appointments

The City Commission approved the Mayor's appointments and reappointments to the Downtown Economic Growth Authority and Downtown Development Authority Boards, Local Officers Compensation Commission, and the Natural Features Protection Review Board.

G16. Approval of Minutes

The City Commission approved the meeting minutes from the November 15, 2021 Committee of the Whole Meeting and the November 15, 2021 Regular Business Meeting. 

G17. 440 South Burdick Property Sale

This item was postponed until December 20, 2021.

G18. Sale of city-owned vacant lot located at 478 Reed Street

This item was postponed until December 20, 2021.

 

Regular Agenda | 1:10:35 |

H1. Emergency Housing Ordinance

By a 7-0 vote, the City Commission adopted an ordinance to amend Chapter 9, "Building and Building Regulations" to add Article VIII, "Emergency Housing", an emergency measure to allow for temporary housing facilities in Kalamazoo. This ordinance has been created to support the efforts of Kalamazoo's housing service providers and ensure that the temporary emergency shelters are provided in a safe environment.

The Emergency Housing Ordinance allows for the development of temporary housing and outlines the standards or parameters for its development. This Ordinance does not pick the locations where the temporary housing may occur, but details how it could occur, including required permits, site layout requirements, review process, and City Code of Ordinance implications. Housing service providers are responsible for proposing locations, developing management plans, applying for permits, and outreach for their specific project site.

 

Policy Items | 2:38:47 |

K1. City Commission Rules

Action was not taken on this item. This item will be considered again at the City Commission’s Regular Business Meeting on Monday, December 20, 2021.

 

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