COUNCIL MINUTES- CARO

CITY OF CARO REGULAR COUNCIL MINUTES
HELD ON:
JULY 5, 2022
Mayor Joe Greene called the regular meeting of the City Council to order on July 18, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
Present: Mayor Joe Greene, City Council: Bob Eschenbacher, Emily Campbell, Don Hall, Tisha Jones-Holubec, and Jill White
Absent: None
Others: Matthew Lane – City Manager, Rita Papp – Clerk, Michele Perry – Treasurer, Brian Newcomb – Police Chief, Lauren Amellal – Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives, and other guests
AGENDA APPROVAL
22-M-135
Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by Campbell to approve the agenda with the addition of:

15 – Nepotism Policy Amendment

Motion Carried.
PUBLIC COMMENT/VISITORS:
Allan Michel – Commented on his concern with the Planning Commission Chairperson. Commented on the good work of the Transition students.
Charlotte Kish – Commented on the issues of unleashed animals in the city.
COMMUNICATIONS: None
CONSENT AGENDA:

  1. Regular Council Minutes – July 5, 2022
  2. Policy Committee Minutes – July 5, 2022
  3. Personnel Committee Minutes – July 5, 2022
  4. Invoices
  5. Department Reports
    A. Police Report – Chief Brian Newcomb
    B. Fire Report – Chief Randall Heckroth
    C. Code Enforcement – Randall Heckroth
    D. DPW/Water Reports – None
    E. WWTP – None
    F. Municipal Parking Violations Bureau Report – Rita Papp
    22-M-136
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by White to approve the consent agenda as presented including invoices.
    Motion Carried.
    REGULAR AGENDA: (action required)
  6. Open Public Hearing – Establishment of Plant Rehabilitation District
    Mayor Greene opened public hearing at 6:45 p.m.

Jim McLoskey & Stephen Erickson explained the process of developing a plant rehabilitation district and what are the benefits on having this type of district. Discussion followed.

  1. Close Public Hearing – Establishment of Plant Rehabilitation District
    22-M-137
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by Campbell to close the public hearing at 6:58 p.m.
    Motion carried.
  2. Action – Establishment of Plant Rehabilitation District
    22-M-138
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by White to approve the Resolution to Establish a Plant Rehabilitation District.
    Roll call vote:
    Campbell – yes, Eschenbacher – yes, Hall – yes, Jones-Holubec – yes, White – yes, Mayor Greene – yes.
    Motion carried.
  3. Banner Request – Thumb Area Old Engine & Tractor Association – August 1 -15, 2022
    22-M-139
    Motion by Hall, seconded by Eschenbacher to approve the Banner Request – Thumb Area Old Engine & Tractor Association – August 1-15, 2022.
    Motion carried.
  4. MML Workers’ Compensation Fund – Official Ballot for one trustee
    22-M-140
    Motion by White, seconded by Jones-Holubec to submit a vote for the MML Workers’ Compensation Fund candidate, Lee Kilbourn.
    Motion carried.
  5. Quote for Well 3A Abandonment
    22-M-141
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by White to accept and approve the quote for Well 3A Abandonment from Peerless Midwest Inc. in the amount of $14,500.00.
    Motion carried.
  6. Quote for Well 6 Piping Upgrades
    22-M-142
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by White to accept and approve the quote for Well 6 Piping Upgrades from Peerless Midwest Inc. in the amount of $8,344.11.
    Motion carried.
  7. Director of Public Works Contract – Thomas Reese
    Discussion held. No action taken.
    Don Hall left meeting 7:12 p.m.
  8. Change Order and Payment – Lincoln Street
    22-M-143
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by White to accept and approve the change order and payment to Pyramid Paving in the amount of $129,696.53.
    Motion carried.
  9. Gilford Road Construction Engineering Proposal – Rowe Engineering
    22-M-144
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by Jones-Holubec to accept and approve the Gilford Road Construction Engineering Proposal from Rowe Engineering for the estimated fee of $61,600.00
    Motion carried.
  10. Quotes for Fencing at the Fairgrounds – Parks & Recreation Recommendation
    22-M-145
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by Jones-Holubec to postpone this action item.
    Motion carried.
  11. Change Council Meeting – To August 3, 2022, due to elections.
    22-M-146
    Motion by White, seconded by Eschenbacher to move next Council Meeting from August 1, 2022 to August 3, 2022, due to elections.
    Motion carried
  12. Schedule Public Hearing – Sidewalk Special Assessment Roll for August 3, 2022
    22-M-147
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by White to Schedule Public Hearing – Sidewalk Special Assessment Roll for August 3, 2022.
    Motion carried
  13. Schedule Special Meeting – Council Member Vacancy Interviews
    Special Meeting for Council Member Vacancy Interview shall be scheduled for July 22, 2022
    at 5:30 p.m.
  14. Nepotism Policy Amendment
    22-M-148
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by White to accept and approve the Nepotism Policy Amendment and authorize City Manager to develop the final policy language.
    Motion carried
    ITEMS PENDING/POSTPONED: None
    COMMITTEE/LIAISON POSITION REPORTS:
  15. Economic Development Corporation (Greene) – No meeting.
  16. Chamber of Commerce (Manager) – Director of Chamber of Commerce has left. Did not attend the meeting.
  17. Downtown Development Authority (Hall) – No meeting.
  18. Fair Board (White) – Fairboard is busy planning fair week. Working on the plans for a mural on the grandstand. Still concerned about the dirt pile next to horse barn.
  19. Parks & Recreation (White) – The Splash Pad Celebration was a success. Kona Ice served 195 children by generous donations from Gleanors, Lauren Amellal – Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives, and the Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast.
  20. Planning Commission (Eschenbacher) – No meeting.
  21. Tuscola County Board of Commissioners (Jones-Holubec) – Animal Control Director resigned and Tuscola County appointed new director.
  22. Zoning Board of Appeals (Greene) – No meeting.
  23. Indianfields Township (Greene) – Township is moving their finances out of Huntington Bank. Currently working on their parks and roads.
  24. Almer Township (Campbell) – Township approved their fire contract. The soccer field issue was discussed.
    MAYOR’S REPORT – Written report submitted
    Highlighted that the runway at the Tuscola County Area Airport will be installed September.
    MANAGER’S COMMENTS – Written report submitted
    No additions and/or updates.
    CLERK’S REPORT – Written report submitted
    No additions and/or updates.
    TREASURER’S REPORT – Written report submitted
    Board of Review is scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.
    Currently preparing for the audit.
    The investment report has been provided.
    ADDITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENT:
    Allan Michel – Inquired on the status of the council vacancies interviews. Inquired on what company is tearing down houses. Commented on his concern with the Planning Commission Chairperson. Concerned with the timing of the traffic light at Frank Street and M81 and Burnside Street and M81.
    Charlotte Kish – Concerned with the safety of M24 and M81 intersection.
    John Schneider – Water pump at dog park is leaking.
    Tanya Batschke – Commented on the intersection at Burnside Street and M81.
    Council Member Tisha Jones-Holubec – Expressed her concerns with Mayor Greene violating city policies, city ordinances, and the city charter.
    22-M-149
    Motion by Jones-Holubec, seconded by Campbell to direct the City Clerk to begin disciplinary actions against Mayor Joe Greene as outlined in the Code of Ethics and the Charter of the City of Caro, pursuant to violations of the Code of Ethics Ordinance 485, Sec. 5-13 & Sec. 5-14, as documented to the City Manager.
    Roll call vote:
    Campbell – yes, Eschenbacher – no, Jones-Holubec – yes, White – no, Mayor Greene – abstain.
    Motion failed.
    22-M-150
    Motion by Eschenbacher, seconded by White to adjourn the meeting at 8:11 p.m.
    Motion carried.
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Rita Papp
City Clerk

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