Dexter City Council Virtual Meeting


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As always, there are two opportunities for non-arranged public participation: one near the beginning of the meeting and one near the end of the meeting.

Additionally, near the start of the meeting, we will hear about Michigan’s new redistricting process from Rebecca Szetela from the Michigan Redistricting Commission:

  • Learn more about Michigan’s new redistricting process or obtain more information about the upcoming public hearings please visit www.michigan.gov/MICRC.
  • Send questions, ideas to increase awareness and engagement and/or provide public comments about Michigan’s redistricting process to Redistricting@michigan.gov or mail them to MICRC/P.O. Box 30318/Lansing, MI 48909.

We will also hear an update about the Dexter Senior Center from Jim Carson, Board President:

  • This past year has presented unique challenges that necessitated limiting our activities with respect to maintaining a safe environment in this time of Covid-19. We are writing you today to request a contribution to help us serve the changing needs of our seniors and to help us prepare and plan for the proper time we can return normal operations. As a result of the increased supply of Vaccine along with the newly announced vaccination schedule we are anticipating an early June programmed re-start.
  • The Dexter Senior Center operates on a fiscal year of January 1st to December 31st. Based on our December 2019-year end membership number of 314 and a general operating budget of $50,000 we respectfully request a City of Dexter contribution of $16,560.

Council will consider and discuss the following (with clarifying excerpts from the packet):

  • Public Alley Vacation Request from Mike Penn: Recommendation to Postpone (Michelle Aniol, Community Development Manager)
    • Currently, there are two key informational items that remain outstanding. Consequently, action on Mr. Penn’s request must be postponed to Council’s April 12, 2021 meeting. Staff has been in regular communication with Mr. Penn and he is comfortable with the postponement.
  • High School Seniors Processional (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk)
    • Ms. O’Clair submitted a Park Use/Road Closure Permit to hold the vehicle processional on Friday, May 23, 2021 beginning at 2:00pm. The proposed processional proposes to duplicate last year’s processional. Staff informed the parent group of the conditions applied to last year’s processional, which were:
      • Parents or guardians must drive the vehicle,
      • All vehicles should be marked in some way to indicate they are part of the processional,
      • Standing along the route should be actively discouraged, and
      • Seniors in the parking lot awaiting the start of the processional should remain in their vehicles and not congregate in groups.
    • Provided below is a map of the proposed route:
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  • Notice of Intent to Bond Resolution – Capital Improvement Bonds (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk and Rebecca Mendelsohn, Graduate Management Intern)
    • Following City Council’s approval to proceed, on February 26, 2021, the City executed a Purchase Agreement with Thomas May, the owner of 3515 Broad St., via his real estate representative Jeff Evans of Swisher Real Estate. The Purchase Agreement included a due diligence period of 120 days, which provides the City with the opportunity to perform inspections, secure funding, and make any necessary decisions regarding the purchase of the property. The 120 due diligence period expires on Saturday, June 24th. (click here to view property)
    • Staff has invited Tom Colis, Attorney and Bond Counsel with Miller Canfield to attend the March 22, 2021 City Council meeting to answer questions that Council may have regarding the bond sale process.
    • At this point, the Notice of Intent to Bond Resolution includes a $2,500,000 amount. While the purchase price included in the Purchase Agreement is $1,986,000, an additional amount has been provided in the event that Council wishes to proceed with the installation of elevator(s), any site modifications/improvements, or site furnishings. Council should be aware that if $2,500,000 is noticed, Council will not be able to sell bonds for more than $2,500,000 as part of this series, but reserves the ability to issue less than the noticed amount.
    • If City Council proceeds with the adoption of the Notice of Intent to Bond Resolution at the March 22nd meeting, the calendar would look roughly:
      • March 22nd - Adoption of Notice of Intent to Bond
      • March 31st - Publication of Notice of Intent to Bond
      • May 15th – Expiration of Referendum Period
      • May 24th – Adoption of Bond Authorizing Resolution
      • 3 Weeks - Bond Sale
      • June 17th – Completion of Sale Period, Funds Transferred to City
      • June 24th – Expiration of Inspection Period for Purchase Agreement
  • Partners in Architecture Proposal for Building Conditional Assessment Services for 3515 Broad Street for an Amount not to Exceed $5,400 (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk and Rebecca Mendelsohn, Graduate Management Intern)
    • Partners in Architecture has provided a proposal to provide building inspection services for 3515 Broad Street. This will include on-site assessment of building, structural, and mechanical conditions and the preparation of appropriate analysis and reports. Partners in Architecture will provide the City with an assessment of short-term, intermediate, and long-term building needs. The proposal is for an amount not to exceed $5,400. If approved, Partners in Architecture has indicated that they could begin work as soon as the week of March 22nd.
  • Purchase of Wood Chipper from Bandit Industries for an Amount not to Exceed $42,237.04 (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk and Rebecca Mendelsohn, Graduate Management Intern)
    • The proposed purchase of a 2021 Model 250xp Chipper is to replace a 2003 wood chipper. The proposed purchase is essentially the same model as the current chipper. This wood chipper replacement was included in the 2020 – 2021 fiscal year Equipment Replacement Fund budget. The $42,237.04 quote from Bandit reflects State of Michigan contract pricing and includes a trade-in (barter) of the existing wood chipper for $8,000. Without the trade-in, the quote would be $50,237.04. The quote has been reviewed for accuracy and completeness by the Department of Public Works. This wood chipper is used for Department of Public Works activities as needed.
  • Posting of Meeting Recordings to the City’s Website (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk and Rebecca Mendelsohn, Graduate Management Intern)
    • The City started recording City Council meetings as of March 2020, when the City made the decision to move meetings to a remote format given the on-going public health situation. The City also has several months’ worth of Planning Commission meeting recordings. During prior City Council discussions, some members of Council expressed an interest in posting recordings of virtually held meetings online for public access. Council Member Jamie Griffin has requested that this be included as an item on the Monday, March 22, 2021 meeting.
  • CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS PENDING LITIGATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH MCL 15.268 Sec. 8 (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk)
    • A Closed Session opportunity is provided for City Council to meet with City Attorney Scott Munzel regarding the Chelsea Wellness Foundation and Power Wellness litigation.

Meeting Agenda: https://www.dextermi.gov/City_Council/2021/Agendas/2021-03-22-CC-A.pdf

Meeting Packet: https://www.dextermi.gov/City_Council/2021/Packets/2021-03-22-CC-P.pdf

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