City of Corunna
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, May 17, 2010
Present: Kerridge, Mehigh, Jessen, Sarrazin, Johnson, Haskins, Reichert.
Guests: Joe Sawyer, City Manager; Merilee Lawson, Assessor/Planner; Gary Arnold, C2AE;
Donna Kerridge; Judy Horton; Tim Crawford, Superintendent of Public Works; Cathy
Cramner; Derald Cramner; Julie Mattera, The Argus Press; and other concerned
The meeting was called to order in the council chambers of Corunna City Hall by Mayor Kerridge at
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS REGULAR MEETING: Johnson moved, Reichert seconded to
approve the previous regular meeting minutes dated May 3, 2010 as presented.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Jessen, Reichert, Johnson, Haskins, Sarrazin, Mehigh.
AGENDA APPROVAL: Johnson moved, Sarrazin seconded to approve the agenda with the addition
of Item No. 7) Consider Lock Box for Toilet Paper Holder in Park Bathroom and Item No. 8)
Discussion on the Boat Launch.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Sarrazin, Johnson, Haskins, Reichert, Mehigh, Jessen.
APPROVAL OF VENDOR DISBURSEMENTS: Sarrazin moved, Jessen seconded to approve the
vendor disbursements dated May 14, 2010 as presented.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Johnson, Haskins, Reichert, Mehigh, Jessen, Sarrazin.
CONSIDER APPOINTMENT OF LLOYD DILLEY TO THE CORUNNA SOFTBALL
COMMISSION: Johnson moved, Jessen seconded to appoint Lloyd Dilley to the Corunna
Softball Commission serving at the pleasure of the council for an indefinite term.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Haskins, Reichert, Mehigh, Jessen, Sarrazin, Johnson.
CONSIDER LOCK BOX FOR THE TOILET PAPER HOLDER IN THE PARK BATHROOM:
Johnson moved, Reichert seconded to purchase one lock box for the toilet paper holder in the
park bathroom to come out of the parks improvement fund in the amount of $145.00.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Reichert, Mehigh, Jessen, Johnson, Haskins.
7:15 P.M. PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE 2010/2011
BUDGET AND CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. 051710-01, A RESOLUTION TO ADOPT
THE BUDGET: Johnson moved, Jessen seconded to leave the regular council meeting and
enter a public hearing to receive public comments on the 2010/2011 budget.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Jessen, Johnson, Reichert, Mehigh, Sarrazin, Haskins.
Motion CARRIED Time was 7:15 p.m.
Mr. Sawyer reviewed the proposed 2010/2011 budget with the council and audience. He
explained the big focus during the budget process was to maintain service levels next year at
the level they are now. At the final budget work session, council made it perfectly clear that
they want to maintain services for the coming year even if it means using money from the
fund balance. He further explained the budget includes a $30,000 loss in revenue sharing that
may or may not happen. The same amount was budgeted last year and the city saw a $35,000
revenue sharing reduction. There were no public comments. Johnson moved, Mehigh
seconded to leave the public hearing and return to regular session.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Reichert, Jessen, Sarrazin, Haskins, Mehigh, Johnson.
Motion CARRIED Time was 7:34 p.m.
Johnson moved, Reichert seconded to approve the following Resolution No. 051710-01, a
Resolution to adopt the 2010/2011 general fund budget in the amount of $1,612,559 as
RESOLUTION 051710-01 TO ADOPT THE BUDGET
WHEREAS, The City Charter of the City of Corunna states that “Not later than the third
Monday in May the Council shall, by resolution, adopt the budget for the next fiscal year and
shall in such resolution appropriate the money required for such budget and provide for a levy
of the amount necessary to be raised by taxes upon real and personal property for municipal
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the budget appropriations for the City fiscal
year beginning July 1, 2010 after recommendation by the City Manager and as adopted by the
City Council as follows:
General Fund $1,612,559
Dept. # Dept. Name
101 City Council $23,043
172 City Manager’s Office $114,458
203 Internal Services $100,486
255 City Clerk/Treasurer’s Office $102,639
257 Assessment/Planning & Review $79,063
262 Elections $5,000
265 Municipal Building $46,537
301 Police $408,513
302 Crossing Guard $1,772
336 Fire $63,053
441 Public Works $280,338
721 Planning Commission $400
731 ZBA $50
851 Insurance and Risk Management $18,661
967 City Services $368,547
TOTAL $1,612,559 $1,612,559
BE IT, the same is hereby adopted, and the amount therein provided as recommended;
appropriations are hereby appropriated according to the departmental totals.
IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to carry out the provisions of the above described
budget, the following tax rate shall be applied to the completed assessment roll with a taxable
valuation of 58 million, 005 thousand, 508 dollars as approved by the City of Corunna Board
of Review, and as required by Michigan Constitution, and be applied to all properties subject
to the Industrial Facilities Taxes which have a complete assessment roll valuation of 3
Million, 867 thousand, 282 dollars at one half the tax rate.
Total City Tax Levy for General Fund Purposes July 1, 2010 = 13.3044 per $1,000 of Taxable
Valuations, subject to all related provisions of the Truth in Taxation and Headlee
Total City Debt Tax Levy for City Improvements July 1, 2010 = 4.8342 per $1,000 of
Taxable Valuations, subject to all related provisions of the Truth in Taxation and Headlee
Total City Debt Tax Levy for the Community District Library July 1, 2010 = 0.5000 per
$1,000 of Taxable Valuations, subject to all related provisions of the Truth in Taxation and
Headlee Amendment, subject to all related provisions of the Truth in Taxation and Headlee
Total City Debt Tax Levy for the Public Transportation July 1, 2010 = 0.2500 per $1,000 of
Taxable Valuations, subject to all related provisions of the Truth in Taxation and Headlee
Amendment, subject to all related provisions of the Truth in Taxation and Headlee
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, to adopt the following budget appropriations:
INDEPENDENT REVENUE FUNDS
Pine Tree Perpetual 150 $9,000
Major Street Fund 202 $158,295
Local Street Fund 203 $99,232
Fire Equipment Capital Fund 206 $72,250
Fire Operations Fund 207 $110,547
Parks & Recreation Fund 208 $182,900
Cemetery Fund 209 $33,025
Parks Improvement Fund 211 $8,950
Municipal Building Fund 213 $64,874
Forest Management Fund 215 $1,000
Centennial Fund 219 $1,000
Fourth of July Commission 220 $29,050
Softball Commission 223 $31,000
Historical Commission 224 $18,000
Economic Development 244 $45,900
City Improvements Fund 245 $356,431
DDA Operating 248 $238,377
Building/Zoning Fund 249 $14,900
DDA Parking 251 $5,025
DDA/County Parking 252 $10,050
1996 Equalization Facility Bonds Payable Fund 365 $47,078
1998 MTF Bonds Payable 368 $22,813
2000 G.O. Limited Tax Bonds 370 $87,318
2001 G.O. Limited Tax Bonds 372 $92,398
2005 G.O. Limited Tax Bonds 374 $83,826
2005-2 G.O. Limited Tax Bonds 375 $85,693
’10 G.O. Limited Tax Bonds 376 $7,891
’10 Water Supply System Revenue Bond 377 $34,995
’10 Sewer Collection System Revenue Bond 378 $23,260
’10 SWQIF Revenue Bond 379 $15,866
’10 Dam G.O. Bond 380 $0
North Shiawassee Street Construction 415 $500
East Corunna Avenue 416 $10,045
West Corunna Avenue Enhancement 419 $5,025
Storm Sewer Rehabilitation Fund 420 $683,750
Industrial Development Fund 422 $27,500
Dam Construction 423 $15,280
DDA Custodial 424 $42,500
’10 Water Supply Construction 426 $1,475,000
‘10 Sewer Collection Construction 427 $1,625,000
’10 SWQIF Construction 428 $1,250,000
Waste Water Repair/Replace/Imp Fund 490 $340,165
Water Repair/Replace/Imp Fund 491 $197,313
Transportation Fund 588 $14,733
Waste Water Collection Fund 590 $487,882
Water Fund 591 $465,900
Rubbish Collection 596 $72,265
Motor Vehicle Pool Fund 661 $144,231
Tax Collections Fund 703 $2,848,174
Retiree Benefits Fund 731 $233,348
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Manager as Chief Administrative Officer be
allowed to exceed any line item within any specific department or fund including both
revenues and expenditures providing that the total end of the year expenditures titled “Total”
or “Grand Total” for the department or fund at issue does not exceed the original
appropriation, and if the total department or fund appropriation should exceed either of the
above prior to such exceeding, the City Council must make a supplemental adjustment to the
Roll call vote:
Yes: Johnson, Reichert, Mehigh, Jessen, Haskins, Sarrazin.
7:30 P.M. PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. 10-02, AN ORDINANCE TO
AMEND CHAPTER 78, UTILITIES, ARTICLE II. SEWER SERVICES BY ADDING
DIVISION 5. ILLEGAL SANITARY CONNECTIONS/POINT OF SALE INSPECTIONS,
SECTIONS 78-124 THROUGH 78-134: Johnson moved, Jessen seconded to leave the
regular meeting and enter a public hearing to consider Ordinance No. 10-02, an ordinance to
amend Chapter 78, Utilities, Article II. Sewer Services by adding Division 5. Illegal Sanitary
Connection/Point of Sale Inspections, Sections 78-124 through 78-134.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Haskins, Jessen, Mehigh, Sarrazin, Johnson, Reichert.
Motion CARRIED Time was 7:35 p.m.
Merilee Lawson stated the city is at the point of needing to send out letters to the people who
are non-compliant or have been identified as having issues. The ordinance addresses the
people who have illegal connections such as roof and footing drains. The ordinance makes it
mandatory for someone to fix their issues. For those people who do not fix their issues, an
additional fee will be imposed on their sewer bill. She further stated there is a point-of-sale
clause included that requires the property to be inspected prior to it being sold to ensure the
property is in compliance. She knows this could be considered as an in your face type of
business, but she does not know of another way to maintain what the city has done without
going backwards. Mr. Sawyer stated the ordinance is a requirement of the SWQIF program
that will provide funding for those properties that are not in compliance and the SWQIF is a
requirement of the Administrative Consent Order that the city has with the state. He further
stated an ordinance is a document that can be changed if something is not working correctly.
At this point, there has been no discussion about what the fee schedule will be for someone
who is non-compliant. Mr. Sawyer advised a letter will be sent to those property owners
advising them what needs to be done to be considered in compliance. The state wanted the
letters mailed out a month ago, but the city was not comfortable in sending them out without
an ordinance in place. He further advised he will be getting a letter because his sump pump is
connected to the sanitary sewer system. He will be sent a list of preapproved contractors that
can be used, which is a requirement from the state. He can hire anyone on the list to do the
work but instead of paying for the work himself, he can bring the bill to the city to pay. The
city will then bill him over 20 years at 2.5 percent interest but only if he wants to participate
in the program. If he does not want to participate in the program, he can pay to have the work
done or he can do the work himself, but he has to let the city know so the work can be
inspected. Ms. Lawson stated the property owner will be executing the contract with the
contractor, but they will enter into a loan agreement with the city if they want the low interest
money. Mr. Sawyer asked how many letters would be mailed out. Ms. Lawson advised about
425 letters. Mr. Sawyer advised about 125 of those people will have to fix their problem.
The other homes will also be eligible to borrow the money if they want to. The goal of this
program is to connect sump pumps to the storm sewer system and not out in the yard.
Councilperson Johnson asked if someone chooses to do their own work, they have to prove to
the city that they have done it. Mr. Sawyer advised the department of public works would
have to inspect the work to make sure that the sump pump was disconnected. Ms. Lawson
advised a certificate of compliance will be issued once it is determined that the problems have
been corrected. Mr. Sawyer stated people replace their sewer lines every year and most of the
time it is because they have collapsed due to roots in the line. He hopes people will take
advantage of this program. Councilperson Sarrazin asked if only the people who receive a
letter are eligible. Mr. Sawyer advised yes. Mr. Arnold stated the DEQ/DNRE want a
number of how many people will be eligible. Ms. Lawson advised right now the number is
245. Councilperson Sarrazin asked if an effective date should be placed in the ordinance that
has been left blank. Ms. Lawson advised the effective date could be July 1, 2010. She further
advised the wording “floor drainage” should be removed from item c. Illegal Connections in
the proposed ordinance. She further advised the wording “S2” in the ordinance should be
changed to SWQIF (S2) to clarify the program. Councilperson Reichert asked what it would
cost for an inspection. Mr. Sawyer advised if the department of public works does the
inspection, there would be no charge. Ms. Lawson advised if camera work is required, the
cost could be around $300. Councilperson Haskins asked how many letters will be mailed
out and how many are border line. Ms. Lawson advised 425 letters will be mailed out but
only 195 will be mandated. The other properties are in compliance but they have other issues.
Mr. Sawyer stated the mandated properties will either have to fix the problem or pay a
monthly non-compliance fee for putting clear water discharge into the city’s sanitary sewer
system, which the city has to pay Owosso to treat. The other 230 property owners will not
have to pay the monthly fee if they do not do the work. They will get a letter advising them
that defects were found in their line, but they will not be required to fix the problem at this
time. However, two years from now when another inspection is done, they may have to fix
the problem. Mr. Sawyer stated it is his understanding the mandated people can elect to pay
the non-compliance fee instead of fixing their problem, but at the point-of-sale, the problem
has to be fixed. Ms. Lawson advised that was correct. Councilperson Reichert stated he had
a problem with the point-of-sale part of the ordinance. Mr. Sawyer asked if it was primarily a
cost issue. Councilperson Reichert advised yes. Mr. Sawyer stated for people with clay
sewer laterals, it is in the buyer’s best interest to have the home videoed when they buy the
house so they know what they are getting with the sewer line. Councilperson Sarrazin stated
there is a cost to have a well inspected and septic pumped and field bed checked before a
house can be sold. Councilperson Reichert stated that is because it is a health issue. Ms.
Lawson advised this is a health issue because of sewer overflows in the river. Councilperson
Sarrazin stated there use to be sewage going into storm sewers too. Ms. Lawson stated she
would have liked to see more people mandated, but the engineer has to be able to substantiate
that there is enough flow going into the sanitary sewer to mandate it. Mr. Sawyer stated he
does not see anywhere in the ordinance that video taping is required. Ms. Lawson stated it
could be included in the inspection definition in Section 78-124. Mr. Sawyer suggested
changing the wording under item d. Inspection to read “The term “inspection” shall include,
at a minimum, a physical inspection of the property. Any other testing procedure needed,
such as dye testing, smoke testing, and a CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) inspection of the
lateral to determine if any storm/surface/ground water is entering the Sanitary Sewer System
may be required by the City”. Councilperson Jessen left the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Mr.
Sawyer stated sump pumps are the biggest problems and they cannot continue to be connected
to the sanitary sewer system. Mr. Arnold advised 82 of the 195 mandated properties have
illegal sump pump connections. Derald Cramner advised his street does not have a storm
sewer. Cathy Cramner advised they live on the corner of Cherry Street and Margaret Street.
Mr. Arnold asked if the home was on Cherry Street or Margaret Street. Mr. Cramner advised
Cherry Street. Mr. Arnold asked how far the home was from Margaret Street. Mr. Cramner
advised his house is on the corner. Mr. Arnold advised there might be a storm sewer on that
street. Mr. Crawford advised it is on Margaret Street on the cemetery side of the street. Mr.
Cramner asked how he would be able to tap into the storm sewer. Mr. Arnold asked Mr.
Cramner if he had a sump pump. Mr. Cramner advised no, but he may need to get one. Mr.
Arnold advised Mr. Cramner that he would install the sump pump and run a lead across the
street to the storm sewer. It is just a matter of tapping into the storm sewer. Mr. Cramner
advised it is on the other side of the street. Councilperson Haskins asked Mr. Cramner if he
was asking who was responsible for the cost. Ms. Cramner advised she knew what the
answer would be. Councilperson Sarrazin asked if it is the city’s responsibility to get the
storm sewer to the homeowner’s side of the street. Mr. Crawford advised it is the
homeowner’s responsibility to get their sanitary sewer line from the property to the sanitary
sewer main. Mr. Sawyer asked Mr. Cramner if he had issues with his storm sewer. Mr.
Cramner advised he knows he does because when they ran the camera into his sewer line they
could not run it from the street side so they had to go down his basement and found a footing
drain connected to the sanitary sewer. When the basement floor was poured, it leaked so clay
tile was put down and it was connected into the sanitary sewer then another floor was poured
on top of it. Mr. Arnold asked what the property address was. Mr. Cramner advised 330
Cherry Street. Mr. Sawyer stated the purpose of the inspections is to identify if there is a
need for a storm sewer and since there is a storm sewer nearby, this might qualify for the ICE
project, which brings storm sewer lines to the property. Brian Johnson asked if the property
owner would be able to get a loan to fix a sanitary and storm sewer problem. Mr. Arnold
advised yes. Mr. Johnson stated if someone needs a new sanitary and storm sewer line, it
would be the best time to do both of them. Ms. Lawson stated if someone is on the list, they
will be able to borrow whatever money they need to fix the problem. Mr. Sawyer stated the
storm sewers in this town were poorly developed and the third ward is an example of it.
There are a lot of areas that do not storm sewer access. Ms. Lawson asked Councilperson
Reichert if he liked the wording in the ordinance better since videoing is not being mandated
or if he did not like the inspection wording in it at all. Councilperson Reichert advised the
wording is better. Councilperson Sarrazin advised Ms. Lawson did a good job on the
ordinance and agreed that if the city does not have to mandate videotaping, it will be good for
the homeowner. Sarrazin moved, Haskins seconded to leave the public hearing and return to
Roll call vote:
Yes: Sarrazin, Mehigh, Johnson, Reichert, Haskins.
Motion CARRIED Time was 8:30 p.m.
Johnson moved, Sarrazin seconded to approve the following Ordinance No. 10-02 with the
discussed corrections made to d. Inspection in Section 78-124. Definitions and the addition of
July 1, 2010 as the effective date in b and c of Section 78-125. Prohibitions.
ORDINANCE NO. 10-02
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF
CORUNNA, MICHIGAN, CHAPTER 78, UTILITIES, ARTICLE II. SEWER
SERVICES BY ADDING DIVISION 5. ILLEGAL SANITARY
CONNECTIONS/POINT OF SALE INSPECTIONS, SECTIONS 78-124 THROUGH
78-134, OF THE CITY OF CORUNNA CODE.
THE CITY OF CORUNNA, MICHIGAN, ORDAINS:
SECTION I. AMEND CHAPTER 78. UTILITIES, BY ADDING DIVISION 5,
ILLEGAL SANITARY CONNECTIONS/POINT OF SALE INSPECTIONS, OF THE
CITY CODE OF THE CITY OF CORUNNA, MICHIGAN, shall be as follows:
ILLEGAL SANITARY CONNECTIONS/POINT OF SALE INSPECTIONS
Section 78-124. Definitions.
When used herein, the following words shall have the following meanings:
a. Applicant: Any Person(s) (as defined below) Selling Real Property (as defined
below) or Purchasing Real Property (as defined below) located within the City of
b. Evidence of Compliance Certificate: A certificate issued from a properly licensed
inspector/contractor, as approved and defined by the City of Corunna, confirming in
the form of a written report or statement certifying that there is not located on a
property any illegal connections (as defined below) into the Sanitary Sewer System
(as defined below).
c. Illegal Connections: Connections to the Sanitary Sewer System that allow
storm/surface/ground water to be discharged into the City’s Sanitary Sewer System
from sources including, but not limited to; sump pumps, down spout drainage, roof
drainage, areaway drainage, and deficient sewer laterals allowing excessive
d. Inspection: The term “inspection” shall include, at a minimum, a physical
inspection of the property. Any other testing procedure needed, such as dye testing,
smoke testing and a CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) inspection of the lateral to
determine if any storm/surface/ground water is entering the Sanitary Sewer System
may be required by the city.
e. Inspector/Contractor: A properly licensed and insured plumber/contractor
approved by the City Manager or DPW Director and/or his/her assigned agents.
f. Person: Any natural person, partnership, association, authority, syndicate, firm,
corporation, developer, contractor, government, or other entity recognized by law as
the subject of rights and duties.
g. Purchase Real Property, Purchasing Real Property, Transfer of Ownership: The
terms “Purchase Real Property”, “Purchasing Real Property”, Transfer of
Ownership”, include any and all acquisitions of title to real property with or without
h. Purchaser: A Person acquiring title to real property with or without consideration.
i. Sale of Real Property, Sell Real Property/Selling Real Property: The terms “Sale of
Real Property”, “Sell Real Property” and “Selling Real Property” include any and
all transfers or changes in ownership of real property, with or without consideration.
j. Sanitary Sewers: Sewers designed and built to carry sanitary sewage and/or
industrial waste separately from water discharge.
k. Sanitary Sewer System: The entire Sewer System of the City of Corunna.
l. Seller: A Person transferring or conveying title of real property to another Person.
m. Storm Sewer System: A sewer system designed to accept and transport flows of
storm/surface/ground water, as distinct from sewage.
Section 78-125. Prohibitions.
a. From and after the effective date of this Ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any
Person to construct, install, maintain, repair, operate, use, or allow an illegal
connection to the Sanitary Sewer System on real property owned by that Person.
This prohibition expressly includes, without limitation, Illegal connections made
prior to the effective date of this Ordinance, regardless of whether the connection
was permissible under law or practices applicable or prevailing at the time of the
b. From and after the effective date of July 1, 2010, it shall be unlawful for any Person
whose real property is connected to the Sanitary Sewer System to Sell Real Property
located within the City of Corunna on which a building or improvement exists
without first obtaining and delivering to the Purchaser (as defined above) and to the
City of Corunna an Evidence of Compliance Certificate from a
“Inspector/Contractor” as defined within this ordinance. This effective date does
not apply to those properties found to be not in compliance under the inspection
program conducted by the City under the SWQIF (S2) program in 2009/2010. Those
properties found to be non-compliant properties under the SWQIF (S2) program are
subject to an immediate corrective action plan as defined under the SWQIF (S2)
project plan and upon correcting all noted deficiencies under such plan and
receiving an Evidence of Compliance Certificate from an inspector/contractor
approved by the City, are subject to the above transfer of ownership terms two years
from the date that such Certificate of Compliance was given.
c. From and after the effective date of July 1, 2010, it shall be unlawful for any Person
(Purchaser) to Purchase Real Property located within the City of Corunna connected
to the Sanitary Sewer System on which a building or improvement exists without
first obtaining from a Seller a valid Evidence of Compliance Certificate and
delivering such certificate to the City. Those properties found to be non-compliant
properties under the SWQIF (S2) program are subject to an immediate corrective
action plan as defined under the SWQIF (S2) project plan, and upon correcting all
noted deficiencies under such plan and receiving an Evidence of Compliance
Certificate from a inspector/contractor approved by the City, are subject to the
above transfer of ownership terms two years from the date that such Certificate of
Compliance was given.
Section 78-126. Disconnection of Illegal Connections.
Illegal connections must be disconnected from the Sanitary Sewer System, and
redirected, as appropriate, to either a separate Storm Sewer System, or another
appropriate legal place. Connection of the illegal connection to the City’s separate
Storm Sewer System is subject to the prior approval of the City. In no event is water to
be discharged from the Illegal connection upon or across public or private sidewalks, or
discharged onto adjacent property not owned by the same owner. Prior to the
commencement of any work on the disconnection of an illegal connection, all necessary
and required building permits, street opening permits, sidewalk opening permits, tap-in
permits, and other approvals and permits that may be necessary to accomplish the
disconnection shall be acquired, and all fees paid, and a plan of corrective action shall be
presented to the City for the City’s approval. Disconnection shall mean that the illegal
connection is disconnected and removed from the Sanitary Sewer System, and that the
illegal connection access to the Sanitary Sewer System at that location is permanently
capped and sealed. The disconnection of the illegal connection shall be certified by an
Section 78-127. Sales of Real Property / Evidence of Compliance Certificate.
1. All Evidence of Compliance Certificates must conform to the requirements
defined under Section 78-93 (d) Inspection.
2. If an Inspector/Contractor determines that there are no illegal connections he
shall so note and issue an Evidence of Compliance Certificate promptly to the owner
and to the City.
3. If the Inspector/Contractor determines that there is/are illegal connection(s) of
the real property, he shall so note and present a plan of corrective action, for the
city’s approval, to the city and the property owner. The time period for the
completion of the remedial work (based upon the extent of the work required and
the existing conditions) shall be such as the City will approve. After the corrective
action has been taken, the real property will be re-inspected, and if the
Inspector/Contractor determines that there are no illegal connections on the real
property, he shall so certify and issue an Evidence of Compliance Certificate
promptly to the property owner and to the City.
4. If the re-inspection reveals the existence of any illegal connections, the
Inspector/Contractor shall so certify as such and the City shall deem the property to
be non-compliant and subject to any and all other provisions of this ordinance.
5. An Evidence of Compliance Certificate shall expire two (2) years following the
date of its issuance subject to all provisions listed under #6 below.
6. Any additions made to the property at any time after issuance of an Evidence of
Compliance Certificate, that in any way alters or enlarges sanitary sewer services to
or on said property, are subject to a current Evidence of Compliance Certificate
being issued by an Inspector/Contractor deeming that such property is in full
compliance with the provisions of this Ordinance. The Director of Public Works and
his or her assigned agent(s) may at his or her own discretion issuance an Evidence of
Compliance Certificate under this section 6, and in those instances, where he or she
has the ability to certify that all the provisions under this ordinance are met.
Section 78-128. Rejection of Application/Administrative Review.
The City may reject an application for an Evidence of Compliance Certificate whenever
the requirements of this Ordinance have not been met. In the event of such a rejection,
the Applicant may, within fifteen (15) days of the rejection, file an appeal with the City
Clerk and plead their case to the Corunna City Council at a regularly scheduled
The City Manager may waive any requirements under this Ordinance that may create
an undue hardship as long as the full intent of this Ordinance, as described under
Section 78-94 (a), is obtained.
Section 78-129. City Council Resolutions.
The City of Corunna may adopt any or all of the following in order to accomplish the
purpose of this Ordinance.
a. Establish and promulgate any and all forms, fees, procedures, regulations and/or
guidelines necessary to implement and effectuate the objectives and purposes of this
Section 78-130. Access and Inspection.
a. Duly authorized representatives of the City of Corunna may enter, at reasonable
times, upon any property within the City of Corunna to perform inspections to
determine compliance with this Ordinance. The City shall notify the property owner
within 24 hours of entry.
b. Property owners shall allow persons working on behalf of the City of Corunna ready
access to all parts of the premises for the purpose of determining compliance with
c. If the property has security measures in force, which require proper identification
and clearance before entry into its premises, the Owner and/or possessor shall, upon
reasonable notice by the City, make the necessary arrangements to allow access by a
representative of the City.
d. The Owner and/or possessor of the property shall allow the City reasonable access to
all parts of a property necessary to conduct the inspection of the property. The City
shall have the right to set up, on any property, such devices as are necessary in the
opinion of the City to conduct an inspection of the property.
e. Any temporary or permanent obstruction to safe and easy access to the property to
be inspected shall be promptly removed by the Owner and/or possessor of the
property and shall not be replaced until such inspection is completed and/or any
violations of this Ordinance are corrected and such corrections are certified by an
f. The City may provide notice of the inspections of a property or properties orally or
by written notice or publication. Notice is required if the Owner and/or possessor
specifically refuses access.
g. If the City has been refused access to any part of a property on which an illegal
connection is suspected or an inspection is required as part of a program, the
property will be deemed to be non-compliant and subject to any and all fines, fees, or
penalties as allowed and/or set under this ordinance.
Section 78-131. Fees/Penalties.
All properties covered by this Ordinance are subject to any and all fees or penalties
adopted by the City Council relating to non-compliance issues. The service fee shall be
set forth pursuant to Chapter 38 of the Corunna City Code.
Section 78-132. Notice of Non-Compliance/Violation.
When the City finds that a non-compliance or violation of this Ordinance has occurred,
the City may order compliance by issuing a written Notice of Non-
Compliance/Violation. Said Notice may be served personally on the Owner and/or
possessor of the property, by leaving the same at the principal building on the property,
by posting the same conspicuously on the property, or by first class or certified mail sent
to the address of the property or at such other address for the Owner and/or possessor
as maintained in the City of Corunna records.
The Notice of Non-Compliance/Violation shall contain the following:
a. The name and address of the alleged non-complier/violator.
b. The address when available or a description of the building, structure or land upon
which the non-compliance/violation is occurring, or has occurred.
c. A statement specifying the nature of the non-compliance/violation.
d. A description of the remedial measures necessary to restore compliance with this
Ordinance and a time schedule for the completion of such remedial action.
e. A statement of the penalties or fees that shall or may be assessed against the
property and/or persons to whom the Notice of Non-Compliance/Violation is
f. The Person whose discharges, practices, or operations are in
noncompliance/violation of this Chapter shall cease and desist from such non-
Section 78-133. Appeal of Notice of Non-Compliance/Violation.
Any person receiving a Notice of Non-Compliance/Violation may appeal the
determination of such violation by filing a written notice of appeal with the City Clerk
for presentation to the City Council within 15 days of receiving a Notice of
Section 78-134. Danger to Public Health or Safety/Nuisance/Injunctive and Other
In the event a non-compliance/violation of this Ordinance constitutes an immediate
danger to public health or public safety, or any condition caused or permitted to exist in
violation of the provisions of this Ordinance continues, the City of Corunna is
authorized to take any and all measures necessary to abate the non-compliance
/violations, which includes disconnecting and removing the illegal connection(s). The
costs of the any and all measures taken by the City shall constitute a lien against the
property and shall be due and payable within 60 days upon receiving such billing from
the City. All unpaid balances due after such 60 days shall be subject to interest,
penalties, fees and administration costs as set by the City Council and placed as an
unpaid lien against the property and assessed on the next available tax bill levied in the
Sec. 78-135 – 78-140 Reserved.
SECTION II. SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.
This ORDINANCE and the several sections, sub-sections, clauses and parts thereof are
hereby declared to be severable. If any part or clause thereof is declared or adjudged invalid
by present of future legislation or court decree, the balance of the ORDINANCE shall not be
SECTION III. CONFLICTING ORDINANCES REPEALED.
All ORDINANCES previously adopted and inconsistent with the provisions of this
ORDINANCE are repealed, and in the case of inconsistencies, to the extent of such
inconsistencies, are hereby repealed.
SECTION IV. COPIES AVAILABLE.
This ORDINANCE may be purchased or inspected in the City Clerk’s Offices, Monday
through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
SECTION V. EFFECTIVE DATE.
This ORDINANCE shall take effect pursuant to the Corunna City Charter, immediately upon
DATE OF PASSAGE: May 17, 2010
DATE OF PUBLICATION: May 25, 2010
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 25, 2010
Roll call vote:
Yes: Reichert, Mehigh, Sarrazin, Haskins, Johnson.
CONSIDER 2010/2011 FEE SCHEDULE: Mr. Sawyer reviewed the 2010/2011 fee schedule.
Councilperson Sarrazin asked if the first 1,000 gallons is still included in the water and sewer
base rate. Mr. Sawyer advised no, it should have been taken out. Johnson moved, Sarrazin
seconded to approve the 2010/2011 fee schedule. Councilperson Reichert stated the
community center rental rates seem ridiculously high to him. He asked if anyone has been
renting the building with those rates. Mr. Sawyer advised the building is not being rented out
too much because the construction is not done, but there have been two rentals during the
construction period. Councilperson Reichert stated he would like to see the rates more
competitive. Even though the building is bigger, he does not want to see the building sit
empty. It is better to get half the fee instead of nothing. Mr. Sawyer advised he wants to see
the building generate revenue, but it costs a fortune to rent it because of the utilities and
maintenance. Councilperson Sarrazin stated the same argument was made when the fees were
first proposed. He was informed at that time that GiGi’s Catering, the Dog & Gun Club, and
the ZCBJ hall are all in the $400 rental range, but they allow alcohol. Mr. Sawyer asked if a
rental rate comparison was ever provided to the council because he thought that was
something council would like to see. Councilperson Sarrazin advised he thought phone calls
were made but nothing was ever written down. Mr. Sawyer advised he would get a rental fee
Roll call vote:
Yes: Johnson, Haskins, Sarrazin, Reichert, Mehigh.
CONSIDER ENGINEERING AGREEMENT FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT WATER &
SANITARY SEWER PROJECTS: Mr. Arnold advised the projected construction cost is $2.4
million dollars. The contract was sent to the USDA to see if the engineering fees were in the
normal range. Once it is approved by the USDA, it is sent to the city council for their action
and the city attorney. He further advised the total engineering costs are about 11.8% of the
construction cost, which is within the acceptable range for the project. Councilperson
Johnson stated if the engineering costs go over 11.8%, they cannot exceed 16%. Mr. Arnold
advised the USDA has to approve it and an explanation explaining why it went over has to be
submitted. Johnson moved, Reichert seconded to approve the engineering agreement for rural
development water & sanitary sewer projects.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Haskins, Sarrazin, Mehigh, Johnson, Reichert.
DISCUSSION ON PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT LANGUAGE: Mr. Sawyer advised the
bonding attorney has put together a draft of the proposed charter amendment language. The
city charter is interesting because it lists a percentage instead of listing a millage total. It is
being proposed to add to Section 6.3 of the city charter the wording “In addition to the
amount of taxes the City is authorized above to levy, the City shall be authorized to levy an
additional annual ad valorem tax which does not exceed three tenths of one percent (0.30) of
the assessed valuation, as equalized, of all real and personal property subject to taxation in the
City which shall be used only to pay for the City’s capital improvements”. Councilperson
Sarrazin asked if the money could be used on the dam. Mr. Sawyer advised yes.
Councilperson Sarrazin stated this money should be protected so it does not go into operating
money. The millage should be used for capital improvements. Mr. Sawyer advised there was
additional verbiage included in the original capital improvement millage request that could be
included in this proposal. He does not want to get in a situation where people think the
money could be used for the community center, etc. He asked council if the proposed
language was too broad. Council advised yes. Mr. Sawyer stated he would like to see the
capital improvement language included in the amendment language. Councilperson Sarrazin
stated he would like the people to know when they go to the election poll that the money
could be used for the dam, but felt the proposed language was too loose. Mr. Sawyer advised
he would have the bonding attorney revise the language and send it to the attorney general for
approval. According to the bonding attorney, the attorney general can make changes to the
language. He passed out the proposed ballot language for the City Operating Millage
Restoration Proposal that he received. Councilperson Haskins asked if someone could define
ad valorem. Ms. Lawson advised she thought it had something to do with the total value of
the assessment roll. Mr. Sawyer stated the public will be asked to restore the city operating
millage back to 15 mills by passing the millage restoration proposal.
DISCUSSION ON THE BOAT LAUNCH: Councilperson Sarrazin stated it has been mentioned that
a traffic control order is needed for the boat launch parking area. It was also mentioned that
Mark Miller would be contacted to ask for voluntary compliance. He would like to move
forward on this so the city can get the boat launch area back. He further stated when he gets
an opportunity to put a boat in the river, he goes down to the boat launch area and cannot turn
the trailer around because of all of the cars parked there for a sporting event. The boat launch
can launch three boats and there is a place to park three boat trailers, but if it is filled up with
sporting event people, it makes it impossible to use the river for what it is for and the area
needs to be enforced for what it is. Mr. Sawyer asked if the times on the sign were correct.
He also asked if the park rules were approved at some time. Councilperson Sarrazin stated
the rules were approved and it was a joke at the time because the rules are not enforceable.
Mr. Sawyer asked if the river is being used from dawn to dusk. Councilperson Sarrazin
advised there are people who sit there late at night to fish. Mr. Sawyer stated it appears that
the bottom signage that lists the times should be removed since they cannot be enforced. He
advised a traffic control order would be put together.
CALL TO AUDIENCE: Judy Horton stated the 911 alert system appears to be working because she
got a recording asking her to check her property for a missing person, but a return call should
be made to let people know that the missing person has been found. Brian Johnson stated the
911 system can notify everyone in the city to lock their doors. Mr. Sawyer stated he is glad to
see that the system is working. Ms. Horton advised Mary Dumond, John Austin and Keith
Johnson also got a call.
Mr. Sawyer advised the World War II monument dedication is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m.
and the Memorial Day parade will be on Monday. Ms. Horton stated Deb Bentley has asked
her if chairs could be used from the community center for people to sit on. Mr. Sawyer
advised he would take care of that.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Councilperson Mehigh advised he had nothing to discuss.
Councilperson Sarrazin asked where he can pick up a tree removal application. He took
down the tree, but the stumps need to be removed. He advised his wife is having a race on the
4th of July and asked what the city’s traffic control policy is. People are not going to cross M-
71 or Shiawassee Street, but they will be running on city streets and along M-71. Mr. Sawyer
asked if the run would take place in the morning. Councilperson Sarrazin advised yes. He
asked if police will be available in the morning. Mr. Sawyer asked what time the parade
starts. Mr. Crawford advised the kid parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Councilperson Sarrazin
stated the race is starting early enough to be done before the parade starts. Mr. Sawyer stated
he would talk to Chief Williams. Councilperson Sarrazin advised a formal request will be
coming once the race route is finalized.
Councilperson Johnson advised the fire department did a good job at stopping the school bus
fire from going any further and everyone should be proud of them.
Councilperson Haskins asked what the definition of a bivouac is. He advised he is going on a
three-day bivouac this weekend at Bishop Airport, but did not know what the word meant.
Mr. Sawyer suggested that he Google it along with the word ad valorem.
Councilperson Reichert advised he had nothing to discuss.
Mayor Kerridge advised he spoke to the manager at Meijers and the paperwork is being put
together for the fireworks contribution. He also spoke to the City of Owosso about the
softball game. He called the City of Durand, but the city manager would not talk to him so
the secretary took down all of the information. He still has to contact the road commission to
see if they will have a team. He further advised the fire department did an excellent job. He
heard the boom and then the sirens so he decided to head to the school to see what blew up
and it was the school buses. Councilperson Reichert asked if one of the fuel tanks blew up.
Mayor Kerridge advised no. Mr. Johnson advised it was a can of ether starting fluid that
made the boom. Ms. Lawson asked how the fire started. Mr. Johnson advised garbage left in
the garbage can was set on fire in the bus.
ADJOURN: Johnson moved, Mehigh seconded to adjourn.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Sarrazin, Reichert, Mehigh, Haskins, Johnson.
Motion CARRIED Time was 9:23 p.m.
Charles Kerridge, Mayor Nichole L. Cowdrey, Clerk/Treasurer