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REGULAR MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAGINAW, MICHIGAN, HELD
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2006, AT 6:30 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER OF CITY
HALL.

        (Mayor Cottrell requested a moment of silence for the loss of Jerry Redeemer, a
former City employee who helped a lot of young people throughout the community.)

                    PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
         Councilman Willie Haynes offered a prayer and led the pledge of allegiance.

                                      ROLL CALL
        Mayor Carol Cottrell called the meeting to order. The following Councilpersons
were present: Larry Coulouris, William Federspiel, Wilmer Jones Ham, Willie Haynes,
Amanda Kitterman, Amos O’Neal, Andrew Wendt and Mayor Carol Cottrell-8.
        Absent: Councilman Gregory Branch-1.

                                 PUBLIC HEARINGS
         City Clerk Diane Herman announced the public hearing on the Application for an
Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Exemption Certificate for the property located at 3037
Davenport. Tom Miller, Economic Development Specialist from Saginaw Future and John
Kunitzer of Yeo and Yeo spoke in favor of the matter and requested Council’s support.
The Mayor called for additional comments three times. No one else was heard.
Councilman Coulouris moved to close the hearing.
         Adopted unanimously.

                                 PERSONAL APPEARANCES
          Jack Schmidt, (no address given), spoke of a recent incident wherein a 70-year
old woman wanted information on her taxes, the City would not provide the information and
eventually had her escorted out of the Water Department by police officers. Expressed his
disapproval of this type of treatment to citizens. Said the citizens have received nothing for
their six mills. Said Council needs to get with the churches and tell them they need to keep
their people in control. Announced he was leaving Saginaw.
          Earl Jesse, 310 S. Harrison, commended the Police Chief for reducing the gang
members around Old Town. Said 2 gangs used to operate near the Courthouse. Told of
an incident wherein some bums tried to steal his toolbox. Said every time there is an
election, the politicians start talking about a ramp.
          John Acklin, 3122 Fulton, told of an incident where he had 10 days to clean up his
yard. Said there is a house on Webber with a pile of wood which the City is not
addressing. Also complained about houses at 3034 Fulton and 3038 Fulton which needed
cleanup. Said the City needs to reopen their monthly dumpsite because people have no
place to dump objects. The Birch Run dumpsite charges too much.
          Robert Phelps, (no address given), Command Officer from the Saginaw County
Sheriff’s Office, requested Council’s support for the upcoming road patrol millage.
Explained what the County and City would gain by the passing of the millage. Noted the
Sheriff’s Department has lost 16 road deputies since 2002.
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         Terry Sangster, 2221 Frueh, urged Council to attend a project sponsored by the
East Genesee business owners on October 30th. Said there will be an open session with
free food and entertainment, including poetry, ballroom dancing and aerobic hustling.
They want citizens to know that East Genesee is alive again.

                                  REMARKS OF COUNCIL
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            Councilman Wendt reiterated the passing of the May 2 public safety millage did
not promise crime would be eliminated. It provided the City with 5 additional officers and
they are doing their best. Said he rode with an officer and knows the police are working
hard. Said the City can and will do better. Everyone just needs to work together.
            Councilman O’Neal said crime cannot be blamed on the police officers. The City
needs community action. The Church communities need to embrace a safe zone.
Suggested each church get some volunteer men to patrol certain areas. Citizens need to
take leadership and ownership and do what they can to clean up their own community.
Mentioned there are places like the First Ward Community Center which help deter crime
by providing youth activities. Advised the City Manager of a couple of citizen complaints
he would like addressed.
            Councilman Coulouris expressed his concern about the incident involving the 70-
year old woman. Said if the matter is fact, then the City has a problem. (City Manager
Darnell Earley requested Councilman Coulouris contact him. He said the incident was
much different then what was conveyed by the speaker.) Councilman Coulouris said the
junk in yards and junk cars need to be addressed.
            Councilwoman Kitterman also encouraged citizens to take back the streets.
There have been too many incidents occurring at the time children are coming to and from
school. Said every child deserves to attend a school where it is safe and to get there and
leave there safely. Thanked the Police Department for their prompt response to an
incident in her neighborhood. Encouraged citizens to learn and understand the issues on
the ballot prior to voting in November. Voiced her support for the County patrol millage.
            Councilwoman Ham also said the County has her support. Thought it was wrong
that officers and Council were being blamed for crime. Mentioned several incidents where
officers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist citizens. Said it is the
parents’ responsibility to raise their children. Questioned what other citizens are doing to
save the City’s children. The churches also shouldn’t be blamed because they have
programs to help youth. Mentioned the programs offered by Boysville and Family Youth
Initiative.
            Councilman Federspiel spoke on the County’s upcoming millage and the Sheriff
promising to dedicate officers to road patrols. Mentioned how the County assists the City
and other communities in law enforcement. As a citizen he would like to see more officers
driving through school areas and being seen in the neighborhoods, which will assist in
deterring crime. Said it is hard to gage crime deterrence. (At the request of Councilman
Federspiel, Chief Cliff gave a brief overview on how the County Sheriff Department assists
City police.) Councilman Federspiel said he supports any millage that will provide more
public safety.
            Councilman Haynes also expressed his support for the County millage proposal.
He noted the City has had 639 code 1 homicides in the City in the past 30 years. He said
one is too many. Mentioned one speaker saying the churches need to get involved. Noted
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many young men committing the crimes are not attending church. Said part of the
problem is that people who have information on a shooting will not work with police but will
take their own revenge. Said the community and neighborhoods need to come together
and start identifying the criminals and working with the authorities. He then reported an
abandoned car at 3100 Russell.
          Mayor Cottrell informed the general public of the Halloween trick-or-treat hours.
Mentioned an insert in The Saginaw News entitled “A Day in the Life of the City.” Said the
photographs are displayed at the Jacobson’s annex and encouraged all to view them along
with a slide presentation. Announced an upcoming candidate forum sponsored by the
NAACP. Mentioned the Covenant Healthcare “walk to work” program and announced five
homes had been purchased. Noted there has been another decrease in the funds to be
allocated for the City’s block grant program. Expressed her support for the Saginaw
County No Boundaries millage. Said she supports the renewal and the increase.

                                       PETITIONS

06-37    From Dr. Samuel Shaheen, SSP Associates, requesting that the City of Saginaw
         establish an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation District to include 1413 Gratiot
         Avenue.
         Councilman Federspiel moved to receive and file the request.
         Adopted unanimously.

06-38    From David G. Bernier, Bernier Cast Metals, Inc., requesting an Industrial
         Facilities Exemption Certificate for Personal Property Tax Abatement for the
         property located at 2626 Hess Street.
         Councilwoman Kitterman moved to receive and file the request.
         Adopted unanimously.
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06-39    From Tim Lynch, 2475 Midland Rd., requesting permission to erect a banner in
         the 500 block of Court Street from April 3, 2007 through May 3, 2007 for the
         purpose of promoting Saginaw County Law Day.
         Councilwoman Ham moved to approve the request.
         Adopted unanimously.

      REPORTS FROM BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES AND
            APPOINTMENT OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEMBERS
         Councilman Federspiel moved for the consideration of reappointing Thelma Ruffin
and Barbara Roberts to the Saginaw Community Enrichment Commission with terms to
expire 06/30/09.
         Adopted unanimously.

        Councilman Federspiel moved for the consideration of reappointing Daniel J.
LaPan to the STARS Board with a term to expire 09/26/09.
        Adopted unanimously.
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      Councilman Federspiel moved for the consideration of reappointing Michael A.
Emmenecker to the City Planning Commission with a term to expire 12/31/09.
      Adopted unanimously.
           Councilman Haynes gave the qualifications to apply for an absentee ballot.
Reminded citizens who apply to return their application promptly. He reported on the
Precinct Committee’s recent meeting. County Clerk Susan Kaltenbach spoke on the
guidelines of challengers and poll watchers. He thanked Dr. Dawkins, Superintendent of
Public Schools, and the teachers for allowing an In-service Day on Election Day to resolve
issues of space, security and parking. He requested the City Manager update him on the
construction near Central Middle School (Precinct #5). (City Manager Darnell Earley
advised construction would be completed by Election Day, or in the alternative, proper
signage would be placed to direct voters.)
           Councilwoman Ham expressed her thanks and that of the Cathedral District
neighbors to City Engineer Phil Karwat for keeping the neighborhood apprised of the
construction status.
           Councilman Wendt thanked Councilman Haynes for the recent Precinct
Committee meeting. Said the meeting to discuss poll watchers and challengers allowed
for dialog between the Republican and Democratic parties and assured there would not be
a repeat of the 2004 election. He also thanked Dr. Dawkins and the Board of Education for
planning an In-service Day.
           Councilman O’Neal reported on the Cities of Promise Committee. Said they met
with the neighbors in the revitalization area a few months ago to get their input. They
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would be meeting with them again November 13 , after which time they would start
prioritizing matters and setting short-term attainable goals. Said he hoped the State would
direct funds towards their efforts. Reported 110 houses were identified to be demolished.
           Councilwoman Kitterman reported the Citywide Beautification Committee met
again. Said they have been meeting with department heads and Waste Management to
decide the perimeters for a citywide cleanup. Said there was a great presentation from
Keep American Beautiful. Their goal was not just a one-day cleanup but to keep Saginaw
beautiful moving into the future.
           Mayor Cottrell noted the Riverfront Development Commission met and provided a
representative to Councilwoman Kitterman’s Committee. Reported next spring there will
be a canoe launch added to the riverfront in the Wickes Park area.
                          REPORTS FROM CITY MANAGER
Management Update
           City Manager Darnell Earley noted the Saginaw Police Department had received
an armored personnel vehicle. He reported the City had received a check from the State
of Michigan for $2,692,299 for the Johnson Street reconstruction (Streetscape) project.
Said the money also represented the City’s partnership with the State. Said good
relationships have been cultivated with MSHDA, the DNR, the Treasury Department and
others. Also mentioned the check received for 1.2 million for the Ferromet Cleanup and
Rifkin relocation. Mentioned the ongoing review and analysis of the Police and Fire
Department by ICMA. Spoke briefly on the 5-point improvement plan, which included
communication, public relations, customer service, operations and inter-governmental
relations.
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         Chief Gerald Cliff shared some of the changes made in the Police Department
since he became Police Chief.

Recommended Actions
Subject: Claims Service Contract with Alternative Service Concepts.
          Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend approval of the Claims Service
Contract with Alternative Service Concepts as the City’s third party administrator for
insurance claims.
          The contract is approved by me as to substance and by the City Attorney as to
form. Funds are available in the Self-Insurance Fund, Insurance Expense Account No.
677-1762-711-8006.
          Justification: Alternative Services Concepts, LLC (ASC) has been the City’s third
party administrator since the City first switched insurance carriers in 1995. The third party
administrator reviews all claims and loss reports arising under the City's insurance policy
and investigates, adjusts, settles, or resists all losses and/or claims with specific prior
approval of the City. The contract is for one year from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. The
total contract price is a flat fee of $54,570.00, which has not increased from last year. ASC
will indemnify and hold the City harmless for any claims asserted as a result of any errors,
omissions, torts, intentional torts or other negligence on the part of ASC or its employees,
unless the complained of actions of ASC were taken at the specific direction of the City.
          Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
          Adopted unanimously.

Subject: Novell Retired License Rights Form
          Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend approval of the Retired License
Rights Form with Novell, Inc., and authorize Jay Beelman, the City of Saginaw Information
Services Director, to execute all documents relating to this transaction. This document has
been approved by the City Manager as to substance and the City Attorney as to form.
          Justification: The City of Saginaw no longer uses BorderManager, a software
product from Novell. The Retired License Form is a written notification to Novell that we
will no longer use the software and will no longer pay maintenance fees for the license.
          Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
          Adopted unanimously.

Subject: Trivalent Group Block Time Agreement
          Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend that the agreement with Trivalent
Group (“Trivalent”) be approved in an amount not to exceed Fifteen Thousand Dollars and
00/100 ($15,000.00). This agreement was approved by the City Manager as to substance
and the City Attorney as to form.
          This vendor meets all requirements of the Contract Compliance Provisions,
Title 1, Chapter 14, §14.35-14.44, of the Saginaw Code of Ordinances.
          Funds for this purchase is available in Information Services Operating Services
Account Number 658-1720-711.80-05.
          Justification: Trivalent will assist with the installation and implementation of
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ZENworks Management Suite (“ZENworks”). ZENworks is a software product that
simplifies the delivery and management of diverse information technology resources.
ZENworks will allow the City to manage the entire lifecycle of desktops, laptops, servers
and handheld devices. It decreases administrative burdens and increases enterprise-wide
business efficiency. With ZENworks, the City can lower information technology costs,
efficiently manage desktops, simplify server management, automate patch management,
protect user data and simplify software packaging.
           The City currently has a license to use ZENworks but it has not yet been installed
or implemented. The requested purchase order is for prepayment of a block of Trivalent
support hours that will be used to assist City Information Services staff with implementing
ZENworks. By purchasing a prepaid block of hours, the City will receive an additional Two
Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars and 00/100 ($2,250.00) of service credits at no
cost.
           Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
           Adopted unanimously.

Subject: Information Services Equipment Rental Budget Adjustment
          Manager’s Recommendation: It is recommended that a budget adjustment be
completed for Information Services Equipment Rental Account No. 658-1720-711.85-50.
This adjustment reflects an amendment to the service agreement with Citicorp Vendor
Finance, Inc.
           The Information Services Equipment Rental Account No. 658-1720-711.85-50
will be increased by $17,033.44 from $263,304.00 to $280,337.44. Funds for the
adjustment are available in Water Operations and Maintenance’s Instrumentation and
Process Control Account No. 591.4715-851.97-20 in the amount of $12,775.08 and Sewer
Operations and Maintenance Instrumentation and Process Control Account No. 590-4815-
851.97-20 in the amount of $4,258.36.
          Justification: The adjustment to Information Services Equipment Rental will be
used to pay monthly equipment lease payments for the remainder of the 2006/07 fiscal
year for a new phone equipment system at the Water Treatment Plant and Maintenance &
Service. The new phone equipment will make the two areas more compatible with the
main City phone system.
          Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
          Adopted unanimously.

Subject: Amendment to Citicorp Vendor Finance Inc. Agreement
         Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend that the amendment to the Citicorp
Vendor Finance, Inc. Agreement be approved. The amendment has been approved by the
City Manager as to substance and the City Attorney as to form. Further, it is
recommended that the Information Services Director, Jay Beelman, be authorized to
execute all agreements as part of this implementation.
         This vendor meets all requirements of the Contract Compliance Provisions, Title
1, Chapter 14, §14.35 - 14.44 of the Saginaw Code of Ordinances.
         Funds to cover the lease agreement amendment through the remainder of this
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fiscal year are budgeted in Instrumentation and Process Control Account Nos. 591-4715-
851-97.20 ($12,775.08) and 590-4815-851-97.20 ($4,258.36). A budget adjustment will be
done to transfer the funds to the Information Services Equipment Rental Account No. 658-
1720-711-80.50. Funds to cover the remaining lease payments for future fiscal years will
be budgeted for in the Information Services Equipment Rental account.
            Justification: On March 8, 2004, City Council approved an agreement with
CitiCapital Technology Finance, Inc. (“CitiCapital”) to upgrade the City’s
telecommunications system. Subsequently, CitiCapital changed its name to Citicorp
Vendor Finance, Inc. (“Citicorp”). On August 31, 2006, the City received an amended
agreement to add additional city locations. Specifically, implementation of upgraded desk
phone service at the Maintenance and Service Offices and Water Treatment Plant would
provide the tools required to increase performance, service and efficiency as well as
realize a cost savings. Projected savings from switching the analog phone system
currently in place is approximately $700.00 per month. The supplier of the equipment,
I.T.I., will install the leased hardware and provide training, which will result in improved
voice and data communications. The amendment will be in the additional amount of
$2,129.18 per month for hardware, line charges, installation and maintenance for a total of
$57,487.86 over the remaining 27 months of the original agreement
            Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
            Adopted unanimously.

Subject: Adeline Street Quit Claim Deed
             Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend Council approve a Quit Claim
Deed conveying all remaining interest in the former Adeline Street to J & G Saginaw
Investments LLC (“J & G”). The land will be incorporated into J & G’s Family Dollar Store
development project located at 1908 South Michigan. The Quit Claim Deed has been
approved by me as to substance and the City Attorney as to form.
         Justification: On March 25, 1919, the City of Saginaw vacated Adeline Street
bounded by South Michigan Avenue, Stewart Street, South Hamilton Street and Florence
Street. The City reserved an easement for public utilities on this property. City staff has
determined that the City does not need the easement and that it has no utilities in this
former alley and there is no need to place utilities there in the future. Further, City staff
determined that the easement should be quit claimed to J & G so that it can be
incorporated into the Family Dollar Store development. This Quit Claim Deed will release
the easement so that J & G has full title to the property.
         Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
         Adopted unanimously.

Subject: Consumers Energy Easement
         Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend that an agreement conveying an
easement to Consumers Energy be approved. The agreement has been approved by
the City Manager as to substance and the City Attorney as to form.
         Justification: Recently, the City received a request from Consumers Energy
(”Consumers”) for an easement on its property located at 172 Davenport Avenue.
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Specifically, Consumers is requesting an easement to install electric power lines on the
City’s property, in order to provide service to Lamar Advertising (“Lamar”) billboard.
Lamar’s billboard is located near the City’s property at 2602 Carrollton Road. Consumers
will indemnify, defend and hold harmless the City from any liability claims.
          Pursuant to the terms of the easement, the City cannot locate any buildings or
structures on the easement area and cannot raise the grade by more than three (3) feet
without Consumers’ prior written consent. If the City fails to do so, Consumers can
relocate an electric line or lateral line on another portion of 172 Davenport and the
easement will automatically apply to the relocated line.
          Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
          Adopted unanimously.

Subject: Pump Repair Parts for Webber Street Retention Treatment Basin
          Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend that the quote received from WESCO
Distribution, Inc. be accepted and that a purchase order be issued to them in the amount
of $3,888.50 for the purchase of pump repair parts for the Webber Street Retention
Treatment Basin (RTB).
          This vendor meets all requirements of the Contract Compliance Provisions, Title
1, Chapter 14, §14.35-14.44, of the Saginaw Code of Ordinances.
          Funds for this purchase are available in the Sewer Operation and Maintenance
Fund Account No. 590 4830 861 7330
          Justification: On October 5, 2006 the City received a quotation for the purchase
of pump repair parts for the Webber Street Retention Treatment Basin (RTB). These parts
include a computer card for the electronic starter and auxiliary contacts. This is a sole
source purchase available only from the manufacturer’s distributor, WESCO Distribution,
Inc. This equipment is necessary to allow the pump to start automatically during rain
events.
          Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
          Adopted unanimously.

Subject: Retention Treatment Basins Flow Meters Service
          Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend that the quotation received from
Martin Control Services be accepted and that a purchase order be issued to them in the
amount of $7,613.50 for repair of the Accusonic Transit-Time flow meters located at the
Salt-Fraser and Weiss Street Retention Treatment Basins (RTBs).
          This vendor meets all requirements of the Contract Compliance Provisions, Title
1, Chapter 14, §14.35-14.44, of the Saginaw Code of Ordinances.
          Funds for this purchase are available in the Sewer Operation and Maintenance
Account No. 590-4835-861.80-40.
          Justification: On September 1, 2006 the City received a quotation from Martin
Control Services for repair of the Accusonic Transit-Time flow meters located at the Salt-
Fraser and Weiss Street Retention Treatment Basins (RTBs). The Wastewater Treatment
Plant’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit requires metering of the
flow at the RTBs. The repair and service of these meters would include training the City’s
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personnel to perform preventative maintenance on the meters. Martin Control Services is
the sole source for service in this region of the Accusonic Meters.
         Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
         Adopted unanimously.

Subject: SolarBee Equipment
          Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend that the quote from SolarBee be
accepted and that a purchase order be approved and issued to them in the amount of
$91,986.00 for the purchase of SolarBee equipment used by the Water Treatment
Division. Funds for this purchase are in the FY 2006 budget.
          The vendors meet all the requirements of the Contract Compliance Provisions,
Title 1, Chapter 14, § 14.35-14.44, of the Saginaw Code of Ordinances.
          Funds for the lease-purchase agreement are available in the Water Capital
Surplus Account No. 577-4740-881.97-41.
          Justification: On June 5, 2006, City Council approved a purchase agreement with
SolarBee and a finance agreement with Wells Fargo to purchase two (2) SolarBees.
Recently, Wells Fargo advised the City that it was submitting a new contract to replace the
one approved by City Council on June 5, 2006. The parties could not reach a deal
regarding the agreement. The new agreement was substantially different from the old
agreement. In addition, City staff encountered problems with Wells Fargo that were not
resolved to its satisfaction. Therefore, staff decided to purchase the equipment outright.
The Water Treatment Division received the equipment and installed the equipment during
the summer.
          The SolarBees are solar powered reservoir circulators which will improve cost
efficiency and the raw water quality in our storage reservoirs located at the Kochville Raw
Water Pump Station. The recirculation units will either greatly reduce this need or
eliminate it entirely. Further, the units reduce blue-green algae blooms which cause taste
and odor problems by circulating and oxygenating the reservoir water.
          Council Action: Councilwoman Kitterman moved the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
          Adopted unanimously.
         All City Manager recommendations to this point were adopted by general consent.
The following was considered after discussion.
Subject: Sale of City Owned Properties
          Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend that the City Manager or his
designee be authorized to negotiate the sale of the parcels of real property known as 716
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S. Park, 533 S. Park, 725 S. 4 , 3017 Grant, 2529 Thatcher, 3332 Grant, 2510 Douglass,
3415 Glasby, 1603 Johnson, 1607 Johnson, 2301 Lapeer and 3423 Glasby. Further, I
recommend that the City Manager or his designee be authorized to execute all documents
necessary to dispose of these properties, it being clearly to the City’s advantage to do so
without competitive bidding.
          Justification: The City of Saginaw owns various parcels of land that are held in
anticipation of economic development, received by default from the State of Michigan
through the tax reversion process, or held for development of parkland. These parcels are
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not used for a public purpose, so they are taxable, and the City of Saginaw is obligated,
the same as any property owner, to pay the property taxes. The Department of
Development Staff has inventoried all of the properties that are owned by the City and is
beginning a process to put these non-strategic parcels back into use. The above listed
parcels have been identified as non-strategic and disposal is appropriate. The City of
Saginaw does not have a purpose for these parcels nor can staff foresee a use for them in
the immediate future. These properties typically have a value of less than $1,000.00, and
may be of use only to adjoining property owners for yard expansion. Sale of the properties,
even for a nominal amount, will alleviate the City’s property tax and maintenance obligation
and put these properties back into productive use by private parties.
         Council Action: Councilman Wendt moved that the recommendation of the City
Manager be approved.
         Adopted unanimously.

                                     RESOLUTIONS
                   APPOINTMENT OF RECEIVING BOARDS FOR THE
                       NOVEMBER 7, 2006 GENERAL ELECTION
           Councilwoman Kitterman offered and moved adoption of the following resolution:
           WHEREAS, a General Election will be held in the City of Saginaw on Tuesday,
November 7, 2006; and
           WHEREAS, each of the City’s twenty (20) precincts at the close of the polls,
prepare the necessary paperwork to be sealed in specified envelopes, seal the ballots in
the ballot box, and deliver the materials to the City Clerk’s Office; and
           WHEREAS, under Michigan law (MCL 168.679a), the legislative body of a City, by
resolution, can authorize the Election Commissioners of the City to appoint receiving
boards to accept and open the sealed envelopes and containers for review and
verification.
           NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Election Commissioners for the
City of Saginaw (consisting of the Chief of Police, City Attorney and City Clerk) are hereby
authorized to appoint the necessary receiving boards to receive the materials (ballot
boxes, poll books, and statement of votes) from the precincts at the close of the polls on
November 7, 2006.
           BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in accordance with MCL 168.679a, each board
will consist of an equal number of inspectors from each major political party.
           BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the receiving boards will be authorized to open
the sealed envelopes and ballot boxes to verify: (1) that the number of ballots issued
equals the number of voters in the poll book and statement of votes; (2) confirm that the
ballot box has been properly sealed and that nothing other than ballots are contained
within; and (3) verify that all necessary documents have been properly signed by the
election inspectors of each precinct.
           BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the receiving board, with the election
inspectors, shall together take the necessary steps to correct any discrepancies, making
notation of such correction in the poll book and shall notify the clerk of the board of
canvassers of the corrective action taken. Upon review and correction, if necessary, the
receiving board shall properly reseal the ballot boxes and envelopes.
           Adopted unanimously.
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Subject: 3037 Davenport - Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Certificate
          Manager’s Recommendation: I recommend that Council approve the
Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Exemption Certificate submitted by the developer, Yeo
& Yeo Properties, LLC, for the property at 3037 Davenport.
          Justification: Under the Obsolete Property Exemption Certificate, eligible
properties can receive up to a 12-year tax abatement on improvements only, with the
exception of local and state school taxes that must be paid in full. The formation of such
districts and their associated tax exemption certificates are allowed under the Obsolete
Property Rehabilitation Act (OPRA), P.A. 146 of 2000. Formation of an Obsolete Property
District at 3037 Davenport was approved at the June 19, 2006, Council meeting.
          The developers plan to invest $175,000 and create twelve (12) new jobs by
developing the property into “a medical billing and consulting division.”
          The 2006 Taxable Value on the property is $89,315 with the City of Saginaw
receiving $723.82 in tax revenue in 2005. The city will continue to receive this amount
through the time period of the exemption.
          The attached resolution is listed under the regular order of business that approves
the OPRA certificate. If approved, the exemption certificate granted by City Council will
undergo final review by the State Tax Commission. If approved by the State Tax
Commission, the certificate would go into effect for the 2007 tax year.
          Council Action: This Council Communication is for explanation purposes only of
the resolution to be adopted and needs no separate approval.

          RESOLUTION APPROVING OPRA CERTIFICATE FOR YEO & YEO
                       PROPERTIES, L.L.C. AT 3037 DAVENPORT
         Councilman Coulouris offered and moved adoption of the following resolution:
         WHEREAS, the City of Saginaw is a Qualified Local Governmental Unit; and
         WHEREAS, under P.A. 146 of 2000, the City of Saginaw is authorized to form
Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Districts and approve applications for Obsolete Property
Exemption Certificates; and
         WHEREAS, the City of Saginaw Council approved the formation of an Obsolete
Property Rehabilitation District at 3037 Davenport, TAX ID 13 0948 00100, “the facility”, on
June 19, 2006, following a public hearing regarding district formation; and
         WHEREAS, the proposed rehabilitation of the facility will not result in aggregate
exemptions, under P.A. 146 of 2000, exceeding 5% of the total taxable value of the City of
Saginaw; and
         WHEREAS, a public hearing was held on October 23, 2006, and the Obsolete
Property Exemption Certificate application was approved by the City of Saginaw Council;
and
         WHEREAS, the applicant, Yeo & Yeo Properties, L.L.C, is not delinquent in any
taxes related to the facility; and
         WHEREAS, the facility has been deemed obsolete by the City of Saginaw
pursuant to P.A. 146 of 2000; and
         WHEREAS, the applicant has submitted items A through E on the Michigan
Department of Treasury form 3674 (5-06); and
         WHEREAS, the commencement of the rehabilitation of the facility did not occur
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before establishment of the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation District; and
          WHEREAS, the facility is located within an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation
District and its rehabilitation will constitute a rehabilitated facility pursuant to P.A. 146 of
2000; and
          WHEREAS, the rehabilitated facility is calculated to, and will at the time of
issuance of the certificate, have the reasonable likelihood to increase commercial activity,
create employment, retain employment, prevent a loss of employment, and revitalize an
urban area; and
          WHEREAS, the rehabilitation will result in an investment that exceeds 10% or
more of the true cash value of the property pursuant to P.A. 146 of 2000; and
          WHEREAS, the City of Saginaw is stipulating that the applicant complete the
rehabilitation by April 15, 2007; and
          WHEREAS, the certificate shall be in effect for a period of twelve (12) years;
          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Saginaw hereby
approves the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Exemption Certificate application, pursuant
to Public Act 146 of 2000, as amended, for the eligible property legally described as:
          3037 DAVENPORT, SAGINAW, MICHIGAN
          ASSESSOR’S FILE #: 13 0948 00100
          S. 234 FT. OF N. 240 FT. OF LOT 2, BLK. 4, ANNIE F. MC EWAN’S
          ADDITION
          Adopted unanimously.

                     MOTIONS AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS:
         Councilman O’Neal requested information on the City’s ability to close the after
                             th
hours establishment on 14 & Janes. Said the neighbors have been complaining about it.
         Mayor Cottrell said there are a couple of other similar establishments in the City
and would like a report on those as well.
         (City Manager Darnell Earley said he would provide Council with a report.)
         Councilman Coulouris mentioned The Saginaw News article which stated the
police are powerless to shut down such a facility. Believes Council should step forward
and address the illegal drinking establishments which are not licensed. Said these places
are an insult to the City’s saloonkeepers who play by the rules and buy licenses.
         Councilwoman Ham requested a report on the neighborhood from Lapeer to
Janes Street and crossing over to Burt Street. Said this is a very distressed neighborhood
with homes that are an eyesore.

                                  ADJOURNMENT
         At 8:30 p.m., Councilman O’Neal moved to adjourn the meeting.
         Adopted unanimously.




Diane M. Herman
City Clerk

				
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