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Monday, April 6 2020 City Council Meeting to be Held Online

The April 6, 2020 Bessemer City Council Meeting will be held online due to the CDC recommendation to limit groups over 10 people. Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-15, allowing the temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings.

The meeting will held using the Zoom video conferencing platform.  The public is invited to join the online meeting to view and for public comment using the links and call-in numbers posted below in the agenda.  You can download the Zoom software to your computer or mobile device prior to the meeting at https://zoom.us/download.

View the Agenda below or download a PDF of the agenda for printing.


AGENDA

REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL FOR THE CITY OF BESSEMER TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM MOBILE,
ON MONDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2020, AT 6:00 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/942219946

Meeting ID: 942 219 946

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Meeting ID: 942 219 946
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acWAQ6sAc6

Due to the Coronavirus and the CDC’s recommendation to limit groups over 10 people, the City of Bessemer will have a virtual meeting.
• All residents may call in and/ or email questions, complaints, and comments to Charly.loper@bessemermi.org.
• Due to the new nature of the meeting, it will not be livestreamed, but we will post a recording of the meeting on our Facebook page if we can get technology to work properly.
• If you have any issues with attending the meeting virtually due to ADA difficulties, please contact Jim Trudgeon at James.Trudgeon@bessemermi.org or 906-667-0333 48 hours before the meeting. Individuals can call 711 for relay support.
• You have the right to participate in a meeting of a public body held electronically includes the right to tape-record, to videotape, to broadcast live on radio, and to telecast live on television the proceedings of the public body at a public meeting. The exercise of this right does not depend on the prior approval of the public body. However, a public body may establish reasonable rules and regulations to minimize the possibility of disrupting the meeting.
• A public body may not require a person as a condition of participating in a meeting of the public body held electronically to register or otherwise provide his or her name or other information or otherwise to fulfill a condition precedent to attendance, other than mechanisms necessary to permit the person to participate in a public comment period of the meeting.
• A person must be permitted to address a meeting of a public body held electronically under rules established and recorded by the public body. A person must not be excluded from a meeting held electronically otherwise open to the public except for a breach of the peace actually committed during the meeting.
• During a meeting of a public body held electronically, members of the public body are urged to take all votes by roll call to avoid any questions about how each member of the public body votes.
• If a public body holding a meeting electronically directly or indirectly maintains an official internet presence, the public body is encouraged to make available to the general public through the public body’s website homepage an agenda and other materials relating to the meeting.
• Members of the general public otherwise participating in a meeting of a public body held electronically may be excluded from participation in a closed session of the public body held electronically during that meeting if the closed session is convened and held in compliance with the requirements of the OMA applicable to a closed session.

CALL TO ORDER

COUNCIL MEMBERS: Zak, Kryshak, Nelson, McDonald, Miskovich

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – ROLL CALL

AGENDA APPROVAL

PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS

PRESENTATION

PUBLIC HEARINGS
1) Bessemer Plywood Application for Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption
2) Small Scale Wireless Facilities

CONSENT AGENDA

1) Approval of Minutes – Regular Meeting – March 2nd, 2020
2) Planning Commission Minutes – Tuesday March 3rd, 2020
3) Park & Recreation Minutes – Thursday, March 5th, 2020

CLAIMS
1) General Fund
2) Major Street Fund
3) Local Street Fund
4) Water Utility Fund
5) Sewer Utility Fund
6) DDA Fund

DOCUMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
1) Email from Heidi McKay

OLD BUSINESS
1) Lead and Copper Rules
2) Nasal Ranger
3) Small Scale Wireless Facilities
4) Nelson’s Garbage Request

NEW BUSINESS
1) Scheduling Budget Workshop
2) Easement to Xcel
3) Signatory Changes
4) Liquor License
5) Finance Policy – Investment
6) Investment – Michigan Class
7) Zoning Updates
8) Bessemer Plywood Industrial Facilities Exemption
9) Coronavirus – Sick Time
10) Coronavirus – Executive Committee
11) Coronavirus – Cemetery
12) Amendment to Ordinance Number 343: An Ordinance establishing a Parks and Rec Commission for the City of Bessemer

REPORTS
1) City Manager Report
2) DPW Report

PUBLIC COMMENT

CLOSED SESSIONS
1) Potential Purchase of Right of Way from Bessemer Small Engine

ADJOURN – City Council Meeting

**NOTE: All matters listed under the heading CONSENT AGENDA are considered to be routine by the City Council and will be enacted by one motion. There will not be separate discussion of these items. If discussion is desired, that item will be removed from the CONSENT AGENDA and considered separately under NEW BUSINESS.**

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Water/Sewer Payments During Coronavirus Pandemic

Several weeks ago the City of Bessemer stopped shutting off water for lack of payment through this pandemic. We also turned on water for people who had been shut off for lack of payment. If City Hall remains closed beyond April 20th, which is our due date for water bills, we will not be assessing late fees. We are still taking payments through the mail, at our dropbox, and online below.

Pay Water, Sewer, Garbage Bill

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**CANCELLED** March 23, 2020 City Council Meeting to be Held Online

*** UPDATE 3/23/2020 – Meeting has been cancelled ***

Given all the rapid changes, the City Council meeting is canceled to give everyone a chance to catch up. Our next meeting will be our regularly scheduled meeting on April 6th.


The March 23, 2020 Bessemer City Council Meeting will be held online due to the CDC recommendation to limit groups over 10 people. Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-15, allowing the temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings.

The meeting will held using the Zoom video conferencing platform.  The public is invited to join the online meeting to view and for public comment using the links and call-in numbers posted below in the agenda.  You can download the Zoom software to your computer or mobile device prior to the meeting at https://zoom.us/download.

View the Agenda below or download a PDF of the agenda for printing.


AGENDA

REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL FOR THE CITY OF BESSEMER
TO BE HELD VIA LIVE STREAMING, CITY HALL,
ON MONDAY, MARCH 23RD, 2020, AT 6:00 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/942219946

Meeting ID: 942 219 946

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+13126266799,,942219946# US (Chicago)
+16468769923,,942219946# US (New York)

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

877 853 5257 US Toll-free

888 475 4499 US Toll-free

Meeting ID: 942 219 946
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acWAQ6sAc6

Due to the Coronavirus and the CDC’s recommendation to limit groups over 10 people, the City of Bessemer will have a virtual meeting.
• All residents may call in and/ or email questions, complaints, and comments to Charly.loper@bessemermi.org.
• Due to the new nature of the meeting, it will not be livestreamed, but we will post a recording of the meeting on our Facebook page if we can get technology to work properly.
• If you have any issues with attending the meeting virtually due to ADA difficulties, please contact Jim Trudgeon at James.Trudgeon@bessemermi.org or 906-667-0333 48 hours before the meeting.
• You have the right to participate in a meeting of a public body held electronically includes the right to tape-record, to videotape, to broadcast live on radio, and to telecast live on television the proceedings of the public body at a public meeting. The exercise of this right does not depend on the prior approval of the public body. However, a public body may establish reasonable rules and regulations to minimize the possibility of disrupting the meeting.
• A public body may not require a person as a condition of participating in a meeting of the public body held electronically to register or otherwise provide his or her name or other information or otherwise to fulfill a condition precedent to attendance, other than mechanisms necessary to permit the person to participate in a public comment period of the meeting.
• A person must be permitted to address a meeting of a public body held electronically under rules established and recorded by the public body. A person must not be excluded from a meeting held electronically otherwise open to the public except for a breach of the peace actually committed during the meeting.
• During a meeting of a public body held electronically, members of the public body are urged to take all votes by roll call to avoid any questions about how each member of the public body votes.
• If a public body holding a meeting electronically directly or indirectly maintains an official internet presence, the public body is encouraged to make available to the general public through the public body’s website homepage an agenda and other materials relating to the meeting.
• Members of the general public otherwise participating in a meeting of a public body held electronically may be excluded from participation in a closed session of the public body held electronically during that meeting if the closed session is convened and held in compliance with the requirements of the OMA applicable to a closed session.

CALL TO ORDER

COUNCIL MEMBERS: Zak, Kryshak, Nelson, McDonald, Miskovich

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – ROLL CALL

AGENDA APPROVAL

PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS

PRESENTATION

PUBLIC HEARINGS
1) Bessemer Plywood Application for Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption

CONSENT AGENDA

1) Approval of Minutes – Regular Meeting – March 2nd, 2020
2) Planning Commission Minutes – Tuesday March 3rd, 2020
3) Park & Recreation Minutes – Thursday, March 5th, 2020

CLAIMS
1) General Fund
2) Major Street Fund
3) Local Street Fund
4) Water Utility Fund
5) Sewer Utility Fund
6) DDA Fund

DOCUMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
1) Email from Heidi McKay

OLD BUSINESS
1) Nasal Ranger

NEW BUSINESS
1) Scheduling Budget Hearing
2) Easement to Xcel
3) Signatory Changes
4) Liquor License
5) Finance Policy – Investment
6) Investment – Michigan Class
7) Zoning Updates
8) Coronavirus, sick leave for employees
9) Coronavirus, authorizing executive committee to make emergency changes
10) Coronavirus, authorizing teleconferencing for subcommittees
11) Bessemer Plywood Industrial Facilities Exemption
12) Amendment to Ordinance Number 343: An Ordinance establishing a Parks and Rec Commission for the City of Bessemer

REPORTS
1) City Manager Report
2) DPW Report

PUBLIC COMMENT

CLOSED SESSIONS
1) Potential Purchase of Right of Way from Bessemer Small Engine

ADJOURN – City Council Meeting

**NOTE: All matters listed under the heading CONSENT AGENDA are considered to be routine by the City Council and will be enacted by one motion. There will not be separate discussion of these items. If discussion is desired, that item will be removed from the CONSENT AGENDA and considered separately under NEW BUSINESS.**

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Grocery Pickup Assistance During Pandemic

The City of Bessemer is going to begin coordinating groceries for elderly and those at high risk of complications with the coronavirus. If you are able to pick up groceries for individuals or are elderly and/or at a high risk of complications (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html) please call City Hall at 906-663-4311 or email Ann at Ann.Brown@BessemerMi.org.

Thanks for watching out for our neighbors!

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

To minimize the spread of Coronavirus we are limiting the people coming to city hall. We are also canceling all non-emergency meetings. That includes tonight’s DDA meeting and next week’s library meeting.

If you have questions please call 906-663-4311. We do have a phone in the library entrance if you don’t have a phone.

If you are paying a bill, please drop checks off in the library drop box by the library entrance or pay by credit card at cityofbessemer.org. If you must pay with cash please enter from the library entrance.

The library will be offering curbside delivery of books. Give Melissa or Mary Ann a call at 906-667-0404. We encourage everyone to use our outside bookdrop to return all your items (even audiobooks!).

If you have any concerns for your family or loved ones, please check out the CDC website. They are doing an amazing job publishing information about what we all can do to limit the spread. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Thank you for your understanding!

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Michigan March 2020 Primary Voting Informarion

Election day is upon us! You can pick up an absentee ballot at City from 8-4:00. Absentee ballots must be returned by 8:00 PM Tuesday.

You can also vote absentee on Monday and Tuesday but the ballot cannot leave city hall.

Voting will take place Tuesday, March 10th from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

If you have mobility challenges or young children in the car, we can run a ballot out to your car. Give us a call at 906-667-0333 so we know to bring you a ballot. We can also bring a ballot into the DDA room which you can access from the library entrance and is ADA accessible. There is a phone at the library entrance which will call up to the clerk and he can bring a ballot down.

Happy voting!

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Capital Improvement Plan

The City of Bessemer is conducting our annual update of our Capital Improvment Plan. The 2020 draft for review can be found here. The Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday April 6th at 6:00 at the Planning Commission.

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506 S Mine

The City of Bessemer is selling the lot where 506 S Mine stood. This property is right on the Iron Belle Trail. The land is valued at $634. Please contact Charly Loper at 906-663-4311 or via email at charly.loper@bessemermi.org with any questions or with an offer.

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November 2019 Election Day Information

Voting Polls will be open from 7AM to 8PM on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at City Hall.

If you have mobility issues we can bring a ballot to your car. Call us at 906-667-0333 and let us know. You can also enter in the downstairs by the library. We have a phone downstairs you can use to call and let us know. We will meet you in the DDA room with a ballot.

You can view ballots and your voter registration status here at the Michigan Voter Information Center Website.