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June 1 Bessemer City Council Meeting to be Held Virtually

The June 1, 2020 Bessemer City Council Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom videoconferencing.  See the agenda below for connection information.

AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL FOR THE CITY OF BESSEMER
TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM MOBILE,
ON MONDAY, JUNE 1ST 2020, AT 6:00 P.M.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88657443834
Or iPhone one-tap:
US: +13017158592,88657443834# or +13126266799,88657443834#
Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 886 5744 3834
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcZlwIRI0F
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.
• The meeting will be posted on our face book page at facebook.com/BessemerMich
• 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
CONSENT AGENDA
1) Approval of Minutes – Regular Meeting – May 18th, 2020
CLAIMS
1) General Fund
2) Major Street Fund
3) Local Street Fund
4) Water Utility Fund
5) Sewer Utility Fund
6) DDA Fund
OLD BUSINESS
1) US-2 Project; stamped concrete between road and sidewalk
REPORTS
1) City Manager Report
2) DPW Report
PUBLIC COMMENT
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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Upcoming Meeting Cancelations

NOTICE:

The following meetings for the City of Bessemer have been cancelled:

  • Tuesday, June 2nd there will be no Planning Commission meeting as previously scheduled for 6:00 PM
  • The Parks and Recreation meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 4th at 2:15 PM.
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Lead Line Replacement Project Plan Public Hearing Virtual Meeting

The Project Plan Public Hearing for Proposed Lead Line Replacements will be held online via Zoom video conference.  Information on joining the meeting is found in the agenda below.

NOTICE OF PROJECT PLAN PUBLIC HEARING
The City of Bessemer will hold a public hearing on the proposed Lead line replacements project for the purpose of receiving comments from interested persons.
The hearing will be held at 6:00 pm CST on June 15, 2020 at the following location: Electronic if permitted by the Governor’s Executive Order. More information will be released closer to the date.
The link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +13017158592,,82070830011# or +13126266799,,82070830011#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 820 7083 0011
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd5NEGv9hr
The purpose of the proposed project is to complete Water System improvements to replace lead impacted water service lines as required by the State of Michigan.
Project construction will involve:
• Replacement of lead impacted water service lines within the construction limits of the previous construction project and the proposed 2021-2023 project.
Impacts of the proposed project include short term construction related impacts and financial impacts to the City’s water system users. No significant long term adverse impacts are anticipated on either cultural or environmentally sensitive resources.
The estimated cost to users for the proposed project will be approximately $700,000 total project costs with costs to individual users dependent on the level and type of project financing that can be secured by the City for the project. The City intends to pursue project financing with the goal of minimizing impact to the system users
Copies of the plan detailing the proposed project are available for inspection at the following location(s):
• Electronic PDF is available on the City of Bessemer’s website at cityofbessemer.org.
Written comments received before the hearing record is closed on June 15, 2020 by 2:00 p.m. will receive responses in the final project plan. Written comments should be sent to:
Bessemer City Clerk’s Office
C/O Charly Loper, City Manager
411 South Sophie Street
Bessemer, MI 49911
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Downtown Development Authority May 14, 2020 Virtual Meeting

The May 14, 2020 Downtown Development Authority Meeting will be held online via Zoom video conference.  Information on joining the meeting is found in the agenda below.

AGENDA
CITY OF BESSEMER
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Regular meeting of the City of Bessemer Downtown Development Authority to be held in the DDA office, City Hall, on Thursday, May 14th, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.
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.
• 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.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +13126266799,,88065421844# or +16468769923,,88065421844#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 880 6542 1844
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcyX2vKq0n
CALL TO ORDER
BOARD MEMBERS: Zak, Osier, Whitburn, Leskoviansky, Filippini, Bjorkquist, Olsen, Meinke
ROLL CALL
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
BUSINESS ITEMS:
1) Training
2) Financials
3) Capital Improvement Plan/ General Discussion of how to prioritize funding
A) Coronavirus
B) Pop Up’s
C) 2021 Project
D) Flowers
E) Banners/ hardware
4) Pop Up Shop Funding
A) Range Medical Massage
B) Round 2 Salon
5) Façade Funding (none)
Wayfinding on US-2 MDOT agreed to put 2 signs indicating downtown in return for removing blinking light Charly
Christmas lights
Broadband in Downtown Am waiting for quotes Charly
Marketing Grant Opportunity Do we want to continue this? Honestly, I feel that right now most of my job is social media.
Co-working Spaces Downtown/ Expanding PopUp Shop Program library grant is canceled
Parking Lot Kevin Kimball is concerned about splitting up parcel but open to a discussion. Our assessor values downtown land at $45/ linear foot. The parking lot is about 60’x180’ so 60’*$45 = $2,700. This is for the whole lot and doesn’t include asphalt.
Ethnic Commons access Done, needs restoration. Contacted Durkee. Everything has been on pause with virus
Welcome Signs Doug Kikkebusch is requesting an extension and $3,500 in additional funds up front due to the virus. He intends to join us on the call.
Meetings for state requirements
2021 Project Discuss if we want stamped concrete in bulbouts at corners. Stamped concrete between road and sidewalk isn’t likely unless we pay for it ourselves. The south most block of Sophie St has been removed from the project scope. Do we want to explore restoration or other grant funding for this? Should we look at redoing the electrical for the lights during this time.
Hotel Project I have had a couple of developers potentially interested. They may be coming forward to ask for TIF assistance. This has been on pause during the virus
Flowers
Banners The School is putting up banners for graduating seniors. They have requested that we replace the broken hardware. If we are intending to replace our old banners, we would need to do this anyway.
6) Historical Society Lease
7) 2020/21 budget
8) Public comment
ADJOURN Next Meeting: Thursday, June 11th at 4:00. Will be video conference again.
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Zoning Regulations for Caregivers Growing Medical Marihuana

Recently Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of zoning regulations for caregivers growing medical marihuana. As a reminder to our caregivers, if you started your operation after the City of Bessemer adopted our zoning regulation on August 25th, 2018 you do need to register your business. Please contact Charly.Loper@bessemermi.org for more information. Please note that there is a great coalition of growers who can help with odor concerns for caregivers and all others. You can find out more at Coalition for Responsible Growers on Facebook. Our ordinance can be found here.
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DWRF Public Hearing

 

 NOTICE OF PROJECT PLAN PUBLIC HEARING

 

The City of Bessemer will hold a public hearing on the proposed Lead line replacements project for the purpose of receiving comments from interested persons.

 

The hearing will be held at 6:00 pm CST on June 15, 2020 at the following location: Electronic if permitted by the Governor’s Executive Order. More information will be released closer to the date.

 

The link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82070830011

 

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +13017158592,,82070830011#  or +13126266799,,82070830011#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 820 7083 0011

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd5NEGv9hr

 

 

The purpose of the proposed project is to complete Water System improvements to replace lead impacted water service lines as required by the State of Michigan.

 

Project construction will involve:

  • Replacement of lead impacted water service lines within the construction limits of the previous construction project and the proposed 2021-2023 project.

Impacts of the proposed project include short term construction related impacts and financial impacts to the City’s water system users.  No significant long term adverse impacts are anticipated on either cultural or environmentally sensitive resources.

 

The estimated cost to users for the proposed project will be approximately $700,000 total project costs with costs to individual users dependent on the level and type of project financing that can be secured by the City for the project. The City intends to pursue project financing with the goal of minimizing impact to the system users

 

Copies of the plan detailing the proposed project are available for inspection at the following location(s):

  • Electronic PDF is available on the City of Bessemer’s website at cityofbessemer.org.

 

DWRF Project Plan Report

https://www.cityofbessemer.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Draft-Plan_compressed-1.pdf

 

Written comments received before the hearing record is closed on June 15, 2020 by 2:00 p.m. will receive responses in the final project plan. Written comments should be sent to:

 

Bessemer City Clerk’s Office

C/O Charly Loper, City Manager

411 South Sophie Street

Bessemer, MI 49911

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Reopen Plan

The City of Bessemer has spent the last couple of weeks discussing a tentative reopen plan for City Hall. We don’t have dates on when it will reopen but we want to show what the reopen stages will probably look like. We will not be reopen as normal for a long time to keep everyone as safe as we can. This plan may change as we get guidance from the State of Michigan and the Health DepartmentReopen Plan for Public and employees grids Reopen plan for library

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Notice of Public Hearing Virtual Meeting – Ordinance Establishing a Parks and Rec Commission

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF BESSEMER
Ordinance No. 343, An ordinance. establishing a
Parks and Rec Commission for the City of Bessemer.
The City of Bessemer Council will hold a public hearing at its’ regularly scheduled meeting Monday May 4, 2020, 6:00 p.m. virtually. Comments regarding proposed amended Ordinance No. 343, An ordinance establishing a Parks and Rec Commission for the City of Bessemer via the virtual Zoom meeting or written comments may be submitted to the following address: 411 S Sophie Street, Bessemer, MI 49911, ATTN: Clerk, from now until 4:00 p.m. Monday May 4, 2020.
The login information to join the meeting and a draft of the Ordinance will be published on the City’s website, www.cityofbessemer.org and on Facebook.