Rogers City City Council Proceedings

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR

MEETING OF THE

ROGERS CITY CITY COUNCIL

HELD IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON APRIL 5, 2016

Mayor Sobeck presided and called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

PRESENT – Adair, Bielas, McLennan, Nowak, and Sobeck.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Bielas/Nowak, that the minutes of the Workshop and Regular Council Meeting of March 16, 2016 be approved as written.  ROLL CALL: Ayes – All, the motion carried.

CITY CLERK’S REPORT:

CHECK AND INVOICE APPROVAL:

McLennan/Adair, that the following total fund expenditures be recognized as payments made and payments to be made, in the amount of $695,298.34 and the Mayor is authorized to sign the check register.

ROLL CALL: Ayes – All, the motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:

REQUESTS – MASONS, CUB SCOUTS AND LIONS CLUB

RESOLUTION NO. 2016-36

Nowak/McLennan, to approve the Masons 3rd annual Flag Day Festival & Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2016 with use of the Lakeside Park, Lakeside Pavilion, Marina parking lot and Band Shell along with a parade to begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Mariners Mall parking lot, down Third Street to Michigan, down Michigan to the Sailors Memorial and allow City staff to assist the group as needed.

ROLL CALL:  Ayes – All, the motion carried.

RESOLUTION NO. 2016-37    

Nowak/Bielas, to approve the request of the Cub Scouts to hold a bake sale in the Save-a-Lot parking lot on either April 16th, 23rd or 30th and approve the request of the Rogers City Lions Club to hold their annual White Cane Drive on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28, 2016.

ROLL CALL: Ayes – All, the motion carried.

DNR CONTRACT

RESOLUTION NO. 2016-38   

Member/McLennan, to extend the amended Contract Addendum between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in regard to the Central Reservation System for the Rogers City Marina through October 2019 and authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign said Addendum.

ROLL CALL:  Ayes – All, the motion carried.

LINE 5 PIPELINE

RESOLUTION NO. 2016-39   

A motion was made by Council Member McLennan, seconded by Council Member Bielas, to adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Line 5 is a pipeline owned by Enbridge that has transported crude oil and natural gas liquids since 1953 from Superior, WI eastward across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to where a dual pipeline crosses the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, just west of the Mackinac Bridge continuing South crossing under the Indian River in Cheboygan County, on its route through the lower Peninsula to its terminus point in Canada.

WHEREAS, Line 5 was constructed prior to Public Act 247 of 1955 Great Lakes Submerged Land Act as amended, the purpose of which is to protect the waters of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes bottomlands by requiring a permit when constructing structures in the Great Lakes within Michigan; and

WHERAS, there is a potential risk that Line 5 could develop a leak which would cause environmental damage to the Great Lakes as well as economic loss with damage to the harbors of Rogers City and Presque Isle; and

WHERAS, damage to the Great Lakes could bring a halt to the shipping from our quarries; and

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan has the legal authority to manage the bottomlands and waters of the Great Lakes within Michigan, including the prevention of pollution and the protection of natural resources, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of Rogers City request that Governor Snyder utilize the State’s Authority by acting immediately to restrict Line 5 to its original designed capacity and to limit its cargo to non-oil products (e.g., liquid Petroleum Gas and Propane) until the recommendations within the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force Report are completed and analyzed, specifically; requiring an independent risk analysis and adequate financial assurance for the straits pipelines, an independent analysis of alternative to the existing straits pipeline, as well as obtaining any additional information requested from the report, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City Council of Rogers City will send a copy of this resolution to the Governor, Attorney General, our State Representatives and State Senators.

ROLL CALL:  Ayes – All, the motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mayor Sobeck declared the meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

Terri L. Koss, City Clerk/Treasurer

Condensed version, complete minutes are available at City Hall.