RC City Council Proceedings

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR

 MEETING OF THE ROGERS

 CITY CITY COUNCIL

HELD IN COUNCIL 

CHAMBERS ON 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

Mayor McLennan presided and called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. 

PRESENT – Adair, Nowak, Peltz and McLennan.  ABSENT:  Bielas.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Nowak/Adair, to approve the agenda as presented.  

ROLL CALL: Ayes – All, the motion carried.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Adair/Nowak, that the minutes of the Workshop and Regular Council Meeting of September 4, 2018 be approved as written. ROLL CALL: Ayes – All, the motion carried.

CITY CLERK’S REPORT:

CHECK AND INVOICE APPROVAL:

Adair/Peltz, that the following total fund expenditures be recognized as payments made and payments to be made, in the amount of $289,106.10 and the Mayor is authorized to sign the check register. ROLL CALL: Ayes – All, the motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS: 

MDEQ LEAD AND COPPER RULES

RESOLUTION NO. 2018-80

Nowak/Peltz, 

Whereas, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) filed new Lead and Copper Rules on June 14, 2018, despite strong opposition from water supply providers and municipalities; and

Whereas, the new rules add a tremendous amount of responsibility and cost to municipal water providers by placing the burden to investigate, document, inventory, and replace private water services on the municipality; and

Whereas, prior to the new rules, municipalities were only responsible for the water service line from the water main to the curb stop box and property owners were responsible for the water service line from the curb stop box into the house or building; and

Whereas, the new rules will cost municipal water providers millions of dollars through additional investigative and construction costs even if no evidence of lead and copper has been shown in the system by existing testing methods; and

Whereas, municipalities will have no choice but to pass those enormous costs on to their customers via large, highly unpopular rate increases, as the State of Michigan is providing no funding to take on these additional responsibilities; and

Whereas, the City of Rogers City, as a municipal water provider, believes that it should support legal efforts to amend the new rules; and

Whereas, a Request for Declaratory Ruling on behalf of the Great Lakes Water Authority, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and Oakland County Water Resources was filed on August 13, 2018, by Miller Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC., with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality alleging that the actions of the MDEQ exceeded the scope of the MDEQ’s authority under state law and that the actions were arbitrary and capricious; and

Whereas, petitioners are requesting the filing of Concurrence by similarly situated municipalities in support of their position;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the Rogers City Council approve the submission of a Concurrence with Petitioners’ Request for Declaratory Ruling regarding MDEQ’s Lead and Copper Rules and direct the city attorney to submit the paperwork needed.

ROLL CALL: Ayes – All, the motion carried.

MARINA – STORAGE AND SERVICE CONTRACT

RESOLUTION NO. 2018-81

Nowak/Adair, to move ahead with the Marina Service/Storage Contract program pending the approval from our insurance carrier and authorize the Harbormaster and City Manager to work on additional details. ROLL CALL: Ayes – All, the motion carried.

CLOSE OUT ACCOUNTS – SEPERATION PAY AND HRA

RESOLUTION NO. 2018-82

Nowak/Adair, to authorize the closure of the Separation Pay account #0626009134 and the HRA account # 0001109573 at Chemical Bank for the City of Rogers City. 

ROLL CALL: Ayes – All, the motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mayor McLennan declared the meeting adjourned at 10:29 a.m.

Terri L. Koss

City Clerk/Treasurer

Condensed version.  Complete minutes are available at City Hall.

Women’s Fun Pool League scores from Monday night are: TNT Dynamite 9, Daily Limit 4; Greka’s 7, Flying Duck 6; TNT 8, Neumann’s Blind Piglets 5; and Pinewood Tavern – Bye.