REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
MILFORD CIVIC CENTER
President Rusas called the meeting to order in the Milford Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. President Rusas led the Pledge of Allegiance.
PRESENT President Theresa Rusas; Councilmembers Jerry Aubry, Jennifer Frankford, Michael Glagola, Elizabeth Heer, James Kovach, Kevin Ziegler
ALSO PRESENT Ann Barnette, DDA Director; Jennifer Elowsky, Legal Counsel; Arthur Shufflebarger, Village Manager
APPROVE CONSENT AGENDA
CM-10-154-10 Heer moved, Glagola seconded, to approve the September 20, 2010, consent agenda as presented. Motion CARRIED.
Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of September 7, 2010
Council Approval Direct Debits
Council Approval Payroll, 9/1/2010
Council Approval Payroll, 9/15/2010
Transfers and Disbursements
|Major Street Fund
|Local Street Fund
|Downtown Development Authority
|Senior Citizen Transportation
APPROVE AGENDA AS PRESENTED
CM-10-155-10 Heer moved, Glagola seconded, to approve the September 20, 2010, agenda as presented. Motion CARRIED.
DDA’s Bike Accommodation Plan
For the benefit of the public, Ann Barnette gave Council a second presentation (same as on 9/7/10) on a bike and automobile road-sharing concept known as “Sharrows”. Ms. Barnette pointed out the benefits of a non-motorized plan. The cost to place sharrows in the roadway would be considerably less than creating additional bike paths. Adding sharrows would make motorists more aware of existing Michigan law which already allows bicycles to share the roads. The first phase would include General Motors Road, Main St. and Commerce Roads. Educating the public would be an important factor in this process. Members in the audience were in favor of the concept.
Approve Concept of “Sharrows” for Village Streets
CM-10-156-10 Heer moved, Glagola seconded, to approve the concept of “sharrows” on the Village streets, covering the inter-loop of G.M. Road (from the bike path), Main St. and Commerce Rd. (to the bike path) as proposed by the DDA as Phase I. Motion CARRIED.
Appointment of Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate
CM-10-157-10 Kovach moved, Aubry seconded, to appoint Jason Brown as a ZBA alternate with term expiring June 2013. Motion CARRIED.
Consider Revisions to Sign Ordinance
Council discussed the timeframe of only two weeks for placement of charitable signs, or other temporary signage, and questioned the necessity of allowing political signage placement months before an election. Kovach did not feel the Village should be regulating this signage.
CM-10-158-10 Aubry moved, Heer seconded, to send recommendation for ordinance amendments regarding political signage to the Planning Commission for their consideration.
Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Ziegler, Glagola, Rusas, Her, Aubry, Frankford
Approve 2010 SMART Contract
CM-10-159-10 Heer moved, Glagola seconded, to approve the fiscal year 2010 SMART contract for the Highland/Milford Transportation Program. Motion CARRIED.
This service is a combined effort of the Senior Van program and Ride with Pride, which services seniors in the area, as well as disabled individuals.
Set Halloween Hours
CM-10-160-10 Heer moved, Frankford seconded, to set the Village Halloween Hours for Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Motion CARRIED.
CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Rusas asked if there was anyone who wished to address Council on an item that was not on the agenda.
Barbara Clark commented on publishing in the minute the names and addresses of individuals who approached and spoke to Council. Her concern was the minutes are now published on the internet for anyone to read. The necessity of this will be investigated by the Clerk.
Anthony Raimondo, 638 N. Main St., questioned whether the downtown pedestrian crosswalk signs were reflective and if more markings could be placed to make people more aware of the crosswalk areas.
Nothing this evening.
Aubry requested a resolution be generated to go to the Huron Valley School Board regarding the possible closing of Muir Middle School. He stated they were having a public forum on November 1.
Aubry inquired whether the Homecoming Parade committee had been notified of possible charges due to the closure of Main St. for the parade. Mr. Shufflebarger stated they were aware and that letters had been sent to all the organizations.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Deborah S. Frazer, CMC
Milford Village Clerk