City Council Discusses Flagpole Project, Library Path, Super Minority Amendment

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 09/09/2012 - 20:30


Saline City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at city hall.

Here's what’s on the agenda:

What So Proudly We Hail

The Vietnam Veterans Association of America Post 310 will present the city with a check of $283 to be used for maintaining the flagpole memorial area in Oakwood Cemetery. This summer, the What So Proudly We Hail campaign resulted in the building of a new flagpole and the installation of new lighting at the cemetery. The project, led by veterans George Perrault, Pete Belaire and Bob Kwiecinski, was privately funded. Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home donated the flagpole for the project.

Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home has also donated a memorial stone for the flagpole area. The stone will be engraved with words noting the date of the new flagpole’s public dedication. Perrault, Belaire and Kwiecinski are asking the city to have the DPW install a foundation and the memorial stone.

Non-Motorized Path Contract

City council will consider awarding a contract for the construction of a non-motorized path connecting the library with Brecon Park. DPW Director Jeff Fordice is recommending the city award the contract to Pavex Corporation, of Grosse Ile., for $202,481. Pavex, low bidder for the project, came in $23,000-$60,000 cheaper than the other bidders. Bids were opened Sept. 4 at city hall.

A 10-foot asphalt pathway will be installed between Maple Road and North Harris Street. At Harris Street, the path will be across from the existing Depot Trail. A crosswalk will be installed to link the trails. The path would follow the railroad tracks near Brecon Park, through the wooded area south of the Saline District Library, to the library.

The project is a partnership with the city and library. It is funded, in part, by grants from CARES and Connecting Communities.

For or Against Super Minority Constitutional Amendment

City council will consider a resolution supporting a “No” vote on the “Super Minority” constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. According to the resolution, the measure make it “nearly impossible to end tax breaks and loopholes currently in Michigan tax law that benefit rich and powerful special interests and their lobbyists over ordinary taxpayer.” The resolution states that passing the amendment would cause local taxes to rise, the state’s credit rating to drop and place more burden on local governments and taxpayers to pay for roads and schools.

In other news:

·         The city is being asked to transfer the location of a small winemaker license by Vintner’s Cellar of Saline (Spotted Dog Winery). Spotted Dog is moving from its downtown location to 1100 Woodland Drive East.

·         City council will consider approving a 60-month lease with Pitney Bowes for postage machine at a monthly cost of $212.

·         City council will consider a request to extend its partnership with the Saline Area Schools Young Adult Program to manage vending services at the Saline Rec Center.

In the consent agenda, city council will consider approving:

·         The expenditure an estimated $3,181 to send council members Jim Peters, David Rhoads, Jim Roth and Linda TerHaar to Mackinac Island Oct. 3-5 for the 2012 Michigan Municipal League convention.

·         A request to recognize Saline Main Street as a non-profit organization operating in the city, which will allow the organization to apply for a charitable gaming license from the state.

·         The appointment of Don Schnettler as the city’s electrical inspector.

·         Appointing Greg Hohenberger to the Parks commission to replace TJ Truskowski.


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