Council Minutes

The City Council meets in regular session the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Room of the Stephenson Municipal Building.

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
December 1, 2016

The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
There was no public participation.
A report of the WWTP for the month of November was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $145,308.62 were approved.
The City will receive oral and written comments from City residents regarding whether or not the City should allow a medical marijuana dispensary business within the City limits.
Comments will be received at City Hall until the January 5, 2017 council meeting. Comments will also be received during the public participation portion of the January council meeting.
Committee reports were given.
Comments were received. The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on December 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the downtown area.
The meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on January 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
November 3, 2016

The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
Mr. Ettenhofer addressed the council regarding the car show for next year.
A report of the WWTP for the month of October was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $110,351.59 were approved.
A land division application for RSBR Investments, LLC in regard to property located at S723 US Hwy 41 was approved.
The City’s Language Access Plan for Limited English Proficiency Persons was approved.
Committee reports were given.
Comments were received. The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on December 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the downtown area.
The meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on December 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
October 6, 2016

The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
There was no public participation.
A report of the WWTP for the month of September was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $106,688.33 were approved.
Resolution No. 16-07 approving a grant submission to the Par Plan was adopted.
New State legislation that allows licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in communities was discussed.
A letter from the State of Michigan DEQ states the City is eligible for grant assistance for its wastewater asset management plan.
A report on the City’s ISO rating was given.
The council approved looking at adding a second baseball field in Erickson Park.
Committee reports were given.
Comments were received.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on November 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
September 1, 2016

The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
Deputy Hanson from the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department reported on the Department’s activities in the City.
Tim Ettenhofer addressed the council regarding the placement of audio speakers in the Downtown area.
The council adopted Resolution #16-06 to approve a micro brewer license for Threefold Vine, LLC.
A report of the WWTP for the month of August was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $180,667.56 were approved.
Reappointments were made to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Compensation Commission.
Peshtigo Asphalt’s low bid of $27,751.00 was approved for street patches and repairs.
Committee reports were given. A transfer of funds was approved to go towards the City’s share of sidewalk replacement. Hannula Agency was approved as the City’s property and liability insurance carrier for 2016/2017.
Comments were received.
The meeting adjourned at 8:19 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on October 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
August 4, 2016

The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
There was no public participation.
A report of the WWTP for the month of July was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $90,346.52 were approved.
The Council approved placing the Downtown Development Authority on an indefinite hold.
John Anderson’s contract was renewed for two years at the same rate it is now. Mr. Anderson is the City’s Assessor.
The Council approved transferring of funds to pay off the City’s snow plow loan.
Committee reports were given.
Comments were received. Assessor John Anderson reported on his assessing duties.
The meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on September 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
July 7, 2016

The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
There was no public participation.
A report of the WWTP for the month of June was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $82,756.92 were approved.
The City’s Energy Optimization Plan for 2016-2019 was approved.
The annual Law Enforcement contract with Menominee County was approved.
A part-time summer help person was hired.
Comments were received.
The meeting adjourned at 8:21 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on August 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
June 2, 2016

The public hearing on the proposed change of the City election from November of even years to November of odd years was held. No public comments were received.
The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
The City Assessor reported on his assessing duties. Mrs. Dana Dziedzic introduced herself. She is a candidate for the 108th District State Representative. The Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority addressed the council. A Menominee County Sheriff’s Deputy reported on activities within the City for the month of May.
A report of the WWTP for the month of May was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $81,759.52 were approved.
Resolution No. 16-05 “A resolution to change election year” was adopted.
Ray Payment was approved as the City’s auditor for fiscal year 2016/2017.
By consensus of the council it was decided to sell City property No. 55-052-0-623-020-00 across from Family Dollar on US 41 in Stephenson.
Committee reports were given. The City will hire a part-time person for the summer. Budget amendments were approved.
Correspondence was read.
Comments were received.
The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on July 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
May 5, 2016

The public hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 convened at 6:30 p.m.
The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
A citizen addressed the council.
A report of the WWTP for the month of April was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $193,417.88 were approved.
The council set the mileage rate for fiscal year 2016/2017 at 9.5 mills, which is the same rate as last year.
The council adopted the City’s budget for fiscal year 2016/2017.
The council approved opting out of PA 95.
Committee reports were given. Water monthly base rates will increase by $.37 and sewer monthly base rates will increase by $.64, effective July 1, 2016. Utility billing late fees will be lowered from $25.00 to 1.5% of the customer’s bill.
Correspondence was read.
Comments were received.
The meeting adjourned at 8:21 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on June 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. A public hearing will be held prior to the meeting at 6:50 p.m. to hear comments on changing the City election from November odd years to November even years.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
April 7, 2016

Public comments were received for the request of vacating a portion of the alley located West of US 41 and East of Menominee Street and North of South Drive. There were no comments.
The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
Members of the Stephenson Eagle Booster Club and the DDA addressed the council. A request for dugouts at the ball field in Erickson Park was also presented.
Discussion was held on the dissolution of the DDA. No decisions were made.
A report of the WWTP for the month of March was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $114,987.50 were approved.
The Treasurer’s report was accepted.
Resolution #2016-04: “Resolution to abandon a portion of alley west of US 41 and East of Menominee Street and North of South Drive” was adopted.
Resolution #2016-02: “Resolution for setting a minimum amount of funds to keep in the Electric Fund account” was adopted.
The proposed budget for fiscal year 2016/2017 was presented to the council members.
Committee reports were given. The City will make a loan to the Fire Dept. A budget amendment was approved.
Bagged leaves and brush will be picked up until May 20th.
Correspondence was read. A donation was approved for the Veteran’s Memorial Day Committee. A letter from CUPPAD regarding a grant program was presented.
Comments were received.
The meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. There will be a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. prior to the council meeting to review the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-2017. The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
March 3, 2016 Regular Meeting

The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
A resident, and a representative from the Menominee County Pheasant Club addressed the council.
The Assessor gave a report on his assessing duties.
A report of the WWTP for the month of February was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $110,777.22 were approved.
Discussion was held on possible security measures for the City Hall.
Committee reports were given. A budget amendment was approved. A resolution “MERS Uniform 457 Supplemental Retirement Program Resolution” was adopted. The program is for employee contributions. The dissolution of the Downtown Development Authority was approved. A new laptop for the DPW department was approved.
Correspondence was read. A donation was approved for the Barb Palzewicz Hope Memorial Cancer Walk.
Comments were received.
The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on April 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
February 5, 2016 Regular Meeting

The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
A resident addressed the council.
A report of the WWTP for the month of January was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $153,202.23 were approved.
Wayne Mulzer was reappointed as an alternate to the Board of Review.
A new pickup will be purchased for the DPW department.
Committee reports were given.
Correspondence was read.
Comments were received.
The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on March 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk

City of Stephenson Council Proceedings
January 7, 2016

The regular council meeting convened at 7 p.m.
A resident addressed the council.
A report of the WWTP for the month of December was reviewed. All parameters were met.
Bills totaling $101,950.94 were approved.
Council appointments were approved.
Al Raether and Stanley Lesperance were approved to serve on the Board of Review.
Committee reports were given.
The 1990 snow plow/dump truck was sold to Roger Pellegrini who was the highest bidder with a price of $6,792.00.
Correspondence was read.
Comments were received. The Board of Review will start on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be held on February 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Copies of the City Council proceedings are available at City Hall during regular business hours.


Respectfully submitted,
Judith St.Juliana
City Clerk