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Posted on: January 20, 2016

City of Plymouth 2016 Goals - Update 9/1/16

Plymouth City Commission
August 2016 Goal Update

1) Resolve Last Issues Regarding Dissolution of Plymouth Community Fire Department Agreement (Primarily Pension issues)

Goal Champions: Dalton, Dwyer, Pobur
In order to move this goal along, the City of Plymouth developed a formula to apply to outstanding legacy costs and then, in collaboration with the Township Supervisor, we applied to formula to fire department retirement related health care costs. In mid-June, the parties reached a resolution regarding outstanding debt for all related health care claims made by the Township prior to December 31, 2015. On June 20th the City Commission unanimously passed a resolution to pay the township $303,558.22 related to that negotiated agreement. The Township approved the same resolution on July 19 and provided us the executed agreement on July 21st. The debt has been paid

We believe that we have an agreed upon formula to cover future health care costs. The Township has requested that we make those ongoing payments into the Township MERS account and the City team is reviewing that request to determine if it is in the best interest of the city. Once agreement is reached on that last health care matter, we will move forward productively in negotiating an agreement regarding pension costs.

2) Work Collaboratively with Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex (PARC) organization, the Plymouth Canton School Board, and the greater Plymouth Community to continue the repurposing of Central Middle School into a high quality Arts & Recreation Complex.
Goal Champions: Dalton, Deal, Dwyer
Commissioners Dalton, Deal and Dwyer have met twice with Don Soenen from PARC to open communications and determine ways we can work together to make PARC a success. Our City Commission goal champions have been invited to attend the PARC Board of Director's meetings to further open lines of communication and collaboration. As a result of our meetings with Mr. Soenen, and collaboration with City Administration, we have increased nighttime police patrols in the back PARC lot.
We will also provide contact information to the PARC Board of Directors when we determine a road-paving vendor for this summer's street repair program so that PARC may potentially use that same paving vendor to pave their parking lot.
City Parks and Recreation Administrator Steve Anderson has worked collaboratively with Mr. Soenen to make improvements to PARC swim class scheduling and registration, which our Parks & Recreation Department now handles for all swim classes at PARC.
Commissioner Dalton is leading an effort to bring a Plymouth Chapter of Boys & Girls Club to PARC. The Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb County has performed its due diligence and concluded that the PARC property would be ideal for a club location. The next step is securing funding to pay for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb County to run the program and we are working with local businesses to fund the project. Commissioner Dalton is working with the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and several community leaders to meet and secure funding in fy 2017.
And lastly, on June 18th five members of the City Commission participated in a "City Commission Day of Service" at the PARC and engaged in a hands-on public service projects and learned more about the PARC itself from members of the PARC board of directors. .
3) Developing a succession plan for the city’s key employees, especially considering the long tenures of many of our senior staff.

Goal Champions: Deal, Pobur, Valenti

Discussion with the City Manager regarding Succession Planning and identifying transition strategies has begun. The city continues to invest time in training and developing current staff members to assure that in the unexpected absence of a department head, staff members are ready to temporarily step up. By department the Commissioners will be learning more to understand some of the processes already in place. The plan is to compile this information in some form of chart or formal document for the City Commissions better understanding.

4) Develop funding plan for future capital improvements.

Goal Champions: Pobur, Wolcott, Wright
Goal eliminated by Commission vote on August 15th
5) Work collaboratively with the DDA, community leaders, and other organizations to plan for Plymouth’s 150th Birthday in 2017. This includes obtaining funding for new Kellogg Park Fountain and Kellogg Park upgrades.
Goal Champions: Deal, Wolcott, Wright

Celebrating Plymouth’s 150th Birthday has been divided into a two-step process:
1. Kellogg Park Fountain Upgrades
2. A Citywide Celebration

Kellogg Park Fountain Upgrades
Additional fundraising for the project has begun in earnest. With the large donation now securely in place we have turned our focus on developing a strategy to supplement the remaining efforts through individual, group, and business donations. An online presence, along with marketing materials, and a series of events beginning this fall will be rolled out in the coming weeks. Updated drawings will be ready now in August to present to the necessary boards for their approval, beginning with the DDA. If all goes to plan, the construction is targeted to commence after the Fall Festival in mid- September. The Kellogg Park/Fountain Renovation Project presentation is posted on the DDA’s website at

A Citywide Celebration
Plymouth’s 150 Birthday Celebration is being planned. Recently, the city signed a contract with Street Marketing, a reputable marketing company, who will assist in the organization and implementation of events. Several celebrations are being planned to invite the community to learn more about the project and how they can be involved. A tentative date of mid-September has been set to announce and “kick off” the project. Landscaping designs for the park are being completed and expected to ready for approval end of August.

Goals added by Commission vote on August 15th
6) Work collaboratively with the DDA and other boards related to parking issues Including, but not limited to, the expansion of parking in the Downtown.

Goal Champions: Dwyer, Wolcott and Wright

Parking is the number one issue that is being studied by the Downtown Development Authority, the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and one of the biggest issues facing the City Commission. We appreciate the work performed by the DDA and the Chamber on this issue and we are committed to collaborating with them on working through this issue. It is important to understand where we are at with parking today and what actions we are taking to address the issue. These actions include the following:

1. Way-finding signs: Way-finding signs have been added to direct motorists to additional public parking throughout downtown.

2. Quadrant Map: A Quadrant Map for employee parking is being developed in collaboration with restaurant owners and downtown merchants to help direct employees to outer lots (public and private) where parking inventory is greater.

3. Parking enforcement: We will continue to elicit feedback from the business community on the 11pm enforcement time, adjusting as needed until we find a time most amenable for merchants, visitors, and residents alike.

4. Additional parking: We have secured several public-private partnerships where employees can park without being ticketed at the behest of the property owners.

5. Fleet Street Reconstruction parking. Employee parking has been secured at the Christian Science Church parking lot and the PARC lot during Fleet St. construction, which is scheduled to begin September 12 and continue for about six weeks.

6. Paid parking: The DDA is in the very beginning stages of reviewing the possibility of implementing paid parking throughout downtown. No decision has been made; many more meetings and input from the business community, residents, and other communities who have done it successfully is still to come. The DDA Parking Committee recently recommended, and was subsequently approved by the DDA board, for DDA staff to move forward continuing to research costs, and best practices should we decide to pursue paid parking at some point in time.”

7. The Saxton lot. The DDA has issued a RFP for a parking development on the Saxton lot. Three bid have been returned and the DDA is evaluating the same. The goal is to eventually have a public / private development on the Saxton property which will include a public parking component.

7) Develop an Ordinance to help address and preserve the City's Tree Canopy.

Goal Champions: Dwyer, Dalton, Valenti

In the summer of 2016, members of the Plymouth community attended the various commission meetings held at the local parks and voiced their concerns over the removal of trees by property owners, who, are buying smaller homes, removing the homes and trees and building larger homes. Through this discussion, we have looked at several ordinances from other communities where the issue presented itself. The Commission has made it a goal to address the issue quickly and therefore, has created a subgroup to meet with the Planning Commission to draft an ordinance that meets the needs of the community and preserves the ability of property owner to build their homes within the community.

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