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The City Commission is made up of seven residents who then elect a mayor to lead the meetings and perform other ceremonial functions. Members of the City Commission may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms of office. City elections are generally held in the "off year" cycle of national and state elections. Generally there are four seats on the Commission that are available at each election. City Commissioners are elected at large on a citywide basis.

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City of Plymouth
2016 Goals

June 2016 Goal Update

1) Resolve Last Issues Regarding Dissolution of Plymouth Community Fire Department Agreement (Primarily Pension issues)
Goal Champions: Dalton, Dwyer, Valenti

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 has yet to vote on a corresponding resolution because they have not had a scheduled meeting.  

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. 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 has lead 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.  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

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.

Plymouth City Hall

201 S. Main
Plymouth, MI 48170

Ph: (734) 453-1234
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