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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


Plymouth City Commission

End of Year 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.

 

Thereafter, the Township filed a lawsuit against the City for the balance of payments for the health care and pension.  The new Township Administration indicated that they wish to withdraw the suit, enter into a tolling agreement and work the next six months to resolve the issue.  A proposed tolling agreement is on the City Commission’s January 16th agenda for approval. We are working toward a resolution.  


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 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 ended his effort to bring a Plymouth Chapter of Boys & Girls Club to PARC. While 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 funding for the program was not received.

The Commission continues to support the PARC and we look forward to the community update presentation at PARC on January 19, 2017.

 

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

During the last 12 months some progress has been made in this area.
The City Finance Director is soliciting applicants for the position of assistant director. He has also asked the City's auditor to introduce any suitable candidates.
The City Manager has continued to develop his department heads.His request of each to present "the rest of the story" during Commission meetings has been an excellent opportunity for the Commissioners to better know these individuals and to develop confidence in their ability

 

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 park upgrades.
GoalChampions:Deal,Wolcott,Wright

Kellogg Park Fountain Upgrades

On December 6, 2016 we held the final in a series of community forums to discuss the new fountain design for Kellogg Park. It was a robust and very respectful conversation where many different viewpoints on the fountain design were shared. Ultimately a recommendation and decision to move forward with the more traditional style fountain emerged from the group by a 9-7 vote. The DDA formalized that recommendation at their regular December meeting on December 8th, voting unanimously to proceed with the more ‘traditional’ style fountain. The entire community got an opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions on the fountain project and based on considerable amounts of feedback, we believe everyone walked away satisfied with how open and inclusive the dialogue was.

 

The next step is to allow the landscape architect and fountain designer to finalize the drawings and for the city to develop the critical path for demo and construction. The Kellogg Park renovation project has been split into two phases. The first phase focuses just on the new fountain, and the second phase will focus on the remainder of the park. That second phase conversation will happen with the greater community at some point in 2017 to get as much public input as possible before moving forward with any additional improvements. Kellogg Park is one of the jewels of Plymouth and the goal all along has been focused on making improvements to the park that will sustain its beauty and welcoming appeal for generations to come.

 

Timeline for demolition of the current fountain and construction commencement will largely depend on the weather over the next several months. The initial goal was to have the new fountain operational by the summer of 2017, in conjunction with the city of Plymouth 150th birthday. Considering we are now in mid-January that has become increasingly more challenging. The construction schedule needs to take into account a number of factors that make it difficult to determine exactly when we will be able to start and finish.

 

 

A Citywide Celebration

Plymouth's 150 Celebration is being planned for the weekend of July 4th. Family activities programming is anticipated to begin starting June 30th culminating with the cities Good Morning USA 4th of July Parade. Concerts, a 5K run, a picnic and other family fun events are all being finalized. A calendar of the weekend’s events should be out by the end of February. 

 

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 as we work to continually improve parking conditions throughout the City.  It is important to understand where we are at with parking today and what actions we have taken over the last several months to address an ever-growing demand on our limited public inventory.   These actions include the following:

 

1.         Way-finding signs: Way-finding signs have been added to direct motorists to additional public parking throughout downtown. In addition, stickers have been added to signs around town, with Parking Time Limits and Enforcement Hours for clarity and consistency.

 

2.         Quadrant Map: A Quadrant Map for employee parking waas developed in collaboration with restaurant owners and downtown merchants to help direct employees to outer lots (public and private) where parking inventory is greater. For those merchants and restaurant owners actively encouraging this shift, they have seen a positive response in their employee’s compliance.

           

3.         Parking enforcement: After considerable discussion and feedback at both the DDA and City Commission, the City Commission adopted new enforcement hours for all Public Spaces: 9A-9P Monday – Saturday. This was a compromise between those who held strong views on 8P and on 10P enforcement, respectively.  Positive feedback from merchants, visitors and residents now there is a consistent and reasonable enforcement timeframe in place.       

 

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.  Project Complete – Employee parking was secured at the Christian Science Church parking lot and the PARC lot during Fleet St. construction, the project was a resounding success thanks to great communication with merchants and residents, and collaboration between the DDA, DMS and the City on the construction execution.

 

6.         Paid parking: The DDA is continuing to review 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 recommended the DDA go out for RFP to inquire on the full cost to manage a paid parking system. The DDA reviewed that recommendation at their November Board Meeting and determined we should continue seeking information via a formal RFP on the costs to implement and run a system – Not on the actual implementation at this point in time. Conversations will continue in earnest in 2017.

 

7.         The Saxton lot.  The DDA has issued a RFP for a parking development on the Saxton lot.  Three bids were returned and the interviews of each of the submitting parties will take place in late January. The DDA approved partnering with the City’s Planner, Carlisle/Wortman,to help craft a standardized interview and evaluation criteria template that will be utilized in determining which developer to partner with on the project. The goal is to eventually have a public / private development that is in line with the city’s master plan and ordinances on the Saxton property, which will include a significant public parking component.

 

 

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

Goal Champions: Dwyer, Dalton, Valenti

The City Commission did not approve a recommendation from the Planning Commission to enact a six month moratorium on any removal from trees on public or private property because that measure seemed excessive. The City Commission did approve a new .4 FAR zoning ordinance at the first meeting of 2017.  While this is not specifically a tree ordinance, it is anticipated that the ordinance may result in somewhat smaller homes being built or fewer home demolitions.  As a result, we expect to experience a reduction in the number of residential lots with a clear cutting of trees.

 

 



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