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December 4, 2013 Ways and Means Agenda

December 4, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Administration Building - Board Room
220 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan

I.  Roll Call
II.  Citizen Participation
III.  Commissioner Follow-up to Citizen Participation
IV.  New  Business

A.  Land Use & Environment

1.    Water Resources Commissioner

a.  Copper Meadows Drain Project Full Faith and Credit

  • Pledging Washtenaw County's limited Full Faith & Credit for payment of bonds
  • For the Copper Meadows Drain Project
  • In an amount not to exceed $460,000
  • To construct a reinforced concrete outlet control structure, storm sewer piping, manholes, riprap and associated work.
  • To drain watersheds of Copper Meadows Drain to a receiving channel north of North Territorial Road
  • Bonds will be retired through special assessments against the following:
    - Dexter Township - 35%
    - County of Washtenaw - 2.1819%
    - Property Owners in Drainage District - 62.8181%

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at Board

b.  Pleasant Lake Improvement Project (Resolution) (Board of Public Works Resolution) (Freedom Township Resolution)

  • Directing Board of Public Works to undertake a Lake Improvement Project for Pleasant Lake in the Township of Freedom
  • Estimated cost of $260,000
  • Cost of project covered through establishment of a special assessment district of all benefiting properties, as required under Act 185
  • Five year lake management project
  • To control invasive and nuisance species
  • Includes yearly aquatic herbicide applications, permitting activities, water quality studies, and other tasks
  • Township of Freedom passed resolution requesting the assistance of Washtenaw County and Washtenaw County Department of Public Works

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at Board

B.  Public Safety & Justice

1.    Trial Court

a. Peacemaking Court Grant (Grant Application)

  • Ratifying the submission of a grant application
  • To the State Court Administrator's Office (SCAO)
  • For the period of October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014
  • First time grant to allow parties in a dispute the opportunity for increased understanding and tailored solutions that better meet their needs and the needs of their community
  • To reduce recidivism and give youth a diversionary option to avoid a record that can preclude future educational and employment opportunities
  • To develop more durable and tailored solutions in domestic relations and family cases that result from a clearer understanding of the different perspectives or "truths" of all those involved
  • For a total program of $150,000
    - Federal Revenue: $150,000
    - County Match: $0
  • Indirect costs are not eligible for reimbursement under this grant

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at Board

C.  Support Services

1.    Office of Infrastructure Management

a. Resolution of Intent to Create a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program in Washtenaw County (Resolution) (Program Documentation)

  • Approving a Resolution of Intent to create a Property Assessed Clean Energy Program in Washtenaw County
  • With the PACE District comprising the geographical boundary of the County
  • To provide innovative financial options for proposed energy projects that will save energy, water or install renewable energy to commercial, industrial and multi-family properties
  • Eligible property owners within the PACE district may obtain financing from a private lender to complete certain energy projects on their property, which is treated as a special assessment district
  • The special assessment district is senior to any existing private liens, therefore the district can only be created with the permission of the property owner, the project lender and any other pre-existing lenders
  • If a property owner defaults on the payment of the special assessment, it would be treated as a delinquent property tax and handled by the County Treasurer as part of the delinquent tax process
  • Any projects greater than $250,000 require the Contractor to guarantee the energy savings from the project
  • No taxpayer money will be used to establish the PACE Program or District or to administer it once it is created


V. Report of the Administrator
VI. Report of the Chair of Ways & Means
VII. Report of the Chair of the Board
1. Update from Public Health
VIII. Items for Current/Future Discussion
IX. Pending
X. Adjournment

January 22, 2013
Board Room
220 N. Main St.,
Ann Arbor
6:30 p.m.

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