City to hold brownfield public hearing Monday

Commissioners could go paperless with tablets

BIG RAPIDS — A public hearing on the adoption of establishing a brownfield redevelopment authority will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, during the Big Rapids City Commission meeting, at City Hall.

“The hearing will give the residents a chance to share their comments and thoughts to the board about a redevelopment authority in the city,” said Mark Gifford, director of the Big Rapids Department of Public Works.

After the public hearing, city commissioners will consider adopting the brownfield resolution during general business. If the commission adopts the resolution, the city could have a fully-operating brownfield authority by December.

“Commissioners will decide if creating a brownfield authority is the direction the city wants to head toward,” Gifford said. “Once they approve the resolution, commissioners would appoint the members to the authority at a later time to get the folks on the board.”

Other items on the agenda include approving tablet use, purchasing tablets for commissioners, and a resolution approving a governmental contract with Mecosta County on technological services.

“We have an inter-local agreement with the county for technology,” Gifford said.

If commissioners approve the contract, it would still require county approval. Gifford believes the contract will serve taxpayers well by eliminating duplicate programs in the county.

“We have an excellent team and a collaboration with the county would be a win-win for everyone,” Gifford said.


Posted by Lonnie Allen

Lonnie is the Pioneer's city/county reporter. He also coordinates the Gardens and Growers page. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8328 or by e-mail at

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