City commissioners approve change to Hanchett deed restriction

Mark Gifford and members of the Big Rapids City Commission spoke Monday about the future of the former Hanchett property. (Pioneer file photo) 

BIG RAPIDS — After several months of discussion regarding the future of the former Hanchett property, city officials are one step closer to having the land redeveloped.

During a work session at the Big Rapids City Commission meeting on Monday, commissioners approved a set of documents amending deed restrictions on the Hanchett property, which sits at the corner of State and Pere Marquette streets, to allow the land to be used for more than industrial use.

City Manager Mark Gifford said commissioners also requested a completed listing agreement for the sale of the property at the next meeting.

Also during the meeting, commissioners approved:

• A bid for the sale of an “as is” 2001 Ford F-150 extended cab from Kevin Cushway for approximately $1,000;

• A resolution requesting the state legislature repeal the Fireworks Safety Act, 256 PA 2011, which legalized the sale and use of consumer fireworks and restricted the authority of Michigan municipalities to regulate and ban the use of fireworks;

• A resolution electing the Michigan Municipal League Liability and Property Pool’s Board of Directors; and

• Mayoral appointments to the Property Maintenance Board of Appeals of Donna Schmidt and Gordy Telfer, who were both reappointed to a full term ending October 2021.

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