County Commissioners accept grant for environmental assessments

Osceola County Clerk Karen Bluhm, Commissioner Alan Tiedt and other commissioners accepted a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Brownfield Redevelopment Program at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners Committee of the Whole meeting. (Herald Review photo/Taylor Fussman)

OSCEOLA COUNTY — County officials hope to redevelop local property.

At the Osceola County Board of Commissioners Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, commissioners voted to approve acceptance of an $83,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The grant is to be used as part of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, which was created by commissioners in October 2006.

According to information from the county, the authority was created to assist in the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of property which may include the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

Community Developer Dan Massy said the grant will allow the county to do environmental assessments at four different sites; one in Marion, two in Evart and one in Reed City.

Massy explained performing environmental assessments of the properties will aid in their reuse by determining if there is the presence of any hazardous substances.

“The purpose is to get the environmental work done because when it’s marketed, whoever’s looking to purchase, that would be one of the questions they would have,” he said.

In other action from the meeting, commissioners approved the following items:

• Paying claims to the county in the amount of $59,456.85; and

• Reappointing Commissioner Jack Nehmer to the Osceola County Land Bank Authority with a term expiration of July 31, 2019.

The next Osceola County Board of Commissioners Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17.

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