City Council to consider multiple agreements on Tuesday

MANISTEE — Manistee City Council has a full agenda featuring new and unfinished business to be held to a vote on Tuesday, including multiple agreements and appointments with the city.

A request was sent to council from River Parc Place II LLC for a zoning amendment in coordination with Section 514 for parking, bike parking and sidewalks. It was introduced at a regular meeting on July 5 and could be adopted on Tuesday.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday, council will consider city appointments to the Sands Park Control Board. The City of Manistee and the Manistee School District started an agreement on July 16, 1951, for the operation of Sands Park.

Currently, no positions on the control board are filled. During the meeting, city council can appoint one full-time city employee and one council member to the Sands Park Control Board.

Multiple agreements will be discussed on Tuesday, as well. A five year agreement with IT Right is on the agenda for network and information technology consulting and support services.

The city uses a contractor of record to provide IT consulting and support services, but the agreement with the current contractor, IT Right, expired on June 30. This agreement would renew the relationship on updated terms for five years.

Another agreement with the Huron Tackle Company will be considered, to manage and remove fish waste from the fish cleaning station at Douglas Park First Street Beach.

Council will consider a two year contract with Huron Tackle Company for $6,000 per year.

The following agenda items will also be put to a vote on Tuesday:

  • A request from the Manistee Golf and Country Club at 500 Cherry Street, for a parcel split to sell surplus land for potential building sites;
  • A Gas and Brass event held at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 2. The group would park their cars on River Street by the water fountain for the public to view;
  • Vacancies on the Board of Review, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Parks Commission, PEG Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals were recently advertised. Rachel Brooks will be considered to continue her spot on the DDA. All appointments by Mayor Jim Smith are subject to the council’s approval;
  • The Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan (MERS) is holding the 2017 annual conference on Sept. 21-22. A delegate must be appointed to vote on the city’s behalf. Ed Bradford, finance director, will be considered for the position; and
  • Two events held by the DDA in the downtown area from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Aug. 18, called “TGIF Manistee.” The events will boast entertainment, sidewalk sales and vendors.

Reports will be given by Shawn Middleton on the Engineer of Record, and Rick Mohr will report on the activities of the Manistee Utilities Department.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.


Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or

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