City council authorizes sale for city-owned property

George Saylor and Thad Taylor during the meeting on Tuesday. (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

George Saylor and Thad Taylor during the meeting on Tuesday. (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

MANISTEE — The Manistee City Council had a full agenda on Tuesday night, with the approval of several appointments and an authorization for the sale of city-owned property.

Council member Chip Goodspeed was not in attendance.

Appointments for a Historic District Study Committee were approved at a vote, 6-0.

In response to discussion at a work session on June 13, under the Local Historic District Act the city can review Manistee Commercial Historic District boundaries and determine if changes are needed.

The Historic District Study Committee had to be selected to move forward with the process. Denise Blakeslee, Steve Harold and Maureen Barry were approved for the committee.

Council members questioned the number of members on the committee, and asked more about the process.

“This is the first step in the process,” said George Saylor, city attorney. “We felt eliminating the historic district is not an option.”

The sale of surplus city-owned property was approved, 6-0, in several vacant lots. The Planning Commission determined at July 6 meeting, the property should be offered for sale.

One parcel located in Filer Township has been identified, along with the Renaissance Park and industrial properties in Manistee Township.

“I want to thank staff for working diligently on this,” said council member Mark Wittlieff.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the city council approved, 6-0, the installation of a private water well for Morton Salt Company. The current well is failing and needs to be replaced.

Morton has requested a new well located near Fifth and Ramsdell streets, used for a non-potable process water within the plant.

“I hope we approve this today and keep Morton Salt in business,” said Wittlieff, before the official vote was made.

The following agenda items were also approved on Tuesday:

  • An amendment to the Manistee and Charter Township of Filer agreement for the collection and treatment of wastewater, effective April 12, 2016, was approved, 6-0. Filer officials have been informed that due to federal regulation an agreement must contain a provision. An amendment to the agreement will change the language of Filer’s financing to satisfy requirements.
  • A Grapes on the River event to be held from 4-8 p.m. on Aug. 12, hosted by the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber requested barricades and no parking signs in place at 5 p.m. on Aug. 11, as River Street between Water and Pine streets must be closed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 12.
  • A Manistee Community Run for Special Olympics on Sept. 11, through downtown to First Street, ending at the Lion’s Pavilion at First Street Beach. They requested a police car to lead the group.

Citizen comments were made after new business closed. Glenn Zaring, resident, asked city council to consider other methods for recycling in the city.

“I use the recycling services at least once a week,” Zaring said. “It seems every time I go up to the recycling center the bins are full… I would just like to suggest that we look at some alternatives.”

Other comments were made by council members. Lynda Beaton, council member, made a comment about citizen concern with over-grown shrubs in the city.

“I’ve had some citizens contact me about shrubs and low hanging branches on the sidewalks,” she said. “That is the responsibility of the homeowner.”

Several city organizations and departments gave reports during the meeting on Tuesday.

Blakeslee reported on activities of the Planning Commission, and on the activities of the Planning and Zoning administrator. Several council members thanked Blakeslee for her services.

In addition, Xavier Verna update council on the activities of the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts.

The next city council work session will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8, at City Hall on the recycling center, traffic speeds on First Street, ways to address streets faster, blight ordinance/procedures and other business.



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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