City council meeting slated for later date

MANISTEE — Due to a lack of a quorum, the Manistee City Council could not take action on any items at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Council members Lynda Beaton, Mark Wittlieff, Roger Zielinski and Erin Pontiac were not in attendance. Leaving Mayor Jim Smith, Dale Cooper and Chip Goodspeed in attendance.

Thad Taylor, city manager, was not in attendance, but Ed Bradford, chief financial officer, sat in his place.

Smith said, due to the unforeseen circumstances, a notice will be released with the new scheduled date promptly on the city’s website.

“We need to figure out what the other council members have scheduled,” he said. “We will put out a notice soon.”

Despite the lack of a quorum reports were still given, Shawn Middleton, of Spicer Group, informed the council on the status of the wet weather corrective action plan, which will eliminate the last combined sewer overflow. The Notice of Intent Resolution, in one or more series, was on the agenda.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) NPDES permit that ran effective Jan. 1, of this year.

A Notice of Intent Resolution is the first step before the bonds can be issued. This is a 20-year sewer separation process, the MDEQ requires a process to be fulfilled.

Goodspeed, council member, asked Middleton about adding Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) Lining in the city, which has been used in the United States for the last 35 years. Middleton said this is guaranteed to be installed in the future.

“It will happen,” Middleton said. “It gives you a matter of 50-100 years of life out of that pipe. That seals infiltration off, and we will absolutely be doing that.”

During the meeting, two reports were given from the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce’s President Stacie Bytwork, and the Manistee County Historical Museum and Historic District’s Mark Fedder.

Fedder, executive director of the Manistee County Historical Museum, said the museum has had a successful year so far. He added the Historic District Commission has seen a lot of progress in the city, as well.

“I am involved with a number of the projects,” he said. “I have approved about eight different signs for the Historic District… I have also approved five different paint coloring repairs on the buildings; that’s part of routine maintenance, so I am doing that as well.”

Bytwork shared information about the results of the chamber’s 2017 Manistee National Forest Festival. She said, according to MEDC “Pure Michigan” study, more than $3 million was provided to the city from visitors, attendees.

“Each visitor that comes into our area spends about $142 per visit,” she said. “If you take the 25,000 calculated visitors that’s over $3 million contributed by the community for that festival. So that’s a huge impact.”

A work session is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 12, with a discussion on sidewalk ordinances and programs, sale of city-owned property CP-3 and other business. The slated council meeting date will be announced this week.

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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 akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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