Council to consider city-owned property sale

MANISTEE — Manistee City Council has a full agenda on Tuesday, with the sale of city property and a settlement offer with DTE Energy during its regular meeting.

On Tuesday, council will vote on the sale of lots 12 and 13, which are located in the Industrial Park. The sale runs for $16,200 per lot.

According to the city assessor, the price is based on $6,000 per acre. The purchaser is interested in constructing a facility to grow medical marijuana, and in the future, possibly pursue other medical marijuana licenses.

City council can vote on Tuesday, whether or not to sell the lots for a total of $32,400.

Also on the agenda, city council will vote on a DTE Energy settlement offer. The city owns and maintains a portion of the water system along Maple Road, within Charter Township of Filer, where numerous leaks in a DTE Energy operated gas main were reported.

DTE Energy installed Cathotic Protection where the pipelines cross, and offered to settle the issue for the amount needed. A Release and Waiver of Liability was approved by city attorney, George Saylor.

City council can vote on Tuesday to approve the Release and Waiver of Liability for consideration of a payment amounting to $32,715.21. Mayor Jim Smith and Michelle Wright, city clerk, would execute the documents, if approved.

City council will also put to vote on Tuesday an amendment for a development agreement for the South Washington Area redevelopment project between the city, City of Manistee Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, River Parc Place II LLC and North Channel Investors LLC.

The city approved a development agreement for the South Washington Area on Feb. 16, 2016. Since then, the developer changed the plan on the Edgewater building and elected to remove the two commercial spaces on the first floor, returning them to garage space.

All necessary local and state approvals are completed. The final step is to amend the development agreement.

During the meeting, city council can also approve depositories for city funds, as required by the city charter.

The finance director requests the following institutions be approved as designated depositories, Charles Schwab; Chemical Bank; Flagstar Bank; Honor State Bank; Huntington Bank; MBIA Michigan CLASS; PNC Bank; Shelby State Bank; UBS and West Shore Bank.

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

  • A resolution waiving penalty, fees and interest for failure to file a property transfer affidavit;
  • The State Tax Commission is requiring the city to have a Tax Exempt Parcel Review Policy to audit the tax exempt parcels. City council can vote on the draft policy;
  • City council guidelines policy updates, which were outlined at the Nov. 14, Organizational Meeting;
  • An amendment for council policy “CP-3 Sale of City Owned Property,” as proposed changes were made at the Nov. 28, work session;
  • Renewal rates for riverfront leases, as the current five-year riverfront leases expire on Dec. 31; and
  • Council appointments for various council committees, including the Council Personnel Committee.

A report will also be given by Jason Haag, with the County Prosecutor’s Office. Michelle Wright will give a report on the activities of the City Clerk’s Office, as well.

A work session will be held at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers on Dec. 12, on the FEMA Flood Plain Mapping, and the RRC process to “Identify and Prioritize Redevelopment Sites” and other such 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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