Council to consider multiple city vehicle, equipment purchases

MANISTEE — Manistee City Council has a long agenda planned for Tuesday, starting with several purchases for city vehicles and equipment for the Department of Public Works and city police.

Council will consider a purchase for a Ford Police Interceptor for the Manistee City Police Department on Tuesday.

Currently, the department maintains a fleet of police cruisers to effectively service the city. In an effort to replace cruisers that are reaching the end of their life cycles, the purchase of a 2018 Ford Police Interceptor at $47,401 was requested.

City council can approve the purchase on Tuesday, which will be made from Harold Zeigler Ford/ Emergency Vehicle Products.

Council will also consider a purchase for a 2018 Tandem Axle Snow Plow and haul truck (Cab and Chassis) from D and K Company at $110,246, and equipment from Truck and Trailer Specialties at $81, 3817 for the Department of Public Works.

Also on Tuesday, Manistee City Council will consider a medical marijuana facilities Zoning Ordinance Amendment on Tuesday night, following its approval from the Planning Commission on Feb. 1.

After several meetings of discussion, city council unanimously adopted a Codified Medical Marijuana Facilities Ordinance on Jan. 2, which follows the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act.

The ordinance allows state licensed medical marijuana grow facilities, processors, transporters and safety compliance to develop within city limits; however, provisioning centers are not included in the ordinance.

A public hearing was held by the Manistee Planning Commission on Feb. 1, where public input was sought on a proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment for medical marijuana facilities. No public comments were made on the agenda item.

The commission unanimously approved the Zoning Ordinance Amendment, and made a recommendation to council.

On Tuesday, council will do a second reading of the Zoning Ordinance Amendment, where it could be adopted. If approved, developers interested in operating medical marijuana facilities within the city must apply for several licenses.

A special use permit must first be approved by the Planning Commission, before developers can to go through the city’s application process and gain approvals from the state.

City council could also vote to approve a resolution for establishing an application and permit fees for medical marijuana facilities in the city. City staff recommended that council establish a fee for application for a permit, and application for renewal of a permit at $5,000.

Council members on Tuesday also will consider a Rural Business Development grant for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, which will be used to explore development options for their property located on the corner of U.S. 31 and M-22. If the grant funds are awarded, they will use it to support state funding for a comprehensive feasibility study.

During the meeting, Spicer Group requested that council consider a rental inspection contract, performing for the city rental inspection program at a three-year term that began on July 8, 2015. It ends on July 1, 2018, and can be renewed until Dec. 30, 2020.

The following agenda items will also be considered on Tuesday:

  • A resolution recognizing the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce as a nonprofit organization in Manistee, for the purpose of applying for a Charitable Gaming License through the State of Michigan;
  • A contract with Quality Maintenance Contractors Inc. to paint the secondary Digester Cover, for the lowest bid of $95,216. Spicer Group analyzed all three bids and decided with the city attorney that Quality Maintenance is a fair price;
  • A Local Revenue Sharing Board grant application for FEMA Grant Matching Funds at $11,466; and an application for an Evidence Locker System at $7,555;
  • Designating Michigan Planners as agent of record for medical, dental, vision, life and disability benefit for city agent/broker services; and
  • Applications for several boards and commissions, including: Mary (Teena) Kracht for the Historic District Commission; Michael Szymanski, Andy Amstutz and Lani Rozga for the Parks Commission; Rochelle Thomas and Michael Szymanski for the Planning Commission; and Glenn Zaring for the Zoning Board of Appeals.

A council work session is scheduled for March 13, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, on a Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center, ambulance billing for city residents, USRDA applications and other business.

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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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