City to consider property sale in Filer Township

MANISTEE — Manistee City Council will consider the authorization of a city-owned property sale on Tuesday, as two bids were received for property located in Filer Township.

In January, bids were noticed for five surplus city owned-properties, which are sold “as is” by a Quit Claim Deed.

The following bids were recently received for parcel no. 06-424-702-05 in Filer Township, at a minimum bid of $3,800:

  • Amanda Thomas at $2,051;
  • and Dennis and Deanne Grage at $6,712.18.

On Tuesday, city council will consider authorizing the marketing and sale of the parcel to the highest bid, which was Dennis and Deanne Grage. This will also authorize the city attorney to prepare paperwork for Mayor Jim Smith and Heather Pefley, city clerk, to sign.

Also in January, a request was made by the city for proposals calling for real estate broker services. Four applications were received by Feb. 16.

City staff recently reviewed the four proposals, selecting Coldwell Banker ALM Realty and Associates, Inc., at a rate of 7 percent. On Tuesday, city council will consider entering a one-year contract with the real estate broker service.

The city also has industrial properties for sale, in which one proposal was received from Coldwell Banker Commercial Premier at rate of 8 percent for the total aggregate sales price. Council could also approve a one-year contract with Coldwell Banker Commercial Premier for the sale of city-owned industrial properties.

Also during the meeting, council members could approve the purchase of a one-ton pickup truck with service body for the Manistee Department of Public Works.

The 2017-18 city’s Motor Pool budget includes the purchase; a quote was received from Gorno Ford, Government and Fleet Sales under a contract at $42,861. The budgeted amount was $43,000.

City council could approve the purchase for the F350 pickup and service body on Tuesday.

An ordinance for sidewalks is on the agenda for Tuesday; city council will consider Ordinance 18-04 Sidewalks, which repeals “Chapter 1024 Sidewalks” and amends “Chapter 674 Safety, Sanitation and Health,” by eliminating the current section and adding a new one.

According to the council agenda documents, the new addition provides maintenance of the area between gutter-line and line of lots abutting city streets, renumbering certain sections and modifying language for snow, ice removal from sidewalks. The city attorney has prepared the revisions.

A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeal is also on the agenda from Tom Rotta; an estimate was developed at $65.83.

Rotta is appealing that cost.

Also at the meeting, reports will be given by Kenny Kott on the activities of the Manistee Recreation Association; Chief Tim Kozal will report on the Manistee Department of Public Safety, as well.

A city council work session has been scheduled at 7 p.m. on March 13 at city hall, on ambulance billing for residents, USRDA application information, a medical marijuana provisioning center and food trucks.

 

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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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