Council approves city-owned property sale in Filer Township

MANISTEE — After reviewing two bids, Manistee City Council authorized a city-owned Filer Township property sale during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

A bid from Dennis and Deanne Grage was unanimously approved at $6,712.18, for parcel no. 06-424-702-05 in Filer Township.

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

Also during the meeting on Tuesday, council approved at a vote 7-0, a proposal for real estate broker services. Four other applications were received.

City staff reviewed the four proposals, selecting Coldwell Banker ALM Realty and Associates, Inc., at a rate of 7 percent. On Tuesday, city council entered a one-year contract with Coldwell Banker ALM Realty and Associates, Inc.

A proposal was also approved from Coldwell Banker Commercial Premier for the sale of city-owned industrial properties, at rate of 8 percent for the total aggregate sales price. The city will now enter a one-year contract with Coldwell Banker Commercial Premier.

On Tuesday, city council unanimously approved the purchase of a one-ton pickup truck with service body for the Manistee Department of Public Works (DPW). The 2017-18 city’s Motor Pool budget includes the purchase.

Council authorized the purchase from Gorno Ford, Government and Fleet Sales at $42,861; the budgeted amount was $43,000.

Mayor pro-tem Roger Zielinski asked about the sale of city’s current truck, which will soon be replaced.

“The other vehicle has been taken out of service due to mechanical issues. We got that up for public bid right now due on Friday at 5 p.m.,” said Jeff Mikula, DPW director. “All of the revenue goes back into the Motor Pool fund.”

The first reading of an ordinance for sidewalks was also on the agenda for Tuesday; no motion was made on the agenda item.

Ordinance 18-04 Sidewalks would have repealed “Chapter 1024 Sidewalks” and amended “Chapter 674 Safety, Sanitation and Health,” by eliminating the current section and adding a new one.

The new addition outlined 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.

Two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cost estimate appeals were denied unanimously by council on Tuesday. The cost estimates were set at $20.78 and $68.83; Tom Rotta filed to appeal the costs.

“Staff supports denying the appeal finding that the determination of costs as contained in the FOIA worksheet is accurate and complies with the city’s publicly available procedures and guidelines,” stated Mayor Jim Smith, while reading the council agenda.

The following items were also approved on Tuesday:

• A Catamaran Racing Association of Michigan “Manistee Regatta” event held at 4 p.m. on Aug. 12. There will be about 20-30 catamarans, and up to 50 people involved in the event. The association will stay overnight at Douglas Park; and

• A request from the Manistee County Parkinson’s Support Group for April to be proclaimed as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

Also at the meeting, reports were made by Kenny Kott on the activities of the Manistee Recreation Association; and Chief Tim Kozal on the Manistee Department of Public Safety’s annual statistics.

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.


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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