City to consider budget amendment, contract agreements

MANISTEE — The Manistee City Council will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the council chambers, with several contract agreements on the agenda.

Council will consider a request to reduce the size of the Manistee Brownfield Redevelopment Authority from seven members to five. Currently, it has a seven member board requirement.

The Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, MCL 125.2655 and the Brownfield Authority bylaws both indicated that the size of the board “shall be not less than five or more than nine members,” a city council document states.

The Brownfield Authority has five members and two vacancies, right now. While the clerk advertised empty seats, no applications were received.

As a result, the board has not been able to meet a quorum. The Brownfield Authority Board passed a motion at its June meeting requesting council to reduce the size of the board.

Also during the meeting, council will consider a five year agreement with Top Line Electric, LLC to serve as the city’s automation controls contractor of record.

The city issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a controls contractor of record on June 4. Two applicants were received. A committee reviewed each one, and it was recommended that Top Line Electric, LLC be approved.

Two additional contracts could be approved, on Tuesday.

Council will consider a five year agreement with Custom Sheet Metal and Heating, Inc. to serve as the city’s HVAC contractor of record, as an RFP was sent out on June 4. Two applicants were received, as well.

“The city’s contract with its HVAC Contract of Record, Custom Sheet Metal and Heating, Inc., expires June 30. They have been the city’s ERC since 2008,” Jeff Mikula, Department of Public Works director, stated in a memo to council. “The city has been satisfied with Custom’s performance in the past and has no concerns with their work or service.”

Also, council could approve a five year contract with Personal Plumbing to serve as plumbing contractor of record. Two applicants were received, in response to the city’s RFP.

Personal Plumbing was deemed to be the best fit. Mikula said they have been with the city since 2010.

“Personal Plumbing is familiar with the city’s infrastructure,” stated Mikula, in a memo.

A budget amendment for the 2017-18 fiscal year-end on June 30, will be considered by council. Manistee is required by state law to make sure actual expenditures do not exceed budgeted amounts.

The following adjustments are included in the budget amendment:

• General Fund – finance/treasurer: An increase of $7,500 is required; restructuring resulted in a new hire at a higher wage;

• General Fund – police; overtime was more than anticipated. An adjustment is required for an increase of $8,000. For vehicle gas, an increase of $2,500 is also required;

• Local Street Fund – preservation street projects: An increase of $138,000 is required, as local street work was added;

• Municipal Street Fund – trees: An increase of $4,000 is required for the costs of tree planting higher than anticipated;

• Refuse Fund – contract fees: An increase of $12,000 is required. This covers the cost of recycling container pulls at the center;

• Capital Improvement Fund – city council video system: An increase of $200 is required, as costs were higher than expected.

The annual Manistee County Homeward Bound Animal Shelter Strut Your Mutt fundraising event held Sept. 16 on the Riverwalk, could also be approved. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m.

Shawn Middleton will also report on the activities of the Spicer Group on Tuesday, and respond to any questions.

A work session is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 10, regarding the DC pension plan, River Street refuse and MEDC Redevelopment services, and other 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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