City Council to hold special meeting on Tuesday

MANISTEE — Manistee City Council has a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the council chambers at City Hall.

The meeting will take care of some unfinished business, starting with a new ordinance to temporarily opt out of the provisions of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.

This would be the second draft of the ordinance presented before council.

At its previous meeting on Jan. 15, council voted 5-2 to deny an ordinance to opt out of recreational marijuana facilities, providing a sunset date for it to expire on April 1.

However, city staff said this date would likely not provide enough time for public correspondence or to prepare any related documents, which were requested by council.

“I would request that council deny this ordinance and ask staff to bring back a revised ordinance that would include a sunset date of July 1,” city manager Thad Taylor said on Jan. 15.

Unlike the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, for a municipality to prohibit recreational facilities within its boundaries, it must opt out.

On Tuesday night, council will reconsider a new draft of the ordinance providing a sunset date for it to expire on July 1, unless modified before then.

The document reads: “The city hereby prohibits all marihuana facilities within the boundaries of the city, with respect to those facilities that may be authorized pursuant to section 6.1. of the act. This section does not prohibit marihuana establishments that may be authorized pursuant to Chapter 866 — Medical Marihuana Facilities.”

Two separate readings are required. If approved, it does not impact an individual’s ability to grow, use or obtain recreational marijuana, within the law.

Another item up for consideration is a PILOT ordinance for the proposed “Hillcrest Apartment Development.” On Jan. 15, council unanimously directed the city attorney to prepare a draft of the ordinance.

The Hollander Development Corporation plans to create “workforce housing” at the former Washington Elementary School property, located on Ford Street bordering Short Street and Third Avenue in Manistee.

The PILOT ordinance is for an annual services fee of 4 percent of the annual sheltered rents for up to 30 years. If approved on Tuesday, it could be adopted at the next regular meeting.

Council member Mick Szymanski was one council member that spoke out on the project.

“I think it’s a great thing for Manistee,” said Szymanski, at the Jan. 15 meeting.

According to Joe Hollander, of the Hollander Development Corporation, the development includes housing for up to 50 rental units.

Also up for consideration on Tuesday is a municipal services agreement for the Hillcrest Apartment Development, which would be in supplement to the PILOT ordinance.

The municipal services agreement provides that the developer must pay the city $200 per unit annually, increasing 3 percent each year for 30 years.

The minimum amount paid under the agreement is $14,048.09, which is estimated for the first year.

Contact Ashlyn Korienek at (231) 398-3109 or email akorienek@pioneergroup.com. Follow her on Twitter: @MNA_Ashlyn

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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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