City to consider county-wide mutual aid agreement, multiple ordinances

MANISTEE — Manistee City Council has a full agenda planned for 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the council chambers of City Hall.

On Tuesday, council members will consider entering an automatic aid agreement with Manistee Township.

The City of Manistee Fire Department and Manistee Township Fire Department are asking to enter the agreement to voluntarily assist each other during emergencies.

Currently, each department will respond on a mutual aid basis upon request.

Both departments reportedly recognized the need for an automatic response, which will reduce response time. The agreement is specific to the fire apparatus response.

Manistee Township has signed the agreement.

“The benefits to each department are the additional resources that will be available at a critical incident,” stated chief Tim Kozal, Manistee Department of Public Safety director.

Also on Tuesday, council will consider a Manistee County Mutual Aid Agreement.

Currently, the City of Manistee Fire Department is a member of the Manistee County Fire Association. However, the association has recognized a need for a county-wide mutual aid agreement. The agreement is specific to the fire apparatus response.

The agreement is for emergent events, where assistance is requested for by a participating jurisdiction.

“The City of Manistee has been a part of county-wide mutual aid agreements in the past and wishes to continue this partnership,” stated Kozal, in a memo to Thad Taylor, city manager.

Another agenda item is a fire captain promotion, which Kozal will reveal more information about on Tuesday.

During the meeting, council will consider several ordinances.

There are two proposed changes to Chapter 663 Fireworks. The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act was amended in late 2018, to allow greater periods of time for cities to bar the use of consumer fireworks.

Currently, the City of Manistee has an ordinance that bars the use of consumer fireworks, except for those periods of time that Michigan law did not permit a city to regulate.

The agenda states that: “The proposed modification to the ordinance bars the use of consumer fireworks except for those days and times that the 2018 amendment to the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act does not permit the City to regulate. The penalty section for the ordinance is also changed…”

Two separate readings are required.

Two changes were also made to Chapter 662 Peace Disturbances.

According to the agenda, “Section 662.01 B.1. provides that being intoxicated in a public place, standing alone, is not a violation, but the individual must also be acting in a way that endangers the safety of someone, endangers property or is causing a public disturbance.”

The change conforms to the requirements of Michigan law.

However, “Section 662.01 B.15.” was added to provide that consumption of marijuana in a public place — other than an area identified by a private property owner — is prohibited.

“The ordinance is intended to make clear that it is not authorized in Manistee,” the agenda states. “The act is silent as to what penalty, if any, is imposed for violating the restriction against consumption in a public place. The ordinance makes it a misdemeanor to consume in a public place.”

There are also modifications to Chapter 606 Animals, with respects to dogs and cats. City of Manistee officers would be able to charge a state offense as a city ordinance violation.

As a result, “Section 606.5 D.” was added to prohibit dogs on city beaches, except between the piers at First Street Beach, and from the north end of Man Made Lake to the north end of the city beach.

This allows officers to ticket violators. Two readings are required.

Additional agenda items include the following:

• An ordinance to amend parts of Chapter 1482 Residential Rental Properties. The amendment clarifies which rentals must comply with the inspection requirement, and that the Certificate of Compliance issued after inspection terminates after three years, but is assignable to a new owner; and

• A proposed change to Chapter 1024 prohibiting walking dogs along the Riverwalk from the west end of the Manistee Municipal Marina to the west end of the Riverwalk. Bicycles, skateboarding and rollerblading are prohibited along all portions of the Riverwalk. This allows officers to ticket violators.

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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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