Council to vote on Chamber’s economic development contract

MANISTEE — Manistee City Council has plenty of old and new business to consider at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. in council chambers at Manistee City Hall.

Council members will consider a three-year agreement with an effective date of July 1 with the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, to provide economic development services to the city.

On Feb. 5, council members voted unanimously to consider the contract at a future meeting.

The proposed contract includes an annual payment of $20,000, scope of services and requires quarterly reports to council. There are various entities currently on board with the Chamber’s plan including Manistee County.

Also on Tuesday, council will consider two grant applications.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) notified the city of a new grant program that would assist with paving streets for communities with populations less than 10,000.

The maximum grant amount is $250,000 and a 50/50 match.

City staff has identified eligible street segments adjacent to planned construction. This application is for 2019 construction.

Council members will also consider an MDOT grant to pave city streets for 2020 construction. This grant is also for $250,000 with a 50/50 match.

During the meeting, there are several ordinance amendments that could be approved.

Two of the amendments enforce the already stated city-wide policies banning dogs on the Manistee Riverwalk and beaches, excluding the areas between the piers at First Street Beach and at Man Made Lake.

The first ordinance amendment modifies Chapter 606 Animals. City of Manistee police officers are able to charge a state offense as a city ordinance violation.

With that, “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.”

Violators will face a civil infraction.

Another ordinance amendment modifies Chapter 1024 Sidewalks and Riverwalk, prohibiting anyone from walking dogs on 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. Officers will also enforce violations as a civil infraction.

The following ordinance amendments will also be considered on Tuesday:

• 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.

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”;

• Two changes were also made to Chapter 662 Peace Disturbances. The change is required by state law, providing 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.”

Another section was added to provide that consumption of marijuana in a public place — other than an area identified by a private property owner — is prohibited; and

• An amendment to Chapter 1482 Residential Rental Properties, clarifying which rentals must comply with the inspection requirements. In addition, the “Certificate of Compliance” issued after an inspection terminates after three years, but is assignable to a new owner.

A work session is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 9 in the council chambers at City Hall, on the 2019-20 budget and capital improvement plan.

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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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