Sewer agreement, recycling center move approved by city council

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MANISTEE — Manistee City Councilmembers approved a list of measures at the latest council meeting Jan. 21, including an agreement with sewer systems and to move recycling operations from the Recycling Center on Glocheski Drive to Manistee Catholic Central.

Council unanimously approved a sewer revenue bond for $4.7 to remove a final existing combined sewer overflow in order to be considered compliant.

Roger Zielinski, Manistee mayor, said the city is subject to a state permit requiring the city to have what is known as a wet weather corrective action program (CAP) to remove the last combined sewer overflow.

“This requirement and progress towards completion has been discussed many times at past council work sessions and meetings,” he read to the audience at the meeting. “A notice of intent resolution was approved by council on Aug. 22, 2017 for the issuance of debt to finance the needed activities to comply with the CAP. No referendum petitions were filed so the city can proceed with issuing additional debt.”

Zielinski said the Series 2020 bonds, which fund Phase 1A and Phase 1B of the overall CAP, are being financed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“The approval of the bond authorizing ordinance is necessary to authorize and proceed with the bond sale,” he said.

As previously reported by the News Advocate, Manistee has invested nearly $40 million to eliminate raw sewage discharges to the Manistee Lake in the last 30 years. The city closed 18 combined sewer overflows, however, it still faces infiltration and inflow problems.

Council also approved the move to enter into a sanitary sewer service agreement with Manistee Township and authorized the mayor and city clerk to execute the agreement.

“The city has negotiated a sanitary sewer service agreement with Manistee Township,” Zielinski said. “It was approved by the township at their December 2019 meeting. The agreement was negotiated over a several year time frame and comprehensively addresses city sewer services being provided in Manistee Township.”

The move was approved unanimously. The talks had been in progress for about five years, but had not been finalized, Zielinski said.

More details will be published in an upcoming edition of the News Advocate.

City council also approved a recycling center agreement with Manistee Catholic Central schools.

“The city currently operates a recycling center along Glocheski Drive in the city’s Industrial Park. Changes in the commodities market for fiber products has increased the refuse expenses by $16,000 per year,” Zielinski said.

He said the city’s staff has been exploring opportunities to reduce costs.

“Manistee Catholic Central (MCC) has agreed to host the city recycling center. The city would reduce fiber tipping fees by $16,000 and MCC will receive new revenue from a program with Packaging Corporation of America.”

Councilmember Erin pontiac asked if Jeff Mikula, director of the Department of Public Works, could clarify whether the entire recycling operation would be moving to MCC. Mikula said everything in place at the center will be relocated to the school except for brush collection services.

Other items that were approved are as follows:

• The Manistee City five-year Recreation Harbor Plan.

• Purchase of election tabulator and a budget amendment to cover the cost. Due to the increase of absentee voters, the clerk has found a need to purchase an additional tabulator.

• The Wertz Warriors snowmobile ride was approved to utilize city streets for a snowmobile ride for a fundraiser for Special Olympics. The event will take place on Feb. 4, with the riders expected to arrive around 2 p.m. and depart two hours later (from the city limits on Red Apple and Cherry roads to behind Manistee High School to the Moose Lodge).

• Entering into a service agreement with the Manistee Downtown Development Authority for enhanced and accelerated services for the upcoming year.

• Vacating Olga Street “from midway block between Eighth Street and continuing to the remaining portion of the entire block of Olga Street between Ninth Street and Tenth Street.”

• Entering into an amendment to the site lease with New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC for space at the Industrial Park water tower to accommodate cellular telephone antennas and related equipment. The company wants to add a generator to the site and expand the leased premises. The amendment would increase rent by 6.5%, bringing annual rent to $39,488 with a 2.5% escalator.

• Applications to boards and commissions. Council approved an application for the Board of Review, term ending Dec. 31, 2022. Angela Tabor was approved. There was one vacancy to the Parks Commission, term ending June 30, 2020. Christopher Rowe was approved. There are two vacancies to the Historic District Commission with one term ending Feb. 28, 2021 and one ending Feb. 28, 2023. Debra Greenacre and incumbent Lee Trucks were approved.

City Council’s next work session is slated for 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 in council chambers.

Further details on the motions passed by Manistee City Council can be found in an upcoming edition of the News Advocate.



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