QUESTIONS about “How” the city of Owosso could allow development and expansion of an industry in a residential area of the city for 7 years without a Site Plan were raised to the City Council during Monday night’s meeting by resident Alberta Phillips.   “It cost me $22.44 for three pieces of paper after I filed a Freedom of Information request,” said Phillips, saying she had wanted to see all material the city had on Trebor Industries, LLC, (“Rack’em Stack’em), 434 E. Howard Street, which has a facility directly north of the Hickory Lounge, which is on Corunna Avenue (M-71).

She and other neighbors have gone to city council meetings the past few month to raise questions about streets being blocked by semis, large industrial racks being stacked up near their properties – and no obscuring fencing, as dictated by the City Zoning Code.

“Why” was the question to the council from others speaking, including a N. Howell Street resident who received a City Code Violation letter last summer for having a child’s swing in an area of his home’s yard – and being told he had 10 days to correct the violation, or he faced up to a $500 fine. That man also spoke Monday night, questioning “Why” the city was going to give the industry 30 days to work on violations – which were just cited after neighbors’ complaints – when he was given 10 days.

Phillips also questioned the city’s recordkeeping. The city’s consistency in Code Enforcement had also been questioned.

City Manager Don Crawford, who was hired more than 5 years ago, was not present. Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director Susan Montenegro, who began as an intern about two years ago and was named to the position after Adam Zettel left after about two years to become city manger of Swartz Creek, was sitting in for Crawford at Monday’s meeting. (Independent Photo/BILL CONSTINE)

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