by Karen Mead-Elford, co-editor
A special assessment for Phase 2 of improvements to Oliver Street was unanimously adopted by Owosso City Council after a public hearing at the council meeting on Monday, Sept. 18. Part of the assessment process will now entail that the city obtains bids. Estimated assessment amounts could be adjusted to reflect actual costs after the bids are received. The work to be done on Oliver Street from Oak Street to Gould Street will include water main relocation, street reconstruction including new curbs and gutters, new catch basins, manholes, ADA sidewalk ramps at intersections, and new pavement.
Citizen comments included Tom Manke, of Owosso Township, expressing his gratitude to the city for all of the recent positive events, and stating that he is “tired of people telling him how dangerous Westown is.” Manke explained that he believes that Westown has often received an undeserved negative perception in the area. Council member Dan Law agreed with Manke about Westown, sharing that it is “a truly great part of town.”
Randy Walter, on Mason Street, who previously approached the council at the Tuesday, Sept. 5 meeting over his pet ducks purchased as a form of therapy for his girlfriend, also talked to the council Monday evening. He was seeking clarification regarding the ducks. He was assured that city attorney William Brown has been directed to formulate legal guidance regarding the issue of therapy animals.
Mayor Eveleth expressed enthusiasm at seeing the old chamber building on Water Street being demolished, contributing the ongoing Owosso Armory project to the vision of SRCC President/CEO Jeff Deason. Council member Lori Bailey elaborated on the apparent success of the Owosso Historic Home Tour that brought in so many people from out-of-town. Mayor Pro Tem Sue Osika, in the spirit of continuing good relations with other Shiawassee County communities, asked everyone to share the word on Corunna’s upcoming McCurdy Festival, planned for Thursday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 1. McCurdy Festival, replacing the Corunna Apple Festival, is hosted by Corunna Parks & Recreation.
A Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Workshop, the first of two, is planned for Thursday, Sept. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in council chambers. The Owosso Planning Commission is seeking community input. The intent of the workshop is to inform the community about the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. An ordinance will be required by the city council authorizing the type(s) of license(s) allowed if it is decided any of them are acceptable.