By Janae Fear, staff writer
The Owosso City Council held a special work session meeting, Saturday, Feb. 20, in council chambers at city hall. The Council holds special meetings to address an issue more in depth than time allows during a regular council meeting. Attending the meeting were Mayor Ben Frederick, Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Eveleth, council members Lori Bailey, Burton Fox, Elaine Greenway, and Rob Teich along with City Manager Don Crawford, Assistant City Manager Sue Montenegro, City Clerk Amy Kirkland, and City Attorney Bill Brown. Council member Michael O’Leary was absent. Troy Crowe of Sheridan Auction Services and Kori Shook of Century 21 were also in attendance to serve as industry experts.
The city council decided to go forward with an online auction sale of approximately 25 city-owned, mostly buildable properties. The auction is proposed to be a 30-day online auction with the auction closing May 1. A flyer detailing the sale is expected to be in customer’s April utility bills.
Excluded from the auction will be city-owned properties in the Osburn Lakes Development. The city contracted with realtor Kori Shook in March of 2015 to market and list the remaining Osburn Lake properties. Shook has since sold three properties with one new stick-built home almost completed.