Two public hearings were held at the Owosso City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 19 including a tax exemption certificate for the building at 300 W. Main St., and also an obsolete property rehabilitation exemption certificate for 344 W. Main Street. The 300 W. Main St. certificate is for real and personal property and includes the industrial portion of the brewery.
The 344 W. Main St. property will be historically renovated into nine apartments with approximately 8600 square feet of retail space. As soon as D.R. & H.P., LLC of Lansing receives federal grant money they are expecting a startup date to begin renovations in the spring of 2017. Both certificates were approved by city council.
Various streets were requested to be used by the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce for their upcoming Oktoberfest from Oct. 13 through 16 as part of council’s consent agenda which was approved at the meeting. Council approved a bid award to Duperon Leasing & Sales, Inc., for the purchase of two clarifier screening units with two matching washer/compactors for the WWTP in the amount of $216,775 with an additional $10,000 for installation contingencies. A purchase of a screw pump bearing assembly was also authorized from Lakeside Equipment Corporation of Illinois in the amount of $15,594 and also road salt was purchased from The Detroit Sale Company, LLC via the State of Michigan for 1,800 tons of road salt.
To meet state deadline, a special meeting was conducted by city council to ready the approval of the revised development agreement with Cargill, Inc. defining the responsibilities of Cargill and the City of Owosso in regard to Brownfield District #17, Cargill-Sunoco Roadway Project. This agreement was approved at the Monday meeting. Also approved was the bid award to Crawford Contracting, Inc., for the construction of a roadway and water main serving Brownfield District #17 in the amount of $1,621,311.07 contingent upon the receipt of all necessary approvals from the Michigan Strategic Fund and the execution of the deed for right-of-way dedication and water main easements from Sonoco Protective Solutions, Inc. Further payment will be approved to the contractor upon satisfactory completion of the project.
Council also discussed the approval to develop a plan to educate residents regarding the upcoming street bond proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot. The council will get the committee to promote the project established. Councilmen Burton Fox added about the proposal, “We may get back to gravel streets if this bond is not approved in November.”
The next scheduled meeting for the Owosso City Council will be Monday, Oct. 3.