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Chamber now at City Hall

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Clare City Manager Ken Hibl told the Commission Monday night that the Clare Chamber of Commerce is moving to City Hall this week. They will be located on the second floor until offices in the renovated Depot building become available. “The move should be complete by the end of the week,” Hibl said. He added that the former downtown office has been leased by a Wells Fargo Bank financial advisor.

With nine Tax Tribunal appeals coming up filed by four Clare City property owners, the City Commission voted Monday night to hire Sandra Hamilton and Ingrid Jensen from the firm of Clark Hill of Grand Rapids to represent them with two of the property owners at a rate of $250 per hour.

City Attorney Jaynie Hoerauf will represent the city for appeals filed by Walgreen’s and Brookwood Springs, LLC, but because of a conflict, she cannot represent the city for appeals filed by North Ten and the combined JDM Investments and JD Metalworks.

JDM Investment and JD Metalworks are petitioning for a reduction of $612,674 in taxable value on four parcels, all listed at 635 Industrial Drive.

North Ten LLC, at 429 N. McEwan, 520 Industrial Dr. and 555 Clare Industrial Parkway, is petitioning for a reduction in taxable value on the three parcels totaling $311,423.

Brookwood Springs LLC, at 235 Dwyer Street is petitioning for a reduction of $323,600 on one parcel and Walgreens at 1141 N. McEwan is petitioning for a reduction of $33,969 on personal property for the tax years 2010 to 2013.

In a 3-2 vote the Commission narrowly approved a proposal to solicit the services of Gordie Fraser and Associates as engineering firm to develop a bid package for development of the City’s proposed recreational complex (soccer fields) on the south side of the City. Commissioners Bob Bonham and Jean McConnell voted against the motion.

The facility would be developed in stages with $100,000 in funding from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (from the 10-year recreation millage approved by voters) and approximately $235,000 through City bonding for the first stage of the project. The bond proposal was approved at the June 2 meeting.

In other matters:

*The City Commission also voted Monday night to purchase an additional aerator for the Waste Water Treatment Plant at a cost of $12,000.

*Also approved was an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City and Clare Public Schools to place a wireless connection point on the top of the City’s municipal water tower and connect the antenna to the RESD’s fiber optic network cabling. The new wireless connection point will improve video surveillance of the Brookwood Athletic Complex.

*The Commission voted to retain Dan Whalen of Williams and Works for professional consulting services related to the Hatton Township Landfill.

*In his City Manager’s Report, Ken Hibl told the board that pending bid closure dates have been set for the new industrial park project – July 11, and the Colonville Road project – July 18. He said he is hoping bids can be presented to the Commission July 21.

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