Metal fab business on the move

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Clare City Commissioners unanimously approved the sale of 2.74 acres in the Clare North Industrial Park Monday evening. The property is just east of Gateway Refrigeration.

City Manager Ken Hibl said Seth Sharp will be moving his metal fabrication business, which now employs 11 into a 9,000 square foot building there. “I expect he will be expanding again soon,” Hibl said.

Sam Eberhart (center) and Chad Michels (right) were honored by the Clare City  Commission Monday for ten years of service to the Department of Public Works and Clare Fire Department respectively. They are show here with Clare Mayor Pat Humphrey.

Sam Eberhart (center) and Chad Michels (right) were honored by the Clare City Commission Monday for ten years of service to the Department of Public Works and Clare Fire Department respectively. They are show here with Clare Mayor Pat Humphrey.

The per-acre price of $10,000 is mandated as part of the $2.6 million Economic Development Agency grant which was used toward the development of the park. The $27,000 purchase price will be used to further develop the new park and other industrial properties in the City, Hibl reported.

The City Planning Commission have their approval September 13. Construction is planned for this fall and next spring.

The City got another unexpected “windfall” of funds with a gas and oil lease renewal on City property recently. The funds, $46,396 along with funds budgeted for the City’s 2011 MidMichigan Community Action Agency loan payment will allow the City to pay off the MMCAA loan balance of $51,698.13, City Manager Ken Hibl reported.

The MMCAA issued the $109,000 loan to the City in 2011 to assist with the relocation, and rehabilitation of the historic Clare Railroad Depot. The payoff will save the City about $4,800 in interest, Hibl said.

The City Commission approved using the funds to pay off the MMCAA loan early.

During his report to the board, Hibl update them on the progress of City projects.

He said that “West Seventh Street is complete except for asphalt.” He said the paving will be done during the same time as Beech Street and John R. He said the John R. Street sidewalks and water main replacement is complete, and that Beech Street is done except for the asphalt and driveway approaches.

He added that the Ann Arbor Trail project is ahead of schedule. The water main installation and pressure testing, curb and gutter are now complete and the first lay of asphalt is down on the roadway.

The Airport Taxiway construction is underway, he said and scheduled to be complete at the end of October. He said the irrigation system is being installed by Thielen Turf at the new Sports Complex, with the well pump and VFD equipment expected to arrive this week. He added that the gravel parking area is near completion.

Other business at Monday’s Clare City Commission meeting included:

*Recognition of Firefighter Captain Chad Michels for ten years of service as a volunteer firefight and officer of the Clare Fire Department.

*Recognition of Assistant Fire Chief and Department of Public Works employee Sam Eberhart for ten years as a member of the Clare DPW as a heavy equipment operator.

*Approval of the reappointment of Darren Acton, Glenda Carmoney and Angie Cozat to the City Planning Commission for another three years.

*The approval of bills totaling $161,092.27.

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