The Manchester City Council held two public hearings at their meeting Monday night.
The first hearing was on the proposed vacation of the City alley between Shelly Park and the former Grumpy Bill’s in downtown Manchester. No one spoke against it. The Council approved the first reading, with additional readings expected at the next two council meetings.
The second public hearing of the night was a proposal to enter into a General Obligation Vehicle Acquisition Loan Agreement to purchase three pieces of equipment for the City police and public works departments, including a tractor, squad car and skidloader. Resident Jeff Ogden says the City always had money for these purchases in the past and questioned why a loan was necessary.
Ogden also shared his concerns on the proposed new city shop. The Council approved a proposal from Demmer Architecture for the shop’s plans. While the plans are downsized, Ogden feels the plans are not downsized enough – saying he believes an efficient shop can be built for less than a million dollars.
The Council is also moving forward with a proposal from Wes Schulte to purchase 501 Grant Street, setting a public hearing on the sale of the lot for March 25th.
Schulte would also like to build a multi-family development at West Marion and 9th Street near Dollar General. Knowing that the city is in need of housing, he is asking for a couple of incentives, including a ten-year property tax abatement. The Council will hold a work session next month to discuss Schulte’s proposal.
We’ll have more details on these stories in upcoming newscasts this week here on KMCH.