The Manchester City Council has voted to rescind a motion they made at their last meeting regarding tax abatements for multi-family residential developments. The Council has amended the Urban Revitalization Plan to include a 100-percent tax abatement for the first five years and a 70-percent tax abatement for the second five years, with a sunset period of five years. This applies to new multi-family residential developments. It also covers renovations to multi-family residential developments (as long as the value increases by at least seven-percent on three or more units).
The City Council has also approved a change to the Code of Ordinances that adds the new Rental Housing Code. The Rental Housing Code has been discussed by the Council for over a year, with several meetings held with property owners in recent months.
The City Council also passed the first reading of an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances by adding scheduled fines for traveling on a barricaded street or alley.
And the City of Manchester presented two service awards Monday night to employees with the Manchester Police Department. Mayor Milt Kramer recognized Chief Jim Hauschild for 25 years of service and Jonathan Piersch for five years.