No public comment at 425 hearing


IMLAY CITY — Despite not being awarded a grant to help cover a portion of the costs with the M-53 sanitary sewer project during the 2023 grant cycle, officials have decided to move forward with some of the work yet this year.

Recorded minutes of an update meeting held with Spicer Engineering late last month details the plans for work to be done before the end of this month.

According to the minutes, despite having been told they did not qualify for financial assistance during this year’s grant cycle, Imlay City DPW Supervisor Ed Priehs, “feels there should be no problems with the State and grant funding, but does feel it is important that the project start in 2023.”

Orange construction barrels line M-53 and snow fence is around a hole on the east side of M-53 where boring underneath the highway will be taking place before the end of the year.

The DPW Supervisor sent an email on November 29 of the meeting minutes, to advise several department heads including the City Manager and Chiefs of both the Fire and Police Departments of the impending work.

Priehs also recommended, “stored materials and some of the scope of completed work be billed towards the (overall) project.”

The minutes went on to show that Boddy Construction will be doing a majority of the work including excavating for boring sites. A subcontractor was scheduled to bore 110 feet of line underneath the roadway at the intersection of Third St. and M-53 during the week of December 4.

Additional boring is planned for the next two weeks along M-53 up to Fourth St.

The published minutes say, Boddy Construction will start sanitary sewer work at the east end of a manhole described as “MH16” and continue west.

Working around the city’s WinterFest event, when all construction areas were to be safely secured, the goal is to have all work for 2023 completed by December 22. No work was permitted on the day of the festival.

In other city commission news at their meeting last week, the board held a public hearing for the pending 425 property transfer agreement between the city and township.

The hearing lasted all of five minutes, due to no one from the public showing up to express opinions during the advertised hearing.

The township will be conducting a public hearing yet this month and it is expected, barring any major snags, the agreement between the two entities would be signed before the end of the year.

In the proposed deal, although no money is being exchanged between the two entities, the city has said they could be looking at an investment of around four million dollars for bringing city utilities to the property including sewer and water.

City officials have said the property would be known as the Imlay City Expansion Project for use as an industrial park. Officials say the city’s current industrial park is at capacity.

According to a letter from the city’s attorney detailing the terms and conditions of the potential agreement, the document states in part, “After the transfer of the property to the city, the city agrees to provide all city services to the property in the same manner and subject to the same conditions and limitations as are applicable to other city residents.”

The document went on to state, “the term of the agreement is for a period of 50 years. Upon the termination of the 50 year period, the property shall be permanently within the jurisdiction of the city.”

The letter from the attorney also pointed out during the agreement, Imlay Township, “shall be paid four mills on taxable value of the transferred property as of December 31, 2023.”

The document concluded with a paragraph that in part states, “the city’s obligation is limited to 20 water and/or sewer taps in any given year, but in no event will the total amount of taps exceed 200 over the term of the agreement.”

For more information on the agreement and attorney letter, residents can contact their local branch of government.