Negaunee City Council to consider former Wastewater Plant property resolution

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council will consider measures related to selling municipality’s former Wastewater Treatment Plant at 251 County Road 480 during its first regular meeting of the year at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Negaunee Senior Center.

The council will consider a discontinuance resolution for the property, in accordance with Article XIII of the city charter and schedule a public hearing on Feb. 14 to hear objections.

The charter requires the resolution, if approved, to be published “not less than once a week” for four weeks after approval, allowing residents to submit objections to the city in writing up until the time of the public hearing.

If the resolution is approved, and the required steps outlined in the city charter have been fulfilled, city staff is authorized to sell the property, City Manager Nate Heffron said.

“Upon conclusion of that timeframe, the city has the authority to auction off that property,” Heffron said in a phone interview Tuesday. “With appropriate public notice.”

The resolution goes hand in hand with a public hearing related to amending the city’s zoning ordinance, as recommended by the city’s planning commission, Heffron said.

The property would be rezoned as industrial – along with several adjacent parcels if the second reading of the ordinance is approved on Thursday. It would also include the rezoning of two parcels on the North side of Maas Street from residential to business.

The first reading of the zoning ordinance amendment was approved at the council’s December meeting.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.