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Latest city council meeting

Latest city council meeting

Lowell city council had their latest regular meeting at city hall on Monday, Jan. 7. The meeting lasted 46 minutes and was attended by nine citizens. Accountant Peter Haefner of the Grand Rapids accounting firm Vredeveld Haefner presented the results of the most recent audit of city finances. He gave Lowell city finances “a clean

opinion.” According to the audit report, “We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities, the business type activities, the discretely presented component unit, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the city of Lowell. [...] Assets exceeded liabilities by $19,820,685 at the close of the most recent fiscal year [June 30, 2018].” A full copy of the audit report is available to the public by contacting city hall.

The council authorized signatures for the various people permitted to interact with city bank accounts. Those people include mayor Michael DeVore, and mayor pro-tem Greg Canfield, city manager Michael Burns, city treasurer Suzanne Olin, deputy city treasurer Lori Gerard and police chief Steve Bukala. The council passed a resolution that will pave the way for the city to finally install way finding signs downtown.

“The attached agreement is necessary for the installation of the way findings signs that will be installed in the next few weeks, as well as our installed and activated electronic speed signs on Main St.,” said city manager Michael Burns. “Due to both the way finding and electronic speed signs being installed on M-21, or E. and W. Main St., MDOT controls the right of way. In short, this agreement allows the city to install and maintain the above signage.” The council set the dates for two upcoming public hearings. The first is to solicit public input on creating an “industrial development district” in order to give King Milling a tax credit so they can comfortably continue their expansion. This public hearing will take place at the next regular council meeting on Jan. 22.

“Remember, this is a two step process,” Burns said. “The first step is to create the district. They have to come back for the abatement. The second public hearing, also to take place at the Jan. 22 regular meeting, will be about the city’s potential involvement in MDOT’s Small Urban program. According to the MDOT website, the program “provides federal Surface Transportation Program funding to areas with a urbanized population of 5,000 to 49,999.”

“The maximum award amount is $375,000 in federal funds for road construction, which does not include any engineering costs,” Burns said. “As part of this, the city would need to provide a 20 percent match to that construction cost. Monroe from Fremont to Avery is federal-aid eligible

and able to participate in this program.” Lowell city council’s next regular meeting will be at city hall at 7 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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