| 2 min read | by Doug Marrin |
City Council Decides Whether or Not to Enter Purchase agreement for MAVD property
Dexter City Council decided last night whether or not to enter into a purchase agreement for the MAVD property for possible purchase and use for the construction of a new fire station and sheriff substation.
The council voted 6-1 in favor of entering the purchase agreement with Mayor Keough being the “no” vote.
What this means
It does not mean the City is purchasing the property, which would signal a final decision has been made regarding a new fire station. A final decision has not been made. Remodeling the current fire station is still an option.
“This purchase agreement is basically signaling interest in the property,” council member Zach Michels explained. “It means we’re serious. We want to talk and sort out the terms. They (MAVD Group) hits the pause button on making the property available to anyone else.”
The lot is located on Ann Arbor Street at Meadowview across from Mill Creek Middle School with a price tag initially estimated to be $544,283. The 2.38 acre parcel meets the minimum requirement of 2 acres for a new fire station.
The City will put $10,000 earnest money down to hold the property and have until mid-July to make a final decision before losing that deposit.
The MAVD property is the last available piece of land within the city limits where a new fire hall, which is required to be built within city limits, could be built. All other options have been eliminated by size, price tag, or code restrictions.
“We didn’t spend any money here tonight,” Zach added to emphasize the fact this purchase agreement was not a binding contract.
Another fire hall townhall is in the works
“That was hands down, the worst presentation I’ve ever sat through,” council member Paul Cousins said of the townhall the City recently held to get public input on a new fire station. Council members agreed.
Council members agreed that while the information presented was good, accurate, and appropriate, for a townhall setting where public feedback was being sought, the format it cluttered, confused and diffused attendees.
Council members still feel they haven’t heard enough from the public and want to host another townhall with a different format with concise information as to the two options on the table and then listen to what people have to say about it.
A specific date has not been set yet but council is expecting to get it set for the first part of June.
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