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Moratorium placed on 11th Street construction

Published 10:27pm Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A temporary moratorium on construction permits for the South 11th Street corridor was enacted this week by Niles City Council.

Action came Monday night after a closed session on property acquisition and a personnel matter.

City Administrator Ric Huff said Wednesday that the move relates to a joint study with Niles Charter Township that is complete, but not yet presented, which is expected toward the end of June.

Huff said the intent is to avoid further non-compliance cluttering contemplated corridor improvements until the study can be reviewed and zoning aligned, then the moratorium would be lifted.

Monday’s action

• Approved Greater Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce’s request to use a portion of Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport property to conduct fireworks, contingent upon approval from the Airport Board.

• Approved Ferry Street Resource Center’s request to hold the annual Niles Heritage Day Reunion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14 in Plym Park.

• Granted a request from The Real Life Church to hold mid-week services and recreational activities for children in Riverfront Park every Wednesday night from June 13-Aug. 29, 5:30-8 p.m., with reserved volleyball courts.

• Approved Niles Burn Run Committee’s request to hold its annual event at the Riverfront Park amphitheater and in downtown Niles July 14-15, with exclusive use of the city parking lot and reserve officers.

• Accepted a $4,000 proposal from SCI Alarm of South Bend to purchase and install a badge access system for the water filtration plant.

• Accepted a $4,667 quote from Wesco of Aurora, Ohio, to purchase a 34.5 kilovolt switch for the Westside Substation.

• Set a public hearing for 5:55 p.m. June 25 for input regarding vacating a portion of Union Street, as requested by Niles Westside Seventh-day Adventist Church. David Mann abstained because he belongs to the church.

• Approved an easement with American Electric Power for .25 acre along the water’s edge of the St. Joseph River next to Bond Street and authorized Mayor Michael McCauslin to sign.

• Approved a METRO agreement with SMR Communications Inc. of Niles to extend its fiber network.

• Relocated the Second Ward/Second Precinct polling place to Eastside Connection School at 315 North 14th St., effective immediately.

• Paid the $20,000 annual membership to the Southwest Michigan Economic Growth Alliance.

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