2018-09-20 / News Briefs

In brief

Council OKs purchase agreement

SWARTZ CREEK – The Swartz Creek City Council has approved a purchase offer for 5256 Don Shenk Drive.

In an effort to eliminate blight, the city purchased the vacant, rundown house in a tax foreclosure sale in 2017, and subsequently improved the property with a new roof, flooring, appliances and fixtures, a finished basement and landscaping, among other accoutrements.

The city paid about $24,000 to acquire the property and made a substantial investment in improvements.

The purchase agreement lists a sale price of $134,900. The city may not profit from the sale so any funds received beyond the city’s costs must go back to the country treasurer. – L.R.

Council OKs flower shop lease

SWARTZ CREEK – The Swartz Creek City Council has approved a lease agreement with the owners of Lasers Flowers, 8002 Miller Road.

The city purchased the building that houses the flower shop for just more than $27,000 in June. Lasers’ owners had been renting the retail space in the building, which also includes a two-bedroom apartment upstairs, from the previous owner before the county seized the property for back taxes.

The City Council opted to buy the parcel to keep it from going to auction where an absentee landlord could acquire it and potentially neglect it.

After the city assumed ownership, city officials met with the tenants, who expressed a desire to purchase the property. Council so far is amenable to the prospect, but they want to make sure the building is up to snuff first.

Lasers will continue to rent their space for $800 per month while the city invests in upgrades. Costs will be rolled into the purchase price.

The city is prohibited from making any money off the deal, so any proceeds from the sale will go to the county treasurer. – L.R.

Burn permit authorized

SWARTZ CREEK – Although burning brush is generally prohibited within the city limits, the Swartz Creek City Council has authorized a burn permit for a resident in the 7300 block of Bristol Road.

According to City Manager Adam Zettel, the ordinance that prohibits burning was written for “a completely urbanized area … and it has a relief valve for those carryover agricultural parcels. We still have some 10-acre parcels here.”

According to the resolution, the property owner has a “substantial amount of brush on a large and open lot,” and burning is a “potentially preferred solution over curbside chipping.” – L.R.

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