Council undecided on Reed City Tool variance request

REED CITY — Members of the Reed City Council are waiting to hear more information on a Reed City Tool expansion project before approving a 10-foot variance on South Savage Street.

Company owner Rod Weck addressed the council at Monday’s meeting and said he has purchased the lot on South Savage Street in December because there is no room on the current site for expansion. Currently, he is working on upgrading the road leading into the business and the company’s parking lot because it is inadequate for their growing needs and is in disrepair. He said his final plan is to construct a 20,000 square foot building on the South Savage Street lot, but needs a variance of 10 feet to provide him with enough space.

Though council members were supportive of the expansion and the possibility to bring additional job opportunities to the city, council members said they would like more detail about the project and would like Weck to look at the possibility of additional road paving near the business. More discussion is expected to take place at a future council meeting.

In more business, the council tabled a motion to accept a bid to demolish the house located at 420 East Todd St., which succumbed to a fire. City manager Ron Howell said the city received four bids, but he recommends placing the motion on hold until an investigation can be done concerning a possible lien on the property.

Also, the council discussed its leasing agreement of the Reed City Depot to the Reed City Chamber of Commerce. The chamber pays a rental fee of $100 per month, and Howell said chamber director Suzie Williams has asked for the lease to begin after a mistaken year-long gap was discovered.

Members approved a motion to renew its lease of the depot with the Reed City Chamber of Commerce for six months, collect one year’s pay for the 2012-2013 year, and research the amount of expenses and revenues for the chamber’s previous year.

In other agenda business, the council:

• authorized obtaining bids foe ferric chloride for waste water treatment,

• approved the drafting and of a renewal contract with Chase Township for fire services starting Aug. 1.