Grant allows for police snowmobile enforcement

REED CITY — The Reed City Police Department will receive more than $1,000 from a Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant to help fund a snowmobile law enforcement program. The grant was accepted by members of the Reed City Council at a meeting on Nov. 17.

The MDNR grant states the police department will receive "a sum of money up to 85 percent of the total eligible cost of snowmobile law enforcement related activities, operating expenses and contractual services, supplies and materials, but not to exceed $1,053."

According to city documents, the grant will run through April 30 of next year. Funding will help cover law enforcement on the state-designated trail system and other public land, in addition to supplies, materials, personal gear, first aid kits, purchase of equipment, parts, electric items or repairs.

In other business, council members approved a motion to comply with law regarding van-accessible handicap parking spots in a one-block area. Four new spots will be created. Council members also discussed removing the bump-outs along Upton Avenue to make way for more handicap and common parking spaces.

Also during Monday's session, council members:

  • Approved a motion to allow the fire department to apply for grants to fund new radios.
  • Approved a motion to obtain bids for preventative maintenance on digester blowers at the waste water treatment plant.
  • Appointed Brad Taylor to the Downtown Development Authority board and plan to search for two additional candidates to replace Karen Wright and James Thompson, who were not re-appointed.
  • Tabled action concerning the approval of giving a warranty deed to the Reed City Area District Library for the property on Chestnut Street.