REED CITY — Reed City Fire Department’s rebuilt Engine 3 will soon cruise along resurfaced pavement on South Chestnut Street.

On Monday, Reed City Council members voted on two separate projects to improve South Chestnut Street. The first approved project will improve a section controlled by Osceola County through Michigan Department of Transportation funding. The second proposed project is controlled by the city and is awaiting funding and approval from the Downtown Development Authority.

The council hopes the two projects can be completed at the same time with the same contractor, but because the funding is coming from two different sources, this may prove impossible.

Council members also approved $30,000 toward rebuilding the engine of Reed City Fire Department’s Engine 3 at Monday’s meeting. A committee will be formed to develop a long-term funding plan for repairing and replacing fire equipment.

The council also approved the installation of veteran parking at the Depot and City Hall. Council members considered designating the spots for Purple Heart recipients, but decided to expand the criteria to all veterans. While these spots will not be legally enforced, council members highly encourage community members to reserve these spots for veterans.

In other business, council members voted 6-0 in favor of:

  • seeking bids for ferric chloride for the wastewater treatment plant;
  • seeking bids for removal of trees on East Church Avenue;
  • seeking bids for sidewalk replacement; and
  • participating in 2016 Hazardous Waste Cleanup.