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Community Improvement Commission Recommends 3 Rebates

May 4, 2011

05-05-11 Members of the Community Improvement Commission met on Wednesday, May 4th to consider three requests for rebates on projects.

Paul and Nickie Weidner from Yoder’s Sports, Inc. at 218 North Michigan Street is planning on a new roof on their building.   Cost estimate for the project was $13,567.00.

Brian Bartlett from Pizza Bill’s at 222 North Michigan Street is also looking at a new roof on their building.   Cost estimate for his project is $15,612.00.

An Davis from Harriett’s Closet at 110 North Michigan Street was the final request.  Davis is planning on a new awning on the existing awning frame at the store.   Estimated cost of the project is $1,397.00.

All three requests were recommended for approval for a 20% rebate and passed unanimously.   The recommendation will be presented to the City Council at their next meeting on Monday, May 9th.

Board member Jeff Jones questioned whether roof replacements ought to be considered for rebates.   Brent Martin said he felt getting new roofs on the old buildings downtown was one of the most important things they could do to preserve them.

There was a general discussion about the proposed revisions to the Community Improvement Ordinance, including whether there should be a maximum project rebate and if so, what that amount might be.

Cub Reporter


5 Responses to “ Community Improvement Commission Recommends 3 Rebates ”

  1. John J Oliver on May 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    CC wrote:
    “This process was set up to benifit the rich at the expense of the poor”. And “I am against any of my tax dollars being giving to rich downtown property owners.”

    Quite a consiracy theory!

    In fact there are no property taxes….or any other tax…used for these projects. The money is interest earnings from UDAG funds granted to the City of Plymouth from the hospital contstuction financing. The City controls and invests $2 million and it receives investment proceeds from another $1 million placed in a permanent endowment fund with MCCF.

    I invite you to listen to Monday’s “What’s Your Opinion” show. City Clerk-Treasurer, Toni Hutchings, will be my guest. I’ll ask her to explain the program and funding in greater detail.

  2. CommonCents on May 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Can we have the names of those on the “Community Improvement Commission”?

  3. reader on May 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Dear common cents,
    Why does this become a class envy issue? If you really have been paying attention, it is interest on a principal amount that may or may not be available. This committee reviews and assigns an approval to be forwarded to the City Council. This is not an us v them issue. Holy moley, solid structures are the only ones that will be filled with retailers!

  4. ryanripley on May 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    @CommonCents: The Community Improvement Commission uses the interest earned on grant money to fund these rebates. No tax dollars are used by this program.

    Many of the downtown property owners employ city residents and pay a variety of business related taxes that we all benefit from. Helping out with 20% of their roof repair costs using interest on a grant does not take advantage of anyone, and helps to preserve our downtown.

    –Ryan Ripley

  5. CommonCents on May 5, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Councilman Chuck Ripley looks like a pretty smart guy right now. He was the only councilman to question this process. And so the mad rush for downtown property owners to get “theirs” begins. What about all of us other taxpayers who also need to repair their properties with no help from the City? I am against any of my tax dollars being giving to rich downtown property owners. They can afford these repairs. They just see an opportunity to get us to help pay for them. This process was set up to benifit the rich at the expense of the poor.