City of Au Gres discusses park pavilion, cannabis sewer connection

AU GRES—During the City of Au Gres’ city council meeting earlier this month, City Manager Dale Wiltse presented a proposal for the repair of the City Park Pavilion, outlining an estimated cost of $225,000.

The proposed renovation plan, to be handled by Morton Buildings, encompassed structural enhancements, electrical and lighting upgrades, gutter and downspout installations, and fencing improvements.

Following some suggested modifications to the plan, such as additional garage doors and changes to the entrance door, the council voted to award the repair contract to Morton Buildings.

Glorious Cannabis director of operations Mike Ozerajtys addressed the council, seeking permission to connect their facility to the city’s sanitary sewer system. Ozerajtys explained their septic tank had malfunctioned, and state authorities were requiring them to address their wastewater discharge.

Council considered potential environmental impacts, sewer system strain and annexation possibilities. It decided against allowing Glorious Cannabis to tie into the city’s sanitary sewer system.

During the Aug. 1 meeting, it was noted that Verizon Wireless wanted to re-negotiate terms of its current contract with looking to de-commission some towers. Currently, the city’s contract with Verizon is a monthly payment of $1,155.87 and 15 percent increases every five years.

City Council is against the re-negotiated contract due to decrease in revenue, noting that AT&T’s current payments were significantly higher.

After an executive session discussing manager Wiltse’s performance evaluation, council approved a wage increase for the city manager of $3,000 and a $6,500 performance bonus.