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The BRA meets quarterly on the first Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. We also meet as needed at the request of property owners or developers when they have projects with tight construction schedules.
The City or the DDA can also undertake public utility and infrastructure improvements in the vicinity of a Brownfield redevelopment project, such as water main extensions, sanitary and storm sewer replacements or upgrades, street improvements (repaving or improving), streetscaping (street light upgrades and planting of trees), construction of waterfront parks and river-walks, construction of public marinas, parking structures, etc. The prerequisite for receiving public financial assistance for doing building or public infrastructure improvements is that there is private investment that will create jobs and will generate future tax revenues that will support Tax Increment Financing.
For example, if the current property tax of a blighted or a contaminated, or partially empty building in our Downtown is $1,000 per year, and the future tax of the property once redeveloped into storefronts and apartments is $4,500 per year, the BRA can “capture” the difference between current and future tax, the $3,500, and give that amount back to the party that paid for the redevelopment work. It is important to remember that the current tax of $1,000 paid by the property owner will continue going to the various taxing entities; the taxing entities do not lose any tax. Only the incremental (new) tax is used to reimburse redevelopment expenses. Once the redevelopment expenses have been reimbursed, all property taxes (current and future) go to the taxing entities for many years into the future.
2. The BlueFish restaurant is an example of redevelopment support provided by the BRA in collaboration with the City and DDA for the recruitment and startup of the restaurant. The property is a Brownfield because of the presence of contamination and the historic nature of the building. Therefore it qualified for use of Federal funds for the environmental due diligence done by the BRA on behalf of the new owners.
3. The former Golden Apple building on 334 River Street was the recipient of a Brownfield redevelopment grant awarded to the BRA by the MDEQ to clean up contaminated soils under the building, remove old automotive service equipment, replace oil stained floors and demolish a portion of the building. In addition to managing the grant work, the BRA also helped the new owner to secure a Brownfield tax credit, and created a Brownfield TIF plan to reimburse some of the owner’s redevelopment expenses.
4. The BRA used funding from two Federal grants to study the environmental issues at the Iron Works property to determine the extent and costs of the remediation needed to redevelop the property. As recently as 2013, the BRA also completed asbestos and lead paint surveys as part of the preparation for the opening of the Iron Works Café.
5. Since 2008, the BRA has facilitated the redevelopment of sections of the former General Chemical property, initially for the development of the Rieth Riley bulk material and asphalt storage facility. The BRA secured a large grant and loan from the MDEQ for the remediation of the contamination at the site, and for the preparation of the property for the bulk material storage facilities and the docking of the freighters. A Brownfield TIF plan and a Renaissance tax abatement plan were also created to defray some of the substantial private costs. The BRA will now be working with the new owners of the northern portion of the General Chemical site as they are planning its redevelopment.
6. On behalf of the City of Manistee Housing Commission, the BRA managed the demolition of the blighted buildings at the former Manistee Plating property on 6th Avenue and the remediation of this contaminated property. Through a grant we received from the State of Michigan, the BRA procured a local contractor to demolish the blighted buildings that contained asbestos and lead paint, remove the contaminated soils and other material, and prepare the property for future redevelopment by the Housing Commission.
7. With several grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the BRA has conducted environmental assessments and remediation plans at more than 30 properties all over the City, to assist developers and new owners in dealing with the environmental challenges at their properties. Examples of these properties are the Bookmart, the Hokanson buildings, and the former Chippewa Hotel lot on River Street, the Hotel Northern and North Channel buildings on Washington Street, the former General Chemical (it is now Rieth Riley) and the Van’s Auto properties on State Street, the Rodeway Inn and the former Joslyn sites on US-31, and the Century Terrace and Harborview properties on 6th Avenue, among others.
Misconception ONE: “Brownfield is a contaminated property”. As such, property owners are concerned about the stigma of owning a “polluted” property and they are also concerned that they may be liable for the contamination. First, a property may be a Brownfield because it has a lot or very little contamination. But, it can also be considered a Brownfield if it is Blighted, Functionally Obsolete or contains Historic resources (buildings, etc.).
Therefore, any of these properties would qualify for several financial incentives to assist with its redevelopment. Note that such financial incentives are NOT available for “clean” properties. For example, many properties along the Manistee River Channel and Manistee Lake shorelines contain contamination due to the fill material, such as ash, coal, slag, foundry sand and other waste placed there during the historic uses of these properties going back to the late 1800s, well before the current owners acquired these properties.
Second, State law provides liability protection for owners of “Brownfields” as long as they have not caused the contamination, they have not done anything to spread it or make it worse, and they have met certain minimum State requirements at the time they acquired the property.
Misconception TWO: “By authorizing Brownfield TIF reimbursement the BRA gives our property taxes away”. Concerned citizens and public officials need to remember that: “you cannot give away something you don’t have”! Brownfield TIF can only be generated from increased taxes IF and WHEN a property gets redeveloped and by doing so it increases in value. Brownfield TIF is used to repay some of a developer’s or property owner’s redevelopment expenses because the cost of redeveloping a Brownfield is incrementally higher than a non-Brownfield site. If there is no private investment there is no redevelopment project which equals to no increase in taxes which equals to no TIF.
Keep in mind that the base property tax, which is the tax paid before redevelopment starts, will continue being paid and captured by the taxing entities (City, County, etc.) whether the redevelopment takes place or not. Also, after the redevelopment expenses have been repaid using the Brownfield TIF, all increased taxes will go to the taxing entities for many years into the future. Finally, the “school” portion of the incremental taxes captured by the BRA for repayment of the redevelopment expenses is “reimbursed” to the schools by the State, so there is no loss of tax revenue for the schools.
While the BRA always tries to facilitate the interactions between the developer and the funding agencies, the more financial assistance a project needs the longer it takes to receive it. A rule of thumb is to expect at least three extra months to get to the point that construction can start for small projects, and as long as a year or more for large and complex projects that require multiple sources of financial support from multiple governmental agencies and private funding sources. Planning well in advance of expecting to start construction is essential. In addition, Brownfield redevelopment is riskier for the developer or investor than “greenfield” development; more planning is needed. However, the reward of bringing a building or property back to useful life is priceless!
Yes. See Medical Marihuana ordinance here and Recreational Marihuana ordinance here.
All registered voters in the City of Manistee vote at the Manistee County Council on Aging Wagoner Center, 260 St. Mary’s Pkwy.
Contact the City Clerk’s office at 231-398-2803, visit City Hall, 70 Maple Street, or email the deputy clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org . Cost per day is $120 for City residents/property owners plus $100 security deposit or $150 for general public plus $100 security deposit.
Contact the City Clerk’s office at 231-398-2803, visit City Hall, 70 Maple Street, or email the deputy clerk at email@example.com. The Lions Pavilion is available for rent half days (either 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; or 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm) or full days. City residents/property owners may begin reserving the Lions Pavilion on January 2nd annually with a cost of $50/half day or $100/full day. Non-Residents may begin reserving the Lions Pavilion on April 1st annually with a cost of $75/half day or $150/full day.
Dog Licenses are sold only at the Manistee County Treasurer’s office located in the County Courthouse 415 Third Street. https://www.manisteecountymi.gov/260/Dog-Licensing
Marriage Licenses are obtained through the Manistee County Clerk at the Manistee County Courthouse 415 Third Street. https://www.manisteecountymi.gov/306/Marriage-License
Birth certificates are kept on file at the County Clerk’s office located in the Manistee County Courthouse 415 Third Street. https://www.manisteecountymi.gov/250/Birth-Records
Death certificates are kept on file at the County Clerk’s office located at 415 Third Street. https://www.manisteecountymi.gov/436/Death-Records
The City of Manistee collects property taxes in the summer and winter for itself and other taxing jurisdictions. Summer bills are due August 20. Winter bills are due February 14. All payments must be received in the city offices on or before the due date or they will be considered late. Postmarks are not accepted. After these dates, penalties and interest will apply.
Real property taxes are turned over as delinquent to Manistee County on March 1 and additional fees and penalties will apply. After this date, all taxes must be paid to Manistee County and the county will send you a delinquent bill. Please make sure your delinquent tax checks are made payable to the Manistee County Treasurer.
Manistee County Treasurer
415 Third St.
Manistee, MI 49660
Personal property taxes are levied on business non-inventory furniture, fixtures and equipment. Every business must annually file a personal property tax statement or an exemption application. If you do not file one of these, the assessor is required to estimate the value of the equipment. Personal property taxes are delinquent as of March 1. The City collects delinquent personal property taxes. If these taxes are not paid, the city can seize the assets and sell them to pay the outstanding taxes
Property taxes are determined primarily by three things: The taxable value of your property; the amount of millage levied by the various local units of government; and whether you have a principal residence exemption (PRE).
The assessor determines the taxable value and issues a notice of assessment change each year typically in January. This notice indicates what the assessment and taxable value will be for the upcoming tax year, whether there was a change of ownership and what the PRE status is. You can appeal your assessment to the March Board of Review.
Often, new property owners do not realize that the property they purchase will uncap and raise the taxable value above what it was. This results in a larger tax bill. Likewise, if the property is undeveloped or a second home, it doesn’t qualify for a PRE and results in higher taxes.
Your property taxes fund a variety of local units of government. The various millage rates are shown in the table below here.
Bills can be paid at City Hall. The payment window is open Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We also offer payment drop boxes that are available 24/7. Tax bills and water bills can be paid online via credit card.
The city uses a third-party credit card vendor that charges a convenience 3% with a $2.00 minimum. This vendor receives 100% of this fee.
Water and sewer are billed monthly. Water rates are $3.36 per 1,000 G and $4.76 per month ready-to-serve charge. Sewer rates are $9.21 per 1,000G and $3.71 per month ready-to-serve charge.
The primary cause of a higher-than-normal water bill is a leaking faucet or running toilet. Please make sure you do not have any leaks. If you have a concern, please contact the utility billing department at 231-723-2559. They will assist you in reviewing your account and can put you in contact with the water department if the staff needs to make an onsite visit to your location.
The city offers two levels of service of weekly service for owner-occupied homeowners. The first is a tote system that is billed monthly and costs $17 per month. The second is a bag system where you can buy a package of ten City garbage bags for $25 which can be put out weekly as needed.
The city maintains a financial accountability page on its website at http://www.manisteemi.gov/126/Financial-Accountability ; or by clicking on the City Finances button on the home page.
Call DPW 231-723-7132.
Leaf bags are picked up on Tuesdays, beginning late April/early May through late October. Brush is picked up on Fridays, beginning late April/early May through late October but must be called in to the DPW, 231-723-7132.
Spring or fall.
Bulk leaf piles will be picked up weekly, late fall. Watch for the announcement of the beginning of this yearly program on social media and in the local newspaper.
Please review alternate parking here.
Late spring/early summer.
Lions Pavilion only. Contact the City Clerk’s office at 231-398-2803, visit City Hall, 70 Maple Street, or email the deputy clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Lions Pavilion is available for rent half days (either 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; or 5:00 pm – 11:00pm) or full days. City residents/property owners may begin reserving the Lions Pavilion on January 2nd annually with a cost of $50/half day or $100/full day. Non-Residents may begin reserving the Lions Pavilion on April 1st annually with a cost of $75/half day or $150/full day.
They can be purchased at the launches, receipt must be brought to City Hall or Manistee Municipal Marina for sticker if an annual pass was purchased.
On bulky item is picked up on your first refuse pickup of the month, please see details here. If you have multiple bulky items or need to get rid of a bulky item at other times during the month, tags are available for purchase at City Hall.
The city recycling center is located behind Manistee Catholic High School, see details here.
Dog park is located at First Street Beach. Dog friendly beaches at North Beach Access and between the South Breakwater pier and Stub pier.
Call or email the Marina, 231-723-1552 or email@example.com.
Property owners are responsible for sidewalks; City has an assistance program.
Please refer to the city's Transportation Improvement Plan, which is included in the annual budget document here.
Tree Trimming/Removal Request form.
The city provides Advances Life Support Transport.
Contact City Fire EMS, 231-723-1549 or our third-party billing agency at 1-888-330-5405 for client services.
Outdoor burning information here.
Yes, only in fire rings located at each beach. No fires are permitted outside of the fire rings.
Yes, when available. Please call for a scheduled appointment, 231-723-1549.
No, however here are several other local resources that can:
Yes, when available. Call to inquire, 231-723-1549.
Call, 231-723-1549, to schedule an inspection
Complaints can be verbal, (231)723-1549, or written Attention Fire Chief, 70 Maple Street, Manistee, MI 49660.
Manistee County Treasurer, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660. Contact us at (231) 723-3173.
Homeward Bound Animal Shelter, 736 Paws Trail, PO Box 144, Manistee, MI 49660. Contact them at (231) 723-7387; Hours are Wed 12-6 or Thurs-Sat 12-4.
Manistee County Animal Control, 736 Paws Trail, PO Box 144, Manistee, MI 49660. Contact J.R. Nelson at (231) 723-3170. Kennel License are also sold here.
Personal property taxes are levied on business non-inventory furniture, fixtures and equipment. Every business must annually file a personal property tax statement. If you do not file this statement, the assessor is required to estimate the value of this equipment. Personal property taxes are delinquent as of March 1. The city collects delinquent personal property taxes. If these taxes are not paid, the city can seize the assets and sell them to pay the outstanding taxes
Yes, we give preference to:
Those who are working at the time of application and leasing. Those who are veterans. Those who are homeless.
Single family homes located throughout Manistee One (1) bedroom, one (1) bath unit (duplex) ranging in size from 625-695 square feet Two (2) bedroom, one (1) bath unit (duplex or single) ranging in size from 800-920 square feet Three (3) bedroom, one (1) bath ranging in size from 900 – 1,100 square feet Four (4) bedroom, one and one half (1½) bath unit 1,250 square feet
YES! The City of Manistee does lead and copper sampling every year. We became aware of the results for this year’s samples recently. The water source, the water treatment and our water quality are safe. The City of Manistee is not in violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act as it meets all safety standards as required by the State of Michigan. Homes that tested above the action level (15ppb) have been identified as likely to have copper plumbing with lead solder installed before July 1988. If you would like your service line inspected, please call 231-723-7132. Continue to read through the Manistee Lead Safe site, which provides information on how to minimize your risk to lead exposure.
The City of Manistee has tested the water in the Community for years. Recently, it began testing tap water in homes with lead service lines in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act in 1992. After the Flint lead water crisis, the sampling procedure was changed. These changes now require communities with lead service lines to increase the number of sampling locations and draw multiple samples from each location.
This new sampling method resulted in higher lead results, not because the water source or quality for residents has changed, but because the Act has more stringent sampling procedures. As a result of the new sampling procedures,3 out of 20 tested homes with lead service lines measured lead exceeding the Action Level of 15 ppb. When a water sampling exceeds the amount by the state, the City must inform all residents of the results and provide public education.
Lead enters drinking water when it comes in contact with individual homes that have lead service lines or internal plumbing made with lead.
The more time water has been sitting in your home’s pipes, the more lead it may contain. Therefore, if your water has not been used for several hours, run the water before using it for drinking or cooking. This flushes lead-containing water from the pipes. More information here.
Additional flushing may be required for homes that have been vacant or have a longer service line.
Everyone can consider using a filter to reduce lead in drinking water. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommends that any household with a child or pregnant woman use cold water and a certified lead filter to remove lead from their drinking water, especially when preparing baby formula. More information here.
Check if you have a lead service line or plumbing or fixtures that contain lead. Call 231-723-7132 for more information. More information here.
Filters for qualifying residents can be picked up at the Department of Public Works, 280 Washington Street beginning Friday, November 12 at 8:00 a.m. After that date they can be picked up on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
If you do not qualify to receive a free filter, you can purchase one at any hardware or big box store (Meijer, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc). Look for filters that are tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 for lead reduction. If this information is not on the box, look at the information inside the box (fine print on a folded piece of paper) http://bit.ly/ChoosingLeadWaterFilter
Since having lead in your drinking water is directly related to when your home was built, the service line and interior plumbing materials…it’s important to understand
What sources of lead are in your home? https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-08/documents/epa_lead_in_drinking_water_final_8.21.17.pdf
How lead gets into drinking water? https://youtu.be/6usRvbG0lWo
How you can reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water? https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-odwma-water-cdwu-reduce-lead_524538_7.pdf
And to know about lead levels in the water at your home, we encourage you to test your water at your home. Please contact the City of Manistee DPW 231-723-7132 for a list of certified laboratories or the local health department 231-723-3595. More information here.
We’re taking a proactive approach to assess our water quality and our current treatment processes, as well as notify and educate our customers. Since 1994, the City of Manistee has regularly tested for lead and copper. In 2019, the City began actively searching for lead service lines in the system through the drinking water pilot program. When lead services are found, they are immediately replaced. The City has recently been awarded a Drinking Water Asset Management grant from EGLE which will also help identify areas in need of upgrades. This grant will fund water system inventory (GIS), GPS asset survey for future work, distribution system material inventory and investigation, condition assessment and rate sufficiency analysis.
We will be collecting more samples and will be actively looking for lead service lines. Homes with lead service lines have an increased risk for higher lead levels. Please contact 231-723-7132 if you do not know what your service line material is and are interested in having your home inspected.
If you do not know what your service line material is and are interested in having your home inspected, please contact City of Manistee DPW at 231-723-7132
1) You can hire a licensed plumber to inspect the plumbing in your home, or
2) You can look at the plumbing where it enters your home yourself. Look for things like pipe color (copper-colored or grey) and whether a magnet sticks to your plumbing. Copper plumbing will be reddish in color. Grey pipe that a magnet sticks to is likely galvanized. Grey pipe that a magnet will not stick to is likely lead.
3) If you can see the test area, gently scratch the surface of the pipe with a coin. If the pipe is soft and easily scraped, silver, and again if a magnet doesn’t stick, it is lead. It may have a bulb in the pipe near the shutoff valve that looks like a snake that swallowed an egg. If you suspect there is a lead gooseneck connection in your home please contact the water department at 231-723-7132 to investigate.
The Police Department is located at: 70 Maple St. Manistee, MI 49660 (NW corner of Maple St. and Water St.)
Citizens may park on Water Street, Maple Street or the city parking lot off of Water Street east of City Hall.
General business hours at the Police Department are Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm with the exception of holidays. Road patrol officers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The owners or operator of the golf cart can bring proof of insurance to the Manistee City Police Department to obtain a registration sticker at no cost. For more rules and regulations governing the operation of golf carts in within the City of Manistee please visit here.
Generally, no. For a side-by-side or ORV/ATV to be legally operating within the City of Manistee, that vehicle must comply with of State of Michigan vehicle requirements to include displaying a valid State of Michigan registration (Check out the law HERE). YouTube has a great tutorial on how to prepare your side-by-side to be street legal HERE.
Report it on the City's Report a Concern app (powered by SeeClickFix) HERE. It can also be reported by contacting the Manistee City Police Department Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. After hours, information can be called in to the Manistee County Central Dispatch at (231) 723-6241.
To provide information for a crime that has happened in the past, you can contact the Manistee City Police Department Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. After hours, information can be called in to the Manistee County Central Dispatch at (231) 723-6241.
Seasonal Parking Rules, October 15 to April 15: To avoid being ticketed, please abide by the following rules when parking on all city streets, except streets posted “No Parking 3:00 am – 7:00 am.”
Ensure that you are parked on the appropriate side of the street when restrictions go into effect October 15 - before you go to bed, think ahead! If you have questions please call (231) 723-2533.
Gun permit applications are accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. You must be a resident of the City of Manistee, 18 years of age or older with a valid Michigan state ID which shows your current address. You will be required to complete the basic safety questionnaire as required by state law. The gun permit applications cost $5 (cash or check only) and may take several days to process. For further information call (231) 723-2533.
Police reports may be obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by filling out the FOIA application paperwork located on the City’s website and submitting it to the Police Department. Depending on the content another circumstances, some of the report may be redacted in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. FOIA request forms can be found here.
The current Manistee City ordinance states:
“606.06 CATS A. Application of State Law. No person shall violate any law of the State pertaining to cats, or any rule or regulation pertaining to cats adopted by any state agency, which laws and the penalties therein provided are incorporated herein as laws of the City. (Ord. 19-06, amended 3-19-19) B. Running at Large. The owner or custodian of a cat which is not spayed or neutered shall not permit the cat to run at large in public places or on private property, other than the premises of the owner or person having custody of such cat.”
In addition, if you are bitten by a cat an officer will complete a report reflecting the animal bite.
No, complainants are encouraged to be taken in person; however, complaints may also be received by telephone, fax, email, mail or through a third party.
Complaint forms located inside the police lobby as well as inside every patrol vehicle.
It is a tool for letting the City know what you think should be fixed or need more information on.
You can take and upload pictures of the problem you see.
Requests are located using a point on the map.
The City is able to respond to you or ask additional clarifying questions.
The Service Request tool, powered by SeeClickFix, is an easy way for residents to report concerns directly to the City and have department staff follow up to resolve the issues. Please use a detailed address, description, and photo (if possible) to give as much information to City staff so they can investigate and determine the best way to address your concerns. You are encouraged to enter your email address when reporting in order to get automated updates on the status of your issue as City staff work to resolve it. This system is best suited to respond to service requests like potholes, street lights, etc. that can be assigned to staff and addressed in a timely manner. Issues requiring immediate attention or those dealing with public safety should be reported directly to the Manistee County Central Dispatch Non-Emergency Line at 231-723-6241 as this system is not monitored 24/7.
This Service Request tool by SeeClickFix is an additional resource for community members to report infrastructure issues. Using the app is an efficient way to raise awareness within the City without having to make a phone call. The app streamlines the process of submitting a photo, description of the issue and location; also, it allows you to track the status of reported issues.
Requests are placed on a map.
Public requests will remain on the map for anyone to review and share.
There is a mobile app - Convenient!
Photos can be taken directly from mobile devices and uploaded.
Issues threatening public safety or things needing immediate attention (like downed wires, tree limbs, or needles), should be reported directly to the Manistee County Central Dispatch Non-Emergency Line, 231-723-6241. Things that require long-term planning, a larger discussion, a community process, or involve multiple departments or non-City entities should be directed to the appropriate department by phone call or email as these issues are not easily "fixable" in the same way a pothole, streetlight, etc. are.
This system is best suited to respond to service requests like potholes, street lights, etc. that can be assigned to staff and addressed in a timely manner. Start a report with the address of the issue and you will then see a drop-down menu with all of the possible categories of issues you can report using this system. Issues threatening public safety or requiring immediate attention should always be reported directly to the Manistee County Central Dispatch Non-Emergency Line, 231-723-6241.
You will automatically receive updates on your request if you create a free account on the SeeClickFix app.
The City receives many requests per day, and departments do their best to respond in a timely manner. If you submitted a request and it hasn't been resolved, please be patient as staff is processing requests in the order that they come in.
There is no cost to the users to use the Service Request app by SeeClickFix. The app is free to download and the browser version is also free.