Local Wildflower Grace building wins block grant

New Wayland City police officer Todd Hudson (left) is sworn in by Mayor Tim Bala.

The Wayland City Council Monday evening had a closeout public hearing for a Michigan Community Development block grant for 106 W. Superior St.

City Manager Josh Eggleston told the council the CDBG amount was $110,564 and the business owner’s contribution for the rehabilitation project would be $174,159, bring the total cost to just shy of $285,000.

The building houses the new Wildflower Grace business near the corner of North Main and Superior streets.

The building formerly was the site of Guiseppe’s Pizza, which was severely damaged by fire several years ago.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the council:

• Learned from City Clerk Lee Ann Claussen that more than 2,000 voter ID cards have been sent out from her office in anticipation of the Aug. 2 primary election.

She reiterated that Wayland this year will have two voter precincts, Nos. 1 and 2, with the former voting at the fire station as usual and the latter taking place at the VFW post on South Main. She said voters who live west of Main Street will vote in Precinct 1 and voters on the east side of the main artery will vote in No. 2.

Claussen explained that after the census of 2020 was completed, Wayland was determined to need a second precinct. She added there are 3,175 registered voters in the city.

• Adopted a resolution granting five downtown businesses to be part of a social district, able to serve alcoholic beverages outdoors, a practice that is gaining popularity in many communities in Michigan. The businesses affected are the Wayland Hotel, McDuff’s, 412 Distillery, Open Road Brewery and Aqua in Vino.

• Approved the bid from Fedewa Inc. of Hastings for washing the water tower for $4,000 and $2,700 for repair services and spot painting.

• Was told by Eggleston the public hearing on the 2022-23 fiscal year budget will be Monday, June 20.

COVER PHOTO: The building at 106 W. Superior in downtown Wayland has secured a Michigan community development block grant.


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