Hillman to close on lot near water tower

HILLMAN – The Hillman Village Council is expected to close on the purchase of a large lot near the water tower for $20,000 today, and has begun planning ahead for the removal of the buildings on the property. Once the sale is final, calls will be made to have the electric cleared out and the gas lines removed from the property before the buildings are removed to prevent any problems during destruction.

“Right now we’re thinking we can do most of the removal by ourselves with our equipment,” Village President Myron McIntire said. “To have someone else come in and do it would cost probably between $5,000 to $10,000, especially when you include hauling the materials to the dump.”

McIntire said the buildings to be removed are mostly wooden with some cement blocks, and he hopes their removal will go smoothly.

The council also discussed setting up a meeting for businesses interested in the facade program. Village Manager Dave Post said he will be in contact with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and work to bring a representative to Hillman to meet with the interested businesses and explain the specifics of the grant. The village is looking to gather an idea as to what businesses are interested in as far as concepts for use of the grant. The facade grant works as a 25 percent match, and business owners would match that 25 percent and pay for the architectural work involved.

“We want to have a meeting to gather ideas and make sure everyone who is interested is on the same page,” Post said.

In other business:

* the council talked about collecting public interest in building a multi-use pavilion in Tripp Field in Emerick Park. They have drafted a concept of the location and what the pavilion would look like to show anyone interested in the idea.

* the village audit came back with a good report.

* flower boxes have been set up around the village for the summer.

* new rope lights were installed on the bridge and are up and running.

* the VFW is looking for more entries for the VJ Day Parade, and anyone interested should contact the Hillman VFW.

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.