City finds buyer for Reed Street utilities garage

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The former Plymouth Utilities garage on Reed Street should have a new owner soon.

The City Council Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a sale of the vacant building, no longer needed by Plymouth Utilities since it moved into its new operations center on County PP last year, to Curtis Voight, owner of Badger State Restoration.

The sale is subject to final approval of the sale documents by City Administrator Brian Yerges and City Attorney Crystal Fieber, as well as review by department heads.

The council approved borrowing $75,000 from the city’s general fund to cover a cash flow shortfall in tax incremental finance district 5.

City Clerk/Treasurer Patty Huberty explained that the procedure would be similar to what the council did earlier this month for a shortfall in TIF 6, but with the money this time coming from the city’s general fund rather than Plymouth Utilities reserves, which were tapped for TIF 6.

In both cases, Huberty explained, the TIF deficit is anticipated to be short-term, a year or two, and the city will repay the loans out of TIF proceeds at an interest rate of 1.26 percent.

In a memo to the council, Yerges explained that additional development in TIF 5 by Masters Gallery, which has begun an expansion project that is expected to nearly double the size of their facility by its completion, as well as the addition of former Plymouth Utilities properties on Milwaukee and Reed streets, will result in greater TIF revenue in the next year or two.

“I believe this additional development will allow the general fund to be paid back and close the future short-fall,” Yerges wrote in his memo.

“General fund resources are being requested to mitigate the risk of using all utility funds for the TID deficits,” he added.

Former Alderperson Ronald Lade addressed the council during the audience portion of the meeting with his concerns over bulky item pickup under the city’s new garbage collection contract.

Since Advanced Disposal – formerly Veolia – will not collect large items with regular garbage pickups, Lade said he feared illegal dumping of large items in the city.

“I’ve already noticed some people placing larger items in city trash cans. We’re going to wind up with more and more stuff thrown on our streets. We’re going to have to have business people downtown put locks on their dumpsters,” Lade predicted.

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