Sturgis city commissioners have set a public hearing for Sept. 28 regarding whether the city should act now to vacate a portion of Magnolia Street to allow for future expansion of Burr Oak Tool.
Action to close a portion of Magnolia Street would affect a stretch from the Prairie Avenue right-of-way to the west property line of Art Carls Park.
In November 2014, city voters approved transfer of the park property to Burr Oak Tool to accommodate the company’s planned expansion of its West South Street facility. The park property is located across Magnolia Street from Burr Oak Tool’s existing facility, meaning that a portion of Magnolia Street needs to be closed to allow for the expansion.
The Sturgis City Commission had been expected to take action to vacate the road in December 2014, but the action was postponed. Now, the city wants to move forward with the original plan and a public hearing is required.
The hearing is part of the commission’s Sept. 28 agenda for a meeting that begins at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.
Also on Wednesday, commissioners adopted a resolution to transfer current Fawn River Township property at 28101 E. West St. into the city.
In 2006, the city and township agreed to future annexation of property in Fawn River Township’s Section 6 when certain “trigger events” occurred, including new ownership of certain land parcels.
Officials said the West Street property recently changed hands, prompting the city to initiate the transfer under terms of the 2006 agreement.
The Fawn River Township Board of Trustees now has 60 days to adopt a similar resolution.
City commissioners also accepted Jim Fearnow’s resignation from Sturgis Downtown Development Authority and appointed Kurt Inman to fill the vacancy.
St. Joseph County Habitat for Humanity also presented a plaque of appreciation to Sturgis firefighters for their participation in a July 23 “fill the boot” fundraising to benefit the housing organization. Habitat officials said firefighters countywide were able to collect $9,000 over a three-hour period, including $2,600 raised in Sturgis.