For the second time, Saline City Council has extended a deadline to come to an agreement for providing water and sewer the proposed Andelina Farms development just west of the city's border in Saline Township.
Council voted 7-0 to extend the agreement date to March 24.
In December, after the city had challenged a state permit for Saline Ventures' wastewater treatment system for its 284-home development the city and developer reached an agreement that spelled out two routes for the development. One option was simply to upgrade the private wastewater treatment plant system with better technology. The second option, touted as preferable by Mayor Brian Marl, was to reach a 425 agreement with the township to annex the land into the city and then to spell out details on extending city utilities to the property, located between Michigan Avenue and Austin Road. Originally, the deadline for that deal was January. In January, council agreed to extend that deadline until February. And now, council has agreed to extend the deadline until March 24.
According to City Manager Todd Campbell, the city and Saline Ventures are waiting for survey work being conducted by TetraTech.
The city is also negotiating a 425 Agreement with Saline Township. The township rejected the city's first annexation presentation, which offered no revenue sharing. The city's new offer would be worth about two mills on the existing taxable value of the property over the next years.