May 16, 2022

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The Car & Automotive Devotees

City votes to vacate alleyway near car dealership

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CHEBOYGAN — At the Cheboygan City Council meeting on Dec. 14, council voted to vacate a portion of an alleyway known as Antoine Street, at the request of car dealership owner Tom Bishop.

The council had discussed this matter at a public hearing two months prior, but there was an overwhelming opposition from surrounding property owners voiced at that meeting. Council members voted 3-3, and the motion failed with it being a tie. Cheboygan City Mayor Pro Tem Brett Mallory had been absent at that meeting.

“This is back before council again because we did go through some of our ordinances and policies,” said Cheboygan City Manager Dan Sabolsky. “We did find a policy that was drafted a while ago that said that there was a public notice required of I believe it was seven days to neighboring, adjoining residents.”

Sabolsky said that seven day notice had not been provided to the surrounding property owners, they had been given around 48 hours notice.

Cheboygan City Manager Dan Sabolsky

In order to comply with the city’s ordinance and policy the way it was written, the matter was brought back before council last week, after the surrounding owners were given the proper notice.

After the mistake had been noticed, Sabolsky worked with other city staff members to revise the city’s internal policy and procedures to include what was written in the ordinance, so the same mistake was not repeated moving forward.