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City commissioners voted 4 2 Monday to support a five year economic services agreement between city and county, but the contract needed five votes to pass.Commissioners Richard Lewis and Brian McGillivary voted against the economic services contract, saying they needed to know more about the arrangement. City Manager Marty Colburn has proposed adding an economic development director to city staff for more than a year, but McGillivary said he hadn’t expected to see an agreement on Monday’s meeting agenda.”I’m not ready to support this, I still have questions that need to be answered,” McGillivary said. “I’m not saying I’m totally against it.The economic services agreement would’ve flipped around current arrangements between the city and county, Colburn said. Grand Traverse County would’ve transferred brownfield administration duties countywide, including in city limits, to a city office. About 85 percent of current brownfield projects are in Traverse City.Grand Traverse County would forward up to $165,000 annually to the city, plus $10,
000 for business growth activities, Colburn said. The city’s economic development director would work with the county’s Economic Development Corporation jointly on projects in the city and county. He proposed staffing it with a department head and part time assistant. Either party could back out of the deal with 120 days’ notice.Commissioner Brian Haas said he believes the deal would provide needed leadership in a crucial role.”When we have business groups like Eighth Street reaching out for help, they’re ready, they want to redevelop their corridor and we don’t have the capacity for that,” he said. “But that’s exactly what we need to continue the services of the city and to reinvest in our city.”The draft agreement, which would’ve required county commissioners’ approval, was strong enough to earn Commissioner Tim Werner’s support, he said. That’s even though some the final details still needed settling, he added.Chris Forsyth, Grand Traverse County’s deputy civil counsel, suggested a joint meeting where both city,
DDA and county leaders hammer out an agreement.