- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

FERRYSBURG, Mich. (AP) - Ferrysburg City Council members have discussed the possibility of developing a local nature preserve, causing confusion among residents who thought the fight to save the land was over.

Council members discussed the possibility of advertising the 40-acre Ferrysburg Nature Preserve to developers at their meeting Monday night, MLive (http://bit.ly/2eVlxd6 ) reported.

Resident Heather Hawley said the community was under the impression the land was going to remain preserved after City Council members made it a park in 2002 at the request of residents who feared possible development.

“We’ve got so many people shocked saying, ‘I thought this was over; I thought they couldn’t do that again,’” Hawley said.

Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger said the topic was brought up while talking about the sale of another city-owned property adjacent to City Hall. Bessinger said no developers have reached out with proposals.

Bessinger said while the property is designated as a park in the city’s code and recreational plan, in the master plan the preserve is designated as public/semi-public, meaning the preserve could be sold.

The city is “not hurting for money,” Bessinger said, and the potential funds from selling the land and increase in tax base from housing would be proactive.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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