City, 5 Healthy Towns Foundation Meet 

By Seth Kinker,

Last month, after the Sept. 4 City Council meeting, the city council appointed Mayor Melissa Johnson, Council Members Jane Pacheco and Cheri Albertson, and City Manager John Hanifan as the committee to meet with representatives from 5 Healthy Towns to discuss their current tax tribunal case.

The 5 Healthy Towns Foundation is contending that the property they own should be re-assessed and treated as a tax-exempt charitable property.

On Oct 15, the council held another closed session to discuss the case further.

Before this meeting, both sides met with positive words coming from both sides as a result of the meeting.

“It was just an opportunity for both sides to have a brief frank discussion on where things are,” said Hanifan. “I think it was good we sat and had a discussion.”

“We provided them with a copy of the page of our Articles of Incorporation that outlines our purpose,” said Amy Heydlauff, Chief Executive Officer of the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation in an email to The Sun Times. “We answered their questions and made clear we will provide them with any documents and answer any questions, without the need of attorneys. They asked a lot of questions about how we use the facility and which non-profit organizations are headquartered here; Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative, Adult Learner’s Institute, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea’s diabetes education group and outpatient PT and Look Good Feel Better.”

No further meetings were discussed or scheduled at the conclusion of their first meeting.


Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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