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City Council Update

Highlights from City Council Meeting, October 2, 2017

The City Council presented Lynda Heaton with a proclamation for serving 25 years as a board member on the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).

City Council approved awarding a contract to Commonwealth Heritage Group, architectural consultants, in the amount of $30,437 to conduct an intensive-level survey of 343 homes and other buildings in the Historic District and prepare a new local historic district report. Prior to finalizing the contract, a section of the contract is under review and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) also must approve the vendor. The scope and goals of the survey and report are on the City’s website.

City Council approved the tentative agreement reached with Police Command Officers (COAM) for a labor contract that extends until Dec. 31, 2020, replacing the contract that expired on Dec. 31, 2016. The new contract has similar terms to other labor agreements approved earlier in the year by City Council.

Financial Planning Consulting Services – The City has several financial issues on the horizon, including funding legacy costs, the unlevied millage capacity, and infrastructure improvements. A financial strategic plan is needed to determine how to fund these improvements and major costs in the coming years. City Council agreed to use the consulting services of Vettraino Consulting and Municipal Analytics to provide this comprehensive plan at a not-to-exceed cost of $14,690 plus expenses.

Contract awarded for road repairs following utility work - The 2017 Permanent Utility Cut Repair was awarded to S & J Asphalt Paving Company of Canton, Michigan, in the amount of $26,140. Repairs will be made to 14 sections of streets, mostly residential, at the site of water main repairs and on roads where new water and sewer lines were installed. Initially, roads are repaired with cold patch. This second-phase repair smooths out the road surface with an extended area of asphalt for greater durability and a nicer appearance.



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