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Cindy Osman Is Saugatuck's New Zoning Administrator/Planner

        The City of Saugatuck has hired Cindy Osman as its new zoning administrator/planner, announced Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier during Monday night’s city council meeting.    
        “Her resume is impressive,” noted Saugatuck Mayor Chris Peterson about the new hire who has been working at the City of Holland since 1995 in various roles, currently as assistant director of the department of community and neighborhood services as well as a building official.
        Osman has a masters in public administration from Grand Valley State University (2004), and a law degree from Cooley Law School (2009).
       “She is retiring from Holland, but lives in Fennville so it works good for both of us,” said Harrier.
        As Osman transitions from Holland to Saugatuck, she will start working one day a week the next three to four weeks; she is then expected to work full time.
       Osman is succeeding Steve Kushion who resigned late November to take a similar job with Olive Township.
        In May of last year, Kushion replaced Mike Clark in the post on a part-time basis. And since Kushion’s departure, Clark has been acting as a consultant to the city from afar (Clark is now living and working in North Carolina).
        The zoning administrator post was advertised with a pay range well over $50,000, Harrier told The Local Observer without giving a specific figure at this time.  
        In other city business, the Saugatuck City Council Monday approved an inter-governmental agreement with Saugatuck Township and the City of Douglas to act jointly through the Saugatuck Township Fire District to borrow $200,000 for the purchase of a fire truck, replacing the mini-pumper truck with a newer, heavy-duty one.
      “We are co-signing, so to speak,” said Harrier in describing the financing contract that still has to be approved by the other constituent municipalities: Saugatuck Township and the City of the Village of Douglas.
        A pumper truck is a firefighting vehicle with a large tank that has the capability to pump water into and out of the tank.
        “It (the mini pumper) really didn’t fit the need of the fire department,” Saugatuck Township Fire District Chief Greg Janik told the council Monday about the older fire truck, which the department recently sold for $140,000.
        Proceeds from that sale as well a monies from the fire budget will go towards a $50,000 payment of the total cost of the newer fire truck, estimated to cost $250,000.
        The rest of the $200,000 will be borrowed from Chemical Bank and be will be paid back on a five-year installment plan at an interest rate of 1.70%, the resolution shows.

Cindy Osman Is Saugatuck’s New Zoning Administrator/Planner

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