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Fennville City Commission Gets Priority List

The Fennville City Commission recently heard Dana Byrd of Prein and Newhof explain to the commissioners about the municipal Water Asset Management Plan. The city hired the engineering firm to help format the plan to present to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Amanda Morgan, the new city administrator, gave her first report to the commissioners.

“I have cleaned out a lot of old files, met with (Fennville School Superintendent) Jim Greydanus, toured the schools, I will meet with some of the DDA board, (Downtown Development Authority), and I have set a priority list for the commission to accomplish.”

Amanda’s priority list includes; 1. Outline New Personnel Policy, 2. Reorganize office, supplies and files, 3. Create a Facebook page for the city and create a Social Media Policy.

Fennville Mayor Tom Pantelleria reported, “The Federal Reserve Board could not stop Chemical Bank from leaving Fennville. However, it would turn over the complaint by the city and three other complaints they received to the CRA (Community Reinvest Act) for further consideration.”

A local grocery store and two apartment units complained that their residents and customers would claim hardship with the bank leaving.

The mayor reported that the Chemical Bank Building was purchased, but so far the buyer is unknown. The buyer was particularly concerned that the bank vault was still in the building. As part of the purchase the ATM window will be left on site.

In other news, several complaints have been registered about Christmas music not playing in downtown Fennville. The DDA says the music only plays one cycle and then stops. It needs to be started again by hand.

Commissioner Jim Hayden will contact Mark Schrock and see what can be done about it.

The next DDA meeting is January 10. The next Planning Commission meeting is January 8 and the next commission meeting is January 3.

The city’s bills were approved for payment at $9,547.

The Fennville City Commission wishes everyone a happy holiday season.

Fennville City Commission Gets Priority List

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