Fennville Police Chief Brummel To Leave For New Job
Jodi Welscott, director of the Fennville Goose Festival, requested that the city commission allow M-89 to be closed from Friday 6 a.m. to Sunday 9 p.m. on the weekend of the Goose Festival in October.
In addition, she asked permission to extend the site for the car show to alongside John Kiss’ Garage and back of the Post Office.
“We want to grow the car show and we needed more room for the cars to be parked,” says Welscott.
The commissioners complied with her request.
She has also started a GOFUNDME page on Facebook for people to donate to the Goose Festival with credit cards.
In other business, the commission appointed a member to the Fennville Downtown Development Authority (DDA): Jerrod Radabaugh.
The motion was passed by a 4-to-3 vote. He had never been introduced to the commission and some of the commissioners said they wanted to meet.
There will be a meeting on August 14 at 6 p.m. so the commissioners can decide the requirements and job description of a fulltime city manager.
Commissioner Danielle Brien reported that “The Fire Board heard Fire Chief Sarah Zawila give her evaluations of her firefighters.”
Zawila noted that “there has been no turnover among my officers since I became fire chief.”
Brien responded, “I am very proud of our fire department.”
Brien also reported that “Mel Brummel, Fennville’s Police Chief, will be leaving his position as on October 1. He has another offer for more money.”
However, he will be working in Fennville over the Goose Festival weekend as he has committed to that.
Brien said she will talk to the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department to find out if there are any other police officers interested in working in Fennville.
Fire Chief Zawila noted that she and the firefighters had their open house at Paradise Park and the park was very clean and appealing.
Mayor Tom Pantelleria noted, “Stones were added to the Water Garden pit and this brought the level of the pit up so it isn’t so deep.”
Pantelleria will request that the DDA put one more layer of attractive rocks on top as the ones put there are dark.
The mayor also stated that there will be no fence erected around the pit as they are in compliance with the codes. Also, $2,000 worth of speed bumps will be placed around the pit.
Commissioner Kathleen Slawson will be resigning after next the next meeting. She and her husband are moving near Battle Creek as they sold their house.
The city’s June and July bills totaled $45,091.
The next scheduled commission meeting will be August 21.