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Jim Wiley & Greg Harvath Voted Douglas' Mayor & Mayor Pro Tem, Respectively


      Colleagues re-elected James Wiley and Greg Harvath to lead the council into 2017 as mayor and mayor pro tem, respectively, during Monday night’s city council meeting.
        “I feel it’s a board of equals,” said Wiley about his re-election and working with council. “We have a lot of great potential.”
        Wiley, a local business owner with experience as a national sales manager, was first elected to council in 2010, and the following year was selected to fill the seat of mayor left open by former mayor Renee Waddell following the 2011 election.
        In the November 8 General Election, the local electorate gave Wiley the most votes (440) of the four candidates vying for the unopposed four open two-year council seats.
        Neal Seabert (372 votes) is the other re-elected incumbent, while the newcomers are Linda Anderson (309 votes) and Patricia Lion (401).
        All elected and re-elected members were sworn in with the oath of office Monday night.
        The newcomers briefly introduced themselves.
        Anderson is a 14-year resident of Douglas, currently the planning and zoning administrator for the City of South Haven and has also worked as a consultant across the State of Michigan. She’s provided expert testimony in land-use litigation and mediation.
        “I am thrilled to be here and looking forward to serving with you,” Anderson told her colleagues.
        Lion is also a long-time resident and has been running her local B&B business, Rosemont Inn, for 16 years.
        She serves on the Douglas Downtown Development Authority and the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau boards.
        “One of my capacities is bringing information together (from varied individuals and groups),” she shared with council.
        In other city business from Monday night’ meeting, the financial services firm Rehmann presented Douglas council with the annual independent auditor’s report ending June 30, 2016.
        All was in order, but with the usual—and expected—issues regarding “segregation of incompatible duties:” the city’s small staff creates the challenge of conducting financial transactions with ideal checks and balances.
        To mitigate risk, Paul Matz, principal of government and not-for-profit services for Rehmann, encouraged the city leaders to proceed with as much independent review and reconciliation as possible.
        In the general fund, revenues came to $2.8 million and expenditures just shy of $2.4 million. There was an increase to the general fund balance of $103,224.

Jim Wiley & Greg Harvath Voted Douglas’ Mayor & Mayor Pro Tem, Respectively

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