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City Manager Report
City Hall Summer Project Update

DPW has been very busy with projects this year, with road projects and parking lot repairs along with starting upgrades to the water system. Although it is frustrating for us when there is construction going on, the improvements after are very much appreciated. We would like to thank you for your patience as these improvements take place!

One project that has been completed is the work on Fairview Road.  This project is funded through MDOT rural task force money. With the road itself being remilled and resurfaced.Valley St was remilled and resurfaced and repairs made to damaged sidewalks. Along with the water main from Houghton Ave. to State St. being replaced thoroughly on Fairview Rd. with new valves, hydrants, and service line to the curb box. The water portion of this project was funded by the City of West Branch. 
  
There are several other streets set to be repaved this summer as well. On this list is S. 6th St. from Houghton Ave to Wright St. this will be remillled and resurfaced. Shrigley from S. Valley to Livingston will be pulverized and resurfaced. These are local streets and will be funded by the City of West Branch.
Several Parking Lots are going to be redone this year as well.  The ones slated for the 2019 season are N. 4th St across from City Hall and N. 2nd St. behind Highway Brewing Company, they will have the full depth removed and be resurfaced. This job was bid out and Mid-Michigan Asphalt received the job. These projects are being funded out of the City Major Street Fund.

As you have read in the Newspaper, the old laundromat on Houghton Ave and S Fourth St. is set to be demolished this year. Funding is coming from the Michigan Land Bank. Once the laundromat is demolished, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is set to come up with a plan to enhance this space and make downtown even more inviting to our residents and visitors.Whether you live here full time, part-time or are just visiting, these improvements are sure to make your travels more enjoyable! Thank you to DPW and all of the people who make these projects happen; we really appreciate all of your hard work!

If you have any questions about any of these projects, you may call City Hall and speak with City Manager Frank Goodroe at     989-345-0500.

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2018/2019 Budget

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Administrative Policy for Agenda Items
 
 City of West Branch hereby adopts the following administrative policy:
Any party seeking to be added to the agenda of a public meeting must provide the City Clerk with written notice of their intent to be added to said agenda no later than NOON three (3) business days prior to the day of the scheduled public meeting.  (Example: If a City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 16th at 6:00 p.m. and an individual wanted to appear on the Agenda as a "Scheduled Matter from the Floor", the individual would need deliver to the City Clerk a letter or email indicating their name and what subject they want to address and what meeting date they plan to attend so that our staff has enough time to add the issue to the Agenda and get the packets for meeting prepared and out to each Board/Council member in time prior to the start of the meeting).

The same policy pertains to written materials that individuals would like Council Members/Board Members/Commission Members to review prior to meetings - i.e., in order for said materials to be compiled, scanned, and inserted into packets for review, they must be received no later than NOON three (3) business days prior to the meeting in question.

NOTE - Nothing in this newly adopted administrative policy should be interpreted to override pre-existing policies set by ordinance, including procedures for reviews of zoning applications, etc., which may have their own standards regarding timelines for submission and review.

ALSO NOTE - This policy also does not prohibit parties from appearing at public meetings and speaking during "Public Comment" sections, nor does it prohibit parties from requesting to have their matters be considered as "Additions to the Agenda."  However, administrative policy will be such that administration may recommend that the respective Council/Board/Commission should postpone making any decisions regarding any issues brought up during "Public Comment" as well as any issues presented as "Additions to the Agenda" so that administration has sufficient time to research said issues and make recommendations to the respective Council/Board/Commission prior to a decision being made.

Anyone with questions regarding this policy may contact City Clerk/Treasurer John Dantzer at (989) 345-0500.