Three city manager candidates to be interviewed Dec. 2

Senior Abbie Hasse will be Wayland High School’s representative on the City Council until next June. Hasse is perhaps best known as co-captain of the Lady Wildcats cross-country team that finished 20th in the state earlier this month.


The Wayland City Council will have three special meetings Saturday morning and afternoon at council chambers to interview three finalists for the city manager position.

The council will take a break at 11 a.m. to take part in the annual Christmas parade and then resume with the third and final interview.

The three finalists and scheduled times of their interviews will be:

• Jeff Eggleston, City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer, City of Durand, 8 a.m.

 • Jeff Thornton, former Chief Administrative Officer, County of Alpena, 9:30 a.m.

• Michael “Mitch” Mitchell, Manager, Village of Colon, 12:30 p.m.

In other business at its Monday night meeting, the council:

• Approved an amended encroachment agreement with Andrea McBride at the edge of 223 Vine Street. The city has agreed to permit McBride’s property encroach two feet into a city alley. She has agreed to pay for attorney feeds, costs for surveying and title.

This will enable finally to sell the property. The current encroachment rules were deal-breakers in three attempted sales.

• Agreed to set a policy for messages allowed on the electric sign on West Superior Street, confining them to those that helped pay for the sign and spared taxpayers the expense.

So the city, fire department, school district, Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority will be given the priorities.

• Agreed to elevate Geneva Drive in priority plans for road repairs for 2018.

“That road needs a lot of work,” said interim City Manager Larry Nielsen, adding the Department of Public Works Committee is reworking plans for local street projects for next year under the capital improvements plan.

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