Hoag resigns position on city council
Hoag’s letter of resignation was accepted unanimously by members of the city council during their regular meeting Monday. Mayor Dave Peterson thanked Hoag for his years on the council.
“Thank you very much for your service and good luck in the future,” he said.
Hoag was a former council member who had served eight years on council – two as mayor – before retiring in 2006. He had also briefly filled a vacancy as an appointee in 2007.
According to City Attorney John Filoramo, Hoag’s vacancy means council will have to appoint a new councilperson. Since the next regular municipal election is less than 60 days away, he explained the city charter specifies that the appointee will hold office until Hoag’s term end – Dec. 31, 2015.
“Whoever you appoint is going to finish out the term, because of the timing of the resignation and the appointment,” explained Filoramo.
The city will accept letters of interest for filling Hoag’s position until Oct. 10. Council members will select a person to fill the vacancy during their Oct. 15 meeting.
In other business, City Manager Sheila Aldrich explained the city will be applying for another Downtown Infrastructure Grant from the Michigan Economic
Development Corporation. The grant, if received, will be used to replace water and sewer main for Walnut Street from Cedar to Pearl streets.
The city’s engineering firm, Coleman Engineering, estimates the project will cost approximately $350,000. The city will be expected to pay at least 10 percent of that cost, as part of the DIG agreement.
Aldrich said the city’s chances of receiving the grant go up with more of a contribution, prompting council members to approve applying for the grant with up to a 20 percent match. This match will likely be taken from the sewer, water and major street funds, Aldrich added.