Brock talks blight, city manager search at first commission meeting

May 7, 2019

SCOTTVILLE — City officials on Monday approved a bid from Krieger Building Company for construction and restoration work at the Riverside Park pavilion.

The work will include roofing, siding, paving, concrete work and painting, according to Interim City Manager Steve Brock, who discussed the bids with commissioners.

“We only got two proposals in writing by the end of the day (Monday) to fix up the pavilion at Riverside Park,” Brock said, noting that the other proposal was from an individual who was not licensed or insured as a contractor.

With the encouragement of City Attorney Tracy Thompson, Brock advised against using an unlicensed contractor for city projects, and urged commissioners to approve the bid from Krieger, which was for $10,000.

“My recommendation is that you go with Scott Krieger Construction,” Brock said. “He’s licensed and insured.”

A motion to accept the bid was made by Rob Alway and supported by Marcy Spencer. Commissioners unanimously approved the motion with the exception of Krieger, who abstained from voting because of a family relationship with the owner of the company.

Brock said the Riverside Park improvements would be a good chance for the city to “lead by example,” and commit to fixing up and maintaining a structure — something he hopes Scottville’s residents will do with their homes and properties in an effort to combat blight in the city.

Brock identified blight as a top priority during his tenure in the city manager position.

“I know spring time and snow somehow magically breeds stuff in people’s yards, but the snow’s gone, and it’s time to clean things up,” Brock said. “We’re going to be diligent about that.”

Brock said in the week since he first arrived at city hall, he has met with the ordinance committee to review the city’s blighted properties list.

“They have a long list of follow-up items, and I’ll be working with the city attorney to make sure we get back on that,” he said. “This time of year, that needs to happen.”

Brock said he’s driven through the city and he has seen evidence of the work that he believes needs to be done.

“There aren’t many places in town where you can’t look this way or that way and see some blighting influences — whether it’s derelict buildings, dilapidation or just junk, quite frankly, in people’s yards,” he said. “We’re going to try to do it with a light hand to start out, but if a heavy hand has to come out, we’ll do that too, because it reflects on the community … and it isn’t a good thing.”

Monday marked Brock’s first meeting with the commission since taking on the position. He said he’d be serving in a “very interim” capacity” for an expected two-month period.

He also addressed changes in the recycling program and stressed that glass is no longer allowed in recycling bins.

“There are getting to be more don’ts than dos in that, but unfortunately that’s where the markets are going,” Brock said.

Brock also noted that leaf collection will take place to help residents clear their yard waste.

“On May 13 and 17 the street sweepers will be out,” he said. “Spread the word to get your leaves out to the curb … We will start next Monday.”

City Manager search

The commission set two special meeting dates — May 15 and May 29 — to continue the search for a permanent city manager to replace Amy Williams, who left the post in April.

The May 15 meeting will be reserved for resume review. It will be closed to the public if candidates specifically request for their resumes to be reviewed in closed session.

“In that meeting you’ll review those resumes and hopefully come out with two or three you like,” Brock said. “At the next meeting, on May 29, you’ll conduct the interviews.”

The interviews will be open to the public, Brock said.

Kathie Grinzinger — lead recruiter for the Michigan Municipal League, which is overseeing the executive search — will be present at the meetings, according to Brock.

Other business

The city commission unanimously approved the 2019-20 fiscal year budget with a total expected revenue of $706,279, and expenditures totaling $701,286, as well as a property tax levy of 16.9 mills for the general fund and 2.6 mills for refuse.

The budget resolution also included a special levy of 2.0 mills on personal property located within the DDA district.

Commissioners also approved the street closures for the second Scottville 10 & 31 Celebration, which is scheduled for July 13.

South Main Street from the stoplight to just north of the Dollar General, First Street from South Main to Crowley, and Broadway and North Main Street to the Wesco will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the event.

Also on Monday, Mayor Krieger noted that the city is still seeking a representative to serve on the Ludington Mass Transit Authority (LMTA) Board following the resignation of Sue Begue.

Krieger noted that the LMTA representative will be expected to attend some city commission meetings.

Krieger said interested parties should contact city hall at (231) 757-4729.