STANTON — Several candidates have come forward seeking the city manager’s position recently vacated by James Freed, who left last month to accept a manager’s position in Port Huron.
According to Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, who also is serving on the search committee for a new manager, interviews should be getting underway soon.
At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the city commission, Tissue-Daws noted that the plan currently calls for winnowing down the field of candidates to “around five,” after which interviews will commence.
The search committee is working with a similar search committee in Lakeview; the two communities plan to share whomever is hired into the position in much the same way Freed served both Lakeview and Stanton during his tenure as manager.
“I talked with Ed (Winter, the president of the village of Lakeview) today and he said their committee is also narrowing down the candidates,” Tissue-Daws said. “Our plan is to get it down to five, then do second interviews maybe and then, hopefully, hire someone.”
Stanton commissioner Larry Petersen asked what the timeline was at this point and Tissue-Daws indicated the search committees from both municipalities would be getting together next weekend to discuss options.
“We want to schedule those interviews as soon as they’re available,” Tissue-Daws said. “Both committees are getting their selections narrowed down.”
According to Winter, the applicants in Lakeview have already been narrowed down to seven.
“Stanton is narrowing their picks today,” Winter said. “We will see which ones are left after that. The two committees will get together and interview the short list sometime soon.”
In other business, the commission heard from Department of Public Works Director Jeff Main, who reported that a heavy metal hatch recently blew off the town’s water tower during a storm. A replacement, he said, will cost the city about $2,200.
Also, Cedar Street resident Ryan White addressed commission members during the public comments portion of the meeting, saying that K&R Contracting, the Roseville firm which handled the city’s recently completed streetscape and infrastructure renovations, had not yet returned his lawn to its previous condition, as was spelled out in the city’s proposal.
“Two guys came over with sand and rocks, but what is needed is topsoil,” White said. “They came over and hydroseeded half my yard, but sand and rocks do not grow grass. In my estimation, they didn’t want to be there. I was promised my yard would be as it was. I would appreciated (the commission’s) help.”
Tissue-Daws agreed that White’s yard was left in fairly poor condition following the infrastructure work and said she would call K&R and address the problem.