During Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the Belding City Council, Brown was given an evaluation in a closed session that lasted about an hour. After coming out of closed session, council members told meeting attendees that Brown was given a “superior” rating. Councilmen Mike Scheid and Dennis Feehan were absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
Brown said some of the most positive comments made during his evaluation were about the work he’s been doing to move Belding forward into becoming a “bedroom community to Grand Rapids.” He said he was expecting to hear at least some negatives during his performance evaluation but all comments were positive.
“I’ve enjoyed being a part of this community. I’ve enjoyed moving it in a different direction,” he said. “I’m very pleased that (the council) pleased with what I’m doing.”
Some other positive points of Brown’s evaluation, he said, were that he’s worked to focus the community on attracting people to the community.
“We need to have vibrant neighborhoods and a strong retail center and a bunch of things that make up what’s called quality of life. We don’t really have any of that,” he said. “I’ve focused on the neighborhoods and the downtown commercial areas.”
Mayor Ron Gunderson said despite their absences, Scheid and Feehan both expressed positive comments about Brown for Gunderson to relay.
“I’m very pleased to have him. I think the city is pleased to have him. He’s moving the community forward in a positive way,” Gunderson said.
Gunderson added that one of the things he has noticed most about Brown is that he makes sure to maintain an open-door policy with coworkers and residents. He said he and Brown have a standing weekly appointment and if someone stops in during that time, Brown makes time to see them.
“That’s who Bruce is,” he said.
Gunderson said Brown’s knowledge has really shown over the course of his employment and that he’s been impressed with his performance starting from his interview.
Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones said that he’s grateful for the guidance that Brown has given the city in terms of business and industry in the community.
“I think he’s made some big changes and I’m very glad he’s been here,” Jones said.
Councilman Brad Miller echoed the sentiments thanking Brown for “everything (he’s) doing for moving the city forward.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do but a lot of work accomplished, too,” he said.