City seeks replacement for assessor

ALPENA — The City of Alpena is going to begin the process of looking for a replacement for Assessor Jeff Shea, who announced his intention to retire this summer.

Shea, who has worked as assessor for 17 years, said it is time to step down and move on to the next chapter in his life.

“I’ve put my years in. I have worked for 40 years without more than two weeks off and I’m tired of it and frankly tired of all the responsibility,” Shea said. “I plan to travel, do more with the band and go ice fishing. I haven’t been able to ice fish since I started with the city.”

Shea said he has enjoyed his time working for the city and with residents. He said he always did his best to be fair and accurate while doing his job, while following state guidelines in doing so.

“I take great pride in the relationship I have with the people here at the city and the city taxpayers,” Shea said. “My goal all along has been fairness and equity and I try to convey that to everybody. The relationships I have made are very appreciated.”

Shea said he is scheduled to retire on July 2 and he will join council members Cindy Johnson and Mike Nowak, along with other department heads on a committee that will help to locate, interview his replacement.

In other business:

∫ council voted to pay bills totaling $1,123,392.

∫ council approved having Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Christmas parades in the city in 2018.

∫ council approved the 2018 meeting schedules. The meeting will continue to be held on the first and third Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

∫ council entered into an agreement with Pepsi Beverage Company for vending service. The city will pay the company a 30 percent commission on all soda sales.

∫ council approved the submission of Coastal Zone Management Grant on behalf of NOAA for educational and public access facilities behind the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Heritage Center. The total amount of the project is expected to be $182,500 with a 50 percent match. The city can use in-kind services and labor to cover its portion of the match. The city should know sometime in February if the grant is awarded to it.

∫ Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast President Tim Kuehnlein delivered a report on this years Lake Huron Discovery Tour. He said it was a success, but the direction and future of MACNE and the event is in question.

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