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Local government ROUNDUP

A roundup of recent actions by local governments:

∫ The Alpena Municipal Council voted to approve a new two-year contract with the city’s clerical staff. The employees are members of the United SteelWorkers Union 211. It wasn’t immediately clear if that contract included any raises or changes in benefits.

The council also accepted a draft of the city’s Comprehensive Plan crafted by the city Planning Commission. It’s likely council members will make some tweaks to the draft and then the Planning Commission will host a public hearing for it. The council could adopt the final plan at its next meeting on Monday.

The council also voted to keep the accounting firm Straley Lamp Kraenzlein to handle the city’s annual audit and approved a trio of technology contracts for projects with Alpena County.

The council also voted to modify a resurfacing contract Goodrich Trucking totaling $119,550 and approved a budget amendment that will carry over projects from last fiscal year to this fiscal year.

∫ The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted to apply for money through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including a First Responders Hazard Pay Premiums Program Grant and money to pay police, corrections officers, and 911 operators $1,000 each on Sept. 18, 2020. It voted to apply for a Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program Grant.

Commissioners also approved a request from the county Veterans Affairs Office to submit a grant amendment for additional funds through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

The board also voted to approve a request to trade in the current Emergency Operations Control Incident Trailer and combine the funds with a grant received from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan to purchase a newer trailer, with any remaining funds to be used to adapt the trailer to the Emergency Operations Center’s needs.

Board Chairman Bob Adrian set up an ad hoc committee to address issues at Plaza Pool. The committee will consist of Adrian and Commissioners John Kozlowski and Bill Peterson.

∫ The Rogers City City Council passed a resolution switching elections for council members and the mayor to even-numbered years. The move will add a year to their current terms, with council members facing voters next in 2022. The move was made to sync up with other measures on the ballot in those years to save the city on election costs.

The council also voted to host a public hearing about the possible rezoning of property on Lakeview, State, and Linden streets from RM, Low Rise Multiple Family Residential, to R-2, which is single family residential.

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