The Cadillac Report
January 29, 2010 Volume 2, Number 2
In This Issue From the Office of the City Manager
Message from the Office It seems that winter has
of the City Manager caught up again with
Topics of Interest Cadillac, and just in time
for the annual North
Upcoming Council/Board American Snow Festival
Items (see link on left margin).
I have been asked to
Links participate in the event this
year, which coincidentely is
City Calendar also my first year in town,
by throwing myself into frozen Lake Cadillac for charity for
Community Events OASIS. Although I am sure I’ll have “cold feet” about the
polar plunge, I am looking forward to the event, and
North American Snow encourage everyone to attend!
Depending on where you reside in our state, I did receive
Snowmobiling for a relatively good news from the MML regarding MDOT’s five
Diabetes Free Tomorrow year transportation plan. The news in general was that
MichCanSka there will be an overall slowdown in road projects due to
funding issues; however, the good news is that Wexford
County is not on their project slow down list at this time!
www.cadillac-mi.net This morning I had the privilege to be on our Mayor’s
Friday morning radio broadcast, which was also my first
firstname.lastname@example.org time on the radio, and had an opportunity to tell Cadillac a
little about myself and my family. I feel like I’ve met
hundreds of people in the short time I’ve lived here, but I
February Meetings recognize that there are people that I may not have had an
opportunity to meet and get to know. Please, feel free to
call or stop by the office; I’d love to meet with you.
February 1 – 7 p.m.
For nearly 30 years Jan Nelson has served the City.
However, all good things must come to an end, and Jan has
February 3– 7 p.m.
indicated that she plans to retire later this winter, likely in
Diggins Hill Tennis Court
mid to late March. I have met with Jan, Chris and other
staff to come up with staffing solutions, and in the interim,
Chris Benson, who is also a resident of Cadillac and can
February 8 – 5 p.m.
serve as treasurer, will take over Jan’s duties once Jan
Courthouse Hill Historic
Lastly, I am looking forward to meeting, for the first time
since I’ve started, fellow City Managers from across the
state at the annual MLGMA (Michigan Local Government
Manager’s Association) conference, that will be held in
Grand Rapids next week. The theme of the event is
“Economy, Energy, & Entrepreneurship.”
Topics of Interest
A meeting was held with the Cadillac Insurance Center
to discuss details regarding the proposed easement
from the Center, which is necessary to enable the
addition of a turning lane at the Ayer/Gunn Street
intersection with Mitchell Street in 2011. A brownfield
plan has been prepared and approved by the Cadillac
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority regarding this
project, since demolition of the former Cad-A-Stran
building, now owned by Cadillac Insurance Center will
be necessary to make the easement usable for the road
widening project. It is anticipated that the plan will be
presented to the Cadillac City Council for a public
hearing and proposed adoption on February 15, 2010.
Research was conducted regarding benefits issues
related to our ongoing negotiations with IAFF local
A meeting of the Cadillac Downtown Fund was attended.
A meeting was held with Susan Loney of the United
States Department of Agriculture to discuss a particular
grant program and the types of project proposals that
would be accepted under this program.
The succession planning memo and related information
was completed and distributed to all department heads
In the absence of the city manager due to a death in his
family, Assistant City Manager Precia Garland
participated in the January 20, 2010 council meeting on
Redaction of the invoices from Miller, Canfield, Paddock
& Stone (MCPS) regarding the Gordon Maxwell milfoil
special assessment case was completed and the letter
with accompanying invoices was offered to Mr. Maxwell
for pick-up, in exchange for the fee of $41.27. The
charges from MCPS for the approximately two hours of
time spent reviewing and redacting the invoices could
not be assessed to Mr. Maxwell under the FOIA act.
Additionally, Mr. Maxwell submitted a new FOIA request
for documentation of charges incurred by the city
related to the other appeal of the milfoil special
assessment, and invoices are currently in the process of
being redacted by MCPS, consistent with the handling of
how the invoices pertaining to the first FOIA request
were recently reviewed redacted after the hearing.
Attendance at the January Lecture Luncheon Series,
entitled, “Creating Entrepreneurial Communities,”
hosted by Baker College was very worthwhile and
produced several ideas/concepts for future
implementation in Cadillac.
A meeting with representatives from Consumers Energy
to discuss performance and reliability issues was held.
Regarding the Four Winns ownership transition, a letter
as requested by the state of Michigan was prepared
pledging to offer future IFTs to the company.
Additionally, a packet of 24 IFTs presently in place was
prepared and sent to Four Winns to facilitate transfer of
the remaining terms of these IFTs to the new corporate
owner, Platinum Equity, LLC.
City Clerk Jan Nelson has announced she will be retiring
from the city this March. Efforts are underway to review
staffing options regarding this position and its various
During the past couple of weeks moderate
temperatures, with accompanying rain, caused local
snow packed streets to become rutted and very
slippery. Efforts to mitigate this situation included
blading and applying salt and salt/sand at the
approaches to intersections and in curves. The
temperature never warmed to a point where the snow
pack became slush and could be removed from the
traveled areas of the streets. Our total estimated
snowfall for the current winter is 55” inches as
compared with 107” for the period October 1 through
the end of January of last winter. This year we have
expended $20,968 or 35% of the winter maintenance
Snow was hauled from City lots to make room for
upcoming snow events. We have hauled snow on 6
separate occasions to free up side-street and main
parking lot spaces. I have not received any complaints
in the past couple of weeks from downtown businesses
or customers relative to snow and available parking.
In addition to ice and snow control, potholes were
repaired on Mitchell Street and sign maintenance was
performed on intersection signs damaged by vehicles.
The equipment continues to hold up fairly well with only
minor breakdowns. Personnel haven’t had to respond to
significant storms so are rested and prepared for the
snow events associated with the current arctic cold
The following are some of the events/projects on which
we have been working:
The sewer litigation with Haring Township resumed and
further court dates were set for February 3 and 4. This
may be the end of this phase of the litigation.
Utilities staff have been checking the frost line to
determine if a run water notice should be issued.
We updated our water main flushing program, which
has not been done in several years. This should
increase efficiencies in the spring when we flush the
We are attempting to have an LDFA meeting; however
getting everyone’s schedules together has been difficult
thus far due to people being out of town.
Jerry Adams was a featured speaker at a recent
Luncheon Lecture Series held at Baker College. Jerry
discussed issues and trends affecting local tourism,
retail, and industrial development and offered a variety
of suggestions for improving the area’s economic health.
The program was hosted by the Cadillac Area Chamber
of Commerce and Baker College.
The Diggins Hill Committee is currently working on a
site master plan for the 14 acre Diggins Hill property.
The plan will serve as a guide to the future physical
development of the site for recreational purposes.
Anyone interested in serving on the Committee is
encouraged to contact Jerry Adams, Community
Development Coordinator, at 231-775-0181, extension
101, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The city is working with representatives of the United
States Census Bureau in an effort to achieve a high rate
of resident participation in the upcoming 2010 Census.
Census information, such as the population count,
number of households, and other such data, is critical to
the city and local human services agencies in the
procurement of state and federal funds.
Members of the department attended a full department
meeting on 1-19-2010 to establish goals for the year.
Firefighters have been busy with emergency medical
responses in Cadillac and Clam Lake Township.
Fire Marshal Mike Mongar hosted a training session for
the area Technical Rescue Team. The team focuses on
issues such as high angle rope rescue, construction
trench collapse, and building collapse scenarios.
Lieutenant Chris Shankland and Firefighter Fred Osborn
attended a meeting of the North American Snowmobile
Festival committee to assist with safety planning.
Firefighters assisted a homeowner on Leeson Ave. with
a chimney fire.
Efforts continue in the areas of incident pre-planning for
specific locations and identification of hazardous
substances through the Firefighter Right to Know
Lieutenant Chris Shankland
Chris was hired in 1988 and
promoted to Lieutenant in
1997. He serves as the
department training officer
and is responsible for the Lieutenant Chris Shankland
participating in a roof
planning and coordination of
ventilation training session.
Lieutenant Shankland finds it
rewarding to help the public
in any capacity and has
enjoyed seeing the
advancements in our local
fire service over the past 22
Building Official Bob Hunt issued a final certificate of
occupancy for the showroom and office addition at Don’s
Auto Clinic, located at 1110 N. Mitchell Street.
Final inspections for the
new Chemical Bank
building located at 302
South Mitchell are
Officers are investigating a breaking and entering at
Fast Cast Asset Exchange.
The suffocation death of a one month old infant was
Det/Lt. Golnick uncovered information regarding a past
armed robbery and planned future armed robbery in
another city. The information was forwarded to
A 2009 child pornography case was concluded.
Captain Matt Wohlfeill continues to assist OASIS/Family
Resource Center with the upcoming polar dip fundraiser.
Matt provided information on the polar dip during the
“community spotlight” portion of a recent city council
Community Police Officer/School Liaison Jason Straight
has been assisting school staff and parents at CHS and
CJHS with a variety of issues involving students. Jason
is also assisting with the organization of the North
American Snowmobile Festival.
Officers have been busy assisting Northern Lakes
Community Mental Health with intervention and
transportation of several
mentally ill individuals.
Code Enforcement Officer
Pam Klifman continues to
intervene in several blight
violations in various areas of
Blight violations under
investigation by Code
Enforcement Officer Pam Klifman. The pile of garbage
in the photo above was removed by the homeowner the
day after contact with our Code Enforcement Officer.
Police Officer Roger Collins
Officer Collins joined the
Cadillac Police Department in
2004. Roger served one year
as a narcotics officer with the
Tabor City, North Carolina
Officers Roger Collins
and Jeff Rork
Police Department prior to his
responding to a 911 move to Cadillac.
Officer Collins excels at
narcotics enforcement and
keeping our streets safe
through the enforcement of
Roger enjoys the variety
associated with police service
and looks forward to serving
the public when he comes to
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