City of Manton, in search of new entrance signs, may ask the public for help in designing them | News
MANTON – By the summer, the town of Manton may have signage designed by a member of the community … maybe even a student.
The Manton Commission recently discussed a plan to install four new signs at each entrance to the city and looked at some initial design ideas from Manton-based Krazy Kat Signs.
During the discussion, Commissioners Lisa Gillett and Demetrius Atwood said they believe the community should be involved in the design process. Atwood added that holding a design competition among Manton students might also be a good idea.
The committee agreed to schedule a working session to discuss their plans for the future of the panels.
Public Works Manager Jake Paddock has said ideally he would like to start installing the panels by April and have them installed by July 4.
Also during the meeting, the committee voted to retain Sue Fullerton as deputy mayor.
Mayor Sam Cronkhite said given Fullerton’s many years on the commission (she is the longest-serving board member) he believes she is the best candidate for the job.
In the vote, Commissioners Atwood, Bill Bates and Dick Raymer voted in favor of Fullerton as deputy mayor. Commissioners Gillett and Marcie Wilson – who before the meeting indicated she was interested in becoming the new mayor pro tem – voted against the motion.
At the same meeting, the commission discussed a letter from the Wonderland Humane Society regarding feral cats.
“Every town and rural area in County Wexford has problems and complaints about increasing populations of feral and stray cats,” read a letter signed by Wonderland Humane Society president Kathy Kirch to the Manton Clerk Jessica Schisser.
“Our goal is to work with city and county leaders to provide the communities of Manton, Mesick and Cadillac with monthly clinics, going from neighborhood to neighborhood to trap, sterilize and release or resettle sterile animals. This strategy fosters a “no-culture” situation as each colony ages and natural attrition occurs, each neighborhood becomes a wildlife-free environment over time.
“If your town works with us – with available state and federal grants, information sharing, cost sharing and manpower – we believe County Wexford, its towns and surrounding rural areas can solve the problem of overpopulation of feral and stray cats.
At last month’s commission meeting, Manton Police Chief Cory Lipar said someone had approached him with an offer to spay and neuter feral cats in the town for free. Lipar said he will follow up with the Wonderland Humane Society and see if anything can be organized to tackle the town’s feral cat population by spring.
Also during the meeting, the commissioners discussed several hundred dollars in bills from lawyers for the law firm Running, Wise and Ford.
In a previous meeting, Wilson asked for details of several phone conversations between lawyer Thomas Grier and former mayor Garry Brown. It turns out that the calls were related to the proposed land swap between the town of Manton and the True North gas station.
Since Brown at the time was not officially appointed to any board charged with making a deal with True North, Wilson said it was simply a call between a lawyer and a private citizen, and that the city should not be charged for this. Cronkhite countered that Brown was a valuable resource for the city at the time and that there was a need to get his opinion on the proposal.
Fullerton brought a motion to pay the attorney’s bills, including those related to appeals between Brown and Grier, and a majority of the commission approved.
At one point in the meeting, Paddock informed the commission of a request from resident Scott Chittle, whose backyard community rink gained national attention last year.
Paddock said Chittle asked the city to cover the cost of filling the ice rink with water, which, at their normal rates, would cost around $ 400.
The committee voted unanimously to cover this cost.
During the meeting, the committee also heard of a proposal from Wilson to change their committee structure and form a “committee of the whole.”
In the plenary model committee, each commissioner meets with a department head and reports to the other commissioners during a working session. Currently, each department has a council made up of three commissioners who communicate with the heads of departments and report to the commission.
Wilson said the idea behind the full committee is for commissioners to work more efficiently and be on the same page on city issues. Gillett commented that she thought a committee of the whole arrangement would also save time.
Raymer said he was somewhat confused about the proposal, which he felt was redundant, as they would still need to discuss the department’s issues in a working session after committee members met with heads of department. department.
Cronkhite commented that he believed the committee’s current arrangement was suitable for a town the size of Manton and suggested that the matter be postponed until further research can be done. Bates put forward this motion and it was approved by the majority of the committee.
Wilson also discussed purchasing software called PrimeGov, which is designed to manage reports, agenda items, documents and other information for commissioners. If purchased, the software can be downloaded onto computer tablets previously purchased by the City for each commissioner.
During the discussion, a number of Commissioners balked at the price of the software, which if purchased with all of its bells and whistles would be around $ 20,000 per year. A majority of the committee has voted against purchasing the software at this time.