Evart City Council preparing for new year

EVART – Members of the Evart City Council are gearing up for 2017.

During their first meeting of the month on Monday at City Hall, council members discussed some of the goals each of them would like to see accomplished, while also looking at some of the goals they had set a year ago, to see if they were accomplished or are in the process of being completed.

Included in the goal-setting discussion, members talked about taking the necessary steps to update and revise the city's charter, which is more than 35 years old. Members were told to each have a couple ideas about what they would like to tackle in the year ahead ready for the Monday, Dec.19, meeting.

In looking at the goals members set last year, City Manager Zack Szakacs said many of those goals were achieved or will be achieved in 2017, including completion roof work at city hall. City zoning ordinances, one of 2016's goals, is being completely rewritten thanks to Project Rising Tide, and will be completed soon.

Project Rising Tide is a pilot program by Gov. Rick Snyder designed to provide communities with the tools they need to design and build a solid planning, zoning and economic development foundation to attract new businesses and help existing employers to grow.

Another goal accomplished by council was to provide residents with a newsletter to keep them aware of some items the city was working on. It went out with the city tax bills, Szakacs said.

The city manager also asked council members for three dates to submit to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, so the state department can choose one of those dates to visit the city in order to begin a community assessment, which also is part of the Project Rising Tide. Council members expressed interest in completing the meeting as soon as possible, suggesting Jan. 12, 24 and 26.

The council tabled assigning board and committee assignments for 2017 until the Dec.19 meeting, so members have an opportunity to see which ones they are interested in serving on.

The next Evart City Council meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, at City Hall.

Agendas and meeting minutes are available on the city's website evart.org.