Evart council seeks to replace depot roof

EVART — Members of the Evart City Council are looking to replace the roof on the Evart Depot building in early spring.

A motion to proceed with DK Design Group out of Cadillac was approved at a Nov. 16 council meeting. Council members had received a few bids for the general project, but decided against awarding the bid because each quote was vastly different in cost and project specifications. However, due to the city's past experience with DK Design Group, they decided to develop project details with the company.

A bid from the business is expected to be approved at a future meeting, with construction on the depot roof to take place in early spring.

In other business, council members approved a contract for Evart Police Sgt. John Beam, who is set to take the position of chief on Jan. 1. Current chief Kendra Backing chose not to renew her contract, which lasts through Dec. 31.

Council members said Beam's four-year contract was prepared by city attorney Jim White and mirror's Backing's contract, but with reduced severance pay, lower wages and no union holiday pay.