REED CITY — A vacant seat remains to be filled on the Reed City Downtown Development Authority board, following the resignation of two members and the Reed City Council's decision not to reappoint the former board chair.

During the Dec. 15 council meeting, city council members chose not to reappoint Jim Thompson, who has served on the DDA board for 23 years.

"I wanted to stay with the DDA members who have been working really hard to better the business climate in Reed City," Thompson said, sharing his disappointment regarding the council's action.

Reed City Mayor Karen McKinney is unsure why her fellow council members chose to not reappoint him.

"I was surprised when it was almost a resounding 'no,'" she said.

In the weeks following the December council meeting, DDA board members Rod Weck and Joe Dahlquist resigned from their positions.

Weck chose not to comment on the matter and Dahlquist could not be reached for comment. However, in his resignation letter dated Dec. 22, Weck stated the expansion of Reed City Tool, the business in which he is the president and CEO, will take up additional amounts of his time. Dahlquist did not state a reason for his resignation in his letter, dated Dec. 19.

At a DDA meeting on Feb. 18, Roger Deno, the site manager of Reed City's Huntington Bank, was elected as the new chair.

McKinney said the city is looking for other people to serve on the DDA board. Residents that desire to be a member can submit a letter of interest with forms found at reedcity.org/cityforms.php.