City commissioners to discuss downtown concerns, public safety strategic plan

BIG RAPIDS — During the Big Rapids City Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, members of the board are expected to consider several study session items concerning the city.

Among these topics are concerns regarding the downtown area, a strategic plan for public safety, an amendment to the city charter and an amendment to the zoning ordinance permitting child care centers in the residential-professional district.

Special orders to take place at the meeting include the introduction of Jake Walston as the new street superintendent and recognizing Gordon Mallett for the painting of a new mural in the City Commission chambers.

Also during the meeting, commissioners are expected to discuss:

• Adopting the 2019 rules of procedure for conducting the City Commission business;

• Adopting the 2019 meeting schedule;

• A performance resolution for governmental agencies;

• Poverty guidelines for administration of the poverty exemption from property taxes;

• Adopting the amended policy for the capital improvements program;

• Accepting an agreement with the patrol officer’s unit;

• Accepting an agreement with the sergeant’s unit;

• Approving a traffic control order to implement a one-way sign on the 200 block of West Spruce Street; and

• Recommending the appointment of Bill Routley to the Mecosta/Osceola Central Dispatch Board.


Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the city/county reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at

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