Houghton City Manager search underway

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The City of Houghton could see a new city manager selected by early December and on the job in February. Mayor Bob Backon said at the council meeting Wednesday night that a selection committee will begin work soon to decide who will replace longtime manager Scott MacInnes. MacInnes announced his retirement at a recent meeting. Backon said that no less than four cities in the Upper Peninsula are looking to fill city manager positions this year.

At the meeting, it was announced that Houghton has been recognized as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Houghton is one of just two cities in Michigan to attain that level and is the only one in the Upper Peninsula.

In other action, the council…
– Was told by Public Works Director Mark Zenner that paving projects in the city are progressing on schedule.
– Learned that winter parking regulations start on November 1st.
– Switched its November 27 th meeting to November 20th to avoid conflicts with the Thanksgiving holiday.
– Passed a resolution to adopt a master plan which includes the recreation and natural resources conservation plan.