HANCOCK — Hancock has received six applications from potential candidates for chief of police, City Manager Mary Babcock said at Wednesday’s city council meeting.
Chef Wayne Butler will retire at the end of November. He has held the position since 2014.
The post had been advertised through the heads of state association and nationally. Councilors Whitney Warstler and Richard Freeman Jr. have indicated they would like to serve on the committee. Babcock said she would also contact other law enforcement agencies in the area to have someone fill the other spot.
Candidates include people local and from as far away as Wyoming, Babcock said.
Also on Wednesday, Hancock’s Downtown Development Association completed the purchase of the former Risto’s Hardware Store building on Quincy Street.
“We’re going to look at what we can do in the display cases that have plastic pendant lights, to at least try to light up that place until the (request for proposals) is complete,” said Babcock.
Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Redevelopment Ready Community program. will work with the city to conduct feasibility studies for the property.
The council also approved the Michigan Department of Natural Resources trust fund grant to purchase waterfront land that will give the city connectivity along the Navy Street Trail. The project total is $231,900 with a local counterpart of $60,300. The city has already done the environmental assessment and title search, Babcock said.
Then the city will do an appraisal of the property and meet with the owners of the title to see if the city can buy it at that price.
The DNR would be willing to work with the city if more money is needed, Babcock said. Although the city must reapply, the chances of success are higher than if the city applied for an entirely new grant.
In other actions, the council:
• Heard of Babcock, the city is trying to spread the word about the proper way to apply the new trash stickers. People are asked to fold the sticker in half at the top of the bag so that it sticks to itself. The city recently switched to stickers instead of personalized trash bags.
• Approval of Up and Running’s bid for $10,545 for new front door locks for City Hall and Police Department entrance and evidence room.
• Approval of Dave’s Hancock Service estimate of $8,120.84 to remove and replace the engine assembly of the 2016 Tahoe police vehicle.
• Approved the sale of the town’s 1983 Vactor truck to Tim’s Excavating for $20,000.
• Approved the Recreation Commission’s recommendation of $35,000 for the construction of a new garage at Hancock Driving Park. The estimate covers the cost of building materials, Babcock said. The Department of Public Works will dismantle the current garage and build the new one.