Wayland's zoning official leaves for Middleville

Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

The City of Wayland’s new planning and zoning administrator Brian Urquhart will be leaving to accept a full-time position with the Village of Middleville.

Urquhart was hired in January to work 20 hours a week in Wayland. His services were shared by Middleville where he worked another 20 hours a week.

At the city council’s meeting on Monday, Oct. 6, city manager Mike Selden said with Middleville’s village manager being chosen to take over the city manager position in Battle Creek, Urquhart was asked to step in full-time to take on more responsibilities.

Selden said Professional Code Inspections of Dorr, which also provides the city’s building permit inspections will step back in to provide code enforcement.

That leaves a gap in planning services.

Two consultation companies, Williams and Works and Wade Trim, submitted proposals to fill planning needs on an as-needed basis.

“We’d like to set up a recommendation committee with members of the council and planning commission to get a feel for the right fit for the city,” Selden said.  “We want to interview both firms because you don’t get that feel by looking at packets.”

Committee members assigned for the interview were Ron Kobish, Sam Dykstra and Gary Ragan from the planning commission and Lisa Banas, Jennifer Antel and Tim Bala from the city council. The interview is Monday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.

For full story, pick up a copy of the Oct. 9 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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