After Failed Vote and Much Debate, Muskegon Commission Re-Elects Spataro for Vice Mayor

At its January 2 organizational meeting. the six commissioners present split 3-3 on a vote to re-confirm commissioner Larry Spataro as the city’s vice mayor. See how today’s debates played out.

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Commissioners Table Bike Time/Farmers Market Plan That Didn’t Consult Market

The festival, which will be operated locally starting next year, wants to place its vendors on the new market site starting next year.

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Commissioners Ask Big Questions Ahead of Tuesday’s Farmers Market Endorsement Vote

A majority of the rest of Monday’s meeting consisted of questions and comments from the commission to the DMDC’s representatives, as well as community comments. Read on to learn more about the points discussed.

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Stopgap Senior Transit Measure Does Not Pass, Funding to End This Month

After the down vote, the city commission voted 4-1 to send out a request for proposals for private companies to provide a comparable service to city residents after the current city program funding expires. Commissioner Willie German voted against this measure.

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City of Muskegon Okays Rezoning To Allow For More Secondhand Shops

“Currently you have to go through a very bureaucratic process to open something like an antique shop,” said Ward 3 Commissioner Larry Spataro. “We thought this would let businesses get up and running without the need for a special permit.”

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Muskegon City Commission Keeps Gawron As Vice Mayor, Swears In Four Commissioners

Jeffrey Lewis – new Director of Public Safety was also introduced at the meeting. He officially started his duties with the city on January 3. Lewis replaced Anthony Kleibecker, who went to Michigan State University late last year. A 30-year law enforcement veteran, Lewis came from Milan, MI where he served as chief of police.

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