The search for a new village manager has begun in Three Oaks after the Council accepted the resignation of Adam Umbrasas during their regular meeting Wednesday, May 10.
Having accepted the position four years ago, Umbrasas submitted his notice that said he had accepted a job in the private sector. While he gave the Village 40 days’ notice, Village President David Grosse suggested the Council allow Umbrasas to leave effective Saturday, May 27. Grosse said the Michigan Municipal League will help with finding a new manager. Grosse was appointed interim manager with a salary of $2000 per month.
Also at the meeting, the Council discussed a proposed rental ordinance intended to regulate short-term rentals in the Village. Grosse said the ordinance was intended not to make such rentals harder for property owners but to ensure both owners’ and renters’ safety. The ordinance would require those offering rentals of less than one month’s duration to register with the Village and pass an inspection. It would also limit the number of occupants at any given time. Bed and breakfasts would not be regulated by the new ordinance. Councilmember Steve Graziano asked if the ordinance would leave the Village open to liability if anything happened to a renter. Village attorney Charles Hilmer said he did not foresee any such issues.
The Council voted to rescind a previous bid award of $39,320 to Three Oaks Ford for the purchase of a police department vehicle because the vehicle approved at a previous meeting did not meet specs. Instead, they awarded a new bid of $33,310.12.
As part of the preparations for Three Oaks’ sesquicentennial celebrations, the Council approved a $15,000 contract with Kalamazoo artist Brent Harris to create a sculpture of industrialist E.K. Warren.
The Flag Day Committee applied for a permit for a firework display during Flag Day Weekend. Approval from the fire and police chiefs is required.
The Village will set a Truth in Taxation hearing to address if millage rates need to be adjusted to reflect changes in property values.
The Council approved a resolution to renew the Village’s annual permit for the MDOT right of way.
In his Manager’s Report, Umbrasas told the Council that Journeyman Distillery owner Bill Welter had brought an idea to the Planning Commission to purchase and develop the land adjacent to the business on Generation Drive with a possible driving range and storage. The Commission did not have a quorum at its meeting, so no decisions were made.