ICDDA Board approves pay for Executive Director


The facade program for the Imlay City DDA awarded over $18,000 in grants for 2023. Additional work is planned for 2024.

IMLAY CITY — Members of the Downtown Development Authority received an update on the organization’s activity for 2023 at a recent meeting, reviewing a 12-page document prepared for them.

Throughout the year, the DDA hosted eight concerts in the park and 22 farmers market days and this past season’s holiday activity, Winterfest.

DDA Executive Director Christine Malzahn told board members three new business members were welcomed to the community.

She also reviewed current contracts the DDA has entered in to, including Irrigation System with Aqua Turf in the amount of $300 each season.

While that contract expires this year, Malzahn said the contract with GreenScape Solutions runs through April of 2025. At a cost of $40,000 that company provides seasonal flowers and plants along with maintenance work to planting areas from April thru November.

The DDA also pays just over $9,000 annually for a billboard sign near the M-53 viaduct. The organization pays $764 per month to use the sign. The contract is up in August of this year.

According to Malzahn, the DDA has 12 of 19 goals that the group selected currently in a “work in progress” phase with additional work to be done this year.

The DDA submitted five grant applications to various funding sources, including one for $1.2 million that, if successful, would see the building of a pavilion at Lamb Steele Park at the corner of E. Third St and N. Main St, just south of city hall.

Two grants, totaling over $30,000 were approved while two more are pending and the fifth application was denied.

More than $18,000 was awarded last calendar year for facade grants, a program that allows businesses to obtain funds to help with renovations of downtown buildings.

Additional grant applications have been submitted to the DDA for considerations this year.

“As you can see, the DDA is quite active and engaged in this community,” Malzahn told the board in her report. “We are now compliant with all required reporting at the local and state levels….we are working hard to bring back the shine of this historic gem of a small city.”

Following the informational meeting, the DDA met in regular session and touched on several topics. The board spent nearly an hour in closed executive session to discuss wages for their DDA Executive Director.

The board approved a compensation package negotiated in the closed session and the City Commission later voted (January 16) to approve the DDA’s recommendation to set Malzahn’s salary at $55,000 plus benefits. She has served in her current position since early last year.