Mayor pleased how “everyone is working together”


Imlay City Downtown Development Authority Director Christine Malzahn gives an update to the city commission.

IMLAY CITY — In a rah-rah meeting of sorts, the Imlay City commission received updates from several department heads May 21. All reported good progress with numerous projects moving along well, including the Fourth St. work on sewer, water and storm lines.

Mayor Joi Kempf, who is serving out this year as her last on the commission due to term limitations, said she was happy with the news she heard.

“Our staff did an amazing job of presenting the progress the city is making, thanks to all of their hard work. I’m so impressed by their range of talents and willingness to contribute to the city’s growth.” She added, “What we observed at the meeting was the real Imlay City. I am so proud of everyone.”

Imlay City Downtown Development Authority Director Christine Malzahn gave updates on a number of projects, including the news of the city being selected as the winner of a $25,000 prize designed to promote Imlay City and it’s community.

The story of Imlay City being selected as the winner from a list of 80 applicants was published in an earlier edition of the Tri-City Times.

Malzahn said talks continue between the city and a potential new business locating on three parcels of city-owned property along E. Third St.

She anticipates continued progress, including working through hurdles with state requirements regarding soil conditions.

Malzahn reminded the commission if the properties were to sell, it does not relieve the liability for the city regarding the condition of the three properties.

The DDA Director also gave updates on the beginning of the Concert in the Park series beginning in June, the Farmers Market set to open in July and clean-up efforts along the train viewing platform area, with fresh landscaping planned.

DPW Supervisor Ed Priehs told the commission the work on Fourth Street is moving along well and an earlier-than- expected completion date could be expected.

He also requested, and received approval from the commission, to purchase a new dump truck and snowplowing equipment that will cost over $225,000. Priehs said there would most likely be a wait time of up to 16 months on delivery of the chassis. The funding for the truck will come from the 2024-2025 budget.

The commission approved a pay request to Boddy Construction, the company doing the work on Fourth Street, in the amount of just over $293,000.

Police Chief Bret Selby informed the commission his department has received 12 bio-chemical, hazmat suits that will help with officer safety in situations when those are required.

Selby said the suits cost $350 each, a total of $4,200, and he felt the suits were crucial to have available to his staff.

The chief spoke about security cameras along the Polly Ann Trail, stating there are now eight cameras along the trail for security purposes and monitors are in the police station.

Fire Chief Keith Klobucar said he continues with recruitment efforts for the fire department and now has a staff of 16 firefighters. The Chief said he has two others that will be joining soon, with one of them beginning fire school, possibly in the fall.

Chief Klobucar said he was pleased with the response the department had with their design-a-patch contest. The contest drew 21 entries with the winning design being selected by members of the department.