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West Branch Wins Region 6 Nomination in League Competition
City’s "Fabulous Fridays" Now in Running for Statewide Community Excellence Award
KALKASKA, Michigan (May 6, 2011) - West Branch won the Region 6 Community Excellence Award for its “Fabulous Fridays” program at the Region 6 Education Seminar in Kalkaska on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
The event was the first of seven regional seminars in the 2011 League Tour leading up the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 4-6 in Grand Rapids.
The other projects vying for the award were Hillman’s “Extreme Makeover” bridge and street reconstruction project, presented by Hillman Village Manager David Post; Rogers City’s $7.6-million water and sewer project, presented by Rogers City Manager Mark Slown; and Petoskey’s improvement plan for the Bear River Recreation Area, presented by Petoskey City Manager Dan Ralley.
West Branch’s “Fabulous Fridays” program was presented by City Manager Tom Youatt and councilmember Rusty Showalter, and prepared by Pete Fabbri of the West Branch retail merchants committee.
“I honestly thought all four of the projects were really excellent and I didn’t know who to vote for,” said Shafto. “It shows that for a small region we have a wide variety of projects with each having excellence in its own rights. I thought it was amazing.”
The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.