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Coldwater City Council passes budget, debates housing rehab policy

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It was a busy Coldwater City Council meeting last night. The City’s spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July First is in place after the Council unanimously passed a new budget. And there was a lengthy discussion before the Council voted 6-3 to purchase a house at 52 West Montgomery Street for $4,550. There were differing opinions concerning the current city practice to "assist neighborhoods through acquisition, demolition, or rehabilitation" of blighted properties that have been foreclosed upon. Councilmembers Toby Kirk, Maureen Petzko, and Heather Peet voted against the property acquisition.

City Manager Jeff Budd will benefit from another positive evaluation by the Council. Budd will be getting a 2% raise, an increase in his car allowance from $375 a month to $450 a month, and a one-time bonus of $5,500 in recognition of his dual roles of City Manager and Finance Director over the past three years.

The City Council also heard from Director of Public Safety Mark Bartell on how the police department patrol staff will be converting from 8 hour to 12 shifts beginning in mid-July. The letter of understanding for the new schedule was approved without any opposition from the council.