Positive review, performance bonus for Niles city manager

Published 8:58 am Thursday, November 12, 2015

City Manager Ric Huff received high marks in his most recent performance review by the Niles City Council.

Mayor Mike McCauslin announced during Monday’s regular meeting that Huff scored at 90 percent or above in all five areas of his annual evaluation.

“He continues to be an outstanding leader for our city,” said McCauslin.

The council also voted unanimously to give Huff a $1,000 performance bonus in recognition of his efforts during the past year.

“We wish we could do much more for you,” said councilman Robert Durm, explaining that the city did not have room in the budget for employee pay raises.

Huff also received praise from several other board members.

Also Monday:

• McCauslin proclaimed November as Hospice and Palliative Care Month. A plaque of the proclamation was given to Deborah Hayes of Lakeland Hospice at Home.

• The council approved five-year ground leases at Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport for Larry Fischer, Dan and Gayle Carson, the Experimental Aircraft Association and NCP Coatings.

• Resident Jan Personette said, contrary to what she’s been told in the past no one from the state Department of Health and Human Services ever comes to the library to help residents fill out forms for assistance and other state aid/services.

• A resident asked the city to consider installing a shelter for homeless people in city limits as the closest ones are in Benton Harbor or South Bend.

• Charlie McAfee announced that Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Moulder Drive in Niles would celebrate Councilwoman Georgia Boggs for all the work she does in the community Nov. 14 and 15.

• The council appointed Barbara Craig to the Niles DDA.

• The council removed Lanre Ajayi, Tammy Pressler and Casey Couch from the planning commission due to unexcused absences and appointed Brad Paquette to the planning commission.