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ADRIAN — The Adrian City Commission will meet Tuesday instead of Monday in order to recognize of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

The agenda is set with vacancy discussion and decisions, recommendations to upgrade the lighting on a city street and a public hearing on street improvements.

During the premeeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. inside city chambers, 159 E. Maumee St., the commission will discuss the vacant city commission seat and soon-to-be vacant city attorney role.

Eleven people have applied for the seat made vacant by former city commissioner Devin Stevens’ resignation, which came about after Stevens was charged with one count of possession of child sexually abusive material.

The commission now has to schedule interviews for the candidates in the lead up to it making a selection, which will probably come within the next month. The person picked will serve until the next regular city election, which will be November 2019.

With city attorney Sarah Osburn announcing she will leave Adrian for a new job at a Lansing law firm this week, the commission also is tasked with finding her replacement. Osburn served for the past 16 years as both assistant city attorney and city attorney.

The commission’s vacancy decision is expected to come during the regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. During the meeting, the commission will appoint a person to the Adrian Downtown Development Authority board. The DDA board met Wednesday morning and by a 7-5 vote recommended John Bartoszewicz, Adrian Chamber of Commerce president, for the role.

The commission also will be presented with a city staff recommendation to revise the standard lighting contract with Consumers Energy. Todd, Brown, Adrian’s director of engineering and parks services, has requested a light replacement upgrade for Williams Street, bordering the Adrian College campus, which will reduce energy consumption and costs. The college has agreed to pay the costs of the lighting upgrade with no costs being borne by the city.

A public hearing will be held during the regular meeting for those who live in the Vine Street neighborhood. The city is proposing to set up a special assessment district to construct improvements, including curb and gutter, on Vine Street, from McKenzie to Madison streets. Property owners who live within the SAD will be asked to pay for some of the improvements.
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