Matthew Gergen was approved as the new director of the Department of Public Services by the Hastings City Council Monday. Gergen is a Hastings native, a graduate of Hastings High School, resides in the area and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Michigan State University, City Manager Jeff Mansfield said.
Gergen also has extensive experience in the field of commercial construction, having worked for a number of years for both Rockford Construction and Lakewood Construction as a project superintendent on many large private and public sector projects, he said.
Mansfield, Deputy City Manager Jerry Czarnecki and Police Chief Jeff Pratt interviewed several candidates for the position and recommended Gergen.
“We expect that Matt will be a terrific addition to the city team,” Mansfield said.
Gergen is out of state, but is expected to be at the June 24th council meeting. He replaces former director Lee Hays, who resigned in early March.
In other business, the council approved a one-year independent public official’s contract for construction code administration and enforcement with Professional Code Inspectors for the same conditions as last year.
The inspections will be the responsibility of Tom Thompson, as building official/inspector/rental inspector, Glenn Stoneburner as rental inspector and Josh Case as building inspector/rental inspector as independent contractors.
There are no specific wages or fees listed, instead, the contract reads: “officials shall receive, as compensation for the services performed under this contract, all revenues from the fees charged in connection with said services. The fees charged by said officials shall be in accordance with Chapter 18 of the Hastings City Code.”
Also, the council also extended contracts by one year with Hallifax Services, who provide cleaning, and maintenance services at city hall, and B&L Outdoor Services, who provide mowing and maintenance services for city parks.
And, a public hearing was set for June 24 at 7 p.m. to satisfy a new requirement for Community Development Block Grants. Community Development Director Dan King said a second public hearing was added to the conditions of the federal grants administered by the state.