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City of Alpena forms new department

ALPENA, Mich. — With the retirement of Building Official Don Gilmet, the Planning, Development, and Zoning Department has been formed, combining two previous departments– the Building Department and the Planning and Zoning Department.

The department will be located on the ground floor of Alpena City Hall and is responsible for the enforcement of building code, administration of the zoning ordinance, city planning functions and administration of the planning commission and much more.

Andrea Kares is the Department Director, Mike Kieliszewski is the Building Division Head, Billy Vogt is the Building Inspector, and Kathleen Sauve is the Administrative Assistant.

“Department staff look forward to a productive 2021,” Director Kares said. “And to serving residents and contractors in person now that City Hall is back open.”

The department will also be responsible for the City’s Capital Improvement Plan, coordination and development of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, and assistance with economic development initiatives.