February 28, 2020

Mayor to declare Feb. 2nd Anthony Zettel Day

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WEST BRANCH — Mayor Paul Frechette is introducing a resolution to make Feb. 2nd Anthony Zettel Day in the city of West Branch in honor of Anthony Zettel making it to the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers . The resolution is expected to become official Feb. 3rd at the next city council meeting. 

During its Jan. 20 meeting, Frechette said that he wanted to do something that shows the city recognizes Zettel’s hard work, accomplishments and how much his family means to the community. “I want to do this not only for the Zettel family and Mac’s place and what they mean to the community,” said Frechette.”But, also because we have this young man who grew up in our community and through his dedication, hard work and perseverance, he has played for the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns then with the Cincinnati Bengals...and, now he is at the pinnacle with going to the Super Bowl.”

Frechette  congratulated Zettel on his accomplishments and predicted that Zettel will come home with the Super Bowl ring. “Should something happen, I might have to amend the wording (of the resolution) a little bit,” Frechette said. “But, that is my prediction. I am confident the 49ers are coming home with the ring. I’ll put it officially on the record and I might have to eat crow if they don’t win.”  

In other business, Frechette noted he expects to fill Dan Weiler’s city council position at the next meeting. Weiler resigned due to health reasons. His term officially comes to an end in November of 2020. The council also paid its bills in the amount of $93,282.29. 

Additionally, in a future meeting, the city will look at a proposal with the McKenna Group, a community planning company out of Kalamazoo for help with obtaining a Safe Routes to School grant available through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Frank Goodroe, city manager, stated that it was an involved process to get the grant and it would have to be a joint effort between the city and the school district, and feels it is a great opportunity to keep the community’s kids safe while traveling to school.

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