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Owner responds to RC council's concerns

April 6, 2010
The Alpena News

Rogers City businessman Gary Rickard responded to what he termed a personal attack against him and his business by city Councilwoman Deb Greene during Tuesday's city council meeting.

"The recent personal attacks by city Councilwoman Deb Greene on me and my downtown building project have hurt and embarrassed me," he read aloud from a letter he presented regarding his concerns. "I have done nothing to deserve this from Rogers City. "I have done all that I have been asked to do."

Greene said she was not attacking Rickard, but instead was venting her frustration with a lack of enforcement of city rules regarding building.

City Manager Mark Slown, who attempted to absorb as much of the blame for the situation said his belief is that what has been done is done.

"What's been built has been built and I recommend that we leave the siding as it is," Slown said of the plastic brick siding on a renovated building facade. "We have learned from this and should make certain it never happens again. This is not the only use of plastic in the downtown since the ordinance was written I suggest we leave this alone."

No action was taken by council and no resolution was reached. Rickard left the meeting with no further comment.

In other action, council:

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