New Lawrence Village Manager takes over

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THERESA STROUD 	Courier-Leader photo/Paul Garrod

    Lawrence -  Following a closed session, the Lawrence Village Council Tuesday night approved a contract with its new village manager, who is no stranger to Lawrence-area government.
    The council approved  a contract with Theresa Stroud, who most recently had served as Lawrence Township treasurer for  two-and-a-half years, following the resignation of then-treasurer, Mary Tinker. Stroud had been a member of the Lawrence Township Board for eight years.
    Stroud is retired from Whirlpool, after 23 years of service, with her most recent position in asset management and analysis, overseeing an $80 million budget. Stroud began her new job on Wednesday.  “I’m happy to be joining the teams here and moving the village forward,” she said.
    “Theresa has great potential and will be a welcomed addition and asset to the village and its residents. I and the village council look forward to working with Theresa,” said Lawrence Village Council President David Quick.
    Stroud replaces Dan Faulkner, the former village manager, who left to take a similar position in Three Oaks, MI.
    In another area, the council approved a resolution to sign the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contract no. 20-5163 for financing funds for hot mix asphalt cold milling and resurfacing work along Blackman Street, from E. St. Joseph Street south, to the end of Blackman Street, and along South Street, from Paw Paw Street east to Blackman Street, including road widening and concrete culvert removal and replacement the work, and necessary related work.
    Village President Quick said,  “The entire Village of Lawrence, Lawrence Township, and Van Buren County will benefit from this project.”
    Following an earlier public hearing, the council approved Ordinance No. 2020-4 the building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical code officials of the Village of Lawrence are designated as the en-forcing agency to discharge the responsibility of the Village of Lawrence under 1972 PA 230, State of Michigan.
    All personnel performing plan reviews and in-spections shall be registered in accordance with the Skilled Trades Regulation Act 407 of 2016. The Village of Lawrence assumes responsibility for the administration and enforcement of said Act throughout its corporate limits.


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