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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19. 2014
Michigan Municipal League Honors West Branch City Manager Tom Youatt
LANSING, Mich. —The Michigan Municipal League honored West Branch City Manager Tom Youatt during the League's annual Capital Conference held March 18-19 in Lansing.
Youatt received the League's Outstanding Service Award on Wednesday. The honor is given to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the League's legislative efforts in Lansing on behalf of Michigan communities.
While creating a long-term vision for their downtown, the City of West Branch wanted to incorporate angled parking into a new street design. They were informed their vision wouldn't receive MDOT’s approval because of a law adopted in 1949 that prohibits angled parking on state trunklines. With the leadership of their city manager, Tom Youatt, they brought this issue before MDOT and the Legislature. Youatt provided important information about the city’s vision and the economic impact a vibrant downtown would have on West Branch. As a result of Youatt’s efforts, the governor recently signed HB 5073 into law. Municipalities across this state now have the flexibility to work with MDOT and have angled parking on state trunklines in their communities.
The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.