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Richard Finn takes over as city manager for Bay City

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(03/20/14) - Bay City has been without a top executive for more than a year, but that changed this week when Richard Finn took over as city manager.

Now that he's on the job, there are some key issues Bay City residents want him to address.

Business owners aren't just looking forward to more economic growth - they also want to see improvements in the city's infrastructure.

Like all Mid-Michigan communities, potholes are a common sight in Bay City.

Lori Holsapple hears plenty of complaints about the streets from customers at her downtown salon, Salon Nuveau.

"Always the roads, I know, it's a short season, they only have a few months to work on the roads, but this year, it's been extremely bad with the potholes and my poor car is taking a hit, so I'd like to see some work with that," she said.

"Definitely go towards fixing the roads, that's going to help us get from point A to point B," said James Murray, manager of America's Rudy's Red Lion Diner in downtown Bay City.

Finn says that's something he's already looking into. He tells ABC12 the city isn't in a position financially to redo every street, but his goal is to find ways to make them safer.

"And making them so that they're passable and acceptable from that with ultimately more of a long term goal of looking at the street conditions and determining how we might be able to put a long term plan together to resurface, and in some cases rebuild, some of the city streets," he said.

Another goal is to enhance the downtown area, an effort that will include help from the Chamber of Commerce and other city leaders.

Some say attracting more people and businesses should be a priority.

"I would like to see him with our new uptown project going on. I'd like to see him tie the downtown area to the uptown area. We've lost a lot of businesses in our downtown area and we've got a lot of vacant buildings," Holsapple said.

"The downtown is good shape, there's more to do, but I will tell you that compared to other cities, we don't have many storefronts that are vacant, we have some, but not as many as a lot of other cities," Finn said.

Finn says he's also focusing on trying to bring good paying jobs to the community.

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