Allen Park council approves move toward emergency manager

Council votes to explore process for financial review


The Allen Park City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to start the process that could put the city on track for an emergency financial manager.

Council members voted to draft a letter seeking the state to form a financial review team to determine if Allen Park faces a financial crisis.  That could put the city in line for the appointment of an emergency financial manager.

Allen Park is suffering financially.  The city is facing a growing deficit. The city saw a proposed movie studio project collapse after bonds were approved for the project.

Allen Park voters will be asked to approve a millage increase in May, but the city may need more assistance.

George Abick is one Allen Park resident who attended Tuesday's council meeting.  He said the call for an emergency manager may be something the city needs.

"I think it's an obvious outcome to a sad situation and unfortunately the city finds itself in a position where it has to look at every alternative and this is one that has been a long time in coming so I support the idea of exploring it as soon as possible," Abick said.

The Allen Park city council will meet again next Tuesday evening to again discuss the plan for exploring a request for help from the state.