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City Council & Commissions

Houghton City Council

Council Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers in the City Center, 616 Shelden Avenue, downtown Houghton. The City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The phone number for the City Offices is 482-1700. City Council members are listed below.

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Council Members

Robert Backon
  Robert X. Megowen
Mayor Pro Tem
  Philip Foltz
  Mike Needham
Rachel Lankton
  Dan Salo   John Sullivan    

Planning Commission

The City of Houghton Planning Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Center Conference Room. 

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Planning Commission Members

Eric Waara, City Manager
Robert Backon, Mayor
Tom Merz, Chairperson
Mike Needham, Vice Chairperson

Gary Lubinski, Secretary
Kristine Bradof
Jay Green
Dan Liebau
Travis Pierce

Planning Commission Annual Report 2017 (PDF)


Downtown Development Authority/Tax Increment Finance Authority

The DDA/TIFA meets at least two times per year. Special meetings are called when necessary. The commission meets at noon at the City Center.

Richard Gray, Chairperson
John McRae, Vice Chairperson
Jeff Bugni, Secretary
Mike Tomasi
Jack Swift
Jim Cortright
Dennis Garver
Alan Kiley
Eric Waara, City Manager

Board of Review

The Board of Review meets in March for an organizational meeting and for two six-hour days for public appeals as required by state law. The board also meets once in July and once in December as required by state law.

Debra Zei
Illa Garver
Tracy Welch

The City of Houghton advertises open positions on its boards on this website and in the local newspaper. Interested candidates are asked to fill out an application to serve an open position and return the application to the city manager.

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