By Pat Maurer
Once again, a Clare Police Officer is credited with saving a life.
Officer Greg Rynearson received a “Life Saving Pin” at the Clare City meeting Monday evening.
Rynearson is credited with saving DariLynn Vowell from carbon monoxide poisoning September 29. In a letter to the Editor that ran October 7, she said, “If not for Officer Greg, I wouldn’t be here.”
Her water heater vent had been plugged with a fallen branch causing the buildup of gas in her home. Barely conscious, Vowell, who is deaf, managed to call 911 with special equipment. Rynearson was the first emergency responder on the scene and got her out of the building.
Mayor Pat Humphrey presented Rynearson with the award.
In another matter at the City meeting, the Commission held a Public Hearing and approved a 12-year, 50 percent Industrial Facilities Exemption for Robotic Welded Parts. The company is constructing a new 10,375 square foot building for $308,120.00. Construction began in in August.
Kathy Methner from Middle Michigan Development spoke about the growing company, supporting their application for the IFE. “They are a real asset to the community,” she said, adding that the company expects to add employees.
The new building is located at 314 East Fourth Street.
After another Public Hearing, the Commission gave their approval to the Close-Out of the Fourth and Beech Streetscape Community Development Block Grant project. The $87,000 grant was matched with $50,000 in Downtown Development Authority funds to construct the new streetscape on West Fourth Street and Beech Street adjacent to the ClareCastle building. The project is complete, City Manager Ken Hibl told the board.
During his City Manager’s Report, Hibl told the Commission that on October 29 at 1 p.m. the Fallen Heroes Foundation will be dedicating a memorial, located in the Clare City Park, honoring all Clare county soldiers, sailors and airmen/women who have lost their lives in the current Middle East conflict. The memorial includes a bronze statue with names of the fallen heroes. The Foundation asked the City to be the host site in 2008 and has now raised the $10,000 cost of the memorial.
Other business at the City meeting included:
*A first reading of a proposed Ordinance Change that would require businesses to comply to the same rules as residents if they conduct “garage sales.” The new revision replaces an earlier one which would limit businesses having sales unrelated to their regular sales. That ordinance change was sent back to the Planning Commission and revised to limit garage sale events to two per year while not harming commercial enterprises in the city. The matter will be on the next City agenda.
*Approval of the Clare Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Board to apply for a “Charitable Gaming License,” necessary for fund raising. The DDA and Main Street are planning a raffle in the spring to help raise funds for Main Street programs. “Without more revenue, the Main Street program will be in jeopardy within three years,” Hibl said.
*In a presentation to the Commission, Treasurer Steve Kingsbury explained that the City has met three components to qualify for revenue sharing through the EVIP (Economic Vitality Incentive Program. The first element, the “dashboard” and citizens guide had to be done by October 1. Kingsbury presented an overview of the dashboard on the city website.
*Clare Police Officer, and co-owner of Cops and Doughnuts, Al White gave the “Cup of Excellence” presentation that resulted in the business receiving the award at the Michigan Municipal League Convention.
*As part of the Consent agenda items, Bethany Mittan and Mike Sved were reappointed to the Cherry Grove Cemetery Board and Jeanne Shelander and Ron Verch were reappointed to the Tree Advocacy Group.