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Clare City honors Larry Barco

It was standing room only as the Clare City Commission adopted a resolution honored retiring MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare President Larry Barco Monday evening

Barco has headed up the Clare facility for the past 26 years and “established a phenomenal record of public and community service and been one of the City’s premier community leaders for the past two decades,” City Manager Ken Hibl wrote in his agenda report.

Barco has held the position of president and chief executive officer at MMMC-Clare since 1986 and has been instrumental in several expansions in the campus while serving as a member of the board of MidMichigan Community Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center based in Roscommon County and on the board of directors of the Central Health Plan. He has also served on Clare Rotary, the Clare county Community Foundation, the United Way of Clare County, the Local District Finance Authority, Economic Development Corporation, the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce, Middle Michigan Development Corporation and the Mid-Michigan Community College Foundation Finance Committee.

Clare Mayor Pat Humphrey, who has known and worked with Barco for the past 26 years, lauded him for his accomplishments. “You never stopped,” Humphrey told him, “I have enjoyed the years I worked with you.”

Barco replied, “We couldn’t have accomplished all we have without the cooperation of the City of Clare. I’m proud to have been a member of this community.”

The rest of the City meeting was a quiet one, with the Commission approving unanimously the adoption of ordinance changes in the height of commercial district fences and changing the authority for approval of Industrial Development Corporation Park signs to the City building inspector.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a new diesel blade truck. A maximum purchase of $115,000 was budgeted, but the low bidder for the truck at $113,145 was Diesel Truck Sales of Saginaw. The purchase will be partly paid through a $54,253 ‘Clean Diesel” grant the city was approved for recently. The grant requires that the old city truck engine be “blown” to make it unusable, but other parts will be salvaged for city use.

In other business:

*The Commission approved several budget amendments including increasing both cost and revenues for Airport fuel sales; increasing the Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund; Major Streets Fund, DDA fund, Mobil Equipment and Parks and Recreation Funds.

*In his report, Hibl said the lawsuits against the City and two Police officers by the Scozzari family was scheduled to begin Tuesday and finish in the first week of July. He said all charges in the suit against the City were dropped except for a charge “that we didn’t adequately train our officers in handicapped recognition.” The lawsuit is scheduled in Federal District Court in Bay City.