By Pat Maurer
Clare Officers of the Year were honored at the Clare City meeting Monday evening.
Officer John Pedjac was named as the Clare Police Department full-time Officer of the Year; Officer Ken Chinavare was picked as the Reserve Officer of the Year; and James Leedy was selected as the Cadet Police Officer of the Year.
Each was presented with a Key of Excellence and Key of Excellence Certificate by Clare Mayor Pat Humphrey at the meeting.
A Public Hearing and first reading was held on a proposed ordinance change which would outline charges for emergency response for non-residents of the City. In order to legally be allowed to asses charges, Hibl said, “We need to establish a legal framework to assess these charges and fees.”
A second reading and vote on the proposed ordinance change is scheduled next month.
In another matter, Angela Gwizdala, Senior Manager of Andrews Hooper and Pavlik of Midland was at the City meeting to review the recently completed independent audit of the City’s financial records for the physical year ending June 30, 2011.
Gwizdala reported “no problems or concerns” and said “this is the best report you could receive.” Following her presentation, the Commission approved the audit.
Other business at the City meeting included:
*A report from Hibl that the City has been approved for a $10,000 grant from the Clare Community Foundation to help fund a “Way-finding” sign project in the City. Total cost for the project is estimated at $15,000 to $16,000, he said. “The Main Street Board has received local funding commitments from the Industrial Development Corporation and Downtown Development Authority for the balance of the costs,” Hibl said.
*Approval of an Act 99 Installment Purchase Agreement concerning the former Carquest property purchase. The purchase was approved earlier and includes demolitions of buildings on this site and adjoining lots up to $150,000. Final cost is now estimated at $134,040. The City will pay $25,000 at the closing and monthly payments.
*Approval of an open-ended contract fire service agreement with Grant Township and renewal of a four-year contract with Sheridan, Vernon and Wise Townships. The approval with Wise Township was contingent upon that board’s approval at their January meeting.
*Approval of a second contractor payment of $117,892.01 for work completed on the Waste Water Treatment Plant improvement project.
*Re-appointment of John Kline to the City Planning Commission.
The City offices will be closed December 23 and 26 for Christmas and afternoon on December 30 and all day January 2 for New Year.
The next meeting of the Clare City Commission will be held Tuesday, January 3.