By Pat Maurer
The Clare City Commission honored a former businessman, 30-year employee and former chief at their first meeting of the New Year.
Former businessman, 20-year firefighter and community leader Harold William (“Bill”) Schaffer died Christmas Day. On his behalf, his family: wife Betty, son Jim and daughter-in-law Ann were at Monday’s meeting to accept a resolution honoring him.
Long-time employee Cathy Davis was also recognized for 30 years with the City at the regular meeting. She has been Deputy City Clerk and City Utility Billing Clerk at the City.
Former Clare City Police Chief Dwayne (Midge) Miedzianowski was also honored at the City meeting. After seven years as Chief, he has resigned to take the position as Clare County Undersheriff. His last day with the City was Sunday and he began his new duties at the Clare County Sheriff’s Department on Monday.
Recognition of two of the Police Officers of the Year was delayed. Officer of The Year Greg Rynearson was ill and unable to attend the meeting Monday. Cadet Police Officer of the Year James Leedy’s Key of Excellence Certificate was incorrect. Reserve Officer Steve Lynch received his certificate at the meeting.
In another matter, Clare Planning Commission Chairman Dave Prawdzik presented the committee’s annual report to the City Commission. During the year, he said, the Commission has review two ordinances and made recommendations to the City for their approval, reviewed and made recommendations on six site plans and issued on special use permit. “We are also involved in the planning process to move and restore the Clare Railroad Depot,” he told the board.
Other business at the Clare City meeting included:
*Approval of the low bid of Peerless-Midwest to clean Water Well number 8 at a cost of $24,768.00 with one-half the cost to come from the primary responsible parties since the well is in the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean-up site.
*Approval of engineering bids for the new soccer complex site from Lapham and Associates at a cost of $4,500 in this budget year for developing a grant application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund and an expenditure of a further $22,500 for engineering costs next year if the grant is awarded.
*Approved the transfer of retirement credits for Clare Officer Greg Rynearson, who has indicated that he will retire at the end of February.
*Consented to the City Manager’s appointment of Brian Gregory as the new Police Chief replacing Dwayne Miedzianowski.
Approved an intergovernmental agreement for sharing equipment and services with the city of Harrison as is already in place with the Clare County Road Commission and the Village of Farwell.