By Pat Maurer
The State’s plan to eliminate personal property taxes could mean that hangar lease rates at the Clare Municipal Airport will be going up.
The Clare City Commission asked Airport Manager Dick Acker to report on “rates charged at surrounding and similarly sized airports to determine whether a rate adjustment should be applied.”
The matter came up Monday evening when the Commission was asked to approve the renewal leases on hangars located on Lots 307 and 308, which were recently purchased by North Ten LLC. The hangars were previously owned by Richard Bolle and the previous lease agreements contain language providing for the renewal.
A motion to approve renewal of the lease agreements was voted down by the board until the report is made at the next meeting.
Another agreement was approved by the Commission Monday. The State has offered to cover 50 percent of extended service and warranty contract costs on voting systems if the city applies for free laptops and peripherals for election use under the Electronic Poll Book Program (EPB) this year.
The equipment will provide more accurate reporting of election results and enable precincts to view and track voter information, verify voters and issue ballots. The EPB would replace the paper and pen poll book method currently used and will eventually be mandated by the State.
Application for the grant must be made by February 13.
The City Manager’s Report included a note that the Planning Commission met to consider a site plan for expansion of the car wash at 1547 North McEwan, which has been purchased by Marvin Heintz.
The report also included information that Police Sgt. David Saad is working on a grant to install electronic equipment for police vehicles and news that Tom Fransisco has been hired as a new full-time officer in the police department.
Other business at the Clare City meeting Monday evening included:
*Approval excusing Commissioner Bob Bonham from February meetings due to medical treatments.
*News that Superior Title and Settlement Agency, LLC has opened a new business in the former F.A.C.E. building downtown. The building is now owned by North Ten, LLC.
*Approval to pay freight charges for the new thermal imaging camera that was approved last month.
*The appointment of Shari Buccilli to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bob Ruby, Jr.