By Pat Maurer
Keys of Excellence and resolutions of achievement were awarded to Retiring Mid Michigan Community College President Carol Churchill and Clare Police Chief and former K-9 officer Brian Gregory at the Clare City Meeting Monday evening.
Churchill has served at the President of the Clare Community College for the past seven years. City Manager Ken Hibl reported, “Under her exceptional leadership and management, the College has seen tremendous growth in the size of its campus with $5 million in capital improvements and the development of a new Mt. Pleasant campus; amazing growth in the size of its student body from 6,000 to more than 7,000 students; and has been an inspirational community and regional leader throughout her tenure.”
For many years, Gregory with K-9 officer Swiper has served the community. Hibl said in recent years, Gregory was the only Police Chief in the State that also was K-9 officer in the community. Both Swiper and Gregory have retired as the K-9 officers and the City Commission formerly recognized Gregory for his contribution to the Clare Police Department.
In addition, the department’s new K-9 police dog Brewster and police officer-handler Tom Francisco were introduced to the City Commission. They took over the K-9 duties at the beginning of May when Gregory and Swiper retired.
During the meeting the Commission also approved an agreement with Consumers Energy stipulating they will extend
the electrical services to their new facility in Clare’s Industrial Park North and contribute $33,000 towards the renovation of Colonville Road. It stipulates that the City will waive connection and buy-in fees for water and sanitary sewer services.
A legal services agreement with Attorney Jaynie Hoerauf was also approved. Terms of the agreement are $185 per hour not to exceed $10,000. The agreement is required as part of the United States Department of Agriculture loan to develop the new industrial park and reconstruct Colonville Road.
As part of the Consent agenda Steve Stark and Rodger Hicks were appointed to Airport advisory Board.
As part of his City Manager’s Report, Hibl outlined the progress on the Clare Depot project. He said the building has been lowered onto its foundation. Next the elevator shaft and footing drains will be dug by volunteers and then the basement floor poured before the building is bolted to the foundation.
He said there are enough funds to pour the concrete in the basement and purchase windows for the building, and added that member of the depot committee is attempting to obtain a box car (to be renovated into public restrooms) and a caboose which would be a railroad exhibit. Both would be placed west of the depot. Other historical items have been donated and local quilters will make, and donate a quilt with hobo symbols.
Following the regular meeting the board met for budget workshops.