City honors Carol Santini

January 10, 2019

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Carol Santini, former Board of Education member and 17-year member and for most of those years Chair of Clare City’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board was honored with a plaque and a key to the City at Monday’s Clare City Commission meeting.

Long-time community supporter Carol Santini was honored by the City Commission Monday evening. She is shown here with Mayor Pat Humphrey, who presented her with an award and key to the city.

Long-time community supporter Carol Santini was honored by the City Commission Monday evening. She is shown here with Mayor Pat Humphrey, who presented her with an award and key to the city.

She was first appointed to serve on the board during the original construction of the Brookwood Athletic Field. She submitted her resignation from the board December 19th, but said she would continue to write grants and support Parks and Recreation in any way she can.

Some of the accomplishments of the Parks and Recreation Board have included pavilions, bathrooms an paved parking at Shamrock Park; completion of Imagination Gateway playground; the addition of a Fourth Street Park; bathrooms, showers and a pavilion at Pettit Park; significant improvements to Stamina Park; the passing of two millage proposals for parks; and the addition of the Emerald Isle Recreation Complex.

In another matter at the meeting, the Commission approved changes to the City Commission Bylaws including:

“Excusal request shall be submitted to the City Clerk by the most expeditious and convenient means available and shall be considered by the City Commission on an ‘exception’ basis and generally approved by formal vote of the City Commission only for circumstances involving hardship or health issues. Remote attendance of meetings shall not be allowed. Commissioners who are unable to attend regularly scheduled or special meetings are asked to notify the City Clerk by email, text, phone or in person as far in advance as reasonably possible to facilitate assurance of a quorum of the Commission’s members at scheduled meetings.”

The matter came up in an earlier meeting when Commissioner Jean McConnell had requested to be allowed to attend the meetings remotely by video. At the last

The oath of office was administered to reelected Clare City Commissioners Pat  Humphrey and Karla Swanson Monday evening.

The oath of office was administered to reelected Clare City Commissioners Pat
Humphrey and Karla Swanson Monday evening.

meeting, the rest of the Commission said, in general, that Commissioners should attend, but not remotely.

During the meeting, Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory gave a presentation on the activities of the Police Department over the past year. He said the department has eight full-time and three part time officers and 16 reserve officers.

Gregory noted that there were 7,662 calls in 2018 with 2,600 calls for service and 1,000 calls reported by officers. Traffic stops numbered 1,100 and complaints totaled 795, up from 714 in the previous year. “We are living in an angry environment,” City Manager Ken Hibl said, “and the statistics reflect that.”

He said, “This year the department struggled with Officers on medical leave. The department had at one time three Officers off duty due to medical issues.

However while this created staffing shortages the department came together to still provide police services without interruption. With the assistance of part-time Officers and team work the department carried out its mission to protect and serve. We as a department did our best to not let these staffing issues create lapse in coverage or slow response times.”

He noted major increases in: traffic accidents (up 8%); non aggravated assault (up 56%); aggravated assaults (up 400%); larcenies (up75%); obstructing police (up 43%); hit and run accidents (up 120%); disorderly conduct (up 42%); and weapons offenses (up 50%).

He said there were major decreases in: destruction of property (down 20%); drug violations (down 20 %); non-driving alcohol (down 66%); law violation (down 8 %); and driving while intoxicated (down 20%).

Other business at the City meeting included:

*The swearing in of re-elected Commissioners Pat Humphrey and Karla Swanson.

*Approval of a request from MidMichigan Medical Center to place no-parking signs on the south side of the 100 block of West Seventh Street between Beech and McEwan Streets to allow the space to be utilized for delivery trucks.

*Approval of the re-appointment of Jim Allen to the Clare Downtown Development Agency.

*Approved the payment of bills totaling $104,842.68.
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The oath of office was administered to reelected Clare City Commissioners Pat Humphrey and Karla Swanson Monday evening.

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