Clare honors firefighter, former employee, depot restoration organizer

By Pat Maurer

Review Correspondent

The Clare City Commission honored three people at the first meeting of the year Tuesday evening.

Firefighter Captain Jon Bouchey was honored for ten years of service on the fire department; recently deceased former 15-year employee Phyllis Hillebrand; and Larry Lewis, organizer of the Clare Railroad Depot Restoration Group, who died Christmas Eve.

“Lewis has been a driving force behind the depot restoration project, serving as an ad hoc member to the City’s Planning Commission and as historian and spokesman for the Clare Railroad Depot Committee,” City Manager Ken Hibl said. “He will be greatly missed.”

Hibl said Ms. Hillebrand worked for more than 15 years as a part-time employee in the City Clerk’s office.

He said Bouchey “has completed ten years of faithful, dedicated service to the City of Clare as a firefighter” and that he was appointed as Captain for the department in 2011.

In another matter, the Commission approved a second reading, and the adoption of an amendment to the City ordinance allowing the City to recoup costs related to emergency services for non-residents and non-taxpayers.

Hibl said the amendment would make it easier to recoup those costs from insurance companies. The city already bills for those services, but some insurance companies have objected to paying for the services.

Other business at the City meeting included:

* Commissioners approved the installation of “no-parking” signs in front of the entrance to the Clare Primary School and “Deaf Child Area” signs on John Street between Mary and Vinewood.

* The approval of United States Department of Agriculture payment resolutions for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project to Gro America for $50,760.00; to Pitsch and Companies for $34,020.00; and to J. Ranck Electric, Inc. for $62,235.18.

* Heard from Main Street Manager Lori Schuh that the Clare program has met the criteria for recognition as a nationally accredited Main Street community.