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Clare okays BBC film segment in Clare

The Clare City Commission approved a “location agreement” with the British Broadcasting Corporation Monday which will allow the BBC to film at Cops and Doughnuts for an upcoming episode of All Over The Place, a children’s educational television program.

Clare Officer and C&D owner Greg Rynearson was at the City meeting to explain. He said the BBC would be filming in Clare July 30, that Clare would be just a portion of the show, and that it would be aired world-wide next year.

The crew from the BBC is currently filming in the United States, Rynearson said, although the show primarily airs in Europe.

The Commission also finalized plans to install an Emergency Warning Siren on Clare’s north hill. The siren originally was located at the Grant Township Dump, where it served very few residents. It would have had to be updated for “narrow band” transmissions to remain in use, something the township board was not going to do because of the nearly $2,000 cost.

The board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the township because it will serve residents of Clare, the township and some of Sheridan Township once it is updated and installed in the new location.

Acting City Manager Steve Kingsbury said it would be placed either at a high point across from 7-11, or near Burger King. He said the highest spot was their first choice.

Last week the Grant Township Board had approved selling the siren to the city for $10.

Kingsbury added that the city is “negotiating” with Isabella County for another siren at the south side of the city.

Other business at the meeting Monday included:

*Approval of the proposed slate of officers for the Michigan Municipal League Workers’ Compensation Fund Board of Trustees election.

*Approval of a contract with Building Inspector Dave Williams, changing his position from a city employee to a contracted position. The Commission had voted earlier to eliminate the full-time Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer’s position.

*During the City Manager’s Report, Kingsbury commended all those involved in the recent gas line break in the city. “I witnessed a tremendous team working together,” he said. Nearby homes were briefly evacuated and taken to the school, he said. Officials helping the Department of Public Works included State Police, DTE Energy, Clare County Emergency Services and the Clare County Transit.