Farwell hopes to curb rowdy teens

June 7, 2013

By Pat Maurer

In his report to the Farwell Village Council Monday, Zoning Administrator Rod Williams reported that he had met with the Clare County Sheriff’s Department about the problems with teens near the Hall Street Bridge over the Tobacco River.

At the May meeting, Mike Ashley, who lives by the bridge, came to the Village meeting to tell the board that he has a real problem with teens there. “I can’t even let my grandkids play outside because of the language,” he said. He said they also obstruct traffic there and have even “laid down in the road” in front of vehicles. “Besides, that bridge just isn’t safe,” he said. “If it collapses, someone could be seriously hurt or even killed.”

Youngsters regularly swim in that area, although signs prohibiting it have been posted many times and torn down by the teens there.

Williams said Monday that the Sheriff’s Department wants to receive a call whenever there is a problem there during the summer.
In another matter, five applications have been received for the vacant seat formerly held by Delores Knepper, who died in March.

Council member Barb Roe urged that a person be picked to fill the seat at Monday’s meeting. Council member Vicky Gunden objected. “I don’t know all of these [people], she said. I would like to meet them first. Councilmembers Gina Hamilton, Elton Marshall and James Conlay agreed.

After a lengthy discussion, the board decided to ask the applicants to come to the next Committee of the Whole meeting and ask each a couple of questions to help make the decision. They will be invited to the June 18 meeting and a candidate will be picked and sworn in at the next regular meeting.

Other business at the meeting included:

*Approval of a Resolution establishing an intergovernmental Agreement with the Farwell Area Schools to share some snow plowing and street maintenance services.
*Approved the rental of a handicapped accessible portable toilet for the Farmer’s Market through October.
*Approved a well house inspection by Dixon Engineering for $900 and core samples by GoslingCzubak Tonk Tank for $1,200 to $1,300.
*Approval of the addition of Delinquent Water/Sewer and Ordinance Violations to the Tax Roll.
*Approved the payment of bills for May totaling $23,336.21.
At a special meeting May 15, the Council approved rezoning of the Coker Addition to the play of the Village from low density to medium density and approved amending the zoning map.

At the Committee of the Whole [COW] meeting, it was announced that a bike ride will be held on June 15 from the Clare Moose Lodge to Evart and back. Parks and Rec was asked to set up a water/refreshment station in the Village Park and local businesses will provide “goody bags”.

June 15 is also the Opening Day of the Farmers Market, with special activities planned. Several other special days are planned at the Market.

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