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Harrison to seek city clerk title change

4-4-14 Tracey BeadleBy Rosemary Horvath
Correspondent

An adequate number of signatures have been collected on petitions to call for a title change for Harrison City Clerk-Zoning Administrator Tracey Beadle.

Now it’s up to the city council to approve an ordinance and put the matter before voters.

Beadle who has been involved in all functions of city government would become City Manager-Clerk with the blessing of voters. The title wouldn’t change her responsibilities; just her title, she said.

Harrison city charter allows for creation of the Office of City Manager by ordinance initiated by a petition and with voter approval. Officials are shooting for the August ballot.

The petition’s required number of 211 signatures calling for an election equals 15 percent of the registered electors, which is 1,404.

On another matter, the city recently accepted an award from the Michigan Rural Water Association at a banquet at Shanty Creek, acknowledging the city’s wellhead protection plan, Beadle said.

Purpose of the Exemplary Efforts in Environmental Protection Award is to recognize a water or wastewater system that has demonstrated exemplary initiatives, projects or education “on the critical role of the utility in Environmental Protection to the Public.”

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