Commissioner Bill Horwood submitted a letter of resignation at the end of the Clare City meeting Monday evening. His letter said his resignation would be effective at the end of the month. His term would have expired in November.
Horwood, who has served on the City Commission since XXX, wrote, “I have decided for personal reasons to resign my position as City of Clare Commissioner effective March 31, 2012. It has been an honor and privilege to serve and I appreciate the support I have received over the past years. I have had the pleasure of working with the finest people I have ever worked with and I thank the citizens of Clare for giving me the opportunity.”
It was a brief meeting Monday evening with the Commission approving two requests for temporary outdoor liquor sales from Ruckle’s Pier and the Doherty Hotel. Both are planning on the outdoor sales on March 16 and 17 during the upcoming Irish Festival. The requests have to be approved the State Liquor Control Commission.
The City also approved the extension of two service contracts, the first with Gallihugh and Sons for Concrete Services (curb and gutter), and the second with Central Asphalt for Asphalt Services.
Both companies were low bidders, Gallihugh in 2009 and Central Asphalt in 2011. Both offered to “hold their bid prices for the coming year. Gallihugh’s price for concrete will remain at $10.55 per foot. Central Asphalt said they will hold the price of $58.68 per ton and .70 per square yard for final grade and rolling.
Almost everything came in pairs for the City meeting. The Commission next approved two traffic control orders: the first to make permanent a stop sign at the Dunlop Road Railroad crossing and the second to install a “no outlet” sign at the entrance to Clare Industrial Court.
Hibl said the No Outlet Sign was requested by Letherer Truss, who reported that semi traffic mistakenly comes down the road and is forces to either back up or try and turn around at the end of the street.
Both orders were recommended by the Traffic and Safety Committee.
The City also approved a $17,262.36 contractor’s payment to J. Ranck Electric Inc. for work to complete the SCADA and Remote Telemetry work on the Waste Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project. The work will be reimbursed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment funds loaned through the Department of Agriculture – Rural Development.
During his report, Treasurer Steve Kingsbury talked about the REACH Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC) project that is building a 2,287 mile open-access, advanced fiber optic network through rural and underserved communities in Michigan. When complete the network will connect 105 community anchor institutions throughout the state and pass through over 900 local communities. It will make broadband readily available to households and business that lack adequate service. The project is funded through an ARRA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant.
Kingsbury also reported that Merit Network, the company awarded the grant, was honored February 15 at the White House in Washington D.C. for their infrastructure work.
In a written report, Main Street Manager Lori Schuh noted that Image Quest is moving to a downtown location and that “there are other plans for new businesses to fill some of the empty storefronts.”
She also wrote that the Economic Restructuring committee has secured a grant from the Clare County Community Foundation for $10,000 to help fund “way-finding” signs throughout Clare.
In his City Manager Report, Ken Hibl said the production company Blondie Girl was “enroute” to the city to work on developing a pilot for the reality series proposed for Cops and Doughnuts. He said a media specialist attorney had been hired.
A Parks and Recreation flyer noted that the annual egg drop has been scheduled for March 31, with over 1,000 plastic eggs to be dropped from an airplane. If weather prevents the drop the egg hunt will be held on the ground. Three drops are planned: ages 0-4 at 11 a.m.; ages 5-8 at 11:30 a.m. and ages 9-12 at noon.