2012-11-15 / Community

Caseville residents to vote on road, sidewalk repair

BY JOHN BONKE
Staff Writer • 810-452-2668 • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

CASEVILLE - The residents of the City of Caseville will have the opportunity to vote on a road and sidewalk repair millage. The city’s Council stresses that the repairs are much needed and, in the long run, just maintaining them may prove more costly than fixing them.

Members of the council also expressed the importance of letting residents vote on a millage as opposed to a council merely imposing an assessment.

The vote, to be in 2013 at a date to be determined, would not exceed 2 mils over five years and could be renewed at that time. The Resolution unanimously passed, with all members present.

Council Member Alan Mason explained that he feels the current method of funding and repair is unfair using the thought - while not everyone has a sidewalk on their property, everyone uses sidewalks.

The Council heard in reports of work on three buildings that: work on the water building would be split in thirds by the City, Caseville Township and the Village of Pigeon; the city will pay for the maintenance building work; and that recycling building work should begin shortly.

The Council tabled adoption of the city’s Master Plan to make some lastminute changes and corrections.

The Council discussed its contract with the Pigeon District Library and the possibility of contracting with Port Austin Township Library or Sebewaing Township Library instead and will look into the matter further.

City of Caseville Police Chief Jamie Learman said his department received AED donations of $500 from the Community Chest and $200 from the Caseville Kiwanis.

In public comments, Huron County Board of Commissioners Chairman and District 3 Commissioner Clark Elftman said that the turnout for the Huron County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee’s “Cardboard City & Tent Town” was so good that organizers had to go in search of more space to have the activity. The event is conducted every year to raise awareness of homelessness.

Elftman also said that Huron County SafePlace is taking in homeless and that there are 32 persons using the facility up in Port Austin.

On the environmental front, Elftman said Great Lakes Restoration Initiative monies may be cut by as much as twothirds.

The Council received a letter from attorney Robert A. Kendrick on behalf of Blue Chip Machining that the company may temporarily lay off eight employees and that circumstances were unforeseen.

The Council also received a letter from Comcast telling of expanded computer related offerings at a monthly rate. Another letter from Comcast told of channel lineup changes. During the meeting, the Council approved the Uniform Video Service Local Franchise Agreement with Comcast.

The Council approved budget amendments totaling $21,130 and approved invoices ($152,974): Paid through 11/9/2012 $142,870; and Pending Approval $10,103.

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