2017-06-19 / Front Page

Police receive new body armor

By Steven Kovac
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com

BROWN CITY — The city’s two fulltime police officers have been equipped with new Safariland body armor courtesy of the city council and a grant from the United States Dept. of Justice.

City Manager Clint Holmes updated council members on the status of the purchase at council’s regular June 12 meeting.

According to Holmes, the grant was approved and the new armor was delivered and issued to officers on May 16.

The $2,243.42 cost of the equipment will be shared 50/50 by DOJ and the city.

“Police Chief Ron Smith initiated the request for funding for the full wraparound armor in order to replace the department’s aging existing armor,” said Holmes. “The grant saves the city over $1,100.”

In his regular police report to council, Smith said, though there was a full moon and warm weather, nothing out of the ordinary took place during the Brown City Days Festival.

“We had a possession of marijuana arrest, a few domestics, and a few civils. Otherwise it was pretty calm,” said Smith.

Concerning the city’s Master Plan update, Holmes reported that Mike Deem, the senior planner for McKenna Associates, the consulting firm retained by the city to help revise the existing plan, wants council to set up an initial meeting to acquaint local officials and members of the public with the Master Plan process.

“It will be a joint meeting of the planning commission and the city council,” said Holmes. “The Master Plan is primarily the responsibility of the planning commission.”

Holmes told the Banner in a subsequent interview, “City officials are hopeful that members of the public will attend the meetings and take advantage of the opportunity to share their ideas about the future of Brown City.”

The introductory meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Brown City Library.

Holmes also informed council that the start date for the reconstruction of Lincoln Street will be announced as soon as the contractor releases his schedule.

Holmes reported the city has contracted with Grant Burgess Excavating to clean the ditch that runs south from the corner of Kohler and Second streets. Trees and other debris will be removed, and the portion of the ditch adjacent to Buby Street will be deepened. Work is expected to begin in mid-July.

In other street-related matters, Holmes said the crack filling project went well.

“The DPW staff began work on North Cade Road and proceeded to the most recently paved streets in the city such as North Lincoln, James,

Maple, Welles, and Walter streets,” explained Holmes.

“There is no charge for the use of the machine. The only expense to the city is the cost of the material put down. We used two pallets of the asphalt/rubber compound at a cost of $4,605. It worked well. It will extend the life of the most recently paved streets. Some of our other streets like Autumn Gold, Thelman, and parts of Maple Street are too far gone for crack filling to make a difference. They are in line for greater attention.”

On Holmes’ recommendation, the council decided to continue the crack filling this fall on recently paved streets that did not get worked on this time.

Several council members joined Mayor Julie Miller in mentioning the “excellent job DPW worker Mike Vislosky did” in repainting the curbs along Main Street and other curbed streets, as well as the parking space lines on the east side of city hall.

In other business, Holmes informed council that the city’s bill from DTE Energy for street lights is expected to increase 2.3 percent.

“If the proposed rate hike is approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, it would add about $828 to the $36,000 the city pays annually for street lighting,” he said.

Holmes told the Banner following the meeting, “When I started here in 1999, we paid $23,000 a year for street lights. Soon the city’s bill will be nearly $37,000.”

Following the council meeting, Miller released a statement declaring the 2017 Brown City Days Festival “a great success.”

Miller expressed her personal thanks and appreciation to members of the Festival Commission and to all those who volunteered their time and money to make the festival as good as possible.

“We have positive people doing lots of necessary work,” wrote Miller. “I hope that the current members of the Festival Commission, plus any other area resident that is interested, will help plan, promote, and supervise the 2018 Brown City Days Festival.”

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