2017-12-04 / Front Page

Cemetery vandalism reward increases

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

BROWN CITY — Public outrage continues to grow over the vandalism done to the town cemetery on Cade Road.

At last Monday’s city council meeting, council member Bill Walters moved to add $100 from a city reward fund earmarked for such purposes to the $400 reward already posted by a private citizen. Walters’ motion passed unanimously.

By Wednesday of last week, another citizen came forward offering an additional $400 to the reward boosting the total to $900.

The vandalism occurred three times over the last three to four weeks centering on the newer, most westerly, part of the well-kept facility.

The more than $1,500 of damage appears to have been done by a pickup or SUV doing “donuts” on the turf, taking out several bushes and small trees in the process. No tombstones have been disturbed.

According to City Manager Clint Holmes, the reward will be paid to the individual who provides the Brown City Police Dept. with information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators for malicious destruction of public property.

In other council business:

• Holmes reported that the water level reduction has been completed and that the city lagoon system is ready for winter operations.

• Holmes also stated that appointments were being made for all three DPW workers to receive the Hepatitis A vaccination, and that the police department has not asked to be immunized.

• Holmes reminded city property owners that the board of review will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at city hall. Thus far, only one property is scheduled to be reviewed.

Council member Christine Lee questioned why after a hard rain standing water was accumulating on certain portions of the new sidewalks on Lincoln Street.

• Mayor Julie Miller brought to the attention of council the trouble people have been having with TV reception provided by Comcast.

Lee’s and Miller’s concerns are being looked into.

• DPW worker Mike Vislosky told council that the Nov. 30 date for picking up leaves was still on track. Holmes stated that, due to the trees retaining their leaves so long, a later pickup date is being considered for the future.

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