2018-04-16 / Front Page

City gets ready for spring—at last

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


City hall staffers Dave Van Cura and Stephanie Stimson pore over a list of addresses and a map of Brown City, as they begin the process of verifying each address for the upcoming 2020 Census. 
Photo by Steven Kovac City hall staffers Dave Van Cura and Stephanie Stimson pore over a list of addresses and a map of Brown City, as they begin the process of verifying each address for the upcoming 2020 Census. Photo by Steven Kovac BROWN CITY — The spring time rituals of curbside pick-up of leaves and brush, and the flushing of fire hydrants are set to get underway in Brown City this month.

That was the word from City Manager Clint Holmes during his report at the city council’s regular meeting on April 9.

The DPW will begin picking up leaves and brush twice a month beginning April 16.

Leaves must be in clear plastic bags and tree limbs must not exceed six feet in length.

Fire hydrant flushing will be conducted by the DPW April 23 through April 27, as part of the semiannual effort to ensure they are in working order and to help keep the city’s water fresh and clear.


City Clerk Juanita Smith (left) and Election Coordinator Stephanie Stimson examine the blue ballot bags and red test ballot bags used during elections. The slightest tear or defect makes a bag unusable. 
Photo by Steven Kovac City Clerk Juanita Smith (left) and Election Coordinator Stephanie Stimson examine the blue ballot bags and red test ballot bags used during elections. The slightest tear or defect makes a bag unusable. Photo by Steven Kovac Officials said that residents may notice some temporary discoloration of their tap water during the process. Washing white or light-colored clothes during the flushing process is not recommended.

Holmes also announced that the city will begin sending out blight notices during the second week of April.

Holmes told council that work on the upcoming 2020 decennial census is already being done by city hall. He said officials recently received materials for the 2020 Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) operation, an effort designed to ensure the accuracy of residential addresses that will receive census forms beginning April 1, 2020.

Using maps and confidential address information, city officials will be adding to the list any new addresses and deleting any that may no longer exist.

Holmes explained that accurate census information is important for the city to get its fair share of state and federal revenues and for the apportionment of legislative districts.

“It is a requirement of the U.S. Constitution,” said Holmes. “And, FYI, the LUCA work is an unfunded mandate imposed on local governments.”

In other business, council passed a resolution to bring the filing dates for election petitions as laid out in the city’s charter in line with the dates specified in the state election law.

Council also approved the Alternative Energy Sources Ordinance Section 153 regulating solar panels, small energy generating wind mills, and solid fuel outdoor heating devices within the city.

Holmes announced that council’s building and grounds committee would be meeting at the city library at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23, for the purpose of discussing the badly needed replacement of the city’s aging holiday decorations. Public input into the style and type of the new decorations is welcomed, he said.

In her report, City Clerk Juanita Smith told council that, as a part of the regular efforts to ensure the fairness of elections, the next day she would be taking the city’s ballot bags to Sandusky to be inspected by a team of canvassers.

Smith later told The Brown City Banner, “On election day, our voters insert into voting machines their paper ballots. These are tabulated by the machines and the results are printed on a paper tape similar to a grocery store receipt. It is from this print-out that our results are reported.

“The paper ballots are saved, put in blue bags which hold about 400 ballots, sealed, and taken to Sandusky, where canvassers verify that the paper ballots match the count reported from the tape. These ballots must be retained for 22 months. Our test ballots are handled the same way,” said Smith.

“This is all done to make sure the count is accurate. There is no possibility of foreign interference in this process.”

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