2017-10-12 / Front Page

Caseville gears up for November election

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com


CASEVILLE - The City of Caseville Council conducts its October meeting at Maccabees Hall, which is the Caseville Historical Society Museum. Pictured here: (l-r) Treasurer Laura Horkey, council members Todd Talaski, Michelle Beltz, Jerald Ignash, Clint Braun, Darin Sprague and Deb Estep and Mayor Patricia Des Jardins. Seated at a table off to the left and not pictured here were Police Chief Kyle Romzek, Department of Public Works Supervisor Troy Hartz and Village Clerk Jamie Learman. 
Photo by John Bonke CASEVILLE - The City of Caseville Council conducts its October meeting at Maccabees Hall, which is the Caseville Historical Society Museum. Pictured here: (l-r) Treasurer Laura Horkey, council members Todd Talaski, Michelle Beltz, Jerald Ignash, Clint Braun, Darin Sprague and Deb Estep and Mayor Patricia Des Jardins. Seated at a table off to the left and not pictured here were Police Chief Kyle Romzek, Department of Public Works Supervisor Troy Hartz and Village Clerk Jamie Learman. Photo by John Bonke CASEVILLE - With the Nov. 7 election ahead, absentee ballots are available and some have already been received, the City of Caseville Council learned at its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 9, which was conducted at Maccabees Hall as has been a tradition in October.

Three council positions are up for election, along with that of the mayor and a road question, according to Village Clerk Jamie Learman. The three council seats are held by Debra Estep, Jerald Ignash and Todd Talaski. The mayor is Patricia Des Jardins.

Learman said an accuracy test of new equipment is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct 24 with members of the general public invited and welcome to view.

Absentee ballots are available until the Saturday before the election, according to Laura Horkey, who serves on the Election Commission. She said some absentee ballot have already been received.

During the meeting, the council approved a motion to set election workers: Dena Withey, Gail Wilcox, Alice Hazzard, Laura Horkey, Marilyn Mitchell, Joanne VanderMeulen, Becky Mcgeathy and Liz Willenberg.

The council also approved motions to reappoint Ken Rathje to the Harbor Commission (11/2020) and Mike Molascon to the Construction Board of Appeals (11/2020).

In other business, the council approved a resolution to purchase a 2018 Ford pickup from Gorno Ford at a cost of $20,600 delivered to the city.

Council member Deb Estep said during the meeting the council tries to buy local but area vendors were outbid. She added the old vehicle will be sold at auction.

Department of Public Works Supervisor Troy Hartz said during the meeting the old vehicle was 13 years old and needed to be replaced.

In infrastructure work, council member Todd Talaski said village hall parking lot work is two-thirds done; council member Jerald Ignash said he expects to have Pointe Park blueprints soon; and Mayor Des Jardins said she is talking with the Downtown Development Authority regarding streetscape work which needs attention.

The council viewed and displayed a commemorative plaque in memory of Guy Nanny, which is to be installed at the gazebo in the Main Street Park.

The council approved invoices as presented: paid through Oct. 5 $132,040; pending approval $7,407; total $139,447; and 1st quarter budgeted transfers $51,631.

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