December 19, 2014

Standish council trying again on police millage

Approves new streetlight installations

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — The Standish City Council voted to put a police millage on the November ballot during its meeting Aug. 20.

The proposed millage would be for 2 mills over two years starting in 2013, and is estimated to raise approximately $76,600 yearly.

The proposed millage narrowly failed during elections in November 2011, when 54 people voted for it and 70 voted against. Councilman Jerry Nelson told the Independent last November that he believed it failed due to the council doing a poor job of informing residents about what the millage could do for the city.

City Manager Curt Hillman echoed Nelson’s statement during the Aug. 20 meeting, calling on council members to talk about the millage to residents.

“We’re going to need council support to get it going,” Hillman said.

During the council’s April meeting, Mayor Mark Winslow said the millage would be used to hire a second police officer and to purchase police equipment. The millage language itself specifies the funding is for police operations. Currently the police department is financed entirely by the city’s general fund and has only one officer, Police Chief Mark Christian.

The five council members in attendance unanimously passed the millage resolution, with Nelson and Councilman Ed Reno absent.

The council also approved installation of two new streetlights within the city: one on the east end of Cherry Street, and another on Industrial Drive near the Standish Area Fire Authority’s new fire barn.

Hillman said the new lights would cost $100 to install, with work being done by Consumers Energy.

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