Standish resident adds Fire Authority seat to list of activities



STANDISH — Lifelong Standish resident Violet Cook, 70, is adding another job title to her resume.

Cook has joined the Standish Area Fire Authority Board as the at-large representative for the city of Standish, adding that she was asked to represent the city by City Manager Michael Moran.

“Well, (Mike) called me and asked if I would serve on the board, she said. “I told him ‘Well, I guess I can do that.’”

Although Cook has little experience with the Standish Area Fire Authority, she said she is willing to learn about how the fire department operates.

“This is all something new to me,” she said. “I know that they (Standish Area Fire Authority) have to watch their budget, especially with a new barn coming.”

The Standish Area Fire Authority recently received $485,000 in funding, from money Michigan received for rural communities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the United States Department of Agriculture, to construct a new fire hall building.

Cook said she is looking forward to helping any way she can.

“I am going to learn and do the best I can,” she said.

Cook said that she has recently begun attending more city council meetings and is educating herself on how the city operates. She said that her interest was piqued when the state decided to close the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility.

“A lot of people complain about this and that, but they never really know what is actually going on,” she said. “I just want to get to the bottom of the issues.”

Cook said that she is also not afraid to voice her opinion when needed.

“When I go to city council meetings, I have been known to voice my opinion now and again,” she said. “Sometimes I think (the board) does not always like it.”

Cook said she has been active in the community for years and continues to volunteer.

“I like to be active in (my) church, and I have sang in the Arenac Choraleers for around 30 years,” she said. “I volunteer at (St. Mary’s Michigan Standish Hospital). I like to help out there.”

Volunteering is one thing Cook said she would like to see more.

“I really think that there could be more (people) volunteering,” she said. “You know, people like to get paid for what they do. I enjoy volunteering, and I will continue as long as I am able to.”

The Standish Area Fire Authority Board may not be the only board that Cook has a seat on in the future. She said with the interest she has taken in attending city council meetings, she may run for a seat in the near future.

“I really have an interest in how (Standish) operates,” she said. “I might run for city council someday.”

Cook said that she thinks the Standish City Council is doing a good job in these tough economic times. She said she would like to see more businesses come to the area in the future.

“People still have to travel to (Bay City) for a number of things,” she said. “I would like to see some of those legit businesses come here.”

When all is said and done, Cook said she is happy.

“I am always keeping myself busy,” she said.


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