GIBRALTAR: Mayor presents beautification award to residents, business

GIBRALTAR: Mayor presents beautification award to residents, business

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave from their sleigh at the city’s annual Christmas parade Dec 1. The sleigh and reindeer set was built by city Firefighters Bill Cain and Jim Marcoccia. Photo by Dorothy Wood.

GIBRALTAR — Mayor James Gorris and the Beautification Commission presented two residents and a business with their annual award Monday.

Residents Joe and Patty Pendergast and Gibraltar Manor were awarded for going above and beyond to take care of their properties, commission Chairwoman Dorothy Wood said.

Other commission members were in attendance for the presentation.

Wood thanked the Department of Public Works for its hard work.

“Without them, we couldn’t do half of what we do,” she said.

She said she believes everyone, not just the commission, should be involved in keeping the city safe and clean.

Wood said every year the commission awards a resident and a business with a plaque of appreciation. She said residents and businesses can nominate others for the award.

“Congratulations,” Gorris said. “Thank you for all you did to make those awards yours.”

In other action, the council:

•Adopted the 80/20 health care contribution for next year’s city medical benefits. Continued…

City Administrator Derek Thiel said the consolidation of services section in the city’s economic vitality incentive program requires approval of this component each year in order to receive benefits.

Thiel said each year the city can decide to impose a specific employee compensation plan or elect the 80/20 coverage. He said this is what the city currently has with its union groups.

According to Gorris, the council initially approved it Dec. 19, 2011.

•Approved the purchase of a new copy machine for City Hall. Thiel said Ricoh came in with the lowest of three bids, at $9,692. He said $12,000 was allocated in the budget for the copier.

Thiel said the current copier, a 2006 model, has a “variety of issues” but will be kept as a backup.

Councilman Patrick Valentine asked Thiel if it would be cheaper to lease the machine. Thiel said it would cost about $11,500 to lease a Ricoh copier for 48 months. He said it makes sense to purchase one for cost reasons and because the old machine lasted a long time.

“The financial arrangement makes sense,” Thiel said.

The council also authorized Ricoh to haul away its current backup copy machine, which is about 15 years old, according to City Clerk Cindy Lehr.

•Approved a $26,318 grant from Wayne County to install a kayak launch at a site to be determined. Thiel said every possible location for the launch is being discussed and will be further discussed at Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority meetings Dec. 18.

•Tabled action on a storm water permit from the Gibraltar Border Patrol Station, 14801 M. Gibraltar Road. Continued…

•Approved a Wayne County permit for the temporary closure of county roads for special events such as parades and to reroute traffic accordingly for next year.

•Approved a Wayne County permit for pavement repairs and restoration for next year.

In addition, Thiel said state Rep. Patrick Somerville (R-Huron Twp.) will be at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Monday to meet with residents.

The regular council meeting has been rescheduled for Monday due to the holiday the next week.

In other news, Fire Chief James VanCalbergh said there had been 15 rescue calls and three fire runs since the last council meeting, Nov. 26.

He said the Fire Department’s equipment is now “100 percent compliant with the new narrow- band equipment.”

VanCalbergh said the city’s two fire trucks went for pump testing. He said one passed and the other failed because of a faulty electronic valve. He said the part has been ordered and will be installed promptly.

Also, the Recreation and Beautification commissions held their annual Christmas parade, tree lighting and children’s party Dec. 1.

Recreation Director Gil Talbert said the events were very successful.

“Thank you to those who showed up,” he said. “They did a great job.” Continued…

Wood said the parade and party were very successful, with about 200 people in attendance. Most of the decorations, including Santa’s sleigh and reindeer, were built by Bill Cain and Jim Marcoccia, both city firefighters.

The fire and recreation departments are hosting a pancake breakfast with Santa from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Gil Talbert Community Center, 29340 S. Gibraltar Road.

Talbert said the Fire Department will be cooking and the Recreation Department will be serving the breakfast.

He said it costs $3.50 per person, with children 3 and younger attending free.

Families are urged to bring cameras for photographs with Santa, he said.


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