2016-11-17 / Front Page

Twp. awards Saylor, approves budget

By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com


Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent , Megan Gillman, left, presents a Certificate of Achievement to retiring finance department worker Sue Saylor. Trustee Clark Kent looks on in the background. 
Photo by Paula K. Schmidt Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent , Megan Gillman, left, presents a Certificate of Achievement to retiring finance department worker Sue Saylor. Trustee Clark Kent looks on in the background. Photo by Paula K. Schmidt GRAND BLANC TWP. — The township honored multiple outgoing employees as well as board members last Thursday for their commitment to the township, including accepting the retirement of Payroll & Benefits Coordinator Sue Saylor effective Jan. 7, 2017.

Township officials had high praise for Saylor, who they called “an exemplary employee” who had been thrust into different roles over her career in finance and took them on with a willing spirit. Township Superintendent Dennis Liimatt stated she handled an incredible amount of information and has “just been phenomenal” in making his transition easy.

Saylor stated the last few years had been exciting having taken on her most recent role due to the enactment of the new Affordable Care Act. She said she started out as deputy treasurer and everything since then has been a learning experience. “I appreciate Dennis and the trust he placed in me,” she added. “I’m going to try to slow down and enjoy life and see where that takes me.”

The meeting was the last of the currently seated board and new officers were scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday evening. Liimatta stated the board is a thankless job for the most part, and trustees usually don’t hear from somebody until something goes wrong. “I don’t think people realize how hard the job is,” he said.

Both outgoing trustee Larry Anderson and incumbent Clark Kent praised the time they had worked with Micki Hoffman and said they would miss working with her on the board. In other business they approved the proposed General Fund, Special Funds, and Department of Public Works budgets for 2017.

A public hearing on the property tax millage rates proposed will be held at a future date. The board also approved a plan which changes ACA-non-compliant retiree health plans to provide lower out of pocket prescription drug co-pays.

Liimatta negotiated the agreement and it is expected to save the township over $100,000 annually. They also approved the second and final reading of the Amendments to the Tree Protection Ordinance. Clerk Cris Rariden voted against the move but township officials stated even though it is not perfect, the current amendments will enable them to set up a fund for current monies to be used by the township.

They also approved a resolution to exempt the Creasey Bicentennial Park Pavilions from the General Criminal Code Ordinance which allows for the use of alcohol in the pavilions during approved rentals only.

Residents will have to attest to liability insurance and officials hope it will help increase income for the park. Jude Rariden voted against it because he said he doesn’t believe alcohol in an area where kids are is a good mix.

Trustees and visitors were treated to a video update regarding the Tech Village Project which gave a preliminary overview of the planned uses for the area on Genesys property and along the Holly and Baldwin Road corridor.

Liimatta praised outgoing Supervisor Hoffman for her many years of work that went toward making the proposal possible and the many hours she put into bringing it to fruition, calling her a “driving force.”

Hoffman offered a thank you to everyone she has worked with and stated it was a great opportunity and she enjoyed working with everyone.

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