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Watervliet City Clerk gives final Report

By Annette Christie

Watervliet City Clerk Dena Yow gave her final “Clerk’s Report” at the City Commission meeting held May 9, 2018. In addition, the Commission discussed possible rate increases for water and sewer usage.

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Yow has given her notice with her final day being May 18. When she was given the floor she said that the office personnel worked very hard in the office.  “It is a very fast paced office,” Yow said.  She said they answer a lot of assessor questions and zoning questions.

Yow said the election held just a day before went very well.  “We had 93 voters and I am very proud of the city residents for embracing the new election equipment.” She complimented the team that worked the election and said that there were no problems with the audit done when the ballots were turned into the County Clerk’s Office.

Yow wrote in her letter that she appreciated the opportunity that they have given her and she wished the City of Watervliet continued growth and success.  The City Commission regretfully accepted her resignation.

Citizen Bob Becker spoke on the clerk leaving during the public comments portion, pointed out the number of city managers and clerks that the City has had over a short number of years.  He reminded them that continuity is important.

Commissioner Bill Whitney Jr. asked the City Commission to consider looking at a different meter for the water system.  The city currently has a number of new meters that need to be installed and many have had incorrect readings.  Whitney said he would like to look at another brand that other municipalities have been using and are having good luck with.  He requested that it be looked at by the Sewer/Water Committee.

The City Wide Rummage Sale will be held May 17-19.  Staff member Melanie Marvin said she will be putting together a map showing where they all are as that is a common request.  In addition, dump passes are available at City Hall.  They are available to all city residents through the month of May.

Resolution approved to submit request for flooding emergency funds

The City Commission approved a resolution authorizing the submission of State of Emergency funds request for the recent flooding that occurred county-wide in February.  City Manager Michael Uskiewicz said that the City of Watervliet sustained severe losses of major proportions brought on by the flood event.  “The City received flood damage to both city parks as a result of receiving several feet of rushing flood water causing loss of property and severe damage to facilities,” the resolution stated.  The dollar amount being submitted to the State of Michigan is in the amount of $28,611.26.  The damages include lost picnic tables, damaged walk way and damage to the floating dock.  While the City Manager has submitted some of the repairs to the insurance company they will not cover the floating dock. Uskiewicz obtained a quote to repair the floating dock in the amount of $3,800.  The City Commission approved the repairs to the dock.  The dock was purchased with grant funds.

City Manager provides 2018-2019 Budget

Following a review and acceptance of the 2018/2019 budget by the City Finance Committee, the budget was presented by the City Manager.  Uskiewicz said, “I am very comfortable with this budget. We have been accomplishing a great deal.”

Uskiewicz told the Commission that the budget is balanced.  He urged the Commission to consider an increase in the water and sewer services for the residents.  “We have not had annual cost of living adjustments to account for the increased costs that are levied on us. So, in essence, we have not effectively planned for the futur