Carlson appointed to open village council position
The Roscommon Village Council filled its open trustee seat with former village president Jesse Carlson during its April 9 meeting.
Carlson’s appointment was made by trustee Bruce Yannatta with all other members supporting the appointment except for trustee Joan Murphy.
Carlson has not held a position on the council since September when he resigned for personal matters. He will hold the appointed council position until November when he will have to run for office if he wants to retain the position. In an April 10 telephone interview, Carlson said he plans to run for the seat in November.
In other news, resident Bev Luther provided the council with two marketing letters that were geared toward attracting a large recreational retailer and a motel to the village. Both letters highlighted the recreational opportunities in the area and referenced the potential for thousands of people to frequent the businesses with the high traffic patterns on I-75 and M-18.
Luther told the council there would not be anything to lose by sending the letters and she would send them with the council’s approval.
“I really can’t see why on earth we shouldn’t do this,” Luther said.
Village Manager Allen Lowe said in most cases large companies have a marketing committee that researches poten- tial locations and that if the council did decide to allow the letters to be sent they would have to be revised.
President Erine Adams said before the letters are given approval to be sent she would like to have them “reworked” and inserted into a packet that would promote the village. She added she would also want additional input from the Roscommon County Economic Development Committee.
Trustee Jon Suvada also provided the council with ideas to improve the village with a list of “development expenditures” that would improve the community.
He said he would like to give more money to the newly formed recreation committee to help “pump more money in for our kids and seniors.”
“We need to give back more to recreation and development of culture,” Suvada said. “We’ve got to make sure we are giving back to the community.”
He added he would also like to see several village sidewalks replaced by the end of the summer and also improvements made to the bridge near village hall on Main Street.
Suvada said although there is an extended plan to pursue these projects he would like to see them finished quicker as the village is in good financial standings according to the audit the village received last month.
“I don’t think we are moving fast enough,” Suvada said.
Trustees Diane Lippert and Yannatta, Adams and Lowe all said a plan has been set to address the sidewalk projects and it would be best to stick with the plan to ensure proper funding and to avoid having to redo work that may be new, but conflict with the plan.
In other improvement plans, the council set dates for a village’s annual spring clean-up to take place on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A roll off dumpster will be provided to village residents to dispose of unwanted items.
The date was chosen to coincide with the hazardous waste collection day that will take place in the parking lot of the Central Michigan District Health Department in Prudenville. The council then set the annual village-wide yard sale to take place on June 15 and 16.
The village also reviewed a $3,362.82 bill from the Roscommon County Road Commission for the clean-up and removal of snow.
A motion was made to pay the bill by trustee Marc McKee, however, the motion failed after more discussion on the matter. Lowe suggested more information be obtained like how the total cost is figured, what percentage of the cost is the village’s responsibility, “what authority” RCRC has in billing the village and if the council has control over having the service provided to the village.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 23 at 7 p.m.