2018-08-12 / News

Imlay City needs three more candidates for fall election

IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Commission will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday (Aug. 13) to fill out the ballot for November’s city commission election.

City Manager Tom Youatt said that while the city charter requires two candidates for each open seat, only five people have filed petitions for the four open seats for the November election. The leaves the commission needing to appoint three other candidates.

Imlay City runs at-large elections, which means the top four voters getters will get seats on the commission, with the top three getting four-year terms and the fourth-place candidate getting a two-year seat.

The city commission will see three faces leave this fall with Mayor Walt Bargen and Commissioner Bob Tanis term-limited. Commissioner Amy Planck decided to retire.

Commissioner Frank Demske, who was appointed last year to fill a seat vacated by Marty Rankin who moved out of the city, will seek a full term on his own.

Four other people — Ted Sadler, Kelly Villanueva, Alan Rosenbalm and Stu Davis — have filed petitions to run for a seat on the city commission. That leaves the city three candidates short.

“Hopefully people will reach out,” said Youatt.

In other business:

• Youatt told commissioners at their meeting Monday that work on repaving East Capac Road between M-53 and the city limits is almost complete and work on the retaining wall for the Welcome to Imlay City sign for the Gateway project is set to begin Aug. 20.

• The city will open bids Aug. 21 for demolishing the old DNR headquarters on Borland Road.

Landscape contractors will be back in town in early September to finish plantings in the middle of M-53, which will wrap up the city’ Gateway Project.

Phil Foley

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