By Krystal Johnson
EAST JORDAN—The city of East Jordan will be bringing back a community staple, as commissioners approved to reinstitute the use of the emergency siren for the 9:30 p.m. youth curfew at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting. Commissioners also tabled resolutions seeking the city to vacate a portion of the alley located between Lake and McKenzie Streets until the September 16 meeting and came to agreements concerning the resignation of the city administrator.
“The restored emergency siren that was previously on the roof of the old fire station on Main Street has been re-installed on a new pole near the wastewater pumping station on Bridge Street,” said City Administrator Chris Yonker.
Consumers Energy donated and installed the 45-foot long pole for the siren, and city mechanic Bob White coordinated the connection of the siren.
The city requested that the commission set a policy concerning the operation of the newly re-installed siren, as commissioners had expressed interest at previous meetings to reinstitute the sounding of the 9:30 p.m. curfew. Yonker shared with the commission that there had been overwhelming support on the city’s FaceBook page to bring back the 9:30 p.m. siren call, including many comments that were reminiscent of the small town tradition.
Commissioners unanimously approved a policy to reinstate the 9:30 p.m. siren, in addition to being used for emergency events, including severe storms and tornadoes.
The commission also began dealing with the business of the city administrator’s resignation at Tuesday’s meeting. Commissioners agreed that Yonker would receive his due benefits and a severance package of four months upon his last day. Yonker will continue to serve on his current contract until October 3, unless parties agree to extend that date, as the hiring process of a new city administrator could take 60 to 90 days. Commissioners also came to a consensus to begin advertising for the city administrator position.
The city commission gave commendation to Donald Skinkle for his years of dedicated service on the planning commission from December 9, 1993 to October 13, 1994 at Tuesday’s meeting, and the appointments committee appointed Donald Wright to the planning commission for the remainder of the 3-year term that was vacated by Jessica Spencer. Commissioners agreed to extend the timeframe to accept application for the vacant commission seat previously held by Tony Cutler. Andrew Boyer of East Jordan submitted application for the seat. The commission will review any additional applicants at the next meeting.