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Fall Home Improvement see page 8 &9 IIIl| II "MID MICHIGAN'S MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED WEEKLY" SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1994 THE (.TLARE COUNTY REVIEW VOLUME 45, NUMBER 24 NEWSSTAND PRICE 25 431 N. McEWAN, CLARE, 386-4414 Voters bail out Coleman schools i lnl by Nicholas Shadoff Review Correspondent Coleman Community Schools dodged a $339,000 bullet Tuesday, when the community passed a cru- cial millage election by a two-to- one margin. Tuesday's election passed, 771 to 446, and saw a 37 percent voter turnout. 1,226 voters voted -- 397 more than in the failed June elec- tion. Coleman superintendent Michael Smith credits Tuesday's high voter turnout to Coleman Citizens for Quality Education, which flooded the district with information after the June election. The proposal that was passed levies 18 mills against all non- homestead property for general op- erating expenses, and ns worth roughly $339,000, Smith said. Proposal A assumed the passage of the 18-mill levy when it was passed earlier this year, Smith said. When the state named a per-student state aid fighre, it assumed this levy, and without it the amount of state aid for the district would have been lower. "When voters said yes to Proposal A, they were really saying yes to this, too," Smith said. Now that Coleman has adequate funding, they will continue the year with a full sports program, trans- ition and "everything that would be a target for cuts, Smith said. In addition, the school can t:on- tinue its bus purchasing program, which replaces old school buses that are past due for retirement. "We have some buses on the road that are pre- 1980," Smith said. In the past 22 years, Coleman has passed 40 percent of its m: elections, but lately it's seemed as though they've had to struggle for every mill. Smith said it's been tougher Jn recent years because the millage levy has been 35 to 36 mills, and the district's property assessments have been rising. When the assessments go up, the school's state aid is reduced, Smith said, to reflect this increase in revenue. Unfortunately, this doesn't reflect the year-to-year rise in operating costs, and the district has to raise the millage. So, on the one hand, the property owner's assessment is going up, Smith said, and on the other hand, the property owner is paying more mills, too. This is more of a problem in small school districts than in larger, more affluent ones like Midland, Smith said. While Coleman was struggling to balance their budget with a 35-mill levy, Midland was levying less than 28 mills and of- fering many more programs, be- cause there are so many more prop- erty owners, and their property values are higher. Smith also blamed Coleman's millage woes on personal baggage being carried to the polls. Voters may have been voting 'no' on mil- lage proposals to punish the district because their child didn't get to play in a big game, or for some other similar reason. However, "none of the 446 'no' voters stopped by to say why," Smith said. "We can only specu- late." With the passage of Tuesday's election, the Coleman Board of Ed- ucation voted to give athletic direc- tor Robert Sullivan a new contract. Sullivan, who has been working without a salary since July 1993, was given a $12,800 salary for the remainder of the calender year, and will receive a new contract in Janu- ary. "If ever ihere was a guy who earned it and deserved it, it's Mr. Sullivan," board member Del Campbell said. Also, the board approved a new 3-year contract with'the district's support staff union that, among other things, grants a 2.1 percent increase in wages for the 1994-95 year, in keeping with the rise of the Consumer Price Index. Also, the board approved an ad- justment in the debt retirement mil- lage from 2.8 mills to 2.1 mills. The millage is paying off a $2.5 million loan from 1972 that paid for the high school's construction, and an addition on the elementary school. "This represents a very real, ve ry tangible seven tenths of one mill decrease in the tax levy," Smith said. Also, the board voted to bail out the yearbook staff and pay a $4,500 debt. The debt accrued due to poor sales of yearbooks in past years. ill h C,,lare vote Monday Clare School District voters will room. 216 mills to the debt retirement say "yes" or "no" tomorrow, Sep- tember 26 on a $7.4 million bond issue. The money would fund much- needed renovations to all three of the district's buildings. High School improvements Between the middle and primary buildings, a new gymnasium would house middle school sports and community programs. A new building for administra- tion would free up much neede& classroom s;pace in the middle would include" [!,. ,hl, and an qpen parkanggarae ; im,  clii ........ ibfitd:IO lctrfe hookup for and modem facilities, replacement diesel busses. of the heating and water system; The primary building would get upgrading the ventilation system; anew roof. expansion of the library; networked The bonds would be repaid over computers; and a new drama music a 20-year period, adding just over levy. The cost to taxpayers with a home valued at $50,000 would be approximately $5.44 a month or $65.25 annually. Columbus Day Dinner The Clare Rotary Club will hold their third annual Columbus Day Dinner October 12 at the Doherty Hotel in Clare from 6 to 9 p.m. The traditional homemade Italian all-you-can-eat menu will feature wedding soup, sPalghetti, meatballs, Italian sausage, zit, brascholli, zuc- chini, Italian salad and spumoni. Tickets are available at the Doherty Hotel, Clare County Review office or from any Rotarian. Clare's first Michigan Historical marker was un- veiled last Sunday at the Clare Congregational United Church of Christ on Fifth  Street. The century old build- ing has been restored to the original decor inside. Shown at the dedication are com- mittee member Jail Johnston, Pastor Margaret Vredeveld, Jim McBryde representing Governor John Engler, Clare Mayor Allen Demarest, Clare County Historical Society President John Ringleberg, state Historic Preservation Coordinator Laura Ashlee, Suzanne Kvam and Ronald Cooper. Before the marker was unveiled, a service of Worship and Rededication was held inside the church. The Clare Industrial Devei0pment Corporation held ground breaking ceremonies last 1Tuesday at the IDC park for a new spec building. The 9,600 square foot building will cost labout $100,000 to build and will be available for sale to a prospective commercial employer, IDC president Jim Allen said. The 80 by 120 foot building will be constructed by Fabrication Engineering and Design of Gladwin on Lot 5 of the Industrial park. Allen said the Clare area has industrial sites available for sale, but there are a very limited number of existing buildings available in Clare County. "With this building erected, we have not only land with the full compliment of city services available to attract a prospective employer, we can also offer an existing building. It makes our industrial park a very attractive option to an employer looking for a building at a central Michigan location with convenient Stoeker resigns from city 'r Debra Rustin Review Correspondent Commissioner Richard Stoeker gave a letter to Ma,or Allen Demarest announcing Ms resigna- tion from the Clare City Commis- sion effective September 19, 1994. Demarest read the letter at Monday nights City Commission Meeting. "I have appreciated serving the City in the capacity of, i com-, missioner," Stoeker wrote, hope that my participation has contrib- uted to the development of present and future services and projects." A copy of the letter was also given to each commissioner, and to City Vince Pastue. Stoeker, and his wife, Joan are of moving to Florida. Counselor at llid Michigan Corn- ' munity College will be effective I December 31, 1994. "It is with a great deal of regret I received this letter" Demarest said. And asked Pastue to have a resolu- tion at the next meeting to appoint a new commissioner. In 1992 Stoeker was appointed to fill a seat on the commtssion, and in 1993 he was elected to a three year term. Steve Stocking, from the Clare County Road Commission asked the board for support on a 1 or 2 mill for county primary road sys- tems. "Primary road systems are the main roads m Clare County." Stocking said "Colonville road deterioration of these roads," he said, "and we have a need of about 10 million dollars to reconstruct all our existing paved roads in our county that are in bad shape." The area of seven million dollars is needed to save some of the roads and around 17 million to pave some of the existing gravel primary roads. "The funding level will not begin to allow us to upgrade those roads", Stocking told the Commis- sion, "we are able to put about 1.2 million dollars into our road system each year, with help from the Fed- eral and State aid, around $394,000. a year, which allows us to do 2 miles of roads. That's the bulk of the work, which is what we. ud on Beaveton Road this year." going east, Clare Avenue north to will remain in the area a Harrison, and Beaverton Road," $70,000 of those funds come while longer.as hisresignation as "We have a tremendous .8_C_laro City Png o2 access to the marketplace and an available work force," Alien said. Completion of the building is scheduled in late October. Shown at the groundbreaking are: I(from left) Engineer Malcolm Witford; ICD members Don Jones, Neat Erickson and Ron Irunse; IDC President Jim Allen; F.E.D. representative Steve Scott; IDC members A1 Iacco, 1Rick Moser, Bob List and Vince Demasi.