Current and former members of the Sterling Heights City Council look through the scrapbook of former Councilman Jay Pollard Jan. 3 at Sterling Heights City Hall.

Current and former members of the Sterling Heights City Council look through the scrapbook of former Councilman Jay Pollard Jan. 3 at Sterling Heights City Hall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


City honors officials to kickstart anniversary year

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published January 9, 2018

The atmosphere was a bit like a class reunion for present and former city officials who attended a Jan. 3 Sterling Heights City Council meeting.

At that meeting, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to honor the present and former officials to note their work over the last 50 years that the city has existed.

The resolution is tied to the city’s planned activities in 2018 for its 50th anniversary year. The former Sterling Township officially became a city, Sterling Heights, on July 1, 1968.

“The creation, growth and sustained success of the city of Sterling Heights would not have happened without the foresight, fortitude and unshakable faith in the city exhibited by its founders and those who came to serve it as mayors, City Council members and city managers over the course of these past 50 years,” the resolution states.

Prior to the Jan. 3 council meeting, the city cut a cake to commemorate the start of the anniversary year and unveiled two new plaques inscribed with the names of the past and present mayors, council members and city managers.

During the meeting, many former officials — representing mayors, council members and city managers — were called up to shake hands with the current council and to pose for a group photo.

After the photo, Councilwoman Barbara Ziarko said she sometimes thinks about how the city has been sustained based on decisions made decades ago, such as with the city charter.

“I can’t thank you enough,” she said to the officials. “Every one of you is so important. It doesn’t matter if you sat here for one month or 30 years. You made decisions that affected all of us, and I am grateful for them.”

Mayor Michael Taylor said council members often brag about the city, but that it’s important to realize that the current council didn’t do it alone. They had the help of past leaders and the residents. He said he is passionate about leaving the city better than he found it due to those officials’ contributions.

“I counted 63 council members and nine mayors who have served in the city of Sterling Heights and about 11, 12 city managers as well,” Taylor said. “It’s a small group of people who have, over the last 50 years, sacrificed a lot of time and energy to try to help make this city a better place.”

Find out more about Sterling Heights and its upcoming events for the 2018 anniversary year by visiting www.sterling-heights.net/50years or by calling (586) 446-2489.