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October 23, 2013

Voters to decide city council, millage issue

In the Chronicle’s coverage area, voters will decide one city council race and a pair of ballot proposals on Nov. 5. Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they would wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over their word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

Fraser City Council

Four candidates are running for three four-year terms.

Kathy Blanke (I)
Age: 65
Occupation: Retired Recreation Direction Director for the city of Fraser
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: 45 years
Education: Associate’s Degree (towards teaching), University of Detroit
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: To continue traditional values, pride of Fraser, the outstanding job the DPW and Public Safety Departments. To make sure the volunteers know just how appreciated they are and what a priceless asset they are to our community. To keep Fraser, Fraser.

If elected it is my goal to continue my efforts of the past 4 years. Work with your Council, make sure equity for all residents regarding all policy making. To listen with attentiveness to the concerns of all and treat all with respect. Common sense may not seem so common at times but this is my belief; to keep close in my actions, along with humility. Appreciation brings joy - it has been a joy and gift to serve you. We all know it is a blessing to live here. Thank you for past support and any consideration in this upcoming election.
 

Michael Carnagie (I)
Age: 52
Occupation: NA. Technical Sales Manager & Coatings Engineer For United Paint and Chemical (18 years); Firefighter, EMT (25 years)
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: 52 years
Education: Graduated from Fraser High School 1978; Two Years Macomb Community College General Education; Two Years Macomb Community College Fire Academy Graduated 1st in Class; One Year MCCC Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); Michigan State Police Fire Officer I & II; Study in Process & Spray Systems, Binks Sames Corporation; Certified as ISO/QS/TE9000 Internal Auditing; Certified in QS-9000 Management; Management Resources, Design Failure Mode & Effects Analysis; Attended Eastern Michigan University, Durability & Performance of Coatings; Attended Eastern Michigan University, Team Problem Solving Program
Previously held elected offices: Elected 20 years as President Fraser Volunteer Firefighters; Elected 2 years as Vice President Fraser Volunteer Firefighters; Elected 9 years as Training Officer Fraser Volunteer Firefighters; Voted Firefighter of the Year four times by FVFA; Served on City of Fraser Planning Commission; Appointed Detail Commander Fraser Fire Honor Guard; Chairman of the Firefighter David P. Sutton Memorial and MCCC Sutton Endowed Scholarship ; Nominated and Elected as a US Midwest Honor Guard Officer for the National Firefighters Memorial
Top goals: We must reestablish the electorate tradition of “…for the people, by the people…” and make decisions based on fact and feasibility. We need better communication between residents and city government, to hold town hall meetings with department heads. Promote the use of technology to improve communication. No self-agendas!
    
We must maintain and improve the city services that are deemed essential by our residents, and enforce city codes to enhance the community and recruit new residents and businesses to improve our tax base. 

We must continue to coordinate between Fraser Public Safety and Fraser schools to combat the drug presence in our community.  We must also ensure our senior citizens receive the best services possible by sponsoring senior awareness programs to educate about well-being, fraud and safety. 

With our accomplishments and working together Fraser will continue be a “small town community” with the finest schools and city services in the county.

Matt Hemelberg
Age: 38
Occupation: Not given
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: Not given
Education: Macomb Community College
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: (1) Fairness in water rates- In order for our businesses and residents to thrive, we need stability and predictability in our water rates.  We must rework our outdated funding formula. Unfortunately, this council has not shown the political courage to stand up for our residents on this critical issue.
(2) Partnering with our schools- Fraser can save money and increase the quality services by exploring collaborative partnerships with our great school district.
(3) Economic Development- Creating a climate where businesses can grow will translate into jobs and prosperity for our residents. To make these goals a reality, we need a fresh voice and a new face on council. As a proud third generation Fraser resident, I can provide that voice with a deep love for and an engrained history in our community. I look forward to continuing my family’s long tradition of service.
 

William A. Morelli Sr. (I)
Age: 75
Occupation: Management consultant
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: 17 years
Education: BBA - 1960 University of Cincinnati; Advanced Management Studies – Univ. of Toledo – 1977 ; International Business Consultants School – 2005
Previously held elected offices: Fraser City Council - 8 years - since 2007; Fraser Mayor Pro-Tem – 4 years - 2009-2011; Fraser Acting Mayor – 2 years - 2011-present
Top goals: 1. Maintain a balanced budget without a major increase in taxes
2. Maintain current level of Police and Fire protection
3. Maintain the current response time by EMS.

These are what makes Fraser so special.  I am sworn to keep these as the main pillars of our community and to protect them and keep them safe.   I promise that I will not vote to degrade any of these special interests.

Police Millage Proposal:

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on all taxable property in the Charter Township of Clinton, Macomb County, Michigan, be increased by One Dollar ($1.00) per Thousand Dollars (1.00 mill) of the taxable value for a period of Seven (7) years, 2013 to 2019, inclusive, as new additional millage to provide funds for (a) acquiring new police apparatus and (b) other operational costs for the Police Department, including additional police officers?
   
It is estimated that 1.00 mill will raise approximately $2,544,000 when first levied
in 2013.

Fire Millage Proposal:

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on all taxable property in the Charter Township of Clinton, Macomb County, Michigan, be increased by One Dollar and Twenty Five Cents ($1.25) per Thousand Dollars (1.25 mills) of the taxable value for a period of Nine (9) years, 2013 to 2021, inclusive, as new additional millage to provide funds for (a) acquiring new fire apparatus and (b) other operational costs for the Fire Department, including additional firefighters?

It is estimated that 1.25 mills will raise approximately $3,180,000 when first levied
in 2013.