Shelby Township,UticaOctober 23, 2013
Voters will decide City Council, mayor, bond proposal
In the Shelby-Utica News’ coverage area, voters will vote on one unopposed, incumbent Utica mayor, three unopposed, incumbent Utica City Council candidates, and 20-30 percent of precincts 14 and 17 in Shelby Township will vote on a Romeo School District school bus bond proposal 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 the word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.
One candidate is running for one two-year term.
Jacqueline K. Noonan (I)
Occupation: Retired teacher, high school, all levels of French, Social Studies, Mayor/CEO
Municipality of residence: City of Utica, Michigan
For how long: 49 years
Education: National Honor Society graduate Rochester High School, Rochester, Michigan. 1961
Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education, Summa Cum Laude, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. 1964
Master of Public Administration, Oakland University, Presidential Honors, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan 1988
Previously held elected offices: City Council member, City of Utica. 1981 - 1985
Mayor, City of Utica, 1988 to present
Top goals: Keeping the City fiscally viable, providing excellent services such as police, fire, DPW, Library, and Parks and Rec as well as implementing a broad vision of continued progress toward a high quality of life are what I would hope to accomplish. To do so requires sound professional leadership, intense attention to the needs of our community, as well as a strong knowledge of local government resources that can be accessed as needed. The Mayor must supervise and direct all daily activities for all City departments, guide decision making, and assure Council, employees, and volunteers have the necessary information, training and equipment to do their jobs. For 26 years as Mayor, I have dedicated myself to realizing this goal in all aspects of my professional role.
Utica City Council
Three candidates are running for three four-year terms.
William G. Osladil (I)
Age: Not provided
Municipality of residence: Utica
For how long: 47 Years
Education: Masters Degree
Previously held elected offices: Not provided
Top goals: Local municipalities in Michigan are all facing budget challenges due to lower revenue collection in recent years. Utica is not an exception to those challenges. It is my responsibility, as a member of Utica’s City Council, to direct our resources toward our highest priorities. As a team, I will work with my fellow council members to bring about he highest level of city services, be it police, fire, DPW or administration. I will also support collaboration with neighboring communities, where appropriate, to achieve these ideals. My goal is to keep Utica a wonderful city in which to work and live.
Kenneth J. Sikora (I)
Occupation: Co- Owner of St. Clair Glass and Mirror co., Inc.
Municipality of residence: Utica, Michigan
For how long: 26 years
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: Currently completing my 24th year as Councilman, City of Utica, MI
Top goals: Being Utica’s longest seated Councilman, I’ve been here for both the good, and the recent not-so-good financial times of the City. Because of my 30+ years of business experience, I will continue to help set policy to return fiscal stability to Utica, while providing the best City Service to our residents and businesses that is possible.
Russel J. Barthelmeh (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.
Romeo School District Bond Proposal
Shall the Romeo Community Schools, Counties of Macomb and Oakland, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Five Million One Hundred Thousand ($5,100,000) Dollars and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of paying for the cost of purchasing school buses?
The estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year is 0.07 mills ($0.07 per $1,000 of taxable value). The maximum number of years the proposed bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of refunding, is not more than ten (10) years; and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire the proposed bonds is 0.47 mills annually ($0.47 of $1,000 taxable value).
If approved by the voters, the bonds will be guaranteed by the State under the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program (the “Program”). The School District currently has $33,640,000 of qualified bonds outstanding and $0 of qualified loans outstanding under the Program. The School District does not expect to borrow from the Program to pay debt service on these bonds. The estimated computed millage rate required to be levied to pay the proposed bonds may change in the future based on changes in certain circumstances.
(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for teacher, administrator or employee salaries, repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses.)