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Grosse Pointe Shores honors outgoing council members

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 29, 2019

 From left, outgoing Grosse Pointe Shores City Councilman Robert Gesell receives a proclamation from Mayor Ted Kedzierski during an Oct. 15 council meeting.

From left, outgoing Grosse Pointe Shores City Councilman Robert Gesell receives a proclamation from Mayor Ted Kedzierski during an Oct. 15 council meeting.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran

 Kedzierski, left, reads a proclamation in honor of outgoing City Councilwoman Tina Ellis during her last council meeting Oct. 15.

Kedzierski, left, reads a proclamation in honor of outgoing City Councilwoman Tina Ellis during her last council meeting Oct. 15.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — As the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council gears up for an election that will bring at least two new people to the table, council members and the mayor bid a fond farewell to a couple of members who aren’t running again.

City Council members Tina Ellis and Robert Gesell were thanked for their time on the council during a meeting Oct. 15. Mayor Ted Kedzierski presented both of them with proclamations in their honor.

“We are all volunteers here, and it gives me a lot of pride and joy to thank the people (who have served),” Kedzierski said.

Ellis was on the council for four years, and Gesell was on the council for eight years.     

Both Ellis and Gesell are members of the city’s nonprofit, the Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation.

According to Gesell’s resolution, he’s an attorney who specializes in business and corporation law, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and finance and estate planning, and he has lived in the Shores since 1997. As a council member, he was a member of the Finance Committee and the council liaison to the Planning Commission.

Gesell thanked the mayor, the council and city administrators for their work and support.

“It’s been an honor to serve on the council for the past eight years,” he said.

Ellis’ resolution states that she’s a former pharmaceutical executive who has lived in the Shores since 2004. During her council tenure, she served as the public relations council liaison and chair of the Parks Blue Ribbon Committee, and was a member of the Finance Committee.

Ellis thanked the residents for allowing her to serve on the council, and said that she and City Councilman Doug Kucyk worked together on a survey to determine resident priorities, which led to increased security and programs at Osius Park, among other improvements. She also expressed gratitude to the GPSIF, Beautification Committee Chair Helen Bai and the other members of the Beautification Committee for all of their work.

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve,” Ellis said.

Fellow officials praised the outgoing council members. Planning Commission Chair Mary Matuja thanked Ellis for her “wonderful work on council,” and told Gesell, “You will be dearly missed.”

“Thank you to Tina for your incredible service to this community,” City Councilman Matthew Seely said. “Tina is one of the most transparent people I’ve ever met.”

Seely called Gesell “the steady hand at the helm here.”

City Councilman Bruce Bisballe, the chair of the Finance Committee, thanked Gesell for his support.

“I will miss his wisdom and insight,” Bisballe said.

Kucyk thanked Ellis and Gesell for their time on council.

“You both did a great job over your tenure,” Kucyk said.