St. Clair Shores voters to decide City Council candidates, city millages

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 19, 2019

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In the St. Clair Shores Sentinel’s coverage area, voters will decide during the Aug. 6 primary election which six candidates for City Council will move on to the November general election. Residents will also consider two ballot proposals to pay for residential streets, as well as for police and fire.

Candidates were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim, except where material is omitted due to personal attacks or items we know to be false or that are blatant misrepresentations.


St. Clair Shores City Council
Seven candidates are running for three four-year terms.

 

Peter Accica (I)
Age: 61
Occupation: No answer given
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: 61 years
Online campaign information: pete.accica@gmail.com
Education: Lake Shore High School Graduate; Apprenticeship Tile, Marble, and Terrazzo; Five-year Instructor Certification from the International Masonry Institute.
Previously held elected offices: St. Clair Shores City Council
Top goals: 1. Keeping our lake clean is a top priority. We must preserve our valuable natural resource for the enjoyment of our residents, visitors, and local businesses.
2. Preserving our strong police and fire departments to keep residents safe and secure throughout the city.
3. Maintaining our wonderful senior center and parks for all to enjoy by adding benches, pavilions, and other amenities as needed.

 

Ronald J. Frederick (I)
Age: 64
Occupation: Director of Advertising Sales for Focus Media & Marketing
Municipality of residence: Saint Clair Shores
For how long: 60 years!
Online campaign information: Facebook
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree – Eastern Michigan University - Majored in Broadcasting & Political Science
Previously held elected offices: South Lake School Board, Ypsilanti City Council – 2 years while in College
Top goals: Continue to attract young families and Businesses through strong Parks and Rec programs, solid Fire and Police and great city services. Continue the Roads and infrastructure plan to Repair and Replace. Expand our Senior programs. Bring a Hotel to the Nautical Mile and Promote our Great Library! I am most proud of our work to Protect Lake St. Clair. While we fight the flooding today, Lake St. Clair is a catalyst to future growth!

 

Ronald Hurd
Did not return questionnaire by press time. 

 

Justin Maniaci
Age: 42
Occupation: Operations Director for a Non-Profit that provides services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties and a part time Musician in the Kielbasa Kings Polka Band
Municipality of residence: Saint Clair Shores
For how long: Fifteen years
Online campaign information: FACEBOOK/Justin Maniaci for S.C.S. city council
Education: Studied Business and Music Education at Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Advocate to Macomb county to acquire county funds, federal and/or state funding to fix the sewer system to prevent sewage ending up in Lake Saint Clair. I understand that this is not anything the city council directly has any control over, however the city must communicate to Macomb County about a long term fix once and for all. I will involve residents by hearing their stories of beach closings and how they won’t let (...)

 

Gordon Miskelly
Age: 50
Occupation: Controller at Kimberly Fence in Warren
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: Lifelong SCS resident
Online campaign information: Gordon Miskelly for SCS City Council on Facebook
Education: Studied Finance at University of Wisconsin-Superior
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Keep Police and Fire strong - Make sure both are properly manned and funded. We may need to add more to properly service the needs of the community since both emergency and non emergency calls are increasing yearly.
Hold contractors accountable - Make sure projects are bid to the cities benefit and not the contractor.
Maintain our aging infrastructure - We need to spend money wisely. We cannot purchase non essential items until we ensure proper funding.

 

Lawanda Turner
Age: 30s
Occupation: Real Estate Professional
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: 7 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: @lturnerforprogression
Education: Marygrove College: BA Business & Social Science; Macomb Community College: AAS Legal Associate, ABA Business Administration; currently studying at the University of Michigan: Urban & Regional Studies
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I’m actively working on a program to teach high schoolers how to start a business. The program is designed to create a business incubator that fosters small business growth and helps to maintain or grow the population. I am also looking at the city’s master plan and industries/retailers that are performing well yet have an absence in the cities that border SCS. I hope I can convince them to open a regional location with us.

 

Chris Vitale (I)
Age: 46
Occupation: Prototyping Mechanic
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: Over 40 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/chris.vitale.4SCS
Education: Associate Degree
Previously held elected offices: St. Clair Shores City Council
Top goals: I’ll let my record speak and continue to question expenses, show financial discipline in budgeting, and raise resident concerns to my peers in the public forum when problems aren’t resolved. I gladly meet with any resident in-person to learn more about a situation and I’m known for bringing a camera. I stand for quality development in our commercial districts and neighborhoods… Neighborhoods that represent 94% of our taxable value and the average person’s largest investment.


Proposal A
This is a charter amendment for a new millage that replaces the expiring street millage for necessary residential street repairs, street construction, street lighting and related sewer repairs and construction.

PROPOSAL A. Shall the City of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, commencing July 1, 2020, levy 1.75 mills per year for five (5) years which is estimated to produce $2,627,286.00 of collections in the first year, for necessary residential street repairs, street construction, street lighting, and related sewer repairs and construction, replacing the current 1.1960 mills, which was adopted in 2014, for five (5) years?

 

Proposal B
This is a charter amendment for a millage renewal that replaces the existing police and fire millage to partially fund the St. Clair Shores Police and Fire departments

PROPOSAL B. Shall the charter of the City of St. Clair Shores be amended to authorize, for a period of three years, beginning July 1, 2020, the levy and collection of up to 4.8486 mills per $1,000.00 of state taxable value which is estimated to produce $7,279,176 of collections in the first year to be exclusively used for police and fire department operations?

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