Wrapping up 2021, Clinton Township recognizes retired employees and more

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 13, 2022


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At its final meeting of 2021, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees approved resolutions recognizing employees who celebrated their 25-year anniversary in 2021 and employees who retired last year.

Employees who celebrated their 25th anniversary were: Joseph Felton from the Fire Department; Duane Bush, David VanDenHeede and Thomas Holloway from the Police Department; and Terry Baumgarten from the Water and Sewer Division.

Supervisor Bob Cannon called the recognition one of the board highlights of the year.

Over 20 township employees retired in 2021 — one from the building department, five from the Fire Department, 10 from the Police Department and five from Public Services.

Also at the meeting, three open terms were filled on the Planning Commission. The terms are for three years.

There were three new applicants — George Sassin, Bruce Wade and Sam Buschell. Sassin and Wade were appointed. Kirkanne Moseley was reappointed to the commission. Sassin is the former superintendent of Clintondale Community Schools.

Wade, the former Clinton Township Police chief, spoke at the meeting. He said in his 37 years with the department, he’s watched the township really grow.

Cannon said three candidates needed to be placed on the commission in December.

“We’re short of members and have two other members who have left the community,” he said.

Following the trio of appointments, Cannon said there were still two open commission spots that were posted. Those two seats were open because of resignations.

Regarding water and sewer rates, the board approved a 2% increase in the combined volume charge.

Treasurer Paul Gieleghem writes in a letter that the township changed the way it bills residents for water and sewer from a five-unit “minimum bill” to a separate, ready-to-serve fee that is based on the size of the water line that services the property, and a corresponding volume based charge for water and sewer consumption.

He cited that rate increases from the Great Lakes Water Authority, along with the anticipated capital needs applied to the new funding model. The Budget Ways & Means committee voted to recommend approval of a 2% increase in the combined volume charge. It is going from $10.17 to $10.37 for the 2022 calendar year.

At the meeting, Gieleghem said while there is an increase in the per-unit charge for water and sewer, the corresponding reduction in the ready-to-serve fee means a majority of township residents will pay less.

Also at the meeting, in accordance with the state’s Open Meetings Act, beginning Jan. 1, the board is required to meet in-person. The public will be allowed to continue meeting remotely or in-person.

The board’s most recent meeting was scheduled for Jan. 10, after press time.