2017-04-20 / Community

Bad Axe hires new city clerk

By Cindy Centofanti
Staff writer • 989-269-9918 • ccentofanti@mihomepaper.com

BAD AXE — Residents can expect a new, smiling face at city hall with the recent appointment of a city clerk, following this week’s Bad Axe city council meeting.

The first order of business on the council’s agenda was to appoint a new city clerk. City Manager Dale VanDeVusse brought the matter to the forefront stating there were five very qualified applicants for the position.

“We were very fortunate to have a number of excellent applications,” VanDeVusse said. “We interviewed five of them who all had clerk experience.”

In a unanimous vote, Council followed the recommendation of the city’s Human Resources Committee to appoint Becky Bachman, whose experience includes serving as chief deputy clerk/accounting payroll clerk in the Huron County Clerk’s Office.

“I’ll tell you, we’re very lucky to get her,” Bad Axe Mayor Jim Hicks said with a grin.

Bachman will replace longtime clerk, Kay Goebel, who recently resigned for health reasons.

Next order of business was to approve the resolution of the Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE), which was previously addressed last council meeting.

The city of Bad Axe had applied for a grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help cover the cost of rebuilding E. Irwin Street.

The final step for the grant was to host a public hearing. The hearing was held prior to the regular council meeting, and no members of the public weighed in on the matter. Council can now continue with the application.

In other news, Council renewed an existing temporary housing agreement with Courtney Manor, a nursing home located on Hopson Street in Bad Axe. The agreement allows the facility to relocate residents to Wilcox Park in the case of a fire, natural disaster or other emergency.

“In the case that there is a situation where the patients would be in danger, they could take them to a safe place,” VanDeVusse said.

Before adjourning, Bad Axe Chamber Secretary Kelsey Brown introduced herself to the council and gave a brief update about plans for the upcoming Hatchet Festival, which is set to take place later this summer. The focus this year is to host a large event each day.

The kick-off date for the festivities is Thursday, July 13, with the Annual Wine Run, which starts at the city park.

On Friday, July 14, the festival’s planning committee is having the focus put on the Bad Axe Police Department’s Bocce Ball competition which will be held at the Gathering Place.

Lastly, Saturday, July 15, will be the grand finale. “A Day at the Park” will be bring everything to a central location instead of shutting down the main road. This would entail moving the car show to the library, hosting a flea market with crafts and other items and having a children’s day in the morning. For the night time activities, there will be entertainment featuring a band, along with the traditional beer tent.

“There’s no down time at all,” Brown said. “We want to make sure that there is plenty of food down there and entertainment all day so people don’t have to leave and come back.”

Brown said she thought last year’s events went “swimmingly,” and she is looking forward to the upcoming festivities.

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