November 26, 2014

Standish city council to consolidate clerk and treasurer positions

Council votes to fill vacant Ward III seat

By Eric Young
Managing Editor | editor@ogemawherald.com
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STANDISH — The Standish city council chose to lay off city clerk Becky Lakin at a special meeting held Jan. 14. The council also voted to appoint Charles Macaulay to the vacant Ward III council seat.

According to City Manager Mike Moran, the decision to lay off Lakin came from a recommendation from the finance committee.

“The finance committee recommended to council that they should consolidate the clerk and treasurer positions into one position, thus laying off the current city clerk,” Moran told the Independent. “We just posted the position for a 10-day period.”

Moran said the current treasurer, Peggy Burtch, would be sworn into the position on an interim basis at the city’s regular meeting, Jan. 21.

Moran said the decision to lay off Lakin, which was effective Friday, is in an effort to bring the city’s budget back into balance.

“Our general fund is in deficit $103,000,” Moran said. “We had previously laid off one person in the Department of Public Works.”

Moran said the city will still have to work to find money elsewhere in the budget.

“We are still looking at a significant deficit in the general fund,” Moran said. “Within the next 90 days to six months, we will have to decide whether we will impose any other layoffs.”

According to Moran, Lakin was given two week’s pay, including any other pay that she had coming to her. In addition, she was told she could file for unemployment.

During the special meeting, the city council voted unanimously to appoint Macaulay to the vacant Ward III seat. Macaulay was sworn in during the meeting, Moran said.

Macaulay was one of two candidates for the open seat, which was vacated by Arenac County Probate Judge Richard Vollbach, who left the position last fall. Macaulay was chosen over Donna Bouldin, based on a recommendation from the appointment committee to city council, according to Moran.

Moran said Macaulay will serve the remaining year of Vollbach’s term.

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