February 22, 2020

Omer rallies for safer streets.


OMER— At the Dec. 10 City of Omer meeting, the council discussed safety precautions moving forward after the fatal accident that occurred on US-23, Dec. 2. Librarian Charmaine Ploof was hit by car as she was crossing the road. Council members made a unanimous agreement to strive to put in a crosswalk or red light at the corner of N. Main St. and S. Main St. 

Mayor Clark Sanford is in discussion with state representatives and plans to meet with MDOT to see about putting in more streetlights as well as either a crosswalk or red light instead of the yellow blinking light that is currently in place.

“We are already working with Consumers to install new lighting to illuminate corners on US-23 and cross streets areas,” said Sanford. 

The council feels strongly about taking these extra precautions to ensure an accident like this will not happen again. 

During the meeting, Janet Freehling was voted in to be the new full-time librarian at Omer Little Eagles Nest Library. Freehling is currently collecting money to put together a memorial for Ploof inside the library. A member in the audience also suggested renaming the Omer City Park after her. 

The mayor requests that if anyone sees a streetlight that is out to please contact Omer City Hall to report it at 989-653-2566.


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