Tuesday, November 18, 2008

4th Street Survey & Soil Borings

As some of you may already know, the Village has signed an agreement with Fleis & Vandenbrink to conduct a survey & soil borings on 4th street (from Lake St to Brooks St & Shelley St to Edna/5th street). Barry Willis is currently conducting the survey today & tomorrow (Wednesday). The purpose of the survey is to conduct an in depth analysis of the road, and give us better cost estimates for the actual road project. We plan to "crush & shape" parts of the road, while fixing the necessary drainage issues and problem areas in the spring. Fourth Street has become a critical road in the Village, especially with truck traffic from Glen's, McDonald's, Rite Aid, etc.....

We feel when this project is complete, the road will stay in excellent shape for many years to come.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas in the Village

Christmas in the Village is rapidly approaching. Here is the latest about the event from Connie Allen, Office Coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce.

"Christmas in the Village plans are in full swing. Planning meetings are held each Monday, at 7:00 p.m. at the CRAF Center. If you would like to volunteer some time with a great group of people - this is for you! This year’s event will be Saturday, December 6, with a craft show from noon until 8:00 p.m., at the CRAF Center and the parade at 6:30 p.m. The Chamber has $10 Raffle Tickets available – that give you 16 chances to win! For more information, call Pat and Lori Mattingly at 275-5829."

Tom Gromek
Village Manager

Bo Schembechler

Today marks the 2 year anniversary of the death of a legendary leader & football coach, Bo Schembechler. I think, regardless whether you love or hate Michigan football, you can learn a lot from Bo's life in terms of how he led, how he conducted himself, and his fierce loyalty. Rest in Peace Bo.

Friday, November 14, 2008

DDA Meeting

Just a reminder that the Roscommon Downtown Development Authority's (DDA) next meeting is Monday, November 17th at 8am at Village Hall. These meetings are open to the public, and we encourage any interested residents or business owners to attend. The DDA is a great organization that has many exciting projects currently going on, and several others in the works. This is a great chance to learn & network with business and community leaders in Roscommon.

Tom Gromek
Village Manager

Monday, November 10, 2008

November 10, 1975

Today marks the 33rd Anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the most tragic & haunting events to happen in the history of the Great Lakes. To read more, follow this link.


Village Manager Report - Nov 10

November 10, 2008

▪ The Village of Roscommon was not chosen for the Grand Valley Financial Trend Monitoring project due to a limited number of students and the abundance of communities interested in participating. We will be considered for a future class project.

▪ Employee Reviews for Nicole & Dave will be conducted during the month of November.

▪ Paul Olson, from Municipal Underwriters, met with me last week to discuss insurance coverage for next year. He will be submitting a formal proposal by December 1st, and he would like to come to the first December council meeting to discuss our insurance coverage.

▪ We received the 2009 Blue Cross Blue Shield Rates from the MML in October. These are in the communication folder. The rate increase is around 6.4% for our plan. Melanie Hefron, our agent from The Centennial Group, will be meeting with me later this month. I recommend we stick with our current plan due to the small rate increase and its meets our budget expectations.

▪ I attended the Roscommon County Transportation Workshop conducted by MDOT on November 6th. Several MDOT officials from the Grayling Office were present along with Tim O'Rourke and several Roscommon County Road Commissioners. I have materials from the conference if anybody is interested in seeing specifics on county road projects.

November 11th - Village Offices Closed - Veterans Day
November 17th - DDA Meeting - 8am
November 24th - Village Council Meeting - 7pm
November 27th - THANKSGIVING - Village Offices Closed
November 28th - Village Offices Closed

Meeting Agenda - Nov 10

November 10, 2008

1. Call to order, roll call of Council, Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation

2. Approval of the Regular agenda

3. Brief public comment on Regular Agenda items (Two minutes per speaker)

4. Approval of Consent agenda:
Minutes of the October 27, 2008 Regular Meeting & Minutes of the October 6th & October 20 Budget Workshops, Bills to be paid and Checks written since last meeting.

5. Manager’s Report

6. Council Member reports

7. Unfinished Business:
Sheriff's Report
Master Plan - Rob Eggers (Spicer Group)
CRAF Center & Wallace Park Electrical
Recreation Plan
Council Vacancy
Sale of Industrial Park Property

8. New Business:
Snow Removal Bill
Water Reliability Study
Best of Roscommon

9. Public Acknowledgement (Two minutes per speaker)

10. Items for the next agenda:

11. Adjournment

Any Council member shall have the right to submit items for the regular agenda before it is approved.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Community Events Facade

The New Community Events Facade is nearly complete. There will be one more addition; Kirtland Community College has teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce & the DDA to provide a state-of-the-art LED sign, which will feature Kirtland events along with Roscommon-area events. This sign will be installed just above the glass-enclosed event bulletin board.