City Manager's Update to Council February 2, 2016
The past few weeks have been
extremely busy throughout the city. The weather
has been more reminiscent of late fall as opposed to
mid-Winter. The mild weather has allowed for a
very long construction season. It has also been
very kind to the salt budget and we are definitely
thankful for that.
First off tonight, I want
to officially welcome Jackie Hoppe to our Administrative
Team. Jackie comes to us from the Clyde Green
Springs School District with twenty (20) years of
experience. Jackie always has a smile on her face
and I know she is very excited for her new career.
Mrs. Hoppe's arrival will mark only the third
Administrative Secretary in forty (40) years for the
City of Clyde. I know what it is like to follow
someone with many years of experience at a particular
job. It can be difficult at times but I believe
Jackie is up for the challenge.
Work on the Waste Water
Treatment Plant's (WWTP) Flow Equalization Basin
is continuing strong and will soon be moving inside or
at least under cover. The actual basin for the
most part is complete and all of the tipping buckets
have been installed. The Combined Sewer Overflow
(CSO) Screening Facility has been partially gutted in
preparation for its new screens and overflow weir.
The wall on the Primary Treatment Building has been
opened to allow construction access for the new rotating
drum screens and conveyors. This opening will
eventually be filled with an overhead rolling door.
The Clyde Solar Energy
Center (CSEC) seems to get busier ever day.
At this point, the hardware continues to be mounted to
the almost 3,000 posts driven in the ground. This
hardware and connected torque tubes will provide the
backbone on which the solar panels will rotate from East
to West during the daylight hours. We will try to
get some current construction photos out to the public
in the near future.
The USEPA was in town
on January 21 to perform what we hope is the final round
of subsurface testing at the old Clyde Paint Factory.
We have been in communication with them as recently as
yesterday but no results are available yet. We
hope to have the concrete floor and footers removed yet
this winter so we are ready for final grading and
seeding before spring arrives.
While on the topic of
city improvements, the deteriorating block building on
South Street has been demolished. Great
Lakes Demolition Company had the two-story building down
in a matter of hours and had all of the remains,
including numerous foundations removed by the following
day. This is the proposed site for the new Parks
Department Office and Maintenance Facility.
Speaking of the Parks
Department and particularly Community Park, we might
have lost another picnic shelter to arson.
The incidents of that night are under investigation and
there is always the chance of it being accidental but
this is the second similar fire in Community Park.
We encourage all citizens to call the Clyde Police
Department if you see any suspicious activity in the
city at any time.
We have some more
exciting news to share regarding Sandco Industries
relocation from Fremont to Clyde. As of
last Friday, Sandco has made a verbal commitment to
purchase an additional five (5) acres off the Clydescope
EDC on Premier Drive. The Sandco parcel will now
exceed ten (10) acres and further secure Clyde as their
home for the long term.
I want to close my
report this evening by congratulating a few very
deserving city employees. Clyde Police
Detective Brian Weaver was selected by his peers as the
2015 Police Officer of the Year. Detective Weaver
has had an extremely busy year with drug related
investigations and although you might not have read
about all of these yet, I assure you, you will.
Moving to the other arm of Public Safety, recently
retired Clyde Fire Department Operator Ken Hofelich was
chosen as the 2015 Firefighter of the Year. After
almost twenty-five years of operating trucks at the
scene of emergencies, Kenny decided to retire after
passing his knowledge on to a new generation of
"smoke-eaters". I want to personally thank both
Brian and Kenny for the work they do or have done in the