I.C. residents select four commissioners

IMLAY CITY — The four residents elected to the Imlay City Commission on Nov. 3 will be sworn in prior to the Nov. 17 city commission meeting.

Those elected to four-year terms on the commission included top vote-getter Joi Kempf, with 829 votes; Bob Tanis, who collected 635 votes; Ted Sadler, who received 604 votes.

Also elected was Greg Rowden, who received 603 votes and will serve a two-year term.

Given the one-vote difference between Sadler and Rowden, Imlay City Clerk-Treasurer, Dawn Sawicki-Franz, said some method would have been required to break the tie.

Per city charter election language, the candidates with the three highest number of votes are elected to four-year terms, with the fourth-highest to serve a two-year term.

“I’m glad it didn’t come down to that,” said Sawicki-Franz, who noted that 61% of the city’s registered voters in Precinct 1 cast their votes in the Nov. 3 general election; while 65.5% of those registered voted in Precinct 2.

Those percentages compare to 73.6% of registered voting in Lapeer County.

Millage renewed

Imlay City voters also approved a six-year renewal of a 2.462-mill tax dedicated to street and sidewalk improvements.

A total of 921 residents voted in favor of the street millage renewal, with 546 opposed.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.