Collison, DeLuca, Ramirez, Yockey assume their seats


IMLAY CITY — The City hosted a special meeting last Tuesday (Nov. 29) to swear in newly-elected Imlay City Commissioners Shane Collison, Joe DeLuca, Al Ramirez and Barb Yockey.

Imlay City Clerk/Treasurer Dawn Sawicki-Franz swears in newly-elected city commissioners Joe DeLuca, Al Ramirez, Barb Yockey and Shane Collison at the commission’s November 29 meeting.

The new commission’s first order of business was to elect a new mayor and mayor pro-tem.

Joi Kempf was re-elected mayor by a 5-2 margin, with Joe DeLuca and Al Ramirez casting no votes.

Commissioner Ted Sadler was elected to serve as Mayor pro-tem by a 5-2 margin, with Commissioners Deluca and Ramirez opposed.

Commissioners unanimously agreed (7-0) to apply for disaster assistance funds from the State of Michigan related to costs incurred due to the water line break that affected numerous local communities, including Imlay City.

In another matter, City Attorney Bob Siebert and City Planner Kelly McIntyre were in attendance to discuss the potential impact of the passage of a marijuana initiative on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

Siebert recommended that the city postpone discussion and proposed changes to the city’s zoning ordinance and zoning map until the city’s next regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Before concluding the meeting, the newly-elected and current commissioners offered some personal comments.

Al Ramirez acknowledged all nine candidates that ran for the four open city commission seats in the recent election. Joe DeLuca also thanked residents for their support in the election.

Mayor Kempf and Commissioners Bob Tanis and Ted Sadler offered their congratulations to the winners.

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.