My name is Rich Folaron. For the past four years I have had the honor of serving the residents of Durand as their Council Member-at-Large. I am seeking your support for re-election in November.
For 30 years, I have called Durand home. My wife Nancy, the town librarian, and I raised our children, Megan, Brian and P.J., here. All three attended Durand schools and grew up running around Trumble Park. I truly love living in a friendly small town where your neighbors are your friends.
I have spent 47 years in law enforcement, retiring from the Durand Police Department in 2016 after 27 years as a patrolman and chief of police. For 12 years I taught the D.A.R.E. program in the Durand Area Schools. I have also served as the chief of police for the village of Lennon and I am currently employed as a deputy with the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office – assigned to the courts.
During my time serving on the Durand City Council, we have undertaken a vital project to fix the city roads. Approximately 75 percent of the city streets have been repaved and some infrastructure replaced. Although the project was delayed this year, plans are in place for repairs to resume in 2021.
The city is continuing to develop and grow with new businesses throughout town. On the north side, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and Taco Bell have recently opened, and a new building for the Valero station is currently being constructed. On the south side, the 2nd Chance Wood Company has moved into Durand.
I represent Durand on the SATA (Shiawassee Area Transportation Authority) Board of Directors, where I currently serve as the co-chair. My experience on the SATA board has provided insight on the value and necessity of public transportation, particularly as our community grows.
I am constantly looking for new avenues to improve public services for our residents. To make our streets safer, I recently proposed the installation of solar-powered speed limit check signs at entrances into the city.
This is an important time for Durand, as we work to grow our community while maintaining the hometown quality of life. We need to continue to work with our businesses, local organizations and residents by promoting partnerships to ensure that Durand prospers for years to come. I respectfully ask the residents of Durand to vote for me as the City Council Member-at-Large on November 3.
Rich Folaron, Durand