By Janae Fear, staff writer
Prior to the Monday, Dec. 7, Corunna City Council meeting, there was much discussion on whether to add an item to the agenda. Arnold Dunchock approached the city with another proposal in the hopes of positively affecting his sentencing by Judge Ward Clarkson at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14. Dunchock has pleaded “no contest” to a host of charges brought by the city of Corunna.
The city of Corunna had asked the court for a delay of sentencing so that the council could properly address the latest proposal from Dunchock but were denied. City manager Joe Sawyer spoke to the council about the matter prior to the meeting so that members could determine if the proposal should be added to the agenda, noting that city attorney Richard Burlingame was opposed to any proposals from Dunchock at this point. A motion was made by Dawn Rodrigues and seconded by Shelly Sliwa to add the Dunchock proposal to the agenda so that it could be properly discussed but ultimately was voted down by the rest of council.
Dunchock addressed the council during the first public comment sessions stating that he was proposing a “reasonable deal and offer and it was letting the people of Corunna down” by not considering the proposal. “I am asking you not to rely on anger but to rely on reason. This proposal is one-sided in favor of Corunna,” added Dunchock, who then left the meeting.
The city of Corunna has been trying to get Dunchock, the owner of deteriorating buildings at 223/225 N. Shiawassee (M-71) and 117/119 E. Mack, to repair the properties for years and has been embroiled in several court cases brought by Dunchock.
Also of note from the meeting was the appointment of Nick Chiros as Corunna Police Chief and cancellation of the regularly scheduled Dec. 21 meeting.