by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor
The Durand City Council voted unanimously to amend the city’s existing Solid Waste Ordinance Monday, May 2 to further clarify that it is illegal to deposit tobacco products or domesticated animal feces on any street, sidewalk, alley, or other property within the Downtown District, which is described as: N. Saginaw St. between Main and Tuscola; Main St. between Marquette/Railroad and Oak; and Oak St. between Genesee and Mercer.
Additionally, the ordinance makes it the responsibility of downtown property owners to clean said litter/rubbish from their properties or face a potential fine. The ordinance will take effect 15 days after being published in the newspaper.
*Also during the Monday, May 2 meeting, the council issued a proclamation of recognition for Donna Tobias, who passed away Thursday, April 21, only hours before she was to receive the Citizen of the Year award from the Greater Durand Area Chamber of Commerce. Born in 1946, Tobias served as city of Durand treasurer for 20 years. She later served as the treasurer for Durand Union Station, Inc., in addition to being a DUSI volunteer. She also served as treasurer for the Durand Loaves and Fishes organization and was a member on the Shiawassee Council on Aging for 20 years.
*Following the April 19 signing of the lease agreement between the city of Durand and Durand Union Station, Inc., the Durand City Council voted during Monday’s meeting to name Councilman Dr. Brian Boggs and City Manager Amy Roddy as the council’s representatives to the DUSI Board of Directors. Dr. Boggs was selected because of his history as a former DUSI board member, though he said he was not thrilled to add the responsibility to his already busy schedule. The council named Roddy a representative on the board as well, and the council was in favor of the city manager having a permanent position on the DUSI board. Dr. Boggs’ position on the board will be re-addressed following the upcoming November election.