Premiere scheduled for Friday, February 19, 1 p.m.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon’s annual State of the Township will be different this year.
“Typically, I would give my address inside our beautiful Clinton Macomb Public Library auditorium with several hundred residents and business owners in attendance, but not this year,” said Cannon.
Instead, Cannon’s annual message to the Township will premiere as a video on Clinton Township Television’s YouTube channel at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 19. A link to the premiere will be posted to the Township’s website at clintontownship.com.
“Premiering the State of the Township on our YouTube channel is the best alternative given the limitations of indoor gatherings,” said Cannon. “Of course, the program will also broadcast on our cable television channels on Comcast, WOW, and AT&T.”
Cannon will highlight the accomplishments and challenges of the past year during his address and added that he’s looking forward to sharing news about projects and events planned for 2021.
“We are excited about implementing our strategic plan, which includes a new Township website, as well as utilizing the concepts and ideas from the Groesbeck corridor study,” said Cannon. “There are plans for more bike paths and a pedestrian hike-bike path over the north branch of the Clinton River on Cass Avenue that will connect our Civic Center site with the George George Park,” he said.
Cannon added that he looks forward to completing the Garfield Road replacement project’s final phase and is excited about the Wall That Heals’ return in August.
For cable TV subscribers in Clinton Township, Cannon’s address will air on Comcast Channel 5, WOW Channel 10, and AT&T Channel 99 at 2 p.m. on February 19 and repeat for several weeks.
For many years, the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce hosted Cannon’s annual message, which included breakfast, paid for with sponsor support, and a variety of guest speakers.
“The Chamber, with Kelly Lovati as Director, works hard to attract and welcome businesses that locate or expand in communities throughout Macomb County,” said Cannon.
Clinton Township Television (CTTV), on YouTube, has more than 930 subscribers, who can expect an email notification once the State of the Township is uploaded. After its premiere, the video will remain posted for viewing at youtube.com/CTTV.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Senior Center Director Matthew Makowski has announced the promotion of Deborah Travis to the position of Assistant Director.
“Debbie is energetic, creative, and certainly dedicated to Clinton Township’s senior population and the entire community,” said Makowski. “We are so excited to have Debbie move into her new role at the Senior Center and appreciate the continued support of the enrichment programs and services she has introduced to our community,” he said.
Travis replaces long-time assistant director Deborah McClellan. Before her promotion, Travis worked for seven years as the department’s Program Coordinator.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to oversee the high caliber of programming we offer at the Senior Center,” said Travis. “My hope is to expand that valuable programming out to better reach the four corners of our Township,” she said.
Travis has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in counseling and psychology from Rochester
College and Spring Arbor University, respectively, as well as numerous certifications, including
Senior Center Program Manager.
The Senior Adult Life Center, located at 40730 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township, provides active lifestyles for adults 55 years of age and older. For more information, call Member Services, 586-286-9333.
Election inspectors receive bonus
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Clerk Kim Meltzer applied for and received more than $62,000 of grant money to offset the cost of conducting 2020 elections in Clinton Township.
The grant, awarded by the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), helps local clerks defray election costs. Typical expenses covered are for personal protective equipment, poll worker recruitment, hazard pay, training expenses, drive through, mail-in and absentee voting equipment supplies, ballot drop boxes, and non-English voting materials. Also covered are polling place rental and cleaning fees, election administration equipment, non-partisan voter education, and satellite election office costs.
However, Meltzer had a different idea on where to apply the grant dollars.
“Months earlier, during preparations for a busy 2020 election year, I budgeted for the items CTCL was offering or had already purchased them with CARES ACT money,” said Meltzer. “I considered additional voting machines, but tangibles such as these become outdated and obsolete, and I felt would not maximize voting to serve Clinton Township residents,” she said.
Instead, Meltzer thought it better to invest in human resources, namely election inspectors, and after receiving approval from CTCL, used the grant to award a $105 cash bonus to each inspector.
“I felt the election inspectors who worked during a pandemic deserved to be recipients of the grant,” she said.
Inspectors working both the August and November elections received an additional $210 in grant money in their checks.
“None of the election inspectors knew this was forthcoming, and it was exciting for me to see their faces when they learned of the additional money in their checks,” said Meltzer. “So many of them expressed appreciation, especially because of the holiday season.”
Meltzer went on to say that prioritizing each inspector shows they are valued and will encourage them to consider working in future elections. She added that the most challenging part of executing elections is securing experienced inspectors.
On January 30, Clerk Kim Meltzer organized a rally at the Clinton Township Civic Center for election inspectors to show their appreciation to the Center for Tech and Civic Life.
From left, Maria Lucido, Office Clerk II; Kim Meltzer, Township Clerk.
Encourages health safety of online payments
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Treasurer Paul Gieleghem announced that the Township Treasurer’s office would remain open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in February to assist those seeking services beyond regular business hours.
On Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23, the Township Treasurer’s office will open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Township offices are open for business Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Monday, March 1, the last day to pay 2020 taxes, the Treasurer’s office will open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We always focus on convenience and efficient service,” said Gieleghem. “This year, because of the pandemic, there’s a greater emphasis on service safety,” he said.
Gieleghem added that any person entering the Civic Center is required to wear a mask. The Township Board added a health check station that includes checking temperatures and completing a contact trace form. “If you need to come in, we’ll be here to serve you safely at our counter, and if you’re among those needing to avoid public spaces, we understand and offer several safe and convenient payment options,” said Gieleghem.
Gieleghem emphasized the safety of our online and automated phone payment options, which can be found at clintontownship.com/bill-payments, and on the accompanying chart. He added the Treasurer’s office selected Point & Pay as their bill-pay service provider because of their experience working with Michigan municipalities, their user-friendly platform, and the fact they exceed the financial industry’s PCI compliance standards designed to protect financial information.
“I make it a priority to protect our resident’s financial information,” said Gieleghem. “In private industry, customers can choose who to do business with. You’re stuck with me on your tax and water bills. So we have zero tolerance for a breach, and if a payment fails, the mistake better not be on our end, and our vendor better share that belief and be willing to back it up!”
To further encourage online and automated phone payments, Gieleghem recently sought and received authority to grant a one-time waiver of the $25 fee imposed by Township ordinance for a payment fail because of typos or transposed numbers. “While statistically speaking, it doesn’t happen often, we can now provide some relief to our customers as they become more proficient in making online payments,” he said.
Township offices are closed Monday, February 15, 2021. For more information, contact the Treasurer’s office at 586-286-9313.
Robert Cannon to lead the National Association of Regional Councils
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon is expected to be named president of The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) at their annual conference, which begins February 8.
NARC serves as a national voice for regions by advocating regional cooperation as the most effective way to address various community planning and development opportunities and issues. The National Conference of Regions is NARC’s forum to explore key policy issues for the upcoming year.
Cannon is a former chair of SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments), one of the dozens of NARC membership organizations across the United States.
“I’ve always been proud to be a member of SEMCOG and to have led that group, and I am honored to be selected as the next president of NARC,” said Cannon. “Communicating and collaborating within regions and on a national level is the most effective way to plan and grow communities. I look forward to beginning work with NARC,” he said.
NARC members include regional and government councils, regional planning and development agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and other regional organizations. Members work collaboratively with their communities to address citizen needs and promote a regional approach to planning for the future.
“For decades, Bob Cannon has been a consummate champion for regional collaboration,” said Amy O’Leary, Executive Director of SEMCOG. “His immense value to Southeast Michigan shines through in every situation. Whether serving as SEMCOG’s Chairperson or as a member of one of our committees, we have always counted on Bob to provide a strong and unifying voice to help move us forward. I have no doubt he will provide the same type of value as President of NARC,” she said.
NARC’s agenda includes transportation, economic and community development, energy and environment, public safety, and community issues undertaken by its member organizations.
The week-long National Conference of Regions, held virtually this year, will commence with Cannon’s election then delve into webinars on key national policy issues, developments, and best practices. On Thursday, digital advocacy is the topic for discussion, which happens to be related to one of Clinton Township’s recently adopted strategic plan priorities – digital diversity.
“Access to digital tools for education and employment has become a fundamental need in most communities across the nation,” said Cannon. “I look forward to hearing how other regions are applying digital technology to meet those needs.”