By: Benjamin J. Gohs and Chris Faulknor
The newly elected Boyne City Commissioners took their oath of office during the regular Tuesday Nov. 15 meeting at Boyne City Hall.
Newly elected commissioner Derek Gaylord nominated Ron Grunch for the position of mayor. The motion passed unanimously. Delbert “Gene” Towne, who won re-election after filling the vacated seat of Dan Adkison earlier this year, was voted in as mayor pro tem.
Tom Neidhamer was also sworn in as a new commissioner.
Towne ran for his seat unopposed with 299 votes – with five write-ins.
The two full-term seats were the result of Mayor Chuck Vondra and Commissioner Mike Cummings both choosing not to seek another term.
Competing for those seats were Mark G. Dole, Neidhamer, and Gaylord.
Neidhamer took the top spot with 275 votes. Gaylord followed behind with 194 votes, leaving Dole with 107 votes.
Highlights of Boyne City Manager’s report
Before giving his city manager’s report, Michael Cain Boyne City Manager report said he looks forward to working with the commission.
He thanked the previous city commission for their “vision and efforts.”
Worker’s compensation $32,000 just under that cost. Received a check refund for just over $12,000.
Insurance through the Michigan Municipal League.
An audience member asked about the status of the plan to upgrade the city facilities. Cain told informed her that the commission is looking into the matter and awaiting the findings of soil borings to determine if an addition can be built on the city’s current facility site.
Cain said holiday decorations are beginning to go up around town.
“You’ll see a pine tree at the west end of Water Street in place there for the season,” he said. “We’re having a person donate that tree for us from a local farm.”
Cain added, “We anticipate all these items will be lit before Thanksgiving and the Santa Parade.”
“Good progress is being made on the cemetery fence extension on Division Street,” Cain said. “Most of the posts for the fence have already been installed.”