CASPIAN—The city of Caspian, at its May meeting, discussed the need for two new part-time officers for the Caspian-Gaastra Police Authority, but declined to offer information on the status of its former officer, Jeremy Allen, other than to state that Allen was no longer employed with the authority.
According to Caspian City Manager John Stokoski, the Michigan State Police and other agencies have stepped up protection within the city, and he wanted to assure residents that there is a strong police presence in the city.
“We are covered.” Stokoski said.
Advertising for two part-time officers for the authority, with approximately 30 hours per week for one and 10 hours for the other, was approved. The commission also intends to utilize one of the part-time officers as the city’s code enforcement officer, hoping to take care of its blight issues. The code enforcement officer would be paid from the city’s budget, not through the police authority’s funding.
An ordinance amendment authorizing the implementation of the code enforcement officer and designation of such will be discussed at the June meeting.
The position comes after much discussion by the commission regarding the numerous blight issues throughout the city, including both permanent and recurring blight.
City Attorney Steve Polich agreed with commissioners that routine enforcement was necessary, especially to control the excessive issues.
The message was loud and clear: Those who fail to clean up their property will be taken to court.
The commission also approved a donatiom of $500 to the Iron County Historical Museum’s dramatization taking place this June. The program will be based upon the city of Caspian’s history and founding residents.
Though they had not been approached by the museum, commissioners felt the appropriation of funds would benefit the city.
Caspian Community Center board representative Mark Stauber reported that a new center director has been hired. One board member for the community center is needed after the resignation of long-time member Ancella Thurston.
Stauber also reminded the public that a millage renewal for the Community Center will be on the ballot sometime this year.