2012-08-01 / Opinion

Councilman resigns to become DPW consultant

PORT SANILAC — Port Sanilac Councilman Gale Travis resigned July 10 to become the village’s new DPW consultant.

After the council accepted his resignation effective immediately, Travis stepped down from his council seat and joined the audience. With Travis gone, there were only four council members handling business that night as Council President Andy Fabian and President pro-tem Ray Emond were absent.

The council approved Travis’s appointment as DPW consultant and he will start work after his contract is approved. As a contracted employee, Travis will clarify policies, set precise direction, work on an emergency/disaster system, update the employee handbook, etc.

The council left a vacancy in the DPW last winter when the supervisor stepped down from his position and they did not replace him.

Two residents have submitted letters of interest in the vacant council position. Robert Riopelle introduced himself to the council and spoke about his tenure on the Bark Shanty Community Center. Brian Moran Jr., who is also interested in serving on the council, was invited to the next meeting.

In other business, Jeff Smeader emphasized that he was speaking as an individual offering a public comment not as a member of the DPW when he called for the resignation of the president and president pro-tem at the previous meeting.

The council approved the payment of the $7,500 balance on the fireworks contract.

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