2018-10-18 / Front Page

City honors garden club and artists

By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com


Members of the Touch The Earth garden club are pictured with Mayor Susan Soderstrom at right. 
Photos by Paula K. Schmidt Members of the Touch The Earth garden club are pictured with Mayor Susan Soderstrom at right. Photos by Paula K. Schmidt GRAND BLANC — The city council recognized one of the hardest working volunteer groups in the city, Touch The Earth Garden club last week with a proclamation by the mayor praising the group for their dedicated service in keeping the city beautiful.

The group maintains flower beds at Rust Park, the clock tower garden by Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill, the garden plot at Center Road and Saginaw, the planters at city hall and just last year also served as consultants for the flower baskets which the DDA had purchased to line S. Saginaw Street.

They have operated in the city for a number of years and Mayor Susan Soderstrom thanked them for doing so much to make the city prettier. The club was issued a city proclamation declaring their appreciation for their hard work. Soderstrom said the club was


Mayor Susan Soderstrom recognized the following artists for the painting of utility boxes in the city. Left to Right: Marge Taylor, Shirley Eason, Janet Goldstein, Angela Hamilton, Michael Vedder, Mayor, Carol Tamasiunas and LoisAnn Fulton. Not pictured: Mary Rimmell and Judy Kjergaard. Mayor Susan Soderstrom recognized the following artists for the painting of utility boxes in the city. Left to Right: Marge Taylor, Shirley Eason, Janet Goldstein, Angela Hamilton, Michael Vedder, Mayor, Carol Tamasiunas and LoisAnn Fulton. Not pictured: Mary Rimmell and Judy Kjergaard. “The beauty that you give to the community is not unrecognized, people talk about it all the time…they are a gem in the community,” Soderstrom said.

A proclamation was also given to the multiple artists who had transformed several utility boxes throughout the city with painting of nature scenes and wildlife. The city had received many comments on how the painting improved the city and Soderstrom said it exceeded her expectations and she was grateful to them for making Grand Blanc an artsy community.

In other business, the council approved the purchase of two lots on Kings Fairway, as part of their plan to divest themselves of property and city attorney Walt Griffin said the lot at the corner of Reid and Saginaw (11410 S. Saginaw) is on track to be finalized sometime after Dec. 12 and he is working out final negotiations with the purchaser.

Additionally, the city approved paying for three years of actuarial accounting services for their Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) funds. City manager Wendy Jean-Buhrer had taken this on previously but due to the complexity of new state regulations she felt it would be too much of a burden to take on in the future.

They also approved the use of millage funds from Parks and Recreation for a combination ice rink and splash pad for Physician’s Park. Jean-Buhrer indicated leaf collection information is available at http://www.cityofgrandblanc.com/ for residents to know when to rake leaves to the street.

Also approved was a website for the planned Chalet Park to the east of city hall. Soderstrom encouraged residents to get out and vote in the upcoming election and reminded them of the fire millage which will be on the ballot.

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