Mike Ladwig gave the invocation. 17 members were in attendance, with 5 members on Zoom, and 12 live-including our 2 guest speakers. We had lots of happy bucks; thank you, Sharon Pommerville!
Upcoming service events are this Saturday’s KCAH (Kids Coalition Against Hunger) meal-packing event, October 21st at St. Ediths at 8:30 a.m., and World Polio Day Community Spaghetti Dinner, Wednesday, October 25th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., though volunteers are needed before and after. All hands on deck! Dave Burton gave a most encouraging update on our Churchill High School Interact Club, now with 47 members!! 35 were present at the Interact meeting he attended.
Our two speakers today were part of the Meet the Candidates series for the upcoming Livonia City elections.
City Clerk Candidate Linda Scheel shared the following:
She is coming to the end of her 8-year term as City Treasurer. She has served 20 years in service to the City of Livonia.
Linda has 33 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry.
She has completed the State of Michigan Clerk training and has reviewed the extensive work of the City Clerk’s Office.
As Treasurer, she served on numerous boards and committees, including President, VP, and Secretary of the Wayne County Association of Municipal Treasurers.
Her goal would be to run the Clerk’s Office with integrity, transparency, fairness, and continued cross-training of the Office’s staff. She welcomes questions that people have.
She assured us that protocols are in place in the event of COVID and flu resurgences.
She reported that it takes $97 million to maintain the current City buildings. The heating and cooling and leakage and flooding matters need serious consideration in the aging City Hall building.
Linda addressed questions about keeping accurate updates of voting rolls.
Linda has worked very closely with Susan Nash, the City Clerk.
City Treasurer Candidate Sue (Susie) Nash shared the following:
Sue’s term of 8 years as City Clerk is coming to an end. She has been interviewed on CNN and the Washington Post, always being transparent and accessible.
She has worked with every department of the City of Livonia as well as managing the Clerk’s Office budget.
Susie, if elected City Treasurer, would like to partner with local organizations to help local high school and college students in terms of learning personal finances.
She has been President and Vice President of the Wayne County Clerks Association and holds the high award of being a Certified Municipal Clerk.
As Treasurer, she would like to have City “town hall” meetings to address people’s concerns and would like to increase City engagement with the community.
Sue noted that in discussing Livonia’s taxes, the citizenry needs to address both the positives and negatives of Livonia having the lowest tax rate in Wayne County.
She has this attitude: “We will get it done,” in response to citizens’ needs and concerns.