Reed City officials prepare for election impact

Along with selecting statewide office holders and ballot proposals, voters in Reed City also selected members of their city council. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

REED CITY — There will be a new face on the Reed City City Council when members meet next week for their regular meeting.

Along with changes to the council, City Manager Ron Howell said the results of Tuesday’s election on state proposals will impact Reed City.

During Tuesday’s midterm election, voters in Reed City reelected Karen Lea McKinne, Trevor Guiles and Carol Tillotson to the council and added Nate Bailey to serve a four-year term.

“The election went real smooth for us and we filed our results with the Osceola County Board of Canvassers,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “We expect (results) to be certified today.”

With a special meeting set for Wednesday night, Howell said the transition will be interesting with Bailey joining the council for its meeting on Monday.

“The city clerk and I spoke, and we’ve got election results and someone new has been elected,” he said. “they haven’t taken their oath yet. The way the city charter has it, they have to be at the next regular meeting after the election. The new council member will be sworn in, and then council will appoint a mayor and mayor pro-tem to serve a two-year term.”

Howell said it is important Bailey will have a full packet and is ready when he sits in the council chair.

“We want to make sure any new council member has everything they need,” he said.

Additionally, Howell said council will be reorganizing who serves on which commissions and committees.

Helping work on the statewide ballot proposal No. 2, Howell said he was pleased to see the anti-gerrymandering proposal passed by voters on Tuesday.

“If you want to talk about the story of the future, between now and 2020, the State Senate, House and Congressional districts are going to be redrawn,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting.”

Howell points to Pennsylvania as an example, where there were a lot of new candidates to hit the campaign trail, and other incumbents where their districts had changed drastically decided to not run.

“We know that Michigan was one of the most gerrymandered states there was, and it was done by the most recent power group,” he said. “Republicans and Democrats have done that when they’ve been in power. But now that’s done, and we will have this citizens commission.”

Reed City, along with nearly 100 other townships, villages and cities, will be looking to hire an attorney to help develop a series of ordinances and personnel policies to deal with the passage of the recreational marijuana proposal.

“Now that the proposal has passed, we have to deal with that,” he said, noting there are already policies in place for controlled substances and alcohol. “With recreational marijuana, how do you handle that? The attorneys will be drawing up uniform and equitable policies and ordinances that will need to be adopted and put in place.”

Howell said recreational marijuana also will have to be addressed by municipalities when they begin contract negotiations with unions.

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