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New council member approved in Goodrich

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City of Goodrich

By Brian Besch

The Goodrich City Council approved a new member, the purchase of cameras and discussed water lines in June’s regular meeting Thursday in the community center.

After an executive session, Debra Rademacher was added unanimously to the city council. Rademacher, who has lived in Goodrich for three years, will be sworn in during July’s meeting.

The council also approved a change to the bulk trash day, with a dumpster from Pro Star Waste at Goodrich City Hall. Once per month, the dumpster is dropped off overnight. However, the city has experienced problems with some dumping items not approved or more items than the tank can hold. Much of the problem occurs at night when no one is on the site and Pro Star has threatened to pull the dumpster entirely.

Goodrich Mayor Pro-Tem Bobby Wright suggested another camera be installed at the site to deter offenders who cannot obey the signs posted. City secretary Felicia Garrett said more people began dumping their heavy items at city hall when bulk trash pick-up for much of the area was halted.

The dumpster will now be dropped at 8 a.m. and remain there until 5 p.m. once per month. Garrett will remain in the office until 5 p.m. only on the day the dumpster is placed at city hall. Council agreed to purchase a set of cameras, which comes three to a box.

“If you abuse something, we have to put a stop to it,” Wright said.

Water lines were again discussed in June, and the council has a desire to begin compiling a map that marks the location of all lines in the city. Council member Richard Booth stated in May’s meeting that the city has lost several thousand dollars in water by not knowing where lines are located. When a line is busted, time is lost tracing the lines back to repair.

The new liquor store in Goodrich has asked the council for exclusivity in the city. There is not an ordinance to limit the amount of businesses that sell liquor. There are, however, laws against placing liquor stores in close proximity to churches or schools, which may restrict further growth in that type of business.

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