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THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010

City plans to demote sergeant

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Department veteran charged with using illegal fireworks plans to fight decision By Art Aisner Special Writer

A veteran Milan police sergeant who set off a firework inside police department headquarters can return to work shortly if he accepts a demotion, city officials said this week. But early indications are that Tim Casey intends to fight for his stripes. Casey, a 16-year-department veteran, has filed a grievance through his police union against city administration over its April 6 disciplinary deci■ Do sion, Milan Mayor Kym you Muckler said. The ruling think followed a four-month Sgt. Tim internal investigation into Casey Casey’s lighting of a fireshould work while supervising the be demotnight shift Dec. 5. ed? So far, He attempted to roll the 59 percent say yes, and 41 perdevice underneath the cent say no. closed door of an occupied restroom, but was unsuccessful, according to police reports. The firework went off, but no one was injured in what Casey told a Michigan State Police detective was horseplay that amounted to a prank. Milan Police Chief Jeff Lewis found evidence of the incident the following day, including video taken from in-house surveillance cameras, and

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Residents can donate jewelry for event; placemats will be sold By Joyce Ervin Guest Writer

Milan senior citizens are in a fundraising frenzy. The seniors, as a group known as Milan Seniors for Healthy Living, will host a Jewelry Resale Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 in conjunction with Discover Milan Day. The event will be held at the Milan Senior and Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Court. For more information, call 439-4310. Before the big day arrives, the group is asking local residents to donate unwanted jewelry. Jewelry donations may be dropped off through May 5 at the PLEASE SEE FUNDRAISER/3-A

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Placemats will be sold May 8 as a fundraiser for the group Milan Seniors for Healthy Living.

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Officials agree to timeline for fire dept. Proposal to draft letter of intent to leave rejected 4-3 ByGerald LaVaute Heritage Newspapers

Milan city officials agreed to decide by June whether to withdraw from the Milan Area Fire Department, but rejected, 4-3, a proposal to direct the city attorney to draft a letter of intent to officially withdraw at this time. About 30 people attended the meeting, including Milan firefighters. Several council members and people in the audience said that data needed to be gathered and analyzed before drafting a letter that implied that a conclusion already had been reached. City Administrator Ben

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Swayze began the council work session with a presentation that outlined the goals, decision alternatives and timetable for the decision. Swayze listed the city’s goals for fire and emergency services as effectiveness, efficiency or cost-effectiveness, and political responsiveness, meaning ability of Milan’s city officials to control the fire department’s operations. Swayze said Milan had addressed similar public policy issues in its recent past, including public transit, the wastewater treatment plant operations, and operations in the Departments of Public Works, Parks and Recreation and, more recently, senior services. The four alternatives that the council plans to consider are: • Maintain membership in the

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Milan Area Fire Department, which has operated since 1980. • Operate independently of the Milan Area Fire Department with a Milan fire chief appointed by the mayor, maintaining the same daily operations of the current Milan fire department. • Create a Public Safety Department run by the city of Milan, with police officers cross-trained as medical emergency first-responders, and paid-on-call firefighters. • Create a full-time Milan Public Safety Department in which all public safety officers would be cross-trained in police, fire and emergency response. Each of the four policy alternatives would be assessed, including an operations plan, a budget, overall effectiveness, including response times and

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quality of service, and implementation strategy. The 11-member policy analysis team will include city officials, police officers and firefighters, as well as city residents. During the meeting, Milan Fire Chief Bob Stevens was added to the committee. The decision was greeted by applause. By the end of May, Swayze said, enough data will have been gathered for each alternative to permit a public hearing with Milan residents and the City Council. A decision whether to remain or to withdraw from the Milan Area Fire Department is targeted for June 14. If the decision is to withdraw, a letter of intent will be sent to the fire board. What would follow is a process requiring several months in which the city of Milan will

disengage itself from the Milan Area Fire Department and set up its own operations. The official date for the end of the relationship would be July 1, 2011. Several city and area residents spoke during the meeting. Key points made by city officials and area residents during the meeting included: • Data is needed before making a decision. • Data and the discussion that follows should be shared with residents and firefighters. • Many questioned the concept that going it alone as a fire department would be better than cooperation among communities. • Costs were raised as an issue. Some speakers maintained that taxes would decrease if the city left the Milan Area Fire Department.

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E-mail: editor@milannews.com are invited to participate in a teen leadership, citizenship and service workshop Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washtenaw County MSU Extension Office, 705 N. Zeeb Road, in Ann Arbor. Call 997-1678. ■ Candidates forum to be held: A Meet the Candidates forum will be held 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Milan High School theater. Incumbent trustee Diane Hovatter will join Russ Billau and Rita Vershum at the forum as all three are seeking two open posts on the Milan school board May 4.

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