2005-05-13 / Top News

Mayor Doud Thanks Ellen Putnam, Dorothy Dehring for Service to City

By Karen Gould

Outgoing council member Ellen Putnam and former city treasurer Dorothy Dehring were thanked for their service to the Island in resolutions adopted by the Mackinac Island City Council at its meeting Wednesday, May 11. Mayor Margaret Doud read the resolutions before a standing-room-only crowd that had gathered to hear arguments for and against a new ordinance restricting the movement of freight and personal items on city streets (see separate story).

Ms. Putnam, who did not run for re-election on May 3, was thanked for her special talents in finance and budget. Mayor Doud read the resolution and generated laugher from the audience when she said, “We residents of Mackinac Island will sorely miss Ellen Putnam and her humorous remarks at the City Council meetings.”

Personally, Mayor Doud said that, although Ms. Putnam would no longer be on the council, “I know that if I ever need anything, Ellen will always be there for me and that I appreciate.”

Armin Porter won Ms. Putnam’s council seat in the May 3 election.

As a 12-year veteran, Mrs. Dehring, was thanked by Council for the many hours she devoted to her job, her expertise, candor, and professionalism.

“Her job was not always easy,” said Mayor Doud, “She did an excellent job serving this community with dignity.”

Richard Linn, who has been the city’s deputy treasurer, replaces Mrs. Dehring after winning the position in the May election.

Council approved two motor vehicle permits for Grand Hotel. One permit will be used by a Detroit television station for a van to provide live broadcasts during the Detroit Regional Chamber convention being held June 2 through June 4. The van will be parked next to the stairway in the Tea Garden and will be visible to the public, but, noted Grand Hotel President Dan Musser III, “The exposure for the Island, not just the hotel, is such that it is a benefit to the community.”

The other permit will be used for the Knights of Columbus convention by a Corvette to be parked at the hotel. The car will be raffled and Mr. Musser suggested it will displayed in the courtyard behind the hotel, where it only will be visible to guests.

In other business, Council approved an expected request from Edison Sault Electric for two motor vehicle permits to be used to replace electric cable, with the stipulation that the vehicles be removed no later than May 23, which is after the May 15 cutoff for motorized vehicle use on the Island. Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Phil Porter wrote to Council in support of the project that it will replace cable that “is the weakest on Mackinac Island and has been responsible for two failures in the last year.” The cable serves Fort Mackinac, the East Bluff, and the Mission district.

Council denied motor vehicle permit for an Island resident, who wanted to move clothing to a dock, noting that the move could be made by dray.

Soon, individuals and groups can rent Great Turtle Park for functions involving up to 500 people. Rules and an application form will be reviewed and discussed at the next Council meeting Wednesday, May 25. Under the proposed guidelines, rental will vary from $50 for groups of 50 or fewer to $250 for groups from 401 to 500 people.

New business licenses were granted to Michigan Scents and to Seabiscuit and Grog and renewals were granted to Caricatures, Harts, and Kilwins.

Council will begin summer meeting hours starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

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