From athlete to football coach to community leader to environmentalist, George Mans’ colorful and accomplishment-laden lifetime was likely as diverse and interesting as they come. [Read more…]
BY MELANIE YOUNG
The month of August was busy for the Woodhaven City Council and Mayor Patricia Odette, as several new measures were addressed. The mayor was excited to see a couple of projects she has been working on for years finally come to fruition. [Read more…]
Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack was awarded the MParks Local Elected Official of the Year Award at the organization’s state conference Grand Rapids in late January.
Trenton Parks and Recreation Director Joann Gonyea said the statewide award is given to a local elected official who shows a passion for parks and recreation in their work and personal life. Gonyea, who nominated Stack for the honor, announced the award locally during the mayor’s State of the City program Feb. 6. [Read more…]
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
Midway through a four-year term, Mayor Kyle Stack views her new role with the city as just a different avenue for helping the residents of her hometown.
Elected in November 2011, Stack had been a city employee for more than 30 years, starting in the Recreation Department and ending with her retirement as City Clerk.
Anyone who has worked alongside Stack professionally or as a community volunteer knows that when there is a job to be done she tackles it with gusto. [Read more…]
The 10th annual State of the City program was Kyle Stack’s first as Trenton’s mayor, a job she assumed last fall after defeating former Mayor Gerald Brown in the November general election. She outlined a broad vision that encompassed a wide range of ideas and called on all citizens in the community to “participate” through ideas and actions. Following is the text of that address.
Over 100 years ago, Daniel Burnham, an architect, and one of the greatest city planners of America, used a philosophy and quotation that guided his work in the development of the Chicago shoreline, a World’s Fair, the Washington Mall and the first skyscraper.
He said, “Make no small plans. They have no magic to stir men’s souls … and will probably not be realized. Make big plans. Dream big.”
This is a philosophy I think we can borrow as we move into the future of our own city. [Read more…]
By Joe Hoshaw Jr.
Sworn into office just six days after being elected mayor on Nov. 8, Kyle Stack wasted little time putting her stamp on Trenton city government, appointing new leaders in some key departments and realigning and consolidating duties in others.
By the time City Council held its final meeting of the year on Dec. 19, the transition was virtually complete and included the appointment of a new city administrator, recreation department director and police chief, as well as significant reorganizations for the Building & Engineering Department, the Department of Public Works and the Controller’s Office.
At the Dec. 19 meeting, the council approved administration’s move to consolidate Building and Engineering and DPW into a unified Department of Public Services under the leadership of Building and Engineering head William Hogan. DPW director Eric Witte was not retained and the position was eliminated. [Read more…]
As Election Day approach, the candidates share their thoughts on the community, opinions about the challenges ahead, and offer some of their plans and ideas.
Gerald R. Brown (I)
56-year resident of Trenton
1966 graduate of Trenton High School
Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Madonna University
29-year career in law enforcement as Trenton Police Officer; served as Police Chief from 1992 until retirement in 1999
U.S. Air Force Veteran
Member of St. Paul Lutheran Church
Served on the Trenton School Board from 1990-2001; resigned to take the Mayor’s position in November 2001
A 23-year member of the Trenton Rotary Club
Currently serves on the Wayne County Senior Alliance Board of Directors as its treasurer
Kyle F. Stack
54-year Trenton resident
1975 graduate of Trenton High School
35 years with the City of Trenton, including 27 years as City Clerk and eight years as a secretary for Parks and Recreation
Associates degree in business administration from Henry Ford Community College
Member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and Michigan Municipal Clerks Association since 1985; Association for Wayne County Clerks, President 1993-95, active member since 1985
Trenton Rotary Club member since 1997 and first woman president, 2006-2007;
Rotary District 6400 assistant governor 2007 through June 2011
Member of St. Joseph Church, serves on St. Vincent DePaul Committee
Trenton Goodfellows president 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2011; member since 1984
Campaigns for the offices of Mayor and City Council swing into high gear this month as the field of contenders enter into the final month until Election Day, Nov. 8.
The focal point will be the race for mayor, where 10-year incumbent Gerald Brown is facing a challenge from longtime City Clerk Kyle Stack, who retired after 27 years at the end of last month.
The field of candidates for the Nov. 8 city and school board elections has been finalized.
The deadline for submitting a petition to run for Board of Education was Aug. 16, and incumbents Michael Hawkins and Christine Howe filed to run for re-election. And that is pretty much a foregone conclusion, since no other candidates filed to run against them.
So, all eyes will be on the mayoral race, where incumbent Gerald Brown will be opposed by City Clerk Kyle Stack, who is retiring after 27 years in that position on Sept. 30.
Registered voters have an opportunity Tuesday, Aug. 2, help narrow the field of mayoral candidates from three down to two.
Contending for the job are incumbent Gerald Brown and challengers Steven McNeely and Kyle Stack, who is retiring as City Clerk Sept. 30. The top two vote-getters will then square off in the general election Nov. 8.