City Commission

Purpose:

The City Commission serves as the governing body of the City of Marine City. As a board, they set policies and rules by which the city is operated, including establishing city goals and target issues to be addressed in the city, within the parameters of the City Charter. The City Commission consists of six elected officials and the Mayor. It has the authority to exercise all powers conferred upon a city by the City Charter, or by statute. They are responsible for the hiring and supervision of the City Manager, and work directly with the City Manager to conduct the business of the city.

City Commissioners serve four-year terms which are staggered to prevent the replacement of no more than three members in any given election cycle. Elections are held in even numbered years. The City Commission can only act as a single body. No single Commissioner has the authority to make orders or directives individually.

The Mayor is elected to a two-year term and is the executive head of the city, as required by statute, and for all ceremonial purposes. For voting purposes, the Mayor is considered a Commissioner and has no veto power. Other roles include working with the City Manager to set Commission meeting agendas, serving as the presiding officer at City Commission meetings, serving as the ceremonial head of the government, acting as the official head of the city for civil purposes, and is responsible for the execution of the city’s legal documents.

Regular City Commission meetings are held twice a month at 7:00pm on the first and third Thursdays of each month. The meetings are held at the Marine City Fire Hall and are open to the public. The Commission may also hold additional meetings for workshops or for special meetings on specific issues.

It is the goal of the Marine City Commission to provide quality city services to the citizens of our city; to maintain financial stability and economic vitality within our city; and to enhance community and neighborhood vitality.

Members:

 

Mayor Dave Vandenbossche dvandenbossche@marinecity-mi.org

Mayor Dave Vandenbossche

I am a lifelong resident of the area, living within the city limits for almost 20 years, a graduate of Marine City High School and the Walsh School of Business.  I am married to my wife Jennifer and we have a son Daniel.

I am the founder and co-owner of Maple Landscaping in Marine City, co-owner of the family farm in China Township, and Assistant Fire Chief of the Marine City Area Fire Authority.  I am also a member of the Marine City Lions Club, the St. Clair Hunt and Fish Club, and have assisted several non-profit organizations in the area.

 

 

Mayor Pro Tem David Simpson dsimpson@marinecity-mi.org

Mayor Pro Tem David Simpson

I graduated from Oakland University with a BFA in 2002, and served as the Performing Arts Manager for the East China School District since its opening in 2004. I am a professional member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and the Educational Theatre Association. I have served as the chairman of the Marine City Planning Commission for several years prior to being on the City Commission. I am our Commission Delegate to the Planning Commission and our city alternate to SEMCOG. I am also a Co-Producer of the Marine City Music Festival, a founding member of Friends of City Hall, and active in a number of non-profit organizations including the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and Volunteers Assisting the Disabled

 

 

Commissioner Terrance Avery tavery@marinecity-mi.org

Commissioner Terrance Avery

I left Wisconsin in 1963 to attend General Motors Institute in Flint and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree in Automotive Design. After being laid-off from GM during the 1970 national strike I worked for several firms designing machine components and food processing equipment. I worked for ten years at Chrysler Defense/General Dynamics as a design engineer on the M1A1 tank program. I then went to work for the Department of Defense in Warren for 23 years working on weapons systems design and testing. During my time working for the DOD I had assignments in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, and Afghanistan working on armor protection projects. After retirement in 2012, I purchased a warehouse building located at 123 N. Belle River Avenue and refurbished it into an antique store with meeting room and my cello building shop. I was elected to the Marine City Commission in 2013.

 

Commissioner Lisa Hendrick lhendrick@marinecity-mi.org

Commissioner Lisa Hendrick

I grew up on a Farm in Ira Township and went to Algonac High School. I have lived in this area my whole life. I started my career at GM and work at the Tech Center in Warren. I am a Senior Specifications Analyst in engineering and have been working for GM for 35 years. I have been married to my husband, Tim Hendrick, who is from Marine City, for over 30 years. We live in the first house we purchased here in 1985. We restored a 1974 AMC Gremlin together. I started going to Commission meetings in 1995. My mom Rita Roehrig was also on the Commission and we attended the meetings together for years. I began taping city meetings for free to put them on the local cable channel for the public. I also started the School board meetings on cable. Walter (Wally) Reichle, former Marine City Police Officer, upon his separation with the city was instrumental in the recall of a majority of the City Commission members. This is what compelled me to run for office, and I was then elected to fill one of the vacancies. I was then re-elected to my current term. I am also a member of the Marine City Area Fire Authority Board, the Old Newsboys/girls, and Marine City Lions. I will continue to fight wasteful spending and be a voice for the people in our community.

 

Commissioner William Klaassen wklaassen@marinecity-mi.org

Commissioner William Klaassen

Bill to my family and friends, I am married with 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren. Graduated from Allen Park High School and served in the Naval Air. I attended South Macomb Community College for a Tool & Die apprenticeship, and worked in that industry for 10 years. From there I went into the construction field, working in electrical, plumbing, commercial and residential building, eventually forming my own company. I became involved with the construction of the Kmart/Riverside Plaza which afforded me the opportunity to get to know this area and appreciate its potential.

I have been a resident of Marine City for over 30 years. The City of Marine City hired me as Building Inspector in 1986 and I remained with them until my retirement. I am currently employed by several municipalities as Building Inspector, Code Official, Plan Review and Zoning Administrator with 30 years of experience in my field. I have been a member of the Maritime Days Committee and am an active member and past President of the Marine City Rotary. I look forward to serving my community as a City Commissioner.

 

Commissioner Rebecca Lepley rlepley@marinecity-mi.org

Commissioner Rebecca Lepley

I am married with three children. I have received several certifications over the years, and graduated with a Masters in Theological Studies/Bachelors of Science in Music Education.

I was the Marine City Police Department Chaplain from 2012-2016, in addition to serving on many City boards prior to being a member of the City Commission. 

In my spare time, I love to volunteer and be a participating member of the community. I currently am the priest in charge  at St. Paul’s Church on Harsens Island, as well as, Rector Emeritus at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and examining Chaplain for Ethics & Morality at the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan. 

 

 

Commissioner James Turner jturner@marinecity-mi.org

Commissioner James L. Turner

Born and raised in Warren, Michigan; I earned my high school diploma from Warren Fitzgerald. After graduation I obtained an Associate Degree from Macomb Community College. After graduation in 1976, I began working at Chrysler Corporation as a product designer. In 1980, I began working with General Motors in product design. While working at GM I had completed a Design Engineer Program through Michigan Technological University. I continued working with GM as a Design Engineer until my retirement in 2013 after 33 years. I’m currently working as a Program Manager with LTC Roll & Engineering.

During that time, I lived in Clinton Township until I met my wife Kim and moved to Marine City in 2003 and fell in love with this beautiful Historic Community. Since moving to Marine City, both Kim and I have been very involved in the community. I’m a member of the Historical Society of Marine City (HSMC) and have volunteered in their effort to help save our Historic City Hall. I have also worked with several other civic groups such as the Citizen Action Group (CAG), Marine City Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Marketing Committee. I have served as Chairman, River District Youth Center Steering Committee.

As of November 2009 it has been my honor to serve as a board member of the Marine City Commission.

 

Meeting Agendas & Minutes:

 
2017 Meeting Agenda Packets & Minutes
2016 Meeting Agenda Packets & Minutes
2015 Meeting Agenda Packets & Minutes

January 15, 2015 Agenda Packet
January 15, 2015 Minutes
February 5, 2015 Agenda Packet
February 5, 2015 Minutes
February 19, 2015 Agenda Packet
February 19, 2015 Minutes
March 5, 2015 Agenda Packet
March 5, 2015 Minutes
March 19, 2015 Agenda Packet
March 19, 2015 Minutes
March 24, 2015 Preliminary Budget Review Minutes
March 25, 2015 Preliminary Budget Review Minutes
March 26, 2015 Preliminary Budget Review Minutes
April 2, 2015 Agenda Packet
April 2, 2015 Minutes
April 7, 2015 Budget Workshop Minutes
April 8, 2015 Budget Workshop Minutes
April 16, 2015 Agenda Packet
April 16, 2015 Minutes
May 7, 2015 Agenda Packet
May 7, 2015 Minutes
May 20, 2015 Special Meeting Agenda Packet
May 20, 2015 Special Meeting Minutes
May 21, 2015 Agenda Packet
May 21, 2015 Minutes
May 27, 2015 Special Meeting Agenda Packet
May 27, 2015 Special Meeting Minutes
June 4, 2015 Agenda Packet
June 4, 2015 Minutes
June 11, 2015 Special Meeting Agenda Packet
June 11, 2015 Special Meeting Minutes
June 18, 2015 Agenda Packet
June 18, 2015 Minutes
July 16, 2015 Agenda Packet
July 16, 2015 Minutes
August 6, 2015 Agenda Packet
August 6, 2015 Minutes
August 20, 2015 Agenda Packet
August 20, 2015 Minutes
September 3, 2015 Agenda Packet
September 3, 2015 Minutes
September 17, 2015 Agenda Packet
September 17, 2015 Minutes
October 1, 2015 Agenda Packet
October 1, 2015 Minutes
October 15, 2015 Agenda Packet
October 15, 2015 Minutes
November 5, 2015 Agenda Packet
November 5, 2015 Minutes
November 19, 2015 Agenda Packet
November 19, 2015 Minutes
December 3, 2015 Agenda Packet
December 3, 2015 Minutes
December 14, 2015 Special Meeting Agenda Packet
December 14, 2015 Special Meeting Minutes
December 17, 2015 Agenda Packet
December 17, 2015 Minutes
December 29, 2015 Special Meeting Agenda Packet
December 29, 2015 Special Meeting Minutes

2014 Meeting Agenda Packets & Minutes
2013 Meeting Agenda Packets & Minutes
2012 Meeting Agenda Packets & Minutes