By Kayleigh Rahn
Mayor Dan Kleiss called his first meeting to order Dec. 12, 1988, and 30 years later, the work continues.
It’s been three decades since Mayor Dan Kleiss first took the gavel before the Tuscola City Council, and during the Monday, Dec. 10 meeting, colleagues and family surprised him for his years of dedication and service to the community.
Kleiss, who was elected to the City Council in 1986, filled the vacancy left by then Mayor Clarence Snyder, who entered a letter of resignation as he was accepting a new job out of state. At the time, Snyder said he had recommended Kleiss or Dr. R. R. Smith to take his post.
“I have noticed it’s been 30 years,” Kleiss said. “Much like the last meeting when we have to make difficult decisions, those are the tough ones, and I appreciate every council person that I’ve worked with and every member of the city staff that I’ve worked with over the 30 years. It’s been great. We don’t always agree, but that’s life and we move on. Even though we don’t agree we are very much unlike the rest of the political world in my opinion. We tend to get along, and I do truly thank everyone for that. From day one back in 1986 when I first came on the council to now everybody has truly worked together and I’m truly appreciative of that.”
Kleiss also thanked his family, who was present Monday night.
“There were games that I didn’t go to, and of course they put up with a lot,” he said. “They just take it in stride when my phone rings. I appreciate that from them.”
City Administrator Drew Hoel presented Kleiss with a plaque to commemorate the milestone.
In other business, the council approved a professional services agreement with Francis Associates in the amount of $5,000 for a study to be conducted at the “borrow pit” on the Moore Property, located on the southeast corner of town behind Pilot.
The Moore Property has been a center of focus for city staff as developer 3-D of Kentucky plans to bring in a Love’s Travel Stop among other business with the city’s investment of a road extension to the north of Route 36.
During the December TIF committee meeting, Hoel noted that while the council previously approved a $5,000 contract with Francis Associates to provide a preliminary investigation on what has been called the “borrow pit,” which is located on the north end of the Moore property, it’s been an odd situation.
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, Dec. 12 edition of The Tuscola Journal.