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The City of Eaton Rapids has a Council that is made up of five individuals.  The Council shall constitute the legislative and governing body of the City and shall have powers and authority, except as otherwise provided in the Charter or Statute, to exercise all powers conferred upon or possessed by the City, and shall have the power and authority to adopt such laws, ordinances, and resolutions as it shall deem proper in the exercise thereof.

Mayor and Council are four year terms of Office.  All elections take place in odd number years, with the Mayor and Council-at-Large being done in the same election year, and the Precinct Delegates in the alternate year.  The Term of Office begins on the first day of January following the election.

The Mayor Pro-Tempore is appointed by Council upon the recommendation of the Mayor.  The Mayor Pro-Tempore shall succeed to the office of Mayor when a vacancy occurs in that office and shall have and exercise the powers and duties of the Mayor when the Mayor is absent or unable to perform the duties of that office.  The Mayor Pro-Tempore may resign from that office without resigning from the Council.  If both the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tempore are absent the Council shall appoint one of its members to act.

The Council shall meet and organize at the first regular meeting in January following each regular City election.  At such meeting, or within one week thereafter, the Council shall elect a Mayor Pro-Tempore and do such other acts as may be required for its organization and the conduct of its business.

The Council shall meet in the established Council Chamber, and shall hold at least two regular meetings in each month.  Three members of the Council shall be a quorum for the transaction of business.

 

Mayor

Mayor Paul Malewski
pmalewski@cityofeatonrapids.com

Paul Malewski and was elected in November of 2017 to the office of Mayor.

He lives Eaton Rapids with his wife Deborah (Jean Kline Senior Center Director) and Barney the wonder dog. They have a daughter, Andrea, who lives in Lansing with her husband Adam.

Paul came to Eaton Rapids in the fall of 1981 as a member of the newly formed Eaton Rapids Police Department.

Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Siren/Eaton Shelter, the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation and the Eaton Rapids Community Alliance. He is the President of the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club. He is also on the advisory panel for the Families Against Narcotics (Eaton County chapter), the Eaton Rapids Health Alliance and the Eaton Rapids Public Schools Aquatics Education program.

Paul teaches both adaptive and recreational river kayaking to veterans and students in our community as well as providing adaptive services to people that have varying levels of physical limitations. He owns an Indian Motorcycle and is an avid fisherman and bicyclist.

Paul’s greatest joy is having the opportunity to serve those around me. He has dedicated over 35 years of his life to public service and hopes to give Eaton Rapids 35 more.

Our desire is to offer large city amenities in a small town setting. We strive to provide a high level of service in a timely and professional fashion. We encourage you to help us make Eaton Rapids a great place to live, work, recreate and raise your family.

Precinct 1

Councilwoman Suzanne Politza

spolitza@cityofeatonrapids.com

Precinct 1 is the South side of the City.

I grew up in Eaton Rapids and graduated from ERHS. I have not lived here all my life.  I married and moved to Fayetteville, NC, home of Pope Air Force Base adjacent to Ft. Bragg and the 82nd Airborne.  I am proud that I was a military spouse.

My husband retired from the Air Force after 25 years of service.  We then moved to Waco, TX.  While living there, I was employed by McLennan Community College and earned my Associates Degree in Applied Science General Business.

We moved to Michigan in 2005.  I was employed by the State of Michigan, MSHDA.  I had been previously employed by the State of Michigan as an Assistance Payment Worker for the Department of Social Services.  I retired from the State of Michigan in 2013.  My husband died in 2015 due to “Agent Orange” exposure in Vietnam.

I am a member of many groups; Capital City Corvette Club, Eaton Rapids High School Alumni Committee, Advisory Board for the JBK Senior Center in Eaton Rapids.

This is my first experience as a member of a governing entity.  My life experiences have taught me many things, and I hope these experiences will assist me in my decision making as a member of the City Council.

 

Precinct 2

Councilwoman Pam Colestock

Mayor Pro-Tem

pcolestock@cityofeatonrapids.com

Precinct 2 is the Northwest side of the City.

Pam Colestock has been a life long resident of the City of Eaton Rapids.  Pam worked for 20 years for Felpausch Food Center, which is currently known as Family Fare.  The past 12 years she has worked in the property management industry.  Pam currently works for the Real Estate Developer the Gillespie Group in Lansing, where she was recently promoted to the Project Management Assistant.

Pam has two Business Degrees, one from Davenport University in Sales and Marketing and the other in Paralegal Studies from Baker College.

Pam like to spend time going to movies, concerts and being with family and friends

Precinct 3

 Councilman William Steele

wsteele@cityofeatonrapids.com

Precinct 3 is the East side of the City.

Bill was born in Eaton Rapids in 1949.  One of six children, he attended the public school system in Eaton Rapids, graduating in 1967.  He married Betty the same year and they had two sons: Louis & Becky, of Crestview, Florida, and William Jr. & Pam, of Eaton Rapids. The Steele’s have five grandchildren.

Bill was hired at Oldsmobile in Lansing in 1968.  While employed for General Motors he earned “Certified Quality Technician” status through the American Society of Quality Control.  As a result, he was hired as an Adjunct Faculty/part time instructor at Lansing Community College in the Dept. of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, teaching basic Quality Control courses on and off campus.  This led to the development of a Statistical Process Control (SPC) training program for production assembly employees at Lansing Car Assembly.  Bill studied for his Private Pilot exam, taking flying lessons, earning his license in 1990.  He was also trained as an ISO 9000 Quality Systems internal auditor for Lansing Car Assembly operations. Bill also worked as an Organizational Development Consultant and traveled to various GM locations around the US and Canada.  He retired from GM in 2004 after 37 years.

After retirement he joined the Eaton Rapids Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in 2006 and served as President for 6 years.  He was the Eaton Rapids delegate for 2 years, attending the Department of Homeland Security/Michigan State Police conference in Traverse City, Michigan.

Bill recently served the City as Secretary of the Tax Board of Review and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club.

Bill looks forward to serving the people of the City and has some ideas as to the future of Eaton Rapids but would welcome some additional thoughts from others in the City.  You can usually find him walking around town and during the summer months, frequently at the Wednesday night car ‘Cruise In’ on Main St.

 

Council-Member-At-Large

Councilman Gary Wichman

gwichman@cityofeatonrapids.com

Councilman Wichman is a 40 year resident of Eaton Rapids.  He and his wife Cheryl have 4 grown children, all of which attended the Eaton Rapids Public Schools.  Councilman Wichman is retired from PNC Bank after a 38 year banking career.

Councilman Wichman has served on numerous local boards and commissions including:  ERPS Board of Education, ERPS Education Foundation, ER Medical Center Board of Trustees, Eaton Rapids Community Foundation, City of Eaton Rapids DDA, LDFA and Planning Commission.  Councilman Wichman currently serves on the boards of the Eaton County Community Foundation, ERMC Foundation, ER Community Alliance, ER Marketing Alliance and the ER Development Corporation.  Councilman Wichman is also active in his church serving on the leadership team.

Due to various community initiatives, Councilman Wichman believes the Eaton Rapids Area is poised to move forward as a vibrant and energetic Mid Michigan Small town.  He is especially excited about he prospects for our downtown and its ability to become a draw for visitors as well as to generate new residents for the Eaton Rapids area.  Councilman Wichman looks forward to being part of the leadership team that aids in this important period for Eaton Rapids.

 

Minutes

Unapproved Minutes are posted at City Hall for public inspection in the week following a Council Meeting. Minutes are available online after their approval by Council, which takes place at the subsequent City Council meeting.

January 13th​

2020
Work Session Regular Special
January 13th January 13th January 20th
January 27th January 27th June 1st
February 10th February 10th June 15, 2020
February 24th February 24th
March 9th March 9th
April 13th
May 11th May 11th
May 18th May 18th
May 26th May 26th
June 8th June 8th
June 22nd June 22nd
July 13th July 13th
July 27th July 27th
August 10th August 10th
Agendas

Agendas are posted at City Hall for public inspection in the week preceding a Council Meeting. Agenda’s are posted online no less than 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

2020
Work Session Regular Special
January 13th January 13th June 1st
January 27th January 27th June 15th
February 10th February 10th
February 24th February 24th
March 9th March 9th
April 13th
May 11th May 11th
May 18th Special May 18th Special
May 25th May 26th
June 8th June 8th
June 22nd June 22nd
July 13th July 13th
July 27th July 27th
August 10th August 10th
August 24th August 24th
Archived Minutes
2019
Work Session Regular
January 7th
January 14th
January 21st
February 11th February 11th
February 25th February 25th
March 11th March 11th
March 25th March 25th
April 4th
April 8th April 8th
April 22nd April 22nd
May 7th Special Meeting
May 13th May 13th
May 28th May 28th
June 10th June 10th
June 24th June 24th
July 8th July 8th
July 22nd July 22nd
August 12th August 12th
August 26th August 26th
September 9th September 9th
September 23rd September 23rd
October 14th October 14th
October 28th October 28th
October 28th – Public Hearing
November 11th November 11th
November 25th November 25th
December 9th December 9th
December 23rd December 23rd
2018
Worksession Regular
January 2nd January 8th
January 15th January 22nd
January 30th February 12th
February 5th February 26th
February 10th March 12th
February 19th March 26th
March 5th April 9th
March 19th April 23rd
April 2nd May 14th
April 16th May 29th
May 7th June 11th
May 21st June 25th
June 4th June 28th Special Meeting
July 2nd July 9th
July 16th July 23rd
August 6th August 13th
August 20th August 27th
September 4th September 10th
September 17th September 24th
October 1st October 8th
October 9th October 22nd
October 10th October 30th Special Meeting
October 15th November 12th
November 5th November 26th
November 19th December 10th
December 3rd
December 17th
2017
Worksession Regular
January 3rd January 9th
January 16th January 23rd
February 6th February 13th
February 20th February 27th
March 6th March 13th
March 20th March 27th
April 3rd April 10th
April 17th April 24th
May 1st May 8th
May 15th May 22nd
June 5th June 12th
June 19th June 26th
June 28th July 10th
July 17th July 24th
August 7th August 14th
August 21st August 28th
September 5th September 11th
September 18th September 25th
October 2nd October 9th
October 16th October 23rd
November 6th November 13th
November 20th November 27th
December 4th December 11th
December 18th December 26th
2016
Worksession Regular
January 4th January 11th
January 18th January 25th
February 1st February 8th
February 8th February 22nd
February 15th March 14th
March 7th March 28th
March 21st April 11th
April 18th April 25th
May 2nd May 9th
May 16th May 23rd
June 6th June 13th
June 20th June 27th
June 21st July 11th
July 5th July 25th
July 18th August 8th
August 1st August 22nd
August 15th September 12th
September 6th September 26th
September 19th October 10th
October 3rd October 24th
October 17th November 14th
November 7th November 28th
December 5th December 12th
December 19th December 27th
2015
Worksession Regular
January 5th January 12th
February 16th January 26th
March 2nd February 9th
March 16th February 23rd
April 6th March 9th
April 20th March 23rd
May 4th April 13th
May 18th April 27th
June 1st May 11th
June 15th May 26th
July 6th June 8th
July 20th June 22nd
August 3rd July 13th
August 17th July 27th
September 8th August 10th
September 21st August 24th
October 5th September 14th
October 19th September 28th
November 2nd October 12th
November 16th October 26th
December 7th November 9th
November 23rd
December 14th
December 28th
2014
Worksession Regular
January 20th January 13th
February 3rd January 27th
February 17th February 10th
March 3rd February 24th
March 17th March 10th
April 7th March 24th
April 21st April 14th
May 5th April 28th
May 19th May 12th
June 2nd May 27th
June 16th June 9th
July 7th June 23rd
July 21st July 14th
August 18th July 28th
September 15th August 11th
October 6th August 25th
October 20th September 8th
November 3rd September 22nd
November 17th October 13th
December 1st October 27th
December 15th November 10th
November 24th
December 8th
December 22nd
2013
Worksession Regular
January 7th January 14th
January 21st January 28th
February 4th February 11th
February 5th February 25th
February 18th March 11th
March 4th March 25th
April 1st April 8th
April 2nd April 22nd
April 15th May 13th
April 23rd May 28th
May 6th June 10th
May 20th June 24th
June 3rd July 8th
June 17th July 22nd
July 1st August 12th
July 15th August 26th
August 5th September 9th
August 19th September 23rd
September 3rd October 14th
September 16th October 28th
October 7th November 11th
October 21st November 25th
November 4th December 9th
November 18th December 23rd
December 2nd
December 16th
2012
Worksession Regular
January 3rd January 9th
January 16th January 23rd
February 6th February 13th
February 20th February 27th
March 5th March 12th
March 19th March 26th
April 2nd April 9th
April 16th April 23rd
May 7th May 14th
May 21st May 29th
June 4th June 11th
June 18th June 25th
July 16th July 9th
August 6th July 23rd
August 20th August 13th
September 17th August 27th
October 1st September 10th
October 15th September 24th
November 5th October 8th
November 19th October 22nd
November 12th
November 26th
December 10th
December 26th
2011
Worksession Regular
January 17th January 10th
February 7th January 24th
February 21st February 14th
March 7th February 28th
March 21st March 14th
April 4th March 28th
April 18th April 11th
May 16th April 25th
June 6th May 9th
June 20th May 23rd
July 5th June 13th
July 18th June 27th
August 1st July 11th
August 15th July 25th
September 6th August 8th
September 19th August 22nd
October 3rd September 12th
October 17th September 26th
November 7th October 10th
November 21st October 24th
December 5th November 14th
December 19th November 28th
December 12th
December 27th
2010
Worksession Regular
January 4th January 11th
January 18th January 25th
February 1st February 8th
March 1st February 22nd
March 15th March 8th
March 29th March 22nd
April 12th April 12th
April 13th April 26th
April 19th May 10th
May 3rd May 24th
May 10th June 14th
May 17th June 28th
May 24th July 12th
June 1st July 26th
June 7th August 9th
June 21st August 23rd
June 26th September 13th
July 2nd September 27th
July 6th October 11th
July 9th October 25th
July 19th November 8th
August 2nd November 22nd
August 16th December 13th
September 7th December 28th
September 20th
October 4th
October 18th
November 1st
November 15th
December 6th
December 20th
Archived Agendas

 

2019
Worksession Regular
January 7th January 21st
January 14th January 28th
February 11th February 11th
February 25th February 25th
March 11th March 11th
March 25th March 25th
April 4th Special Meeting
April 8th April 8th
April 22th April 22nd
May 7th Special Meeting
May 13th May 13th
May 28th May 28th
June 10th June 10th
June 24th June 24th
July 8th July 8th
July 22nd July 22th
August 12th August 12th
August 26th August 26th
September 9th September 9th
September 23rd September 23rd
October 14th October 14th
October 28th October 28th
November 11th November 11th
November 25th November 25th
December 9th December 9th
December 23rd December 23rd
2018
Worksession Regular
January 2nd January 8th
January 30th January 22nd
February 5th February 12th
February 10th February 26th
February 19th March 12th
March 19th March 26th
April 2nd April 9th
April 16th April 23rd
May 7th May 14th
May 21st May 29th
June 4th June 25th
June 18th June 28th
July 2nd July 9th
July 16th August 13th
August 6th August 27th
August 20th September 10th
September 4th September 24th
September 17th October 8th
October 1st October 22nd
October 15th November 12th
November 5th November 26th
November 19th December 10th
2017
Worksession Regular
January 3rd January 9th
January 16th January 23rd
February 6th February 13th
February 20th February 27th
March 6th March 13th
March 20th March 27th
April 17th April 24th
May 1st May 8th
May 15th May 22nd
June 5th June 12th
June 19th June 26th
July 17th July 10th
August 7th July 24th
September 5th August 14th
September 18th August 28th
October 2nd September 11th
October 16th September 25th
November 6th October 9th
November 20th October 23rd
December 4th October 26th
December 18th November 13th
November 27th
December 11th
December 26th
2016
Worksession Regular
January 4th January 11th
February 1st January 25th
February 15th February 8th
March 7th February 22nd
March 21st March 14th
April 18th March 28th
May 2nd April 25th
May 16th May 9th
June 6th May 23rd
June 20th June 13th
July 5th June 27th
July 18th July 11th
August 1st July 25th
August 15th August 8th
September 6th August 22nd
September 19th September 12th
October 3rd September 26th
October 17th October 10th
November 7th October 24th
December 5th November 14th
December 19th November 28th
December 27th
2015
Worksession Regular
January 5th January 12th
February 2nd January 26th
February 16th February 9th
March 9th February 23rd
March 16th March 9th
April 6th March 23rd
April 20th April 13th
May 4th April 27th
May 18th May 11th
June 1st May 26th
July 6th June 8th
July 20th June 22nd
August 3rd July 27th
August 17th August 10th
September 8th August 24th
September 21st September 14th
October 5th September 28th
October 19th October 12th
November 2nd October 26th
November 16th November 9th
December 7th November 23rd
December 14th
December 28th
2014
Worksession Regular
January 20th January 13th
February 3rd January 27th
February 17th February 10th
March 3rd February 24th
March 17th March 10th
April 7th March 24th
April 21st April 28th
May 5th May 12th
May 19th May 27th
June 2nd June 9th
June 16th June 23rd
July 7th July 14th
July 21st July 28th
August 18th August 11th
September 15th August 25th
October 6th September 8th
October 20th September 22nd
November 3rd October 13th
November 17th October 27th
December 1st November 10th
December 15th November 24th
December 8th
December 22nd
2013
Worksession Regular
January 7th January 14th
January 21st January 28th
February 4th February 11th
February 18th February 25th
March 18th March 11th
April 1st March 25th
April 15th April 8th
May 6th April 22nd
May 13th May 13th
May 20th May 28th
June 3rd June 10th
June 17th July 8th
July 1st July 22nd
July 15th August 12th
August 5th August 26th
August 19th September 9th
September 3rd September 23rd
September 16th October 14th
October 7th October 28th
October 21st November 11th
November 4th November 25th
November 18th December 9th
December 2nd December 23rd
December 16th
2012
Worksession Regular
January 3rd January 9th
January 16th January 23rd
February 6th February 13th
February 20th February 27th
March 5th March 12th
March 19th March 26th
April 2nd April 9th
April 16th April 23rd
May 7th May 14th
May 21st May 29th
June 4th June 11th
June 18th June 25th
July 16th July 9th
August 6th July 23rd
August 20th August 13th
September 17th August 27th
October 1st September 10th
October 15th September 24th
November 5th October 8th
November 19th October 22nd
November 12th
November 26th
December 10th
December 26th
2011
Worksession Regular
January 4th January 10th
January 17th January 24th
February 7th February 14th
February 21st February 28th
March 7th March 14th
March 21st March 28th
April 4th April 11th
April 18th April 25th
May 16th May 9th
June 6th May 23rd
June 20th June 13th
July 5th June 27th
July 18th July 11th
August 1st July 25th
August 15th August 22nd
September 6th September 12th
September 19th September 26th
October 3rd October 10th
October 17th October 24th
November 7th November 14th
November 21st November 28th
December 5th December 12th
December 19th December 27th
2010
Worksession Regular
January 4th January 11th
January 18th January 25th
February 1st February 8th
March 1st February 22nd
March 15th March 8th
March 29th March 22nd
April 13th April 12th
April 19th April 26th
May 3rd May 10th
May 10th June 14th
May 17th June 28th
June 1st July 12th
June 7th July 26th
June 21st August 9th
June 26th August 23rd
July 2nd September 13th
July 6th September 27th
July 9th October 11th
July 19th October 25th
August 2nd November 8th
August 16th November 22nd
September 7th December 13th
September 20th December 28th
October 4th
October 18th
November 1st
November 15th
December 6th
December 20th

 



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City of Eaton Rapids

Hello Eaton Rapids! Dressing properly is extremely important when outside for any length of time during the winter months. When cold environments or temperatures cannot be avoided, the following tips should help you stay warm, dry, and safe!

1. Wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing. Layering provides better insulation. An inner layer of wool, silk or synthetic (polypropylene) to keep moisture away from the body. Thermal wear, wool, silk or polypropylene, inner layers of clothing that will hold more body heat than cotton. A middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation even when wet. An outer wind and rain protection layer that allows some ventilation to prevent overheating.

2. Tight clothing reduces blood circulation. Warm blood needs to be circulated to the extremities. Insulated coat/jacket (water resistant if necessary)

3. Knit mask to cover face and mouth (if needed)

4. Hat that will cover your ears as well. A hat will help keep your whole body warmer. Hats reduce the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.

5. Insulated gloves (water resistant if necessary), to protect the hands

6. Insulated and waterproof boots to protect the feet
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9 months ago

City of Eaton Rapids

Deck the homes of Eaton Rapids, fa-la-la-la-la la la-la-la! 🎄🎁
The City of Eaton Rapids is decked out in lights, here are a few community members that joined in on the festivities!!
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The house with the most likes on their photo will be named the 2019 Eaton Rapids Light Master!
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The winning family will receive a basket of Holiday Goodies sponsored by Family Fare of Eaton Rapids!
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City of Eaton Rapids

'Tis the Season! 🎄🎁
These elves are certainly up to no good! Check out what the local elves in our community have been doing leading up to the Holidays!
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The Elf with the most likes on their photo will be named the 2019 Eaton Rapids Elf of the Year!
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The winning family will receive a basket of Holiday Goodies sponsored by Family Fare of Eaton Rapids!
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‼️VOTING CLOSES DECEMBER 27 @ 4:30 PM‼️
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