Mayor Brian Marl will give the State of the City message, honor retiring police dispatcher Jean Bondie and strike a task force on drug addiction at Monday's Saline City Council meeting, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. at city hall. City council will also be told about Tetra Tech's water and sewer rate study, which recommends raising residential rates.
Council members Terri Sibo, James Roth and Linda TerHaar, elected in November, will be sworn in by Judge J. Cedric Simpson.
Mayor Marl is asking council to approve members of two task forces. The first, the Saline Community Addiction Task Force, is in response to a drug problem that claimed the lives of three young Saline men in the second half of 2013. As second task force has to do with the city's code and ordinances.
In other city council news, the Fifth Corner Teen Center's is applying to use city streets and police officers for the Winterfest 5K run, Jan. 25. Council is being asked to adopt a resolution authorizing council's charter membership in the Washtenaw County Health Initiative, a non-profit organization which helps residents identify and use available2010 health care services. Membership involves a $500 fee for 2014. Council is also being asked to authorize a $113,000 payment for work done on the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Mayor Marl is also recommending Linda TerHaar be reappinted Mayor ProTem for 2014.
City Council is also expected to discuss the annual Winterfest snowman building contest, which has been canceled twice in three years due to a lack of snow.