The following are briefs from Monday’s Saline City Council meeting.
· Richard McGuire was appointed to the city’s Arts & Culture Committee to complete the term of Karen Ragland, who resigned due to health reasons.
· City council approved the use of Mill Pond Park for the Mastodon Mayhem Run, which will be held July 13 at the Saline Celtic Festival. The event is a partnership between Saline Main Street, the Celtic Festival and Saline Parks and Recreation. The event, which will feature obstacles and activities along the course, will begin at 8 a.m. and go until noon. Proceeds will benefit Saline Main Street and Saline Recreation. The event replaces the Celtic Festival 5K. The Mastodon Mayhem Run will be limited to 300 pre-registered participants.
· Scott Fosdick was appointed to the Saline Rec Center Sustainability Task Force. Marilyn Crosbie was appointed to the Oakwood Cemetery Task Force.
· Council approved Mayor Brian Marl’s proclamation of May as “2013 National Bike Month.” Residents are encouraged to get on their bikes because cycling is a “viable and environmentally sound our citizens to "get on their bikes because it is a viable and environmentally-sound form of transportation, an excellent form of fitness, and provides quality family recreation.”
· Welsh Flags will be placed downtown April 25-28. The Saline-Brecon Friendship Guild, Saline’s sister city citizen organization, made the request because the organization’s annual fundraiser, Brecon Night, takes place April 28.
· City council approved the closure of Hall Street between Michigan Avenue and the entrance to City Parking Lot 1, May 18 and 19. First Presbyterian Church of Saline is hosting a large retirement program and celebration for Pastor Rev. Dr. Judy Shipman, who is retiring after 18 years of service to the congregation. The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19. The church asked to close down the street May 18 for set-up purposes.
· The city approved Emily Rogers’ request to use sidewalks for a 5K event that is raising money for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day. The 5K event, held May 18 at 8 a.m., will use only sidewalks, but for a few street crossings. About 100 to 150 people are expected to participate.