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Algonac City Council news and notes

Photo courtesy of the City of Algonac/Facebook The owners of Calysto Group received a Welcome Award from the City of Algonac as they recently opened their IT business off Michigan Street in the city.

By Barb Pert Templeton

The Algonac City Council has had a busy week having held an organizational meeting welcoming newly elected officials on Nov. 14 followed by their regular bi-monthly meeting on Nov. 15. 

These are a few of the items presented on Nov. 15.

Stoneburner welcomes new council

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Former Algonac City Mayor Terry Stoneburner stepped to the microphone during the public comments portion of an Nov. 15 city council meeting to wish the new council well. Stoneburner sought a return to the council table at the Nov. 8 general election but fell 15 votes short. There were six candidates vying for three seats. Incumbent Councilman Rocky Gillis, 43, was reelected to a four-year term while newcomers Dawn Davey, 60, and Ed Carter, 63, bested three other candidates, including Stoneburner, to win seats at the table.

At a Nov. 14 organizational meeting Gillis was voted in as mayor by his fellow council members and Councilman Ray Martin was named mayor pro tem.

At the council’s Nov. 15 meeting Stoneburner offered congratulations to the newcomers on council, stating she wished them nothing but the best.

“For those of you who are new to it there will be some lows to it but there will be a whole lot more highs and that will be wonderful for you,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Algonac Alive/Facebook
A sign for the season promoting the first ever holiday homes and churches tour planned in the city of Algonac on Dec. 10. Tickets are available through the Algonac-Clay Historical Society.

“I know everyone here is dedicated to the city and I look forward to seeing where you take us and where we’re going and if you need any help at all don’t hesitate to holler,” she concluded.

Award for a new business

Councilman Corey Blair welcomed The Calysto Group to the city of Algonac during the presentations portion of a recent meeting. Blair said the Welcome Home Award was presented to the Calysto Group as a token of appreciation and gratitude for choosing to become part of the Algonac family. 

“The city thrives because of businesses like you on behalf of our residents we extend a sincere welcome to our community,” Blair said.

He added that the Calysto Group provides business IT services and are focused on cyber security. 

Stephen Vogler, managing partner, at the firm said the company had been in the city nearly two months and had a ribbon cutting ceremony that day. He said they do business IT services, full service managed IT, working with business owners and cyber security focused

“We have a lot of in-house skills and we out-source what needs to get out sourced to make sure businesses are taken care of,” Vogler said. 

The Calysto Group is located at 421 Michigan Street in the city. The company boasts over 20 years of experience in information technology, service, and software development. 

Services offered include: 

• Full-service IT management and support.

• Custom business management software.

• Hosted phone solutions. 

• Paperless document systems. 

• Multi-layered security systems.

First annual home/church tours – live nativity

During the council comment portion of the meeting, Councilman Michael Bembas announced the city’s first every home and church tour on Dec. 10 sponsored by Algonac Alive. The city’s historical society will be selling the tickets, $10 each, to the event and they’ve dug out old trees from their collection and will have them on display too. The Algonac Food Bank will be the beneficiary of the funds raised from the event. 

“It’s the perfect time to do it with the holidays coming up there’s a need out there not everybody is this fortunate as we are,” Bembas said. “I hope you guys come and see all the different homes and churches, it’s a good time and I like touring other homes so I can get ideas to decorate mine.”

Councilman Ed Carter noted that the annual Christmas celebration in the city will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. The event includes visits with Santa, the annual Christmas tree lighting, viewing of a parked parade vehicles on the west side of M29, a Live Nativity and petting zoo in Riverfront Park plus free hot dogs, hot chocolate and snacks.

New mayor shares appreciation

Mayor Rocky Gillis took time out during the council comments portion of the meeting to thank city clerk, Lisa Borgacz and her team for their hard work during the recent election. He welcomed a new business, Calysto Group, and said he’s proud to see them return home. He also thanked former mayor Terry Stoneburner for her four years serving the city.

“Your leadership over this council the last four years has been excellent,” Gillis said. “I certainly will need your guidance as we go thru the next couple of years, thank you.”

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