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Imlay says thank you to Planck

City manager to retire on June 30

Amy Planck with plaque for 20 years of service surrounded by city commissioners. photo by Tom Wearing.

June 23, 2010
IMLAY CITY — City commissioners paid tribute to City Manager Amy Planck last Tuesday (June 15), acknowledging her two decades of service to the community.

Planck retires from her longtime post on June 30, ending a tenure that included stints as clerk/treasurer and city manager.

Reading from a proclamation in her honor, Mayor J. Rodney Warner applauded Planck's leadership, her dedication and commitment to the city.

"Amy's background and her lifelong residency made her an invaluable resource and advisor to Imlay City mayors and city commissions," read Warner. "Amy's friends and colleagues will miss her hard work, her ready smile and her energy."

In a personnel statement, Warner punctuated the words contained in the proclamation.

"Amy's been an excellent city manager," said Warner. "She kept the city's finances in good shape.

She valued the community and her role as manager," he continued. "I think we've been very fortunate to have had her on the job during these difficult economic times."

Having dedicated two decades of service to the city, Planck expects her upcoming retirement to be bittersweet.

Planck noted that watching the old church rectory (former city offices) being torn down and moving into the current offices were particularly memorable. She recalled the retirements of longtime secretary Gloria Delay and former police Chief Arlan Winslow as significant. On a sad note, she reflected on the untimely loss of veteran police officer John Palacios to cancer.

On a lighter note, Planck recalled the evening resident Alan Karwowski brought a wheelbarrow of rocks to the city commission meeting, in protest of the controversial Bigelow Drain project.

Despite the ups and downs of city government, Planck cited several accomplishments during her tenure as manager.

"I believe I helped maintain financial and governmental stability, while enabling slow and steady progress," said Planck.

"I'm proud of our progress downtown, with the streetscape and the Bigelow Drain project," she continued. "That project was controversial but it was sorely needed. It's working well."

Other sources of personal pride include the evolution of the Polly Ann Trail and park improvements enabled by the city's Parks and Recreation board.

Open house for Planck

All city residents are invited to honor Planck during an open house at the city hall on Wednesday, June 30. The event, which runs from 2-4 p.m., will include refreshments for the public.

For more information, contact the city hall at 724-2135.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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