June 27, 2013GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Public safety officers showed their soft sides this spring by commemorating true love on Lakeshore.
On May 31, an officer spotted a young man near Lochmoor kneeling before a woman.
“My alert officers observed this and stopped to inquire if it was a marriage proposal,” said John Schulte, Grosse Pointe Shores public safety director. “When confirmed, the officers felt compelled to commemorate the occasion by activating their lights and siren.”
The man’s mother, of Grosse Pointe Woods, wrote a letter to Schulte thanking the officers.
In preparation for reestablishing 24-hour staffing at public safety headquarters, Schulte said he’s interviewing 20 applicants for clerk jobs on Thursday, July 27.
City Manager Mark Wollenweber anticipates hiring eight to 12 employees.
They’ll be non-union, receive no employment benefits, healthcare or pension. Pay is forecast at $13 to $15 per hour.
Clerks will return the station to full-time staffing, as before the dispatch department was disbanded June 2011 and duties contracted to Grosse Pointe Farms through May 2014.
Clerks will cost about $100,000 per year and are being funded, in part, by a 1-mill property tax increased approved for the fiscal year 2013-14 budget, approved last month.
Schulte also plans to hire another public safety officer.
“On June 24 and 25, we’re interviewing 12 candidates for PSO,” he said. “There’s one opening. We’ll be getting him on board as soon as possible.”
Last month’s rescue of a woman who jumped off the breakwall into Lake St. Clair prompted the public safety department to buy special rescue equipment.
Officers are training to use four Coast Guard approved vests and rescue loops to gain leverage when lifting people out of the lake.
“We have three miles of lakefront,” Schulte said. “We feel it was an essential item to provide rescue close to shore.”
Fire hydrants are getting a fresh coat of red paint.
“We started on Lakeshore on the west side of the street and have moved to the east side north of Vernier,” said Brett Smith, head of public works. “After that, we will start on Lakeshore heading south. Once those are hydrants are done, we will start working into the subdivisions.”
Some hydrants are painted green.
“A green fire hydrant is one that is disconnected and out of service,” Smith said. “There’s still pipe in the ground, but the water main has been shut off and repositioned.”