2018-04-12 / Front Page

Flushing City Council thanks officer for 20 years of service

By Tim Mucciante Contributor

FLUSHING – City council stopped Monday night to thank a longtime police veteran for his service to the community.

Mayor Kevin Keane started off the meeting by announcing a presentation, saying, “It’s kind of an exciting night. The city council and the city of Flushing would like to honor Mr. William Wilkins for his service to our great community.”

Wilkins, a Flushing Police Department veteran, has served the city in many capacities, including a patrol officer, investigator/detective, LEIN terminal agency coordinator and school resource officer.

According to the resolution read by Keane, Wilkins received “numerous letters of commendation resulting in a unit citation award and was the 2014 Flushing Chamber of Commerce City Employee of the year.”

The proclamation went on to thank Wilkins for “20 years of dedicated service to the city of Flushing.”

After Keane finished reading the proclamation, the city council and all audience members gave Wilkins a standing ovation.

Adding to the proclamation read into the minutes by Keane, Flushing Police Chief Mark Hoornstra said of Wilkins, “I would like to embellish a little bit on the proclamation that the mayor had read, because he can’t summarize the career that Bill has had. You also can’t summarize the contribution to the community that Bill is able to make. The proclamation is good, but it doesn’t encompass everything, and I feel fortunate to be able to work with Bill. Thanks Bill!”

Wilkins then addressed the council and audience. “I started off part time, loved it, and have been here ever since. Great community, great group of guys to work with. Great council and city manager who supports us and the community supports us. I really lucked out getting hired here, it’s been a wonderful career. I appreciate it.”

After Wilkins spoke, the mayor added, “I and the council would like to indicate we appreciate the support of your wife and children as well, because it is not just the law enforcement officer who serves the city, it’s all of you who gave up your personal time when dad had to go to work. So thank you very much.”

In other council news, a resolution was considered and unanimously passed by the city council to enter into a contract with Consumers Energy for a streetlight to be relocated at Chamberlain and Oakbrook Circle.

The cost will be paid by the Oakbrook Condominium Association, which has already tendered a check for the expense to Consumers Energy. This matter was before the city council because the actual utility contract for the street light is between the city and Consumers Energy.

A city ordinance was also unanimously approved prohibiting electric bike use on trails in the city.

During discussion on the motion to enact the ordinance, City manager Brad Barrett said, “I did receive one comment regarding this, and it was from a township resident with their displeasure in regard to her concern about how this will affect ADA compliance.” After some discussion, Barrett said he believes the ordinance is complaint with U.S. Department of Justice ADA guidelines.

The next Flushing City Council meeting is scheduled for May 14 at 6:30 p.m.

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