By Brendan Smoker
Clark became a Bath trustee in 2008 and witnessed growth in Bath ever since. She said big progress that has been made has been a growing library and farmers’ market; all the needed property for the Park Lake project has been purchased; and workers have begun raising Park Lake’s water level by two feet.
Supporting the township’s growth, Treasurer Jeff Garrity said Bath “grew 54 percent” last decade, the second fastest growing town in Michigan during that period.
Following the death of Supervisor Tom Schneider in November 2011, Clark was appointed to fill the position. The following year, Clark was elected to supervisor. Then in September 2013, Superintendent Troy Feltman left his position due to differences in his contract renewal.
“I did not know, nor do I think any of us did, that by law (when the superintendent seat opens up) the supervisor becomes responsible for that position until it is filled,” explained Clark. Clark began filling Feltman’s shoes shortly after his vacancy.
Clark was happy to reveal that the board did approve a recommendation that would allow Planning Consultant Jim Foulds to deal with economic development and the sewer system. “This is very important because I didn’t have the technical skills that I felt the township needed,” Clark explained.
The Bath Board is interviewing candidates for superintendent. “We had three great candidates,” said trustee Cindy Crook about the finalists. The new superintendent will begin within the next six weeks.
“I’m looking forward to working with the new superintendent,” said board member Leon Puttler. “Hopefully the board and community will reach out to him.”
Many different hats
Clark’s role as superintendent and supervisor do not sum up all the different hats that she wears. She also is an active member of the Lansing Area Economic Partnership board, a regional economic development group trying to enhance the development of Ingham and Clinton County areas. Clark’s steering position on this board was recently renewed for another year this March.
Clark also is a part of MSU Downtown Coaches Club , the Clinton/Shiawassee County Family Independence Agency and State Employee Retiree Association for over 28 years. Clark also has served over 30 years as a faculty member at Lansing Community College, over 28 years working with Michigan’s Department of Human Services and more than 40 years in social work.
In addition to all this, Clark also is a very active member in her community, volunteering at Michigan State University and her hometown church. When asked how she manages everything she does Clark responds, “What I’ve done is all just a part of the role.”
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