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December 6, 2018                                               ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                                  PAGE 3


        4 retire from public safety department

           Four long-time veterans of
        the Canton Township Public
        Safety Department have retired.
           Police    Ofc.    Thomas
        Champagne, Fire Capt. George
        “Matt” Mearnic, Police Ofc.
        Randall Rankin, and Police Sgt.
        Daniel Traylor were honored
        for their years of service by the
        department as they began their
        retirements last week.
           Champagne was hired by
        Canton in 1998, starting his 20-
        year career as a police officer.
        During those two decades,
        Champagne was assigned to
        numerous special units and           Ofc. Thomas Champagne    Fire Capt. George “Matt” Mearnic          Ofc. Randall Rankin             Sgt. Daniel Traylor
        assignments including assign-    Mearnic was hired as a       career, enhancing his delivery of  officer, he continued to mentor  ard partner, Lefty, for seven
        ments as a motorcycle officer,  Canton Firefighter/Paramedic  service to the public, and mak-  younger officers for long-term  years.
        the Honor Guard, with the      in 1998, and was promoted to   ing him an admired co-worker  growth and success. Officer      “As a sergeant, Dan spent
        detective bureau and the rapid  the rank of captain in 2013. As a  by all,” noted Meier.    Rankin enjoyed working the     four years assigned to the detec-
        response unit and acted as a   Firefighter/Paramedic, Mearnic   Rankin was hired by Canton  road, handling every type of sce-  tive bureau, where he super-
        field training officer. Most   was assigned to an ambulance,  in 1992, starting his 26-year  nario imaginable. His good-   vised the daily operations of all
        recently, he was selected as an  providing Advanced Life      career as a police officer. During  humored personality could dif-  criminal investigations, as well
        undercover detective assigned  Support medical treatment to   this time, Rankin was assigned  fuse a stressful situation, or sim-  as Canton's five ordinance offi-
        to a federal task force unit,  thousands of patients with vary-  to several special units and  ply lighten-up a dark day in  cers. Sergeant Traylor consis-
        working with a team of investi-  ing injuries and illnesses. He  assignments including working  police work for his co-workers,”  tently displayed commitment
        gators on high-end felony cases.  was later trained as an operator,  as a department instructor, with  Meier said.         and dedication to all aspects of
           Champagne was meticulous    running the multi-faceted fire  the bicycle unit, the rapid     Traylor was hired as a      his career, and worked hard to
        with his duties as a police offi-  engines and pumper trucks on  response unit and as a field  Canton police officer in 1993,  serve the Canton community
        cer, dedicated to the job and  fire scenes. As a captain,     training officer. He also com-  and was promoted to the rank of  with pride,” Meier commented.
        serving the community at large,  Mearnic was responsible for  pleted a prominent assignment  sergeant in 2013. During his    “The     Public     Safety
        according to Public Safety     numerous     administrative    with the accident investigation  time as a patrol officer, Traylor  Department is losing these four
        Director Joshua Meier.         duties, along with overseeing a  unit where he took part in pro-  participated in numerous spe-  solid employees who have dedi-
           “Tom successfully found a   crew of firefighters responding  cessing countless crash investi-  cial assignments including those  cated the last 20-plus years of
        balance in performing his duties  to emergency calls for service.  gations for criminal prosecu-  of field training officer, as a rifle  their lives to protecting the peo-
        while perpetually  displaying  Mearnic took on several addi-  tion.                         Instructor and as a member of  ple and property in our commu-
        compassion to those in need.   tional projects, most notably    “As a field training officer,  the elite Western-Wayne Special  nity,” said Meier. “Each of these
        This kindness is well-document-  working toward updating the  Randy took pride in training  Operations Team. He was also   men brought distinct personal
        ed by the numerous complimen-  department mapping system.     new recruits, preparing them  selected as a handler for the  attributes to the department,
        tary notes received throughout   “Matt's pleasant demeanor    for their career in law enforce-  department's K-9 Unit, working  and their presence will be
        his career,” Mutchler said.    was consistent throughout his  ment. And, as a senior patrol  with his canine German shep-  notably missed.”
        Roads                          the Canton trustees will meet to  their roads done first.”   crete.                         involved,” said Faas, noting the
                                       hear from both the Michigan
                                                                        Trustee Anne Marie Graham-
                                                                                                                                   Michigan Department of
                                                                                                       Faas referenced the town-
                                       Municipal     League    and    Hudak noted some areas don't  ship “80-pound suitcase” on    Transportation is imminent in
        FROM PAGE 1                    Michigan         Townships     have homeowner associations,  road projects paperwork as well  listing Ford Road under its aus-
                                       Association about possible city-  adding those residents can still  as “sore spots we've collected  pices “before Christmas to
        allocation within the Downtown  hood for Canton, including    apply for road upgrade money.  over the years.”              hopefully deliver some good
        Development Authority district  financial implications.       Faas said in early 2019 the      Ford Road traffic volume is  news,” Faas said of an intergov-
        for the Ford Road boulevard      Faas said the township con-  HOA/resident letters will be  especially high, and the Canton  ernmental agreement to
        project.                       sultant will likely have some  reviewed. “That'll help us build  Township boulevard plan for  improve Ford Road, which has
           Residents who spoke at the  local road recommendations in  an inventory of projects” for the  the area has struggled for many  a number of traffic crashes.
        study session commented about  January. He outlined the       three years of work ending in  years seeking state grant funds.  “The timing is so critical,”
        safety concerns on major roads  letter/form plan to “precommit”  2022, Faas noted.          Faas answered a resident that  said Williams, who said he will
        such as Ford, Canton Center,   to local projects of one of three  “Does it make sense to clus-  funding could extend the boule-  schedule a special meeting of
        Haggerty and Sheldon as well   sizes: 0 to $50,000, requiring a 5  ter projects to get economies of  vard, a traffic calming/safety  the board of trustees specifical-
        as concerns about their own    percent match; $50,000 to      scale?” he asked, noting work  effort, further west to the Belle  ly to discuss Ford Road. “We
        subdivisions.                  $100,000, requiring a 10 percent  also can't be too disruptive to  Tire location area.      don't want to lose days.”
           Faas explained the Roads    match and up to $200,000, with a  drivers and residents in one  Faas said the 2014 Traffic    Added Faas of state MDOT
        Task Force recommendations,    20 percent match required.     area.                         and Environment Study on       officials, “They're treading care-
        including exploring “the differ-  “We want to get you in the    An expanded work group is   Ford Road is done, and in the  fully. We too want to be careful.”
        ence of the township form of   work queue,” Williams told one  forming to help with the town-  spring of 2019, weather permit-  Williams said county officials
        government and the city form of  woman who asked about bad    ship road allocations. Faas   ting, surveyors will start their  tell him the closed Lilley Road
        government.”                   roads. “Those subdivisions that  explained developers generally  Ford Road work in Canton.  bridge, south of Palmer Road,
           At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18,  are organized will probably get  decide on use of asphalt vs. con-  “There's a lot of steps  will reopen in June 2019.


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