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Today in history: taxis, carts again worry the staff of the town hall | News

April 12, 1922

Spring brings back the annual problem of the municipal commission, that of regulating the circulation of taxis and carts. Last night’s regular meeting of the city fathers was largely devoted to the outbreak of the problem, three specific stages resulting from it. First, Commissioners Given and Reiser were appointed along with the City Attorney by Mayor James Johnston to draft a new ordinance regulating taxi fares. Second, City Manager Johnston was assigned to negotiate with the Pennsylvania Railroad to lease a strip of land for a permanent loading station. Third, the City Clerk was instructed to advise Saginaw interests that Cadillac was not interested at that time in establishing bus service here. AJ Sands and DR Clark, who operate bus routes in Saginaw and Flint, presented copies of ordinances regulating such traffic in various Michigan cities. A few months ago, these negotiations opened but, in the opinion of the commission, the city could not properly support such an undertaking. Many locals have cars and the distances are not great enough here to make public transport lines a necessity and therefore advisable. Moreover, the city fathers were not inclined to cede exclusive rights to the streets to third parties, believing that local interests should be protected. There was a fairly general impression, however, that local taxi fares are unreasonable and unjustified. The Yearned City Attorney denounced the ladder as war prizes and an outrage under current conditions. He asked for a prescription with teeth fixation rates at a more reasonable figure. Blue Line taxi operators have restored normal fares, he stressed, and no driver should be allowed to charge more.

April 12, 1972

The option for County Wexford to have a detective for a special inquiry into criminal crimes was extended to the County Wexford Board of Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon. Robert Cooper of the Bureau of Criminal Justice in Lansing and the Bureau of Law Enforcement Assistance in Washington, explained how such a position could be filled locally, funded by Law Enforcement Assistance Act funds. law enforcement except $837.50 from the County and City of Cadillac. Cooper’s plan was designed to serve a 10-county region of northwest Michigan and would go into effect next January after funding was scheduled for August. The detective would work under the auspices of that county district attorney’s office and be headquartered in the jail building. Cooper asked the county council to authorize a letter of intent to participate in the plan to be submitted with the funding application. He will also ask the city for a similar letter, he said. Local funds would be included in 1973 budgets. In a second plan, Cooper said a “crime prevention officer” could be trained to work in the area at no local cost.

April 12, 1997

The Cadillac Area Public Schools School Board will turn the first dirt Monday during groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Grade 6/7 building on Mackinaw Trail. Board members will be on hand to offer feedback on the opportunities this building will provide for students and the community. The new building will contain over 100,000 square feet with a gymnasium, cafeteria, media center, and office and board space. The three wings of the classroom learning lab will be designed with technology for student research and production in small, medium and large rooms. Special learning spaces will be designed for vocal and instrumental music, technological education, art, life skills, special education and foreign languages. The school, when completed, will have a pitched roof, brick exterior and central halls topped with a skylight. The building is intended to blend well with the surrounding hills and trees. The school will overlook the valley of Clam Lake Township.