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a candidate for the position. Lindman was appointed to step in after Paul Bunten retired as chief in January until the decision of who will permanently replace him is made. City Manager Todd Campbell said he was informed Lindman had expressed interest in continuing to serve as police chief. Campbell then informed the hiring committee, which unanimously decided to include Lindman as a candidate. He told City Council he preferred to have an interim chief who would not be involved in the application process, he said, and that is still his preference. However, he said he also told council back in December and again on Monday that he wouldnt say absolutely no to the possibility. There is nothing in writPLEASE SEE CHIEF/3-A date for the position.

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Interim chief a candidate to keep job


Lindman took over after Bunten retired
By Ben Baird
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Originally brought on to head the Saline Police Department during the hiring process for a new police chief, Interim Police Chief Mike Lindman is now also

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Interim Police Chief Mike Lindman is now also a candi Saline Town Hall meeting (on fracking) 2 for U

Saline Salutes honors communitys all-stars


Business owner Jill Durnen named Citizen of the Year
By Krista Gjestland
Heritage Media

ive Saline residents were honored for their contributions to the community April 13 at the 23rd annual Saline Salutes dinner and awards ceremony at Saline High School. Jill Durnen, Joseph Labuta, Cindy Czubko, Stan Poet and Maura McCann were all recognized by the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce for their work throughout the community. Durnen was named Citizen of The Year for her significant volunteerism within the Saline community for the past year. She has been involved in several organizations, including the Holiday Parade, the Main Street Project and previous Saline Salutes committees.

Joseph Labuta (left), Jill Durnen, Cindy Czubko, Maura McCann and Stan Poet (not pictured) were all recognized by the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce for their work in the community. She was surprised to receive the award, Durnen said, but her experience working on the Saline Salutes committee in previous years gave her an advantage. I was really surprised to be nominated, she said. And then when they called to tell me I actually was a recipient, I got a little nervous because Id been to this event before and I knew Id have to get up and give a speech. Its weird to be over on this side, but then its also nice because I know what to expect. Durnen, who grew up in Saline,

said giving back to the community has always been important for her. I own a family business in town, she said. So, giving back to Saline is a big thing for me. Joseph Labuta received the Lifetime Achievement Award this year. He plays events for free around Saline with New Horizons Band and promotes a vibrant music scene in the community. Labuta said he views the award as not only recognition for him, but for New Horizons and everyone involved with the band. I think the big thing is the recognition, he said. Not so much for me personally, but of the band and what weve been able to achieve. Im still amazing and overwhelmed Im being recognized this way. New Horizons, Labuta said, was an effort put forth by many people, not just him. Czubko was awarded the George A. Anderson Vision Award, which honors volunteer work with a governmental agency. She volunteered
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City halts wholesale water City facing sales to thwart fracking efforts tight budget
Possible threat to groundwater supply cited
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A moratorium has been placed on wholesale

purchases of city water in Saline. The move came April 16 during a City Council meeting after members talked about a possible threat to the groundwater supply from fracking. The moratorium is in effect until city attorney Allan Grossman can research the legality of an outright ban on sale

to companies, which have projects outside the city limits. The City Council listened to a presentation by Mitch Rohde, who represented a group call nopaxton. com. The group is made up of concerned citizens who oppose the oil and gas

Saline has to borrow for capital projects


By Jim Pruitt
Special Writer

ing at the numbers for the citys new budget and they dont like what they see. The City Council has met for two work sessions and has another one scheduled for Monday as they hammer out a spending plan for 2012-13. City
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