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2016 Elections


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Latest News - Master Plan Survey


2/09/16: The City of Clare is in the process of updating the community-wide Master Plan. This document sets a vision and guides the decision-making process for the future use of neighborhoods, the downtown, commercial corridors, the emerging commercial district on the city's northern boundary, interconnecting the Grant Township development areas into the city, parks and recreation offerings, and intermodal transportation in our City.


The Clare Master Plan 2016 will be rooted in the desires and vision of City residents and stakeholders. This is why we need you to share your opinions and great ideas for the future of Clare.


The survey will be open for responses until Friday March 4, 2016.


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Plan Documents


In accordance with federal requirements, the City of Clare's Title VI Plan can be downloaded as a PDF document.


Click here to view the document.


View the City of Clare's Master Plan


View the signed Title VI Plan


View the certification application


City Commission


The Clare City Commission meets Monday, February 1.

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Minutes from the January 18 meeting are now available.

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Latest News



09/24/15: For the safety and security of our Clare students, we ask that drivers please use caution around the schools at all times. This is especially important during student drop-off (approximately 7:30-8:15 a.m.) and pick-up (approximately 3:00-3:30 p.m.). Crossing guards are located in front of Clare Primary School, at the intersection of Wheaton & McEwan, and at the intersection of State & Pine. Use caution in these areas and always yield for the crossing guards and students!



Community News


01/31/16: Lead in Drinking Water  With lead levels in Flint's water supply receiving national attention, this is a good time to talk about the water supply here in the city of Clare.  Before you read any further, I want to assure you that Clare's water supply is safe and does not have the lead issues that Flint is presently dealing with.  Over the years the uses for lead have been numerous.  For example, lead has been used in paint, gasoline, batteries, fishing equipment, and as a protective shield when receiving x-rays; the list goes on and on.  The history of using lead in the water industry goes back to the Roman Empire.  The Romans used lead for water pipes and as a material in their cooking pots and pans.  In more recent years lead was used in solder to join copper pipes together and used for service lines that would carry water from the water mains in to your home.  Manufacturers also used lead for the manufacturing of plumbing fixtures.  We now know the pitfalls and dangers of lead.  Lead is a toxin that causes both immediate and long term health problems, especially in children.  So what are we doing to fix the problem?  The city adds polyphosphates to our water for corrosion control. Polyphosphates line the water mains in our distribution system and within the pipes of our homes. This stops the lead from leaching into the water.  Spring and fall hydrant flushing also helps prevent lead from leaching into our water.  In 2014, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was implemented.  This Act specifies that materials used in the distribution of water may not contain more than .25% lead.  You will be relieved to know 100% of our water samples that were tested for lead this past June (2015) were all under the maximum contaminate level of 15 parts per billion. For more information, or if you have any questions please call or email Dale Clark, Director of Water Treatment for the City of Clare, at (989) 386-2321 or




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