OSCODA – At their regularly scheduled Sept. 13 meeting, the Oscoda Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved entering into a purchase agreement with Amerilodge Groups and Oscoda Hotels, LLC. 

Amerilodge will be purchasing 1.8 acres of vacant land from the township at an agreed upon price of $400,000 for the development of a Holiday Inn Express on Lake Street. 

The purchase agreement was drawn up by township attorney Timothy Freel and signed by Asad Malik, president of Amerilodge Groups and Oscoda Hotels, LLC. 

“It was a pretty quick process,” said Freel. 

The motion to approve the purchase agreement was made by Ttrustee Bill Palmer with support by Trustee Steve Wusterbarth. It passed with a 7-0 vote.

According to the purchase agreement, development of the property will begin within 90 days of the issuance of a land use permit and will be completed within 18 months. The agreement also stipulates that closing will take place on or before Feb. 22, 2022. 

In other business trustees approve hiring a new police officer

During the same meeting they approved hiring Robert Clink to serve as an officer in the Oscoda Police Department. Clink served as a deputy with the Alcona County Sheriff’s Department for the past eight years. In a memo dated Sept. 8, Chief of Police Mark David reported that Clink comes to the department as a certified officer with “high regard from his previous employer.” After completing the necessary pre-employment testing and screening, Clink will start on Sept. 28. 

Clink will be filling the position vacated by police officer Tyler Leslie whose resignation was effective Sept. 1. 

Township Superintendent Tammy Kline reported there were two applicants for the position, however, Clink was the only officer interviewed for the position. “He has passed all of the bells and whistles he was requested,” said Kline. 

Kline was asked if Clink had completed all of the pre-employment testing and screening. 

“As far as I am aware he passed the psychological evaluation, that’s all I know,” Kline added

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