Tyler Vandyke. Tyler is our newest full-time firefighter. He was recently promoted from a part-paid firefighter, to his full-time position on 5/8/2022. He has been a contributing member of the Fire Department since 9/9/2019. Tyler has lived in Belding most of his life. He has 4 children which he spends much time with and also coaches some of their sports teams. He brings some other attributes with him to the Fire Department. He was a certified diesel mechanic in his previous life, which will help us out with some of our basic maintenance issues. He also spent 3 years in the USMC. Tyler dove directly into his role and is already operating on his own. He has also been taking some additional training like Rope Rescue Operations and Heavy Vehicle Extrication. If you see him, please help us welcome him to our ranks. Tyler is a great young man and we are expecting him to fit in well.
Heather Merryweather began working for the City of Belding in the Spring of this year. She previously worked for the Belding Area Schools as a bus driver. In her short time with the city, Heather has demonstrated the ability to become an exceptional equipment operator. Having a Commercial Driver’s License made her an excellent candidate for the public works job. Heather’s previous work experience includes a wide variety of things from operating farm equipment to graphic arts. Heather has been eager to learn all aspects of the job and is interested in becoming certified in chemical applications as well as in drinking water treatment and distribution. She has a passion for the city’s parks and wants to dedicate her time to making them second to none. Heather has excellent public relations and interpersonal skills and has already helped to unify department employees in achieving the department goals to improve productivity as well as the quality of workmanship.
Mercedes Rendall has worked for the City of Belding since the Fall of 2021. She has recently been promoted to Operator-In-Charge in the city’s water division. In order to be in charge of a municipal water department, an employee must complete extensive training and pass a certification exam. After a number of years of studying and training, Mercedes recently passed the state required testing and is now a Certified Water Treatment Specialist. She now oversees the processing of the potable water that is delivered to residents and businesses in the city. Ms. Rendall is also currently studying for her water distribution certification which means that she will soon also oversee the water distribution system which includes water mains, service lines, hydrants, valves and the city’s water storage towers. Mercedes is a very dedicated and hard-working employee and the city and its residents are very fortunate to have her providing for their daily water needs. Congratulations Mercedes!!