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Village Board Honors Bark for 32 Years With Plan Commision

Clarence Bark, 88, retired as the longest-serving plan commissioner last month. On Monday, the Village Board honored and thanked him for his decades of work.

Clarence Bark joined the Montgomery Plan Commission in 1979. 

He’s been there ever since, participating in some of the most momentous decisions in recent village history. During Bark’s tenure, the Orchard Road business corridor truly took off, with , , Aldi, and other stores opening up.

The Ogden Hill shopping center also broke ground, sprung up and opened its doors during Bark’s time. The village also built its two flagship buildings, the new on River Street and the new on Civic Center Drive. Those landmarks are in addition to the hundreds of smaller projects he helped shepherd through in his 32 years on the commission.

Last month, at age 88, Bark retired from the plan commission, taking with him his record as the board’s longest-serving member. On Monday, the Village Board honored him for his service with a plaque, some cake, and a lot of applause. As he posed for pictures, Bark was clearly delighted.

“Like anything, you come to a point where you decide you have to make a change,” Bark said in an with Patch last week. “Like I told the mayor when I turned in my resignation, ‘It’s time for some younger people to come in.’”

“I’m pleased to honor Clarence Bark and his 32 years of service,” said Village President Marilyn Michelini on Monday night. “I think that’s pretty phenomenal.”

Donna Cave December 13, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Thank you for honoring our Uncle Clarence Bark for his service to the community. His entire family is very proud of him, and are pleased he and Aunt Jeanette were able to be there. Dennis and Donna Cave
Jane Tompkins December 14, 2011 at 01:54 AM
Clarence's dedication to the Village of Montgomery is unsurpassed. His commitment to creating a better community should serve as a model for all residents to follow. The thoughtful approach he took in reviewing development projects and his kind and gentlemanly manner were an asset to the Plan Commission. I'm sure he'll be missed.

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