2012-03-25 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

STC SOS OFFICE TO CLOSE FOR REMODELING – The Secretary of State office at 115 S. Saginaw St. in St. Charles will be closed for remodeling March 22-29. Customers and staff will benefit from renovations that include new carpeting and a more customer-friendly counter design. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. on March 30. The Secretary of State Mobile Office is scheduled to be at the nearby St. Charles Area Museum, 603 Chesaning St., from March 26- 29 and will offer all of the services available at a traditional branch office. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Area residents who need Secretary of State services during the remodeling period may also visit the following offices: Saginaw County PLUS, 4404 Bay Road, Saginaw; Shiawassee County PLUS, 1720 E. Main St., Owosso; and Saginaw South, 4212 Dixie Highway, Saginaw. The Saginaw and Shiawassee County PLUS offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The Saginaw South office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

CHESANING BLOOD DRIVE MARCH 28-29 — There will be a blood drive on Wednesday, March 28, and Thursday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chesaning High School in the media center. Michigan Blood will donate $10 to Chesaning High School for every donor who registers on Wednesday, March 28. Persons age 17 and older can donate (16 with parent/guardian permission). Donors should bring ID or two pieces of nonphoto ID. For an appointment or more information, call (989) 497-1036.

MAPLE GROVE ELECTION PETITIONS — Maple Grove residents interested in running for the township positions of supervisor, treasurer, clerk or trustee can obtain Affidavits of Identity and Qualifying Petitions Forms form the township office on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. The deadline for filing is May 15 for partisan candidates and July 19 for candidates without political party affiliation. For more information, contact the township office at (989) 845-6155.

RESIDENTS CAN MEET WITH REP. GLARDON — Local residents can meet with State Rep. Ben Glardon on Monday, March 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Lothrop Village Hall, 9435 Beech St. State Sen. Joe Hune will also attend to help answer questions. Residents who are unable to attend the office hours are encouraged to contact Glardon toll free at (877) 558-5426 or email him at benglardom@house.mi.gov. with a question or concern.

NL SCHOOLS HIRES STAFF – During Monday’s meeting, the New Lothrop school board approved the hiring of two current employees into vacant positions. The board approved food service worker Valerie Baker as the new food service director and substitute bus driver William Waltenburg as a part time bus mechanic. The two positions were open due to a retirement and a resignation. “Both of them have shown that they are outstanding employees,” said Superintendent John Strycker.

NL SCHOOLS EXTENDS CONTRACTS – The New Lothrop Area Public Schools Board of Education approved one-year extensions for the superintendent, administration, central office, and supervisory staff contracts during Monday’s meeting. The board is currently in negotiations with the teaching staff.

STC CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce raffle for this week is Dorthy Switalski.

CHESANING CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, March 14 was Dan Krupp, Jr., of Chesaning. Guest drawer was Brett Russell.

CHESANING BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a Michigan Blood blood drive on Wednesday, March 28, and Thursday, March 29, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Each day at the Chesaning High School media center/library. Prospective donors should eat before donating and drink lots of water. They should also bring photo ID or two pieces of non-photo ID. Michigan Blood will donate $10 to the high school for each donor registered on March 28. Appointments are preferred, and can be made by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD or visiting www.miblood.org.

GENESEE CO. TREASURER REFINANCES BUILDING BONDS FOR SAVINGS – On Tuesday, March 20, Genesee County Treasurer Deb Cherry accepted bids for the refinancing of building bonds of $4,830,000. The bid for Citizens Bank was accepted for an interest rate of 2.89 percent. The refinancing results in a savings of $492,748. There were four bids for the refinancing and the bid from Citizens Bank resulted in the most savings for the county. Over the next few weeks the finalization of the refinancing will be completed.

SEDIMENT CLOGS SEWER – During the March 20 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, an unidentified representative of WadeTrim reported on the sewer cleaning project. She reported that Young Environmental had completed 97 percent of the project. They had discovered a number of additional sewer lines that were not shown on the infrastructure map. “Some of your lines were half full of sediment,” the WadeTrim representative stated. She reported, “A line on Liberty Street is almost completely clogged.” First Street has not yet been addressed, as Young’s is waiting for it to dry out. She made comments about several other sewer issues in the community; noting that 220 man hole covers have defects that need repair. The WadeTrim representative also asked the village council to approve additional funds do to the extra footage of line that needed to be done; as well as suggesting a revision in the S-2 grant to add another $30,000 for additional sewer lines discovered. The Village council approved the additions.

WORKING AS PLANNED – Saginaw County Conservation District Executive Director Patti Copes provided an overview and update on the tree revetment project in Showboat Park, during the Chesaning Village Council’s March 20 meeting. She reported, “It’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to do.” The tree revetment is designed to collect silt and sediment around the trees (which lay along the edge) so that the riverbanks are protected from erosion. Frank Tomac planted the native grasses, and annual rye grass along the bank as part of the project. “It’s going to take us 10 years to grow,” Copes explained. Last fall the tree revetment was installed along approximately 485’ of riverbank; primarily funded by a grant. Copes said they still need to address another 120’; which she anticipates will cost about $35 per foot. She also talked about wanting to add a log vein in the river to create an excellent fish habitat; which she believes would add another $10,000 to the cost of the project. Copes designed the tree revetment project as a demonstration to show legislators and others in the conservation field how a tree revetment project can reduce erosion. Since the project is in Showboat Park, it will provide easy access to see the results of the project up close. Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. commented, “It’s amazing how fast it’s eroding where the trees aren’t.” Copes added, “People are going to be surprised at how high some of those native grasses are. We’re not letting it go to weeds. It’s going to be crucial that the grounds people know not to mow it.”

PEET’S PROGRESS – Brett Russell addressed the Chesaning Village Council during their March 20 meeting. He estimated that approximately 75 percent of the Peet Center renovation work planned had been completed. While working on the project to upgrade the Peet Community Center, Russell found that many of the chairs and tables needed to be repaired or replaced. He pointed out that many of the chairs were missing feet on the end of the chair legs; resulting in scratched floors. Russell priced the replacement caps and found he could purchase newer chairs from the Showboat Festival, cheaper than repairing the old chairs. Now that they have enough chairs for full seating at the Peet Center, he asked the council to allow him to sell nine heavy old tables and about 50 old chairs without feet. He also asked that the proceeds from the sale of those items go back into the Peet Center renovation. Russell reported having spent $1,154 of the up to $2,000 project budget; with about 25 percent of the project remaining. He also announced that he would like to have a family movie night on May 11 at 7 p.m. The movie/fundraiser will be $4 per person; which half the proceeds from ticket sales going to the Michigan-based film maker. There was some discussion about the feasibility of renovating the Peet Center kitchen. However, bringing the kitchen up to code for licensing would be cost prohibitive. Russell reported that he has teamed up with Nancy Rowe from the Chesaning Area Historical Society to apply for grant money to further restore the historic Peet Community Center.

WATER QUALITY -– The Chesaning Village Council discussed the water supply needs of local business Chesaning Manufacturing, owned by Don Brettrager. Councilman Bill Boyd said, “You can’t run those machines on that water,” referring to the iron laden water at the end of the water line serving Brettrager’s property, adjacent to the Howard Nixon Airport. Councilman Don Swartzmiller wondered, “If we looped [the water line], are we just diluting it? Maybe we should replace the cast iron pipe with plastic.” Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. suggested they send the issue to the infrastructure committee to look at the options; “See if a loop would help. Find out what those machines require as far as water quality.”

VILLAGE RECEIVES TWP. PROPOSAL – Chesaning Township officials have submitted a proposal in an effort to get some police protection services through the Chesaning Village Police Department. Councilman Bill Boyd informed the Village Council, “We’re not providing patrol, just responding to calls at the cost incurred.” The proposal will be reviewed and discussed at a future meeting of the Village Council.

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