2017-03-12 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

MOOLENAAR’S OFFICE ACCEPTING INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS - Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Midland) is currently accepting applications for congressional internships in his Washington D.C., office for this summer. The internship program is open to college students and recent graduates who are interested in learning more about the legislative process and the day-to-day operations of a congressional office. Intern responsibilities include conducting tours of the U.S. Capitol, constituent data entry, researching federal legislation and assisting legislative staff. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend legislative briefings, congressional hearings and receptions on Capitol Hill. Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter, resume and any specific legislative issues or areas of interest. Applications should be submitted by close of business on Friday, March 31. College credits are available per school requirements. For more information and to apply for the summer semester, visit https://moolenaar.house.gov/internships.

CHESANING FFA MEMBER AUCTION MARCH 21 – The Chesaning FFA will hold its 39th annual Membership Auction on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Chesaning Middle School auditorium. Labor by the FFA members will be sold by the Chesaning FFA Alumni. Proceeds will go to FFA-related projects. Refreshments will be served.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, March 8 was Mark Struck of Struck Lawn and Landscape. Guest drawer was Uriah Altun, of Burger King of Chesaning.

TTA OFFERS CPR CLASS – Twin Township Ambulance will be holding a CPR class on Sunday, March 27 at 4 p.m. The cost of the class is $50. Upon completion of the class, participants will earn an American Heart CPR card. To register, call (810) 634-1001. For more information, visit twinems.org.

CHS BACCALAUREATE MEETING – On Monday, March 20 at 2:45 p.m., a meeting will be held for area clergy, parents or citizens interested in helping plan the Chesaning High School Class of 2017 baccalaureate service. The meeting will take place immediately

after school in the media center at the high school. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, contact Mary VanLoon at (989) 845-6326.

BROAD STREET EVENTS HOST MOCK ROCK – Broad Street Events will be holding an adult mock rock “Fools for Fools” on Saturday, April 1 at The Public House in downtown Chesaning. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. The cost to enter is $20 per act. Participants must be ages 18 and older. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. There will also be a cash bar for those ages 21 and over, door prizes, and a cash prize for the first place act.

MOOLENAAR SETS OFFICE HOURS – Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Midland) has announced office hours by his constituent relations representatives will be held on Thursday, March 16 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Wickson Library, 359 S. Franklin St., Frankenmuth. The purpose of the office hours is to help residents in need of assistance with a federal agency.

BROAD STREET EVENTS MARKET VENDOR MEETING – Broad Street Events will hold a market vendor meeting on Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Grille in Chesaning. Discussion will include market location, vendor needs, application and policies, cottage food rules and market activities. The fourth annual season will run every Saturday, July 15 through Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

STC YARD WASTE PICK-UP BEGINS APRIL 7 – The first week of April marks the start of the Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s seasonal curbside yard waste collection. Residents in the village of St. Charles may begin setting out yard waste cans and bags on their first regular collection day that month, April 7. All yard waste materials must be placed in paper yard waste bags or in 35 gallon or smaller garbage cans that have a “yard waste” sticker affixed to the front of the can. Twigs must not protrude more than 12 inches above the container. Individual cans and bags cannot weigh more than 50 pounds each.

STC BUDGET HEARING MARCH 22 – After much discussion by the St. Charles Village Council members during the regular meeting on Wednesday, March 8, it was decided to hold a second budget hearing on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. Approval for the 2017-18 budget is also scheduled for that night, following the hearing. The village is required by law to have its budget approved by April 1.

STC COUNCIL APPROVES AGREEMENTS – The St. Charles Village Council approved a pair of agreements with Spicer Professional Services related to the planned reconstruction of North Street and Beaver Road. The agreements, for a street asset management plan and for construction administration and inspection, are part of the village’s requirements for the project. Village Administrator Matt Lane explained the village received a grant from the Region 7b task force to do the project. Currently the project is projected to start at the end of May. The council also approved a MDOT grant contract for the project.

MONTROSE CITY MEETING – The Montrose City Council rescheduled its March meeting due to several scheduling conflicts. The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. While the council typically meets at the city office, there is a high probability it will be moved due to the many calls received about whether to allow commercial medical marijuana which is permitted under new state legislation. Watch for announcements on the Montrose City website and the Tri-County Citizen for the meeting location to be announced.

LOCAL PULL – During the March 7 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Brent Gross asked the council about holding some tractor pulls in Showboat Park. Gross represented a group interested in hosting two tractor pull events in the park. Village administrator Troy Feltman explained the basic contract and made Gross aware of insurance liability requirements to protect the village. He explained the group would need to leave the park the way they found it. The group will need to make reservations for the park and work with or around other scheduled events.

OVER CHARGE – Chesaning village administrator Troy Feltman said Consumers Energy over charged the village, and owes a $29,000 credit. Feltman discussed a new street light proposal from Consumers Energy. He explained Consumers is now required to install high pressure sodium street lighting; but the village can pay extra for LED lighting. He explained that the idea of installing LED lighting at a cost of $104,000 is not a bad idea [it would save money in the long run]; but the village doesn’t have the money for it right now. The village had budgeted money for new streetlights downtown at a cost of $11,000. With the credit, those lights would cost the village $2,800. Feltman recommended the village authorize Consumers to switch to the high-pressure sodium lighting, free of charge, for the rest of the village. The council agreed.

FIREWORKS AND BIRTHDAY PARTY – Chesaning Chamber of Commerce vice president Ron Ebenhoeh announced the chamber’s fireworks show at Showboat Park will take place on Thursday, June 29. (This year July 4 is on a Tuesday). Ebenhoeh also said the village’s 170th birthday celebration has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16. It will be held on the bridge at Cole Park. This event will feature sampling from local restaurants on the bridge. Ebenhoeh asks people mark the date on their calendars.

OLD FIRE BARN – During the March 7 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, administrator Troy Feltman informed the council the tenants in the village’s old fire barn are wondering if the council would consider giving them an arrangement similar to the agreement made for the Peet Center; which is now known as the Public House. The council discussed the matter. Councilman Trent Vondrasek pointed out if the village puts the building out for bid, it has no control over the nature of the business. There is limited parking. He explained most of CrossFit’s classes are held either before the library opens or after it closes. Vondrasek suggested they say the village is interested, but ask what [the tenant] sees as being wrong with the building. Councilman Michael Cicalo said the Peet Center was a special deal because of the safety issue. Vondrasek said the council owes it to the taxpayers to get the building back on the tax roll. The council directed Feltman to discuss the proposal with the tenant.

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