2018-09-09 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

HISTORICAL MARKER TO BE UNVEILED – The Montrose Area Historical Association will host an unveiling of a State of Michigan historical marker for the Montrose Township Cemetery and church on the hill on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony, and the facilities will be open. The marker was paid for by the members of the association and friends. For more information, call (810) 639-6644 or (810) 639-2220.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus raffle for September were Bernard Gengler, John Reiber, Alan Wenzlick and Ron and Pat Harris.

HORN TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS – State Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) will hold office hours on Monday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James Township Hall, 6060 Swan Creek Road, Saginaw. Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary. For more information or to contact Horn, visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call (517) 373-1760.

NEW LOCATION – On Friday, Sept. 14, the Chesaning Village Office will be closed in order to move. The last day at its current location of 1100 West Broad St. will be Thursday, Sept. 13. The Chesaning Village Council is expected to hold its first council meeting at the new location on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the new council chamber. The existing village office building, 1100 West Broad St., has been placed on the market to sell. The village shares the new building with the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce in an arrangement that is mutually beneficial, saving money for both the chamber and the village. The Chesaning Village Police Department offices will also be located at the community office building.

INVESTMENT UPDATE – During its Tuesday, Sept. 4 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council approved a slight change in the village’s investment policy per the auditor’s recommendation. During the council’s Tuesday, Aug. 21 meeting, CPA Sarah Talbot, an auditor from Andrews Hooper and Pavlik, questioned whether the village’s investment practices were authorized under state statute. However, the state had been hired to handle the village’s audits when the investment practices were implemented. The recommended change deletes one sentence in the policy, which states that authorization is limited to securities whose intention is to maintain a net asset value of one dollar. The stated purpose of the investment policy is to invest funds in a manner which will provide the highest investment return with the maximum security, while meeting the daily cash flow needs of the Village of Chesaning. Village administrator Troy Feltman said, “I’m still working with Waddell & Reed and the auditors to ensure complete compliance with state statute. All three minor issues (listed by the auditor) have been taken care of.”

COMMISSIONER’S REPORT – During the Thursday, Sept. 6 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, Saginaw County District 6 Commissioner Kyle Harris talked about his concerns over the county budget. He told the township board, “Saginaw County started the fiscal year 2018-19 budget process with close to a $4 million projected shortfall. Early drafts of the budget cut funding for some programs such as MSU Extension, including 4-H, and Saginaw Future. After working with the budget, some of that funding was restored in later drafts.” The county commissioners are expected to vote on the final budget by the full board later this month.

NEW JAIL – Saginaw County District 6 Commissioner Kyle Harris told the Chesaning Township Board, that prior to breaking ground, the new Saginaw County Jail project was over budget by roughly $4 million. After going back to the drawing board and tweaking the proposal, close to $2 million was saved to help cover some of the cost overruns. The county treasurer was able to come up with other money to help cover the additional expenses. “I voted against spending the additional money,” Harris said.

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