2018-10-07 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

ST. PETER CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Parents seeking help from the St Peter Parish Christmas Project may sign up Monday, Oct. 8 through Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gathering space in the back of the church. The project is for children up to 18 years of age residing in home with parent or legal guardian in the Chesaning Union Schools district only. No school-of-choice children accepted. Participants will need to provide proof of age and residence at the time of sign-up. Those with questions may contact Consuelo at (989) 252-2159.

TOYS FOR KIDS PROGRAM – The Chesaning American Legion Post #212 will have applications available for its Toys for Kids program from Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26. Applications will also be available the week of Nov. 5, through Nov. 9. Completed applications can be dropped off at the Chesaning American Legion Post 212, 15053 McKeighan Road, in

Chesaning from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with hours extending to 6 p.m. on Wednesday of both weeks. This program supports the Chesaning Union School District families needing assistance in obtaining toys for their children at Christmas time. Participants must live in the Chesaning School District, bring a photo ID with their address, child/children’s birth certificate( s), and, if applicable, a copy of the custody order. For more information, contact Will Lucio at (989) 860-6133 or Deb Sutton at (989) 323-0806.

COLLEGE FAIR – Chesaning High School will be hosting a Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers-sanctioned College Fair Night on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Over 30 institutions will be in attendance, including The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Central Michigan University, The University of

Nebraska, Ferris State University, Delta College, Alma College, The Greater Michigan Construction Academy, The Douglas J. Aveda Institute, and many more. All local high school students are encouraged to attend.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for October are Randy Nietling, Dale Hafner, Jody Brunner and Margaret Bolinger.

UNITED APPEAL – On Thursday, Oct. 4, Chesaning Area United Appeal (CAUA) co-chair Cathy Gross announced the annual community fundraising campaign will be kicking off later this month. She said the Saginaw County Public Health Department has stated it plans to shut down the Rehman Health Center Clinic. However, the community has other services that will benefit from the funds collected, including, but not limited to the Chesaning Senior Center, Chesaning Area Emergency Relief (CAER), the River Rapids District Library and the local food bank, which is changing its name to Manna from Heaven.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Chesaning-Brady firefighters are keeping up with training. Chesaning Township Supervisor Bob Corrin, who sits on the fire board, commended the firefighters. He also talked about the work they’ve been doing to maintain the fire station. During the Thursday, Oct. 4, Chesaning Township Board meeting, Corrin listed some of the costs the fire department incurs, like 74,450 for equipment testing. He said it will cost

$3,300 per firefighter to get updated turnout gear, new air packs are $2,200 each, bottles are $770 each and a new fire engine would cost $550,000; and that’s a deal. “This gives you an idea of what it takes to keep a fire department up to date,” Corrin said. Assistant fire chief Kevin Carlton described a particularly strenuous training exercise they recently completed.

TAX COLLECTION – Chesaning Township Treasurer Cathy Gross reported that 88 percent of the summer taxes have been collected for the year; with 119 properties on deferment. Trustee Pete Hemgesberg asked if Gross had thought about accepting credit cards for payment. Gross explained that the municipalities that are using credit cards have water and sewer. She explained that some communities without sewer and water that accepted credit cards stopped accepting them because people weren’t using them. She explained that government municipalities have to charge customers a credit card convenience fee of about three percent or so. But Gross pointed out that young people don’t use checkbooks, so there is going to be a need in the future.

AUDIT REPORT – Chesaning Township Clerk Fran Kukulis distributed the annual audit report to township board members. She explained that the only comment the auditor had was about the segregation of duties. Kukulis said that’s because of the (small) size of the staff, otherwise the audit was good.

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