HORN ANNOUNCES JANUARY OFFICE HOURS – State Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) has announced office hours will be held on Monday, Jan. 23 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Bridgeport Township Hall, in the second floor board room, 6206 Dixie Hwy., Bridgeport. Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the 32nd District may have. No appointment is necessary. For more information or to contact Horn, visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call (517) 373-1760.
STC SCHOOLS’ FITNESS CENTER NOW OPEN – St. Charles Community Schools’ Community Center and fitness center is now open. The fitness center officially opened earlier this month; hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. For more information or to schedule events, call Leon Larsen at (989) 865-9961.
NL VILLAGE MEETING HIGHLIGHTS – During the last regular meeting of the New Lothrop Village Council Wednesday, Jan. 11, Andy Wolford was sworn in as trustee. He is filling a two-year trustee vacancy. During the public comments segment, Deb Collins asked the council about burned out property on Saginaw St. The council stated that after police chief Brian Beauchamp obtains all the reports and actions done by the zoning administrator, he will issue a ticket/warrant to property owner. All attempts will be made to notify the homeowner, council members said. Also during the meeting, the snow removal crew was thanked for their hard work with snowplowing. It was announced the next meeting of the council on Feb. 8 will be a public hearing for Truth in Taxation and budgets. The full minutes from the Jan. 11 meeting can be found on the village’s website at www.newlothrop.org/village.
ROADS UNDER SEASONAL WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS – The Country Road Association of Michigan announced recently roads throughout Saginaw County are under seasonal weight restrictions, at least through this week. During the weight restriction period, trucks traveling on posted/restricted roads must reduce speeds to 35 mph and carry lighter loads – a 25 percent reduction on concrete roads and 35 percent on asphalt or gravel roads. In Saginaw County, the weight restriction was effective starting Jan. 20. As colder weather returns the weight restrictions will be lifted in most locations. For up-to-date information on seasonal weight restrictions, visit www.micountyroads.org under “Doing Business with Us.”
POVERTY EXEMPTION PASSED – During the last regular meeting of Hazelton Township on Jan. 9, the board approved the poverty exemption resolution. The resolution states if a person’s financial situation prevents them from being able to pay the property taxes on his/her home, they may qualify for a payment reduction or exemption to property taxes due. This is based on the judgement of the Board of Review, according to MCL 211.7u of the General Property Tax Act, MCL 211.1. Also during the meeting Brent Freiss from the Shiawassee County Road Commission discussed recommended projects within the township for 2017. County information is currently available at the township office, 7505 Orchard St., New Lothrop. The next regular meeting of Hazelton Township will be held Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
BUSY BUILDING – During the Jan. 17 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, Building Administrator Dennis Miller reported during 2016, the township had the second largest number of permits pulled.
LANDFILL IMPROVEMENTS – Montrose area residents should notice a reduction in odors coming from the Brent Run Landfill due to the new wells. During the Jan. 17 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, Brent Run District Manager Tim Church briefly talked about the gas project where they are collecting gas emissions and using it for electricity. He said the flares will be running more. He also talked about plans to install a center turn lane in front of the M-57 entrance to reduce traffic backups. Township Board member Gary Keeler expressed concerns over some of the waste deliveries from other communities coming in without covers. Church said they followed the board’s advice and added a fee if they don’t cover. He hopes the fee discourages them from bringing in uncovered loads.
CONTRACT EXTENSION – On Jan. 17, the Montrose Township Board voted to extend the police services contract with the City of Montrose until April 14, as requested. Faced with a very tight budget, the city council sought to reduce costs by paring back police services which currently run $25,000 per month. Emmendorfer explained the city council didn’t realize the substantial impact it would have on services.
POLICE CHIEF – On Jan. 17, the Montrose Township Board voted to give police chief Darrell Ellis a few extra days of vacation in lieu of a pay raise. Also during the meeting, Clerk Fred Domine said he needed to increase the police wages by $3,000 for the year. The funds would be paid from the general fund.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLES – Montrose Township has been working on updating the recreational vehicle ordinance. On Jan. 17, Montrose Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer said the township board had the first reading of the new ordinance developed by the planning commission during the previous board meeting. However, attorney Amanda Doyle has recommended revisions to make it cleaner. The proposed ordinance revision will be going back to the planning commission for clarification. Building administrator Dennis Miller explained they are attempting to address where recreational vehicles can be parked.
BUILDING PERMITS – During the Jan. 17 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Administrator Troy Feltman reported that 2016 was without question the most active year for building permits and added property values in a long time. In 2015, the village issued 77 permits valued at $15,400. During 2016, the village issued 95 permits with a value of $32,000; with one of those permits being for the Comfort Care Senior Living facility. With Union Court building another senior living complex in the village, he expects to see another increase in valuation for the village.
LIGHTS NOW LED – While reporting on the activities of the Chesaning DDA, Chesaning Village President Joseph Sedlar, Jr. told the village council that the new LED streetlights on the boulevard are ‘pretty well done.
BUDGET WORKSHOP – The Chesaning Village Council will hold a budget workshop session on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Village Administrator Troy Feltman said the village is a labor-intensive operation, yet they’re relying on one-person departments. During the Jan. 24 meeting, the council is expected to discuss the village’s $98,000 increase in Municipal Employee Retirement System (MERS) obligations and other budget issues.
SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES – The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, starting at 6:30 p.m., to interview candidates to serve on the board. Three candidates have applied for two positions. They will be interviewed during the meeting. The candidates are Anna Rodgers, Christopher Zolinski and Scott Wells. The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education will also hold its regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the media center at Kuehn-Haven Middle School.
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