2017-09-24 / News Briefs


CHS TO HOST COLLEGE FAIR – On Thursday, Oct. 12, Chesaning High School will be hosting a Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO)-sanctioned college fair from 6-7:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. As of Sept. 19, there were 28 colleges/ universities, three branches of the military and two cosmetology schools set to attend. This will be a great opportunity for all students in grades nine-12 and their parents to meet with college representatives. For more information, contact Mandy Volk, high school counselor, at (989) 845-2040.

MONTROSE HOF TICKETS ON SALE – Tickets are now on sale at the school administration office for the Montrose Sports and Community Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Montrose Auditorium. Ticket prices are $15 adults, $7 students and free for ages 5 and under, and include hot and cold hors-d'oeuvres following the ceremony. This year’s inductees are: Three generations of the Thorsby Family, Alfred Sr, Alf, Brad, Barry, and Pat for the Community Service Award; Dr. Linden ‘Bo’ Moore, Ph.D.; and Josh Cross; and the 1998 state champion wrestling teams. Tickets should be purchased by Thursday, Oct. 5. The Hall of Fame committee is still missing wrestlers Derek Davis, Matt Duncan, Mike Gibson, Anthony Vigil, and Juston Witney, and assistant coach Matt Bishop. Anyone who knows how to contact these individuals is asked to call Tanya at (810) 577- 4721, or Brenda at (810) 223-1195.

BLOOD DRIVE – Michigan Blood will hold a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 5, from noon to 6 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chesaning-Brady Fire Department Station One on Brady Street in Chesaning. Donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days if they are healthy, age 17 or older (or 16 with parental permission), and weigh 112 pounds or more. Females ages 18 and younger must weigh 120 pounds or more. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. For an appointment or more information, call (866) MIBLOOD (642-5663), email info@miblood.org or visit www.miblood.org online.

MOSQUITO REPORT – During the Sept. 19 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, a representative from APM Mosquito Control reported that mosquito activity had really slowed down because there had been so little rain. The Center for Disease Control traps were negative for disease. The mosquito counts had plummeted. However, he doesn’t rule out a later breeding season. He mentioned that one year he sprayed on Halloween. A man in the audience asked if he could get them to not spray his yard, since he has honey bees. The ADP representative advised the man to call the ADP office and they would put him on the list to not spray, while adding that bees are typically harbored at night, that’s why the company sprays at night.

BRENT RUN LANDFILL – Brent Run Landfill Manager Tim Church said the center turn lane project is finished. He’s been hanging around it, observing. People still have to be encouraged not to stop, but to go around trucks waiting to turn. He told the township board that the cell 12 project is almost complete. Next the company will be moving forward on the expansion of the well field to create 10 to 12 new methane gas wells. Church explained the suppliers have informed them there will be a delay on the pipe, since they are impacted by the hurricanes. A man in the audience asked how much “juice” the methane wells produce. Church said he is not an electrician, but he believes six megawatts would be enough energy to supply 6,000 homes for 12 hours a day.

SPEED TRAILER – The Chesaning Village Police will be setting up a speed trailer to alert motorists to their actual speed in posted areas.

AMBULANCE RESPONSE – During the Sept. 19 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Councilman Matthew Hoover asked Chesaning Police Chief Stacey Wilburn about MMR’s response time. Chief Wilburn explained that if MMR is out of town officers have to wait for Twin Township Ambulance to arrive. She said the police officer time on an ambulance call typically averages 20-25 minutes. It’s much longer when Twin Township is responding. Village president Joseph Sedlar, Jr. said that’s not how it’s supposed to be. Hoover commented that [ambulance] territory wars are not our problem.

CHARTER FRANCHISE – Chesaning Village Administrator Troy Feltman told the village council that a representative from Charter Spectrum politely told him that the communications company could sign a franchise contract to provide service without village approval. Feltman explained that under the new statewide regulations, they don’t need the village. During the previous meeting, there was a question as to why the community no longer had a community access channel. Feltman was told that it was given up by the community. Councilman Matthew Hoover commented that if they were able to get it back, the community would have to provide the broadcasting equipment.

EXTENSION – During the Sept. 19 Chesaning Village Council meeting, PinTown Lanes co-owner Jon Dennis requested an extension on the Peet Community Center improvement contract. He explained the managing owner left the group. He was the one who signed the contract with the village. He explained that the remaining owners have been trying to make things work. He said he would get started on the required building improvements very soon, but the contract expires at the end of December and that isn’t enough time to get the repairs made. The contract calls for improvements including brickwork, window replacement and roof repairs to make the building safer. Councilman Mike Navarre said the council’s main concern is public safety. Dennis said he would like to get working on it before the snow hits, but needs an extension. The council agreed to extend the property development contract with PinTown Lanes for six months beyond the end of the existing contract.

NIGHT OWLS – The Chesaning Village Council decided that it will be necessary to post hours at the village’s birding and nature center property. The Chesaning Village Police was recently called out to the park due to persons at the park at night. The posted hours will be from dusk to dawn.

DRONE LICENSING – During the Sept. 19 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Councilman Keith Wenzel said there have been reports of drones flying over people at Showboat Park. He explained that according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, flying drones over people is prohibited. He added that drones that weigh 0.55 lbs. or more should be licensed with the FAA. For more information, visit the web www.federaldroneregistration.com. Wenzel said there are as many as 14 drones currently registered in Chesaning. Another resident suggested drone operators visit the website www.knowbeforeyoufly.org which is also an FAA site.

OFFER ON THE TABLE – On Sept. 19, Chesaning resident Ed Bishop asked about the status of the sale of the airport property on Frandsche Road. Village president Joseph Sedlar, Jr. said there is an offer on the table. The village attorney has advised the council that if the offer is above fair market value, they don’t have to post it. Sedlar said the offer is $110,000 for 22 acres, which is close to market value. The council has not taken action on the offer as of yet.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA – The Montrose City Council has set a special meeting to discuss a medical marijuana ordinance on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the city office. The purpose of the meeting is for board discussion. The meeting is open to the public.

WATER RATE INCREASE – During the Sept. 21 meeting of the Montrose City Council, city manager Neil Rankin informed the council the city received a letter in July, informing them that there would be yet another water rate increase. He hopes this increase will only amount to $2 or $3. Then, there shouldn’t be any more increases; the city charges water customers what the city pays for water. Rankin said they will be done buying water from Detroit this fall. He hopes this adjustment will help the city get through the transition. Mayor Colleen Brown said the city council already made an ordinance to pass along all cost increases to the customers. However, a resolution was required to accept it.

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