2018-03-18 / News Briefs


CORRECTION – The photo of the New Lothrop wrestling team in the salute to the state wrestlers should have been attributed to Michelle Campbell. We apologize for the error.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle were Sharon Quaderer, of Oakley, Harry Knieper, of New Lothrop, Carl Wendling, of Montrose, and Tim and Tracy Maike, of Chesaning.

BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive on Monday, March 19, from noon to 5:45 p.m. at the Montrose Methodist Church, 158 E. State St. Donors should hydrate, wear comfortable clothing, bring identification and bring a friend. Donations are stored on ice until they are transported to a Red Cross center. Blood is available to be shipped to hospitals 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Donors must be at least 17 years old and in good health. The drive is co-sponsored by the Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus Council 8699. For more information, call (810) 639-6925 or (810) 639- 6317.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, March 14 was Jonah Ebenhoeh, of Louisville, Ky. Guest drawer was Stephanie Braeutigan of Family Insurance Service.

CORRECTION – The upcoming Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event at St. Charles Community Schools will be held Monday, March 19 and not Thursday, March 19 as previously stated in the Citizen. We apologize for the error. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the high school, and will feature Jessica Behmlander, BS-S, RN, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), of Covenant Healthcare, as the designated speaker. Topics for the Monday, March 19 forum will include: the definition of human trafficking; its prevalence nationwide/ statewide; warning signs: social media and what to look out for; how to identify victims and what to do if we do; and a story of a survivor who was trafficked for five years.

HYDRANT SAVINGS – The council reduced rental fees for hydrants during its Village of St. Charles meeting on Wednesday, March 14. The adopted resolution changed the rental amount from $154 per hydrant to $1 per hydrant, for upcoming and subsequent budgets. Previously, hydrant rental fees cost the village $15,400 annually out of its general fund to the water fund, village manager Matthew Lane said. The reduction from $100 per hydrant to $1 will only cost $154 per year, for an annual savings of $15,246. “In the past, the general fund has paid the water fund $15,400 to rent its own fire hydrants at $100 per hydrant,” he said. “However, since the general fund has no real function for the fire hydrants because we do not operate our own fire department, we were simply paying into the water fund to offset normal maintenance costs. The previous fee was required by ordinance when the water system was put in to help cover the cost of hydrant maintenance,” Lane explained. Other action items during the March 14 meeting included the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 budget and a resolution for a Charitable Gaming License for the St. Charles Athletic Association.

REFUSE AND RECYCLING – Chesaning Township residents will be paying $142 annually for curbside trash and recycling collection through the Mid-Michigan Waste Authority for the fiscal year 2018 – 2019. Since early 2017, the Village of Chesaning is on a five-year contract with Granger at $13.85 per month, which calculates to $166.20 per year. A key difference is the village contract includes weekly curbside yard waste pick-up between the months of April and November.

AGRICULTURE PROGRAM – During the March 12 meeting of the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education, Chesaning Township supervisor Bob Corrin said he is really pleased with the changes made to the school’s agriculture program. School board president Martin Maier thanked Corrin and agreed science teacher Liz Tomac is doing a great job.

OFFER ACCEPTED – The Chesaning Union School Board approved the sale of the buildable lot at 900 E. Liberty, near Big Rock Elementary School. Brent and Rachel Gross offered $7,500 for the lot. The school board approved the sale on March 12, hoping to sell the other residential lots this year. The school district purchased land to the south of Big Rock Elementary School to install a second access route, as well as to separate school bus traffic from parent traffic during pick up and drop off times.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH – During the March 13 committee meeting of the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education, interim superintendent Wayne Wright informed the school board that the deadline for applications for the Montrose superintendent position is March 29. He suggested the board select six or seven candidates to interview. The names would be held in confidence until the applicants are chosen to be interviewed.

TWIN TOWNSHIP AMBULANCE – Twin Township Ambulance Operations Manager Carolyn Birchmeier addressed the Montrose City Council at the council’s Thursday, March 15 meeting. Birchmeier explained that the ambulance company has been in Montrose for eight years, and it’s the company’s 40th year in New Lothrop. She said the company depends upon community support. The cost of hiring emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics has increased. This year, Twin Township Ambulance will be asking voters to increase their special assessment, a flat fee, to support the ambulance service in the Montrose community. She invites residents to call the main base in New Lothrop if they have questions.

LIBRARY AGREEMENT – During the Thursday, March 15 meeting of the Montrose City Council, City Manager Neil Rankin talked about the new intergovernmental maintenance agreement between the city, Montrose Charter Township and Montrose Community Schools for maintenance of the Jennings

Memorial Library. Rankin said the three entities are going to keep the same kind of agreement, but dividing the costs more evenly. Montrose Township agreed to become the library’s designated sponsor. Rankin talked about creating an endowment fund to build up funds for major improvements to the building. Councilman Robert Arnold said he contacted the library to find out what percentage of the library card holders are city residents; it’s exactly 30 percent. Rankin said the city will continue to help by providing equipment. But the city just doesn’t have enough staff to do the work anymore. It’s a 10-year contract. The council approved the contract.

DOWNTOWN DECORATIONS – On March 15, the Montrose City Council renewed the contract with the company that provides seasonal flags for the downtown area. The service includes installation and removal, as well as maintenance of the decorations. The cost of decorations has increased by $2 each over the previous contract, mayor Colleen Brown said. The city uses 22 lighted decorations, which will be $72 each. The total cost is $1,584, which is an increase of $44 per year.

TROOPERS SERVE NOTICE – On March 15, Montrose City Attorney Otis Stout informed the council that he contacted the Michigan State Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) concerning the medical marijuana dispensaries illegally operating within the City of Montrose. Stout was informed that the Michigan State Police would be issuing cease and desist orders to those operations. Those have already been issued and the dispensaries are closed. Stout said they’ve got to comply with the law.

LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE – Montrose City Councilman Robert Arnold said the Jennings Memorial Library held an open house on Saturday, March 10. He said the library usually averages 75 people on a Saturday. They had 300 at the open house. He was pleased with the turnout.

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