BROAD STREET EVENTS MARKET VENDOR MEETING – Broad Street Events will hold a market vendor meeting on Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Grille in Chesaning. Discussion will include market location, vendor needs, application and policies, cottage food rules and market activities. The fourth annual season will run every Saturday, July 15 through Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
STC CHRISTMAS MEETING – St. Charles Village President Marie Roe has organized a meeting for area churches, civic groups and interested persons to discuss the possibility of having a Christmas celebration in town this year. The meeting will be held on Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at The Rustic.
BLOOD DRIVE – Michigan Blood will hold a blood drive on Thursday, April 6 from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chesaning-Brady Fire Department, 1632 Brady St., Chesaning. Visit www.miblood.org or call (866) 642- 5663 for an appointment.
STC BOARD APPROVES TRIPS – In its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 22, the St. Charles Community School board of education approved a pair of overnight stays for students. Approval was given for the fifth grade students to attend their annual trip to the Hartley Outdoor Education Center May 24-26. The board also approved a trip by the concert band to Chicago April 21-23. Band director Matt Wicke will be taking 35 students and 11 chaperones on the three-day trip, which will include a performance and education session at VanderCook College of Music as well as touring some Chicago landmarks.
NL BOARD APPROVES SPRING COACHING ADDITIONS – At its Monday, March 20 meeting, the New Lothrop Board of Education approved additions to the list of spring coaches for this year. The additions were Nate Browning as junior high track coach and Kevin Clark as his assistant, Chad Henige as seventh grade softball coach, and Briana Giffel as eighth grade softball coach. They join the previously approved
coaches: Benjamin Almasy for varsity baseball, William DeBoever as JV baseball, Jeff Polzin as varsity softball, Alyssa Rivette as JV softball, Tim Krupp as girls track, Jamie Krupp as boys track, Tim Howard as track assistant, Clint Galvas as eighth grade baseball, and Justin Skinner as seventh grade baseball.
CITY OF MONTROSE – Due to the high volume of calls, the Montrose City Council has moved its Monday, March 27 meeting to the high school auditorium. The council usually meets on the second Thursday of each month. However, since several board members had other conflicts, the meeting was rescheduled for Monday, March 27. The issue of whether to opt-in to allow a medical marijuana industrial park is expected to be among the key issues addressed.
PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION – On March 29, Montrose Township officials will close on the USDA loan for construction of the new public safety administrative complex. Montrose Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer said the loan amount is not to exceed $5 million. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the construction site on Seymour Road, near the entrance to Barber Memorial Park on Wednesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. The public is welcome.
PICNIC WITH A PURPOSE – During the March 18 Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education retreat, high school principal Kim Vincke talked about “picnic with a purpose.” She explained that any school group can reserve the area of tables to hold lunch meetings.
SPRING BREAK – Chesaning Union Schools and St. Charles Community Schools will be on spring break during the week of March 27 through 31. Montrose Community Schools will be on spring break the week of April 3 through 7. New Lothop Area Public Schools will be on spring break from March 31 through April 9.
PLAYGROUND – During the Montrose Township March 21 board meeting, Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer called attention to the additional bill of $1,270 for wood
chips. Montrose Township building and grounds supervisor Maynard Reed is getting more wood chips for the playground at Barber Memorial Park.
CPR CLASSES - During the March 21 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, Carolyn Birchmeier of Twin Township Ambulance reported that they had responded to 50 ambulance runs in Montrose Township for the month. The old ambulance was sold and the new one is on the road. Birchmeier said the ambulance service is teaching CPR classes monthly in New Lothrop. Twin Township Ambulance Service is looking to replace its cardiac monitors at an expected cost of $20,000 and $30,000.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA – During the March 21 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, a citizen named Russell Terry addressed the council about the issue of creating ordinances for medical marijuana; which will be discussed during the March 28 planning commission meeting. Russell told the council if the drugs are processed in Chesaning, it would be good quality and generate money for police. He said he sees the need to have more police cruisers around. On the issue of how many medical marijuana facilities should be allowed in the village, he recommended limiting it to three stores. Village president Joseph Sedlar, Jr. summed up Terry’s statement as being in favor of allowing medical marijuana production in the village. Then George Sode stood up and said if there are legal outlets to obtain medical marijuana, it undercuts the illegal market, where there’s a huge markup. He is looking into growing and a dispensary. Sedlar informed him the village is working on an ordinance right now.
WIND DAMAGE - Montrose Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer reported the heavy wind storm earlier this month downed a couple of trees in Montrose Township Cemetery. One tree took seven days to handle because Consumers Energy had to deal with a power line in that instance.
ASSESSOR IN TRAINING – During the March 21 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer
talked about the employer-paid training agreement that was put together for an employee, Angie Green, who has agreed to be trained to serve the township as assessor. Emmendorfer explained that under the training agreement, she would be required to stay with the township for a minimum of three years. Township Clerk Fred Domine said the township has the money to do it. The cost would be $1,000. The township board agreed.
FIREFIGHTER RETIRES – Montrose Township Fire Chief George Taylor announced firefighter Terry Marks will be retiring as of March 31. Marks has served as Montrose firefighter for 25 years. He joined the department on April 1, 1992.
DUST CONTROL – The Montrose Township Board approved the 2017 Dust Control Program during the board’s March 21 meeting. Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer explained under the township’s agreement with the Genesee County Road Commission (GCRC), the township would pay for the first application of fluoride for dust control at $15,668; which will be applied in May. The road commission pays for the last application in September. Emmendorfer said the county won’t let the township use brine on the roads, which is cheaper for the township. As a result, the township made this agreement with the road commission. Emmendorfer said they’re still at the mercy of the road commission as to when the application is done. The Montrose Township Board approved the agreement with the GCRC.
GUS MACKER – During the March 21 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council approve the dates of the 2017 Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball competition in downtown Chesaning for June 10 and 11. Administrator Troy Feltman informed the council he contacted MDOT for an update on the remaining bridge work and asphalting on M-57. Feltman said MDOT has given him a construction schedule of April 24 until May 26. He said May 26 until June 10 isn’t much leeway. Feltman said bridge work wouldn’t affect the Gus Macker; if resurfacing runs late, it could be an issue.
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