2018-04-22 / Viewpoints

Letters to the editor

Writer wants to know why proposed wind ordinance changed

Dear Editor,

In September 2017, Pete Preston, Shiawassee planner, and the Shiawassee Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) along with the citizens of this county came up with a proposed wind ordinance after a year of review. The proposal was then sent out to the 12 townships that are under the county’s P&Z to make recommendations. Nine townships responded wanting a tighter ordinance that would protect health, welfare and safety of the citizens in our county. In March 2018, Pete Preston posted a gutted proposal that was the direct opposite of what everyone in the county recommended and that would be reviewed at the March 27, 2018 meeting held at Ovid-Elsie High School.

We found out that Pete Preston had invited three wind companies to make their recommendations to him and the P&Z board and all three of their recommendations came back to him in December of 2017. Mysteriously, the gutted proposal happened after receiving these proposals from the wind companies. At the March 27, 2018 meeting, the P&Z board again invited the wind companies to speak for 30 minutes while Josh Nolan, the attorney that represents the citizens of Regulated Wind of Shiawassee County was given only 15 minutes. The wind companies gave a sales pitch, why I have no idea, as this meeting was for a review of the proposed ordinance and the townships’ recommendations. Josh Nolan reviewed line by line the changes to the proposal and the extreme gutting that happened which offers no protection for the citizens.

I have asked at the March 27, 2018 meeting why the September 27, 2017 proposed ordinance was changed and again at the Shiawassee Board of Commissioners meeting on April 9, 2018. No answer.

Why was the September 2017 proposed ordinance gutted? Who gave Pete Preston the direction to gut this proposed ordinance? Was it at his own discretion? Was it from Bonnie Ott the chairman for the Shiawassee P&Z Board or was it from the Shiawassee Board of Commissioners?

Why do we care what the wind industry wants? Why is it not the health, safety and welfare of the citizens in Shiawassee County the number one priority for Pete Preston, the Shiawassee P&Z Board and the Shiawassee Board of Commissioners?

Pete Preston is a contracted employee for the county and does not live in Shiawassee County. Does he have a conflict of interest with his business Preston Community Services? Does he work for the wind companies?

These are questions that not one person from of any of the boards or Pete Preston has answered. Isn’t it about time?

Theresa Bandkau
Owosso Township, Shiawassee County

Chesaning Lions say ‘thanks’ for Easter egg hunt support

Dear Editor

The Chesaning Lions Club held their annual Easter egg hunt at Showboat Park on Saturday, March 31. The hunt started at 10 a.m. and its was a very chilly day. We only had around 150 children attend the hunt.

We would like to thank the following businesses/ individuals for their donations that make the Easter egg hunt possible: Frosty’s, Amman’s Garage, Frank’s Supermarket, The State Bank, Ace Hardware, McDonald’s, Burger King, Broad Street Pharmacy, Subway, Lippert Components Mfg., Citizens Bank, Hungry Howie’s, Little Caesars, Sovis Insurance, United Financial Credit Union, Ehinger & Hopfensperger Dentistry, Doreen Kukulis, Tina Kramer, Jay and Kay Glover, Donna Kligar, Bill and Nancy Perkins, Clair Weisenberger, and the Williams family - Tim, Tara, and children Haydence, Sawyer, and Lucas.

The Lions Club would like to give a big thank you to Dave Duranso, Dynamic Entertainment Mid-Michigan, for the use of his DJ equipment. And thank you to Ryan Amman for being the Easter Bunny! Thank you to all the Lions members and non-members for helping to set up and clean up for the Easter egg hunt.

Hope to see everyone next year!

Chesaning Lions Club

Chesaning Youth Athletics thanks summer ball supporters

Dear Editor,

Thank you Chesaning Youth Athletics summer ball sponsors!

The snow is finally gone and the sun is shining... it is time to play ball! The Chesaning Youth Athletic Summer Ball program would like to recognize its 2018 sponsors: Animal Health Care of Chesaning, Central Pharmacy, Chesaning American Legion, Chesaning Family Dental, Chesaning Lion’s Club, Chesaning Sports Boosters, Dr. Ehinger & Dr. Hopfensperger, Edward Jones-Doug Moeggenborg, H & R Block - Steve Keck, Main Beverage Company, McDonald’s of Chesaning, Mel Ervin Ford, Sloan’s Septic Tank Service, Struck Lawn & Landscape, The State Bank, and Eastwood Graphics.

Your contributions make a huge impact and your generosity and support of this program is greatly appreciated.

Robert Sager, Athletic Director
Jodi James, Administrative Assistant
Chesaning Union Schools Athletic
Department
Chesaning Youth Athletics

Marion Springs Easter egg hunt was another success

Dear Editor,

The annual Easter egg hunt once again was a great success. Thank you to all the members and non-members who gave their time to make this event happen.

A special thanks to Brant Rifle and Pistol Club, Marion Springs Fire Fund, Marion Springs General Store, Nixon’s Grocery, Deb Shindorf, Steve and Nancy Good, and Jessica Good and Josh for all their support and donations. A special thanks to Dee Smith for providing us with the Easter Bunny. A thanks to all who provided stuffed animals.

A big thanks to the Steve Good family for providing extra prizes this year in his memory.

See you all next year.

Marion Springs Conservation Club

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