2015-02-15 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

REP. KELLY INVITES RESIDENTS TO OFFICE HOURS – State Rep. Tim Kelly has announced office hours for Friday, Feb. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tittabawassee Township Office, 145 S. Second St., in Freeland. All are welcome and no appointment is necessary to stop by and discuss state government issues. Those unable to attend scheduled office hours may contact Kelly toll free at (855) 945-3559, by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909 or via email at TimKelly@house.mi.gov.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, Feb. 11, was Carol Schmiege, of Oakley. Guest drawer was Jean Gewirtz, of Chesaning.

CORRECTION – The legal notice from St. Charles Township concerning the board’s minutes of Feb. 2 contained an error. The notice should read the tax collection deadline was extended to March 2, 2015, not May 2.

CHESANING SCHOOLS SET HEARING – In accordance with P.A. 165 and 166, the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education will hold a public hearing for the proposed revision in the materials used to teach sex education at the fourth-sixth grade levels. The meeting will take place in the high school media center at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

CHESANING BACCALAUREATE PLANNING – The first meeting for the baccalaureate service of Chesaning High School’s senior class of 2015 will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 2:45 p.m. in the high school media center. Interested clergy, parents and citizens are invited to attend. For more information, contact Mary Van Loon at (989) 845-6326.

OAKLEY AUDIT – The Oakley Village Council received a bill for $10,000 for the 2013-2014 annual budget audit. The expense shocked council members. Councilman Francis “Fuzz” Koski asked, “Is that what we pay?” Councilwoman Cheryl Bolf said their auditor had merged with another firm and the prices increased. President Richard Fish said, “I remember $8,500”; but he acknowledged it would take more time for the auditor to keep up with the lawsuits. Fish also said he would have preferred knowing the cost was going to be that high before the council meeting. Payment of the bill was approved 4-3.

WATER METERS – SLC Meter LLC is nearly finished replacing the city of Montrose’s old water meters with new units that can be read remotely. DPW Director Everett Persall said they still have a few water meters that need replacing. But it’s nice to be able to have city secretary Janet Loomis call up information on water usage for each property. A spike in usage can indicate a leaking toilet or other plumbing problem. Citywide water meter replacements and other water improvements are funded through a combination of $800,000 bond issue and a $500,000 USDA Rural Water grant.

WATERLINE – City Manager Carl Johnson reports that Joe Raica Excavating has completed the winter phase of the waterline project, which is all covered by a federal grant. In the spring, the project will resume with paving and site restoration.

SNOW REMOVAL – Montrose City officials are currently working on revisions to a snow removal ordinance. A woman attending the Feb. 12 meeting of the Montrose City Council complained that she has witnessed children falling in the piles of snow that block the sidewalks; and some children forced to walk in the street. Council members acknowledged that they are aware of the problem and are trying to come up with a solution, but government moves slowly. City Manager Carl Johnson was directed to look into enforcement options, penalty recommendations, and potential contractors to do the work.

APPOINTMENT – During the Feb. 12 meeting of the Montrose City Council, former councilwoman Regina Sturgis-Johnson was appointed to the Montrose City Planning Commission.

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