2017-10-15 / News Briefs


YOUTH PHEASANT HUNT – The Saginaw Conservation District will host a youth pheasant hunt on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at 8415 Peet Road, Chesaning. This hunt is for children ages 12 – 17. Each child must be accompanied by an adult, have a base license, and have completed a hunter safety course. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This is a free event, but space is limited. To register, call the Conservation District office at (989) 781-1720, ext. 5. The hunt is sponsored by the Saginaw Conservation District, Pheasants Forever and the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, Oct. 11 was Jeanine Hedrich, of Hedrich Excavating. Guest drawer was Eileen Stoddard of Stoddard Homes.

KC FOURTH DEGREE RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree raffle for Oct. 7 were Jeff Henige, first place; Roger Gillespie, second place; and Louie Gross, third place.

BOOK SIGNING - Chesaning High School teacher Beverly Kimball, is holding a book signing at Broad Street Pharmacy on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Her book, Flourish: Enjoying Life as the Pastor’s Wife, will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, go to beverlykimball.com.

DOG ORDINANCE – During the Oct. 11 meeting of the St. Charles Village Council, president Marie Roe questioned the planning commission’s vote of three to four votes against limiting the number of dogs the residents could keep in the village. She pointed out that one planning board member was absent and wanted to know how they could have seven votes when one board member was absent. Trustee Diana Kutz explained that the planning board was in a 3-3 tie; therefore they needed the absent member’s vote to break the tie. Village manager Matthew Lane explained that typically a tie is a fail.

ST. CHARLES LIONS CLUB – In honor of the Lions Club International’s 75th anniversary, the Village of St. Charles is celebrating Sunday, Oct. 22 as St. Charles Lions Club International Day. The St. Charles Village Council adopted a proclamation recognizing the contributions made by the Lions Club in the community.

ST. CHARLES LIBRARY – The St. Charles Library will be moving downtown with the help of the St. Charles Downtown Development Authority. St. Charles Village manager Mathew Lane said it’s a big win for both the library and the DDA. They have a library designer helping with the new location.

TOILET TROUBLE – During the Oct. 11 meeting of the St. Charles Village Council, trustee Christine Neumann reported that a resident complained about a toilet overflowing while the sewer cleaning was being done. Village manager Matthew Lane explained it sometimes happens when there’s a big root ball and the sewer jetter gets turned up. He advised St. Charles residents who experience this problem during the cleaning process should contact the village to clean it up.

MANHOLE COVERS – The St. Charles DPW is asking people to be on the lookout for anyone fooling with manhole covers. Report it to the police immediately. Anyone with information about this and other suspicious activities in the village are asked to contact the St. Charles Police Department.

NEW HIRE – The St. Charles Village Police Department recently hired officer Robert Lee. Lee is an academy instructor. He will provide additional patrol coverage for Halloween night.

SCHOOL AUDIT – On Oct. 9, CPA David Youngstrom of Yeo & Yeo presented the 2016- 2017 audit for the Chesaning Union Schools. He said the district did very well again this year. He noted that the financial report came in within one-half percent of budget; which is very impressive, since school districts begin the budget process with very little information. Youngstrom said the district spends a lot on people (92 percent) which is what education is. He added that even though expenditures went up, the district really broke even. The student count showed a slight decline, which is consistent with the county. Youngstrom told the board of education that they’ve done a very good job of stewardship. He issued the district an unqualified opinion, which is the goal. School board treasurer Scott Kohagen said they’ve turned virtually a perfect audit and commended finance director Paula Peterson on her work.

THE B LIST – Chesaning Union Schools superintendent Mike McGough told the school board Oct. 9 that when they began the school improvement project, many of the bids came in higher than expected. Some of the things they wanted to accomplish had to be placed on the B list, created way back in the beginning. Now that this summer’s projects are finishing up, he is looking at the possibility of getting some of those B list items done. McGough said the B list is the result of value engineering.

STUDENTS IN THE STREAM – During the Oct. 9 meeting of the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education, Chesaning Township supervisor Bob Corrin expressed appreciation for Liz Tomac’s science students who aided the Friends of the Shiawassee by collecting bugs from the river for identification and study. The bug collection aids in determining how healthy the Shiawassee River is. Friends of the Shiawassee are in the process of petitioning the National Parks Department to have the Shiawassee River designated as a national water trail between Fenton and Chesaning.

OAKLEY JOINS FRIENDS – During the Oct. 10 meeting, the Oakley Village Council voted to join the Friends of the Shiawassee. President Richard Fish explained Oakley would not have to invest any money, but might qualify for grants in the future. He explained Oakley’s participation was sought primarily as a partner allowing emergency river access. Fish added the amount of river traffic (mostly kayaks and canoes) has increased substantially.

OAKLEY SEEKS TREASURER – Oakley Village president Richard Fish informed the board that the most recent candidate for village treasurer attended the audit meeting. She has many years of experience; but she left him with the impression that she didn’t really want the job. As a result, the village will start the search for a village treasurer all over again.

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