2018-01-14 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

SAGINAW CONSERVATION DIST. ANNUAL MEETING – The Saginaw County Conservation District will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Hartley Outdoor Education Center, 12633 Beaver Road, St. Charles. A short meeting will begin the activities at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow. The Wildlife Association will then conduct an informational presentation that includes live hawks and owls. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are available at the Saginaw Conservation District offices, 178 N. Graham Road, Saginaw, or call (989) 781-1720 for more information. Tickets must be purchased in advance. An election of new directors will also take place at the meeting. The following individuals are up for election: Edward Meisel III, of Saginaw, and Marcia E. Kendall, of St. Charles. Absentee ballots are available at the district office for those unable to attend the meeting.

PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE – The Chesaning Township board has voted to extend the 2017 property tax due date to Wednesday, Feb. 28. There will be no interest or penalty charged on winter taxes paid before March 1. Summer bills paid in February will incur six percent interest. Beginning March 1, all delinquent summer and winter taxes will be payable to the Saginaw County treasurer at the Saginaw County Courthouse, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Saginaw. Chesaning Township regular office hours are Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Wednesday and Thursday. However, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

HORN ANNOUNCES JANUARY OFFICE HOURS – State Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) will hold office hours in the 32nd District on Monday, Jan. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Hoyt Public Library auditorium, 505 Janes Ave., Saginaw. Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any resident of the district may have. No appointment is necessary. For more information or to contact Horn, visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call (517) 373-1760.

MOOLENAAR ANNOUNCES OFFICE HOURS – Congressman John Moolenar (R-Midland) has announced office hours to be held by constituent relations representatives on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Frankenmuth Wickson Library, 359 S. Franklin St., Frankenmuth. The purpose of the office hours is to help Fourth District residents in need of assistance with a federal agency.

CHESANING DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – The Chesaning High School National Honor Society will hold its annual daddy-daughter dance “Hooray for Hollywood” on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria and gym. The cost is $20 per couple, $10 for each additional girl. All kindergarten through fourth grade girls are encouraged to come, accompanied by an adult male. This will be a semi-formal dance (no jeans). Corsages, photos and refreshments will be free. Door prizes will be given away throughout the dance. Forms are available at Big Rock Elementary, Zion Lutheran and Christ Lutheran Schools. The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 5 to guarantee reservations.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, Jan. 10 was Bob Schulte, of Family Insurance Service. Guest drawer was Lisa Dennis, of Pintown Pizza and Lanes.

CORRECTION – In the Jan. 7 issue, the article about the Karegnondi Water System requires two corrections. It is actually Michigan DEQ that sets regulations for water in the state, not the EPA. Also, a Montrose City DPW worker’s name should have read Mitch Biggs, not Bigelow. We apologize for the errors.

ST. CHARLES BUDGET – During the Wednesday, Jan. 10 meeting, the St. Charles Village Council talked about preliminary budget issues that will be part of the village’s 2018-2019 fiscal budget. Trustee Christine Neumann pointed out that village employees don’t pay anything towards the Municipal Employee Retirement System (MERS) pension plan and that may have to change. Lane explained that the village can’t reduce the employee benefits from MERS, but the council could ask employees to pay more for health insurance. Lane informed the council that the village is currently 58 percent funded for MERS. A plan will have to be filed with the state concerning the plan to pay off the pension unfunded liability. The St. Charles Village Council has scheduled a budget workshop for Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5 p.m. at the village hall.

DOG ORDINANCE – On Jan. 10, the St. Charles Village Council held a public hearing concerning the revised dog ordinance. Residents asked about enforcement of the dog ordinance. Village Manager Matthew Lane will be in charge of enforcing the dog ordinance, and is authorized to write tickets. If a dog incident takes place when the village office is closed, residents can call 9-1-1. One man complained that his phone got charged when he called 9-1-1 to report a drive by shooting. Lane is willing to provide his cell number to residents. Trustee Jim McPhail said the village has rules, but nobody had been held accountable. The ordinance has been changed to make it enforceable.

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