2018-05-20 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

CHESANING GRAD EVENTS – Baccalaureate for Chesaning High School will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. at St. Peter Parish in Chesaning. All graduates and graduate families and friends are welcome to attend. All religions and non-religious people are encouraged to attend. Awards night will also be held on May 20, at 7 p.m. in the middle school. Graduation will take place on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the high school stadium, weather permitting.

BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive in honor of Zach Hersch on Monday, June 18, from 1 to 6:45 p.m. at the New Lothrop Church of the Nazarene, 7406 Saginaw St., New Lothrop. Hersch, 28, of Chesaning, is the son of Dale and Heidi Hersch. He graduated from Chesaning High School in 2008, and from Michigan Technological University in 2013. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on March 1 and is undergoing treatment at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. Hersch has had many blood transfusions along with his chemotherapy, and will continue to have more throughout his treatment. He was scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant on Friday, May 11. He was fortunate his sister, Nikki Hersch, was a 50 percent match and was his donor. Area residents are invited to donate blood and register for the bone marrow registry in his honor. For information, or an appointment, log on to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Hersch, or call 1-800-RED-CROS (800-733-2767).

ASSISTANT CHIEF RETIRES – Tri-Township Fire Department Assistant Chief Rick Beeler recently celebrated an anniversary and also announced his retirement. He retired just after celebrating 27 years with the department, in order to pursue other endeavors. Department representatives thanked him for his years of service, leadership and guidance. Beeler officially retired Tuesday, May 8.

AG BARN PROGRESS – During the Monday, May 14 meeting of the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education, building and grounds director Brian Gross said he met with Jim Miller about progress on the school’s agriculture barn. Plans are to get the utilities installed and a cement floor poured this summer. Gross said he needs help with finding contractors for cement floors and plumbers. They want the work done by this fall.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS – On Monday, May 14, Chesaning Union Schools Building and Grounds Director Brian Gross told the board of education that the majority of the improvements that were taken off the list in the first two phases will probably be done.

TWIN TOWNSHIP AMBULANCE – Carolyn Birchmeier attended the May 15 meeting of the Montrose Township Board to talk about Twin Township Ambulance service. She said in March, Twin Township responded to 60 Montrose Township calls, and in April it was 59 calls. Birchmeier said the ambulance service will be contacting people living in both within the city of Montrose and Montrose Township asking them to support Twin Township Ambulance.

ALFRED STREET ASSESSMENT – During the Montrose City Council’s Thursday, May 17 meeting, a public hearing was held for the Alfred Street special assessment district. The special assessment pays for last summer’s street improvements. Last year, Alfred Street residents were furious when they learned that the small project’s engineering fees more than doubled their assessments. The project had been rushed through to take advantage of a federal street improvements grant. The city council took on the engineering costs, once they understood why the costs were out of line with normal street assessments. Having seen the lower revised assessment costs, Alfred Street residents did not make an appearance during the hearing. The council approved a special assessment to be paid over not more than five years.

RENEWED CONTRACT – The Montrose City Council renewed its information technology contract with I.T. Right during the council’s Thursday, May 17 meeting. City Manager Neil Rankin said they have contracted with I.T. Right since 2013 and the staff has been pleased with the company’s service. The company has also been preparing the city’s new location at 139 S. Saginaw St. for the city office move in June.

NEW APPOINTMENTS – Three Montrose City residents have been appointed to the Montrose City Tax Board of Review. They are Nancy Obershaw, Peggy Bauer and Marsha DeLay. The city council approved their appointments unanimously.

BUDGET WORKSHOP – The Montrose City Council has set a budget workshop for Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m.

CITY DECLINES OFFER – The owner of the property at 120 Grover St. had offered to donate the property to the city in lieu of taxes. City officials were initially interested in accepting the property, where a house fire destroyed the primary structure but left the garage. However, the city building inspector could not in good conscience recommend accepting the property since the garage was in poor condition structurally and would have had to be either significantly improved or torn down. Since the primary structure is gone, the property is also in violation of city ordinance. The council agreed to decline the offer.

DEPOT DEPOSIT – Montrose City Councilwoman Debbie Gross said the Montrose Depot needs to start collecting a deposit from groups renting the building. She explained that it’s hit-or-miss as to whether it gets swept up and the tables wiped down. She recommends a deposit of $50. The depot needs to be left the way people found it, she explained. City attorney Otis Stout agreed that a deposit is necessary. From the audience, city resident Dave Walker said, “Any hall you rent requires a deposit.” Deposits will be payable by cash or check. The city can use credit cards for the rental, but the deposit needs to be cash or check, clerk Tina Rush explained. The city council agreed and the new policy goes into effect immediately.

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