2009-10-25 / News Briefs


RIVER RESTORATION CELEBRATION – Mark your calendars for Sunday, Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m. The community is invited to attend the grand opening at the River Restoration Site. According to Chesaning Village Councilman Damion Frasier, the celebration will take place on the west side of the river.

BLOOD DRIVE IN NEW LOTHROP – The New Lothrop VFW Post #6579 will host and sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 29 from noon to 5:45 p.m. No appointments are necessary, and new blood donors are welcome.

CHS YEARBOOK FUNDRAISER -- Attention Parents of Chesaning High School students: The yearbook fund raiser is in the process of being sent home. Those who have not received their order forms this week should contact the yearbook staff at 845-2040 ext. 1108. Orders are due back by Nov. 3, and must be paid in full at that time. Those who have already pre-ordered their book can still participate. They will receive a refund based on the number of items that are sold. For more information, call adviser Todd Vondrasek at the above number.

FLU SHOT CANCELLATION – Flu shots scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Frank’s Super Market in Chesaning have been cancelled. Healthway Pharmacy has notified the supermarket that they were unable to obtain enough vaccine to provide flu shots to the Chesaning location. Frank’s management apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused.

TRUSTEE VACANCY – The Village of New Lothrop has a council trustee vacancy. Anyone interested applying for the position should send a letter of interest to the Village of New Lothrop, PO. Box 313, New Lothrop, MI 48460. For more information, please call (810) 638-5496. The vacancy will be filled at the December village council meeting.

KAHN OFFICE HOURS – Members of State Senator Roger Kahn’s (R-Saginaw Twp.) staff will be available for office hours on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Adams and local media advisor Bob Grnak will provide constituents with an opportunity to meet and discuss concerns from 2 to 3 p.m. at the James Township Hall, 6060 Swan Creek Road. No appointments are necessary. For more information, contact Kahn’s office at 1-866-305-2132.

BLOOD DONORS RECOGNIZED – The following area residents recently reached donated blood gallon levels at the Michigan Community Blood Centers through July, August and September. Those recognized include: Ron Flory and Raymond Gengler, 19 gallons; Sam Bashans, 13 gallons; Beverly Lambert and Leroy Westrick, 10 gallons; David Burtch, 9 gallons; Mary Valley and Gail Woodworth, 6 gallons; Doris Mahoney and Joe Spleet, 5 gallons; Lisa Espinoza and Jean Gregory, 3 gallons; Karen Brown, Jennifer Coon, Jeremy Novak and Joel Thomford, 2 gallons; Jeffrey Conklin, Justin Kaiser, Jennifer Mason, Christopher Mauro, Frank Siazik and Heather Tithof, 1 gallon.

DDA TAKING BIDS FOR LIGHT POLES – The Chesaning Downtown Development Authority is taking sealed bids for the four streetlight poles that were on the M-57 bridge over the Shiawassee River. Bids will be opened at the DDA meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 11. A reserve is in place. Bids should be sent to the Chesaning Village Office, Attention: DDA, 1100 W. Broad St., Chesaning, MI 48616. Light poles will be sold in “as-is” condition. For inspection or any questions, contact David Duey at (989) 845-2926.

STURGIS APPOINTED TO PLANNING COMMISSION – Regina Sturgis-Johnson, owner of Phil’s Tree Service in Montrose, was appointed to the Montrose City Planning Commission during the Oct. 22 meeting of the Montrose City Council. Mayor Clint Diffin appointed Sturgis-Johnson to fill one of three vacancies on the planning commission. Council members were supportive of Sturgis-Johnson’s appointment. In her application, she stated that “only emergencies” would prevent her from attending meetings. This was especially important, since several planning commission members had been removed for failure to attend meetings. Councilman Ray Foust reported that the last planning commission meeting was cancelled because they didn’t have quorum. Also during the meeting, the council held a public hearing and voted to approve the new home-based business ordinance, which Sturgis-Johnson had encouraged as a home-based business owner.

SPANISH TEACHER LEADS TRIP – During the Chesaning Union Schools Oct. 18 winter retreat meeting, the Board of Education gave Spanish instructor Lindsay Pierce approval to promote an educational trip for the Spanish program to go to Costa Rica. While the trip is not school sanctioned, it was necessary for the board of education to give permission for Pierce to talk with students about it. The board gave their permission. The group will depart on June 5, 2010.

P.I.E. & A.S.A.P. PROGRAMS AVAILABLE – The Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education has agreed to partner with the Saginaw Intermediate School District to provide the Parental Involvement Education (P.I.E.) and All Students Achieve Program (A.S.A.P.). According to Chesaning Schools Finance Director Scott Sawyer, “For every dollar we contribute, we receive $2.75 in services.” Sawyer explained that a 1-year-old is not a student. However, this program allows the child to participate in the playgroups organized by the program.

RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT – Payment of $268,209.50 to Pete’s Contracting was approved during the Oct. 19 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council. The final payment will be made next spring, after the rock fishway has been through the winter ice flows and spring thaw. If the river moves rocks out of place, Pete’s Contracting will be there to make necessary adjustments. The council also voted to accept a $16,800 change order with the contractor. The money was not spent on the project due to some things that were taken out. For instance, there were some trees that were removed in the original project description. However they were able to preserve the trees and save money. Chesaning Village President/Mayor Joe Sedlar, Jr. commented, “We got a real good bang for our buck on that project.” Mayor Pro-Tem Damion Frasier talked about the upcoming project dedication scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m. The public is invited to attend. They will be recognizing people who made the project possible.

WATER SHOULD RETURN TO NORMAL – During the past week, the Chesaning DPW has been flushing the fire hydrants. As a result, residents may have noticed some discoloration in their household water. The water should be going back to normal, now that the flushing is winding up.

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