2010-10-17 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO MEET THE CANDIDATES - The Chesaning Public Library will host a Meet the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. There will be a moderator, and each candidate will have a couple of minutes to introduce themselves. According to Library Director Erin Schmandt, audience members can write questions on cards to be handed to the moderator who will lead the discussion. After the candidates have had their forum, the moderator will review the local and state proposals that will be on the ballot. A sample ballot will be available. The event is sponsored by the Chesaning Public Library and the Chesaning Area Task Force. This event is free and open to the public.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, Oct. 13 was Michael H. Schlachter. Guest drawer was Kim Genovse of Charter One Bank.

STCHS PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE – St. Charles High School parent-teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., in the high school gymnasium.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE – Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land reminds voters that absentee ballots are still available for the Nov. 2 general election. Voters who wish to receive their absentee ballot by mail have until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 to submit the application to their city or township clerk. Absentee ballot applications are available at any local clerk's office or online at www.Michigan.gov/vote. Registerd voters may visit their city or township clerk for an absentee ballott through 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. Those who request a ballot in person on Nov. 1 must vote the ballot while in the clerk's office. Absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by hand or by mail by 8 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 2. For more information, visit a local clerk or the website.

POST PROM COMMITTEE MEETING – There will be a meeting of all parents of Chesaning High School students interested in organizing Post Prom activities on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the middle school commons. Those who did not attend the first meeting are still more than welcome to attend this and any meetings following. For more information, please contact either Beverly Kimball at bkimball@chesaning.k12.mi.us or Nola Mark at (989) 845-7273.

TOYS FOR KIDS – Chesaning American Legion Post 212, in conjunction with the Chesaning Area Emergency Relief (CAER) Center, will be having a Toys for Kids program this year. This program was started a few years ago and worked through the Chesaning Schools. This year, they are working with the help of the CAER Center. The goal of this program is to collect toys for Christmas for those children who are less fortunate. All toys gathered will stay in the Chesaning Union Schools area. There will be collection boxes at the following locations in Chesaning beginning Monday Oct. 18: Ace Hardware, Ed Rehmann and Sons Clothing, Community State Bank, Charter One Bank, and Frank’s Super Market.

FREE MEDICAL CLINIC – Free medical care for Saginaw County individuals age 19 to 64 who are uninsured or under insured can be obtained on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Rehmann Health Center, 47 S. Saginaw St., Chesaning. The center conducts the free clinic twice monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday. A volunteer medical doctor and nurse provide these services through St. Mary's Center of Hope, formerly known as Health Futures. Referrals can be made to other agencies if needed. For an appointment on Oct. 26, call Lori at (989) 845-3911.

CHESANING MAN KILLED IN CRASH – Antonio Escamilla, Jr. 30, of Chesaning died after the vehicle he was driving struck a tree on Sunday morning, Oct. 10. Michigan State Police officers said Escamilla was driving westbound on W. Burt Road near Briggs Road in Albee Township when his vehicle left the road, went through a ditch and crashed into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene, officers said. No other details were available, and the accident remains under investigation.

COMMUNITY FORUM WEDNESDAY – St. Charles Community Schools will hold a Community Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. This is a followup to the Community Forum held last spring. The forum will cover district finances, situations and programs. The public is invited to attend.

MUSEUM PLANS PROGRESS – About twenty people attended the meeting at the St. Charles Museum Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Saginaw County Genealogical Society met with the museum board and discussed the plans for a new St. Charles Museum building, as well as methods for gathering historical information. The museum board is currently waiting for results from a survey and architectural planning by Spicer Group and Tithof Construction. “We are making headway far quicker than I thought we would,” said St. Charles Area Museum President Jim Palmer.

LAKE SHORE DR. EXTENDED – The St. Charles Village approved an extension of Lake Shore Drive on Wednesday. The road currently runs along a private lake; the property owner requested an extension to build farther down the road, with the possibility of two additional houses built. The Village agreed to pay for the survey and right-of-way extension for an additional 200 feet.

GEE THANKS JEN - According to Chesaning Union Schools Finance Director Scott Sawyer, “The $318 million in Education Jobs money to schools was vetoed by the Governor [Jennifer Granholm], citing guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. Supposedly, the method for distributing the funds passed by the legislature did not meet the appropriate guidelines. Therefore, the alleged $154 per student, plus $34 per student extra, will NOT be coming. The legislature is going back to the drawing board.”

A SUPER EFFORT! - Montrose's Carter Elementary School students were super successful with their walk-a-thon fundrasier on Oct. 7 (preschool) & Oct. 8 (K-4). Students collected pledges for their walk around the Hill-McCloy High School track. The goal was $7,000; students raised more than $7,200, according to Principal Pete Carey. The funds raised support various Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) activities, such as movie nights, Daddy-Daughter Dance and Mom & Me (mother/son) events. Each class will also receive $70 for supplies as a result of the successful fundraiser. The Campbell Soup label collection paid for the prizes, so the fundraiser had no overhead costs. As a reward for the students for meeting their goal, Principal Carey dressed up as the Incredible Hulk to walk in the Montrose Homecoming Parade on Oct. 8. Carter Elementary School students rode a hay wagon through the Homecoming Parade, many dressed as super heroes too.

ALBEE FIRE ENGINE FAILS TEST - According to Albee Township Fire Chief Thomas Gerding, the fire engine recently failed the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) pump test. “It did not catch fire [this time],” Gerding told the Albee Township Board at their Oct. 12 meeting. The pump has a capacity of 1,000 gallons per minute. It was tested to make sure the pump maintains water pressure at high capacity. Gerding explained that the engine passed certain portions of the test, but not all levels. This is the truck he's been trying to have replaced for years. The chassis was built in 1982, and it's been a poor design from the beginning. “They put it to a referendum in August [2010]; it missed by 30 votes,” Gerding said, “We've been trying to push this through for years.” During the recent township board meeting, a resident asked if the township would have the fire truck ballot proposal back on the November ballot. He was told it wouldn't be; since it was too late to get it on the ballot again. Fortunately, tender truck #5 did pass the test; although it's not designed to stay at the scene of a fire. Gerding reported that the department is up to 58 fire runs for the year. The fire department currently has 14 members.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ZONING - Albee Township Supervisor Leon Turnwald reported that he had recently watched the television broadcast of the Saginaw City Council's discussion about zoning for medical marijuana. Turnwald told the Albee Township Board, “Medical marijuana is a medical law. People have the right to be secretive.” “Where do you zone it?” he asked. He mentioned that Livonia did not allow zoning for it; instead, they adopted a law that prohibits the community from creating zoning that would be in conflict with a federal or state law. The federal government still prohibits marijuana. “It's interesting to see how this is going to pan out,” Turnwald said. He then asked, “How are you going to say 'no'? People can hide behind the HIPPA laws.” Turnwald is convinced that the law will not be overturned by the state. “Legislators are going to have to put in some guidelines. They're going to be zoning it,” he concluded. An unidentified woman in the audience stated, “Medical marijuana is between doctor and patient. My son takes it and it works very well.” Trustee Doris Wasmiller commented, “It makes a hassle over something that's allowed.”

TAYMOUTH LIBRARY WELCOMES ALBEE READERS - The Taymouth Township Library is now receiving penal fines from Albee Township. As a result Albee Township residents are now eligible to use the Taymouth Township Library, according to Albee Township Supervisor Leon Turnwald. Earlier this year, Albee Township transferred it's penal fines from Chesaning Public Library to Taymouth after Albee Township residents were refused library service. Turnwald told the Citizen he feels the Taymouth Township Library is more convenient for Albee residents.

PASSING ON CHARTER OFFER - The Montrose City Council voted Oct. 14 to pass on an offer from Charter™ to upgrade internet service for the Montrose City Office. The offer was to upgrade from 1.5MB to 8.0MB for an additional $10 per month. According to City Manager Frank Crosby, the city's information technology consultant was in favor of the upgrade. However, Mayor Pro-Tem Colleen Brown seriously questioned the need for the upgrade. “There is no reason why three employees can't operate on 1.5MB. Is anyone having problems,” she asked. Crosby, City Clerk Tina Rusch and DPW Director Everett Persall all reported not having problems with internet service. Brown concluded, “Then I don't see the benefit. We're not hosting a web site. I literally have customers with 50 employees using 1.5MB. Ten dollars is cheap for adding 6MB,” but she could not support the additional expense during these economic times.

UNPAID OVERTIME APPROVED FOR ASSESSOR - Montrose City Assessor Karen Hillstead requested permission to access her Montrose City computer workstation from home to allow her to work on updating property files during evenings and weekends. Mayor Pro-Tem Colleen Brown reviewed the request and reported to the city council on Oct. 14. “To me, it's a standard thing. In my personal opinion, if our assessor is willing to work at home. She is salaried. It won't affect her hours here. I'd say let her do it,” Brown said. Councilman Frank DeForke expressed concern over the risk of unauthorized access to information. “It's a virtual private network (VPN). If there were issues with security, Dow wouldn't let me use it to work from home,” Brown stated. Mayor Clint Diffin echoed support saying, “She's not getting paid to do it. This is going to allow her to work from home.” The council voted in favor of allowing Hillstead to access her workstation from home and purchased one license for remote computer access at $49.50.

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