2014-01-26 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

TTA OFFERS CPR CLASS – An American Heart CPR class will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 pm. at Twin Township Ambulance, in New Lothrop. Students will learn adult, infant and child CPR. Upon successful completion of the class, students will be issued a CPR for the Healthcare Provider card. The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in basic life support, and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged except for materials for such a course do not represent income to the association. Registration is required for the class and participants should pick up the book one week prior to class. The cost of each class is $30. For more information, call (810) 638-5034.

BOVINE TB INVESTIGATION COMPLETE – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced the culmination of the Saginaw County Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) investigation after testing 25,800 cattle on 373 farms. MDARD depopulated three TB postive farms, quarantined another, and no other positive cattle have been revealed. As a result, the special surveillance areas have been released and the area is considered TB free. A meeting for producers and interested public will be held at the Jonesfield Township Hall, 17 N. Eddy St., Merrill, on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

COMMUNITY VISIONING SESSION – The Chesaning Downtown Development Authority will be holding a Community Visioning Session on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Peet Community Center, 130 N. Saginaw St., Chesaning. The DDA is looking for new ideas on what to change or improve in the DDA district. Residents are encouraged to attend and share their ideas for the downtown. Refreshments will be provided.

CHESANING FARMER’S MARKET VENDORS MEETING – A Chesaning Farmer’s Market vendor meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Riverfront Bar and Grille, 128 N. Front St., Chesaning. Those interested in being a vendor at the farmer’s market are invited to attend and learn about this opportunity to contribute to the Chesaning area community. For more information, contact broadstreetevents48616@gmail.com or Ellen Rodman at (517) 581-0108 or Brett Russell at (989) 445-0219.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, Jan. 22, was Paul Danek, of Chesaning. Guest drawer was Ryan Hoerner of Hoerner and Associates.

TASTE OF BEER, WINE AND BLUES – There will be a Valentine’s Day Taste of Beer, Wine and Blues on Friday, Feb. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Peet Community Center, 130 N. Saginaw St., Chesaning. Tickets are $15 per person, which includes sampling of four wines, two beers, hot and col appetizers, and desserts. Blues music will be provided by Rusty and Laurie Wright. Tickets are available for purchase and/or reserve a table at the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce, 218 N. Front St., Chesaning, (989) 845-3055. The event is sponsored by Frank’s Super Market, H&R Block, Waddell and Reed, and the Chesaning Rotary Club.

HOLIDAY HAT DAY – Kuehn-Haven Middle School Student Council President Mariah Missentzis and Vice President David Sackrider recently donated canned goods and $250 collected by students for the Open Cupboard Food Pantry in Montrose. Rev. Robert Leming accepted the donation on behalf of the food pantry. Before Christmas break, the Kuehn-Haven Student Council organized a food drive and held a “wear your favorite holiday hat day” for a $1 cash donation. While the snow day on the Friday before Christmas delayed the donation; Rev. Leming was still very pleased to receive it.

NEW LOTHROP SCHOOL BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS - New Lothrop Area Public Schools held its monthly board of education meeting last Monday night in which it elected board officers. All board officers remained the same during the election. Rich White, who has served on the board for 24 years, was elected again as president. Curt Bitterman was also again voted in as vice president; Joe Vincke as treasurer; and Stacie Krupp as secretary. The board also approved Stacie Krupp as liaison for MASB and Curt Bitterman as Shiawassee RESD board representative.

WEAPONS UPGRADE – The Chesaning Village Police Department is getting new state of the art weapons, which were approved during the Jan. 21 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council. Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. received confirmation that the village police department did have funds available in the budget for the purchase. Sedlar favored the purchase, “in light of incidents across the country.” He said the village police have never had any major firepower before, but they had previously discussed it. Council members approved the purchase. Police Chief Stacey Wilburn appreciates the village council; they have been very supportive.

VEHICLE MAINTENANCE BIDS SOUGHT – The Village of Chesaning will be seeking bids for standard maintenance of on-road vehicles. During the Jan. 21 village council meeting councilmen talked about saving money by outsourcing vehicle work (with the exception of certain heavy equipment) instead of tying up DPW workers. Councilmen Don Swartzmiller commented, “The key is what do we do with the hours we save? Where are we going with this? I think we should bid this out. It’s a great idea.” The list of vehicles included will be prepared before the village goes out for bid.

OFFICE RESTRUCTURE – Several Montrose residents questioned the Montrose City Council about their intent to reduce both the city manager and clerk’s positions to part-time. Mayor Ray Foust talked about the high legacy costs and the need to do what’s necessary to avoid becoming like Detroit. After further discussion, the council agreed to make the city manager’s position part time; but have council members sit down with City Clerk Tina Rush to negotiate another option. Council members acknowledged the public outcry to retain her experience. Councilman Robert Arnold stated, “We have to find ways to get our costs down. Money from the state is down by 40 percent.”

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