2014-03-09 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

CMS PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – Parent-Teacher Conferences at Chesaning Middle School will be held on Thursday, March 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

CHS PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES SET – Chesaning High School parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, March 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

BACCALAUREATE PLANNING MEETING – A planning meeting for the Chesaning High School Class of 2014 baccalaureate service will be held on Monday, March 10 in the media center at the high school, beginning at 3 p.m. All seniors, area clergy and interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, contact Mary Van Loon at (989) 845-6326.

STC PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – St. Charles High School and Middle School will be holding Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, March 11, from 3 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, March 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. High school conferences will be in the cafeteria. Middle school conferences will be in the classrooms.

FERAL SWINE MEETING – The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is partnering with Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to educate the community about the impacts of wild boar and the importance of controlling this invasive species. The session will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at 6 p.m. at the Albee Township Hall, 10645 East Road (M-13), Burt.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for March are Barb Boudreau, of Burton, Mike Howko, of New Lothrop, Gail Robinette, of Chesaning, and Keith Valentine, of Oakley.

CAMP ANNOUNCES CONSTITUENT HOURS – Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) has announced monthly office hours held by his regional representatives in various locations around the 4th District to help residents in need of assistance with a federal agency. Constituents are invited to show up. There is no need to make an appointment. Representatives will be at the Owosso City Hall conference room, 301 W. Main St., Owosso, on Thursday, March 13, from 9 to 10 a.m.

ELECTRICAL CAR FIRES – The Chesaning - Brady Fire Department hosted training at Fire Station One in Chesaning on March 2 - 3. This month’s training topic was extrication from a vehicle, with a concentration on electric vehicles. Dave Sanders of LaClair Chevrolet of Chesaning brought a 2011 Chevrolet Volt for firefighters to examine. Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Carlton said, “There are more of these cars on the road today, and we can’t cut into them without risk; risk of high voltage that wasn’t present in older vehicles. We need to know where to cut to extricate people from the various seating areas. Hybrid cars have gas and electric motors, and there are strictly electric cars such as the Tesla S. These cars are in our area, and we run in the risk of them getting in accidents. We appreciate the help we get from our local dealerships in keeping us up to date on changes in technology. We will continually train to be able to serve the community to the best of our ability.”

STATE FEE INCREASES – During its March 4 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council approved the renewal of their auditing contract with the State of Michigan. According to Village Administrator Lisa Hitchcock, the rate increased by $7 per hour; as well as increasing the number of hours required from 125 to 175 hours. Councilman Damion Frasier commented, “I’ve done these bids several times. They’re the lowest.” Hitchcock reported that last year the village spent $9,200 on the state auditing services. Village President Joe Sedlar commented about the bind the village was in a few years ago using another auditor that couldn’t finish the work on time. Fraisier responded, “The state held up our revenues.” Sedlard said, “They know what the rules are; they make them.” The council unanimously voted to approve the 2014-2016 auditing contract with the State of Michigan.

FIRE BARN – Chesaning Village Councilman Paul Gross reported on his findings after the previous meeting’s discussion about a citizen’s request to rent the fire barn. Gross said, “There’s no room.” He explained the fire department wants to keep the fire barn, since they will need to store some of their firefighting equipment there when the M-52 bridge over the Shiawassee River is under construction.

WATER BILLS – During the extremely cold weather in recent weeks, Chesaning Village residents were asked to keep their faucets running a slight stream, to keep the pipes from freezing. Village Administrator Lisa Hitchcock told the village council that the bill adjustments will need to be made at the village office, where they can compare each bill with previous water usage and make the adjustments from there.

TRASH COLLECTION – The Chesaning Township Board approved a 2014-2015 refuse and recycle budget. The budget calls for fees of $106 per year on each of the 930 parcels. Township Supervisor Bob Corrin commented that they are required to set the budget now; however, they have yet to receive a cost estimate on the solid waste collection services; which the Mid Michigan Waste Authority is expected to have n April.

LEAN BUDGET – The Chesaning Township Board adopted their 2014-2015 fiscal year budget during their March 6 meeting. The township will continue to levy 0.9282 mils; which is expected to generate approximately $106,300. “We’re operating on less than one mill,” Chesaning Township Supervisor Bob Corrin said. Township officials held their salaries at the same levels: supervisor $9,000; clerk $18,000; treasurer $17,000; trustees $8,640.

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