2015-07-05 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for July are John Bishop, of New Lothrop, Chuck Wendling, of Chesaning, David Peterson, of Ortonville, and Rosalie McFall, of Saginaw.

LIONS TO HOST MUSIC IN THE PARK - The St. Charles Lions Club will sponsor a free community event on Tuesday, July 21. “Music in the Park” is a concert that will feature the St. Charles High School Band, as well as entertainer Alex Schofield, a former St. Charles graduate. The event will be held at the gazebo in Coal Miner’s Park in St. Charles and will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free snacks will be provided by the Lions Club.

BY THE NUMBERS – Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education finalized the 2014-15 budget and approved the 2015- 16 budget during the June 29 meeting. The 2014-15 general fund budget listed revenues of $14,815,396 and expenditures of $14,213,216. The 2015-16 budget lists estimated revenues will be down slightly at $14,327,542, and expenditures would be reduced to $13,844. The Chesaning Union School District presented the tax certification numbers as follows. The school district will levy 18 mills of non-homestead and non-qualified agricultural property for the purpose of general operations. The district will also levy 5.42 mills on all properties (homestead, non-homestead and all agricultural properties) for the purpose of debt retirement. The district will also levy 0.2 mills on all properties for the purpose of bus and technology debt retirement. The school board approved borrowing $2.5 million from the state aid fund to assist with cash flow; which is common practice since school districts don’t receive state shared revenues until several months into the next school year.

ELECTRIC BID – The Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education awarded the contract for cable work inside Chesaning Middle School to Master Electric in the amount of $63,554.

SUMMER SCHOOL MEETINGS – The Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education has scheduled its July organizational meeting for Monday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chesaning High School media center. The board has also set Monday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. for the annual summer retreat, with the location yet to be determined.

RECALL NOTICE – Chesaning Middle School special education teacher Jessica Walser has been recalled with the adoption of the new budget. Walser had received a layoff notice in May, due to a funding shortfall. But has been asked to return for the 2015-16 school year.

LUNCH PRICES – Chesaning Union Schools will increase the price of school lunches by 15 cents for the coming school year at all three schools. The price increase is required in order to meet federal guidelines set by the USDA. The price is increased to the equivalent of the standard amount the USDA reimburses schools for providing free lunches for students who qualify.

ADVENTURES IN SPANISH – The Chesaning High School Spanish class has the opportunity to go to Puerto Rico in June of 2016. The school board approved the travel request during the June 29 board meeting.

PETITION – Jennie Carlton has been circulating a petition proposing Chesaning build a splash park. While the idea received a cold reception from some parks and recreation officials, Carlton has obtained more than 200 signatures. Chesaning Township Trustee/Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Carlton said the cost estimates of such a project range from $40,000 to $125,000. Kevin said Parks and Recreation member Cindy Weisenberger reported that Owosso pays $7,000 a year for maintenance.

HALLOWEEN CAMPOUT – Showboat Park’s annual Halloween Camping Weekend has been set for the last weekend in September. Participants decorate their campsites for Halloween, the children go trick-or-treating around the campground. There are contests for the best children’s costumes, as well as the best campsite decorations. Contact the Chesaning village office for campsite reservations (989) 845-3800.

FIRE ENGINE – The Chesaning-Brady Fire Department wants to sell engine #11, now that it’s replacement is in service. If interested, contact the Chesaning - Brady Fire Department at (989) 845- 2552 and leave a message for Fire Chief Scott Fall.

CANOE LAUNCH – During the July 2 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, Trustee Kevin Carlton reported that the canoe slide at Parshallburg Park had been damaged. There had been plans for improving the canoe slide and steps down to the river prior to this incident.

BRIDGE DELAYED FURTHER – Chesaning Township Supervisor Bob Corrin reported that there is yet another delay for the bridge work on Gary Road. The new start date is set for February 2016. Corrin explained that the road commission decided it would be better not to have the bridge out during fall harvest. Corrin said, “There’s no good time.” Clerk Fran Kukulis commented that the new start date could affect planting season. Corrin said, “We might get a bridge, we might not.”

STATE REVENUE DOWN – Chesaning Township Clerk Cathy Gross reported that the township recently received a state shared revenue check in the amount of $26,719. Gross said the check is $1,421 less than the one received at the same time last year.

PLANNING COMMISSION – The Chesaning Township Planning Commission has a vacant seat to fill. Chesaning Township residents interested in shaping development of the community should contact the Chesaning Township Office at (989) 845-2341.

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