2015-10-11 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

FOOTBALL FRENZY TICKETS ON SALE – Chesaning Chamber of Commerce Football Frenzy tickets are on sale now. Each week $400 is given away, with prizes awarded for the highest and lowest three-team totals. Tickets are valid for the 10 weeks of the pro football season from Nov. 1 through Jan. 3, 2016. Tickets can be purchased at Ed Rehmann and Son’s Clothing, Gewirtz Hardware or the chamber office.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION – Montrose Township partners with Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission and several other organizations to sponsor the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Collection Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. Residents can drop off items such as household pesticides, fertilizers, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, gasoline, aerosol cans, anti-freeze, mercury, used oil, oil-based paint, prescriptions, paint thinners, tires (up to seven/off rim), televisions, cell phones, computer monitors, laptops, printers, copies, DVD and VCR machines and stereo equipment. Items not allowed include commercial waste, explosive material, industrial waste, latex paint, medical waste or radioactive material. The collections will be located in Flint at the former Showcase Cinema East, 5205 E. Court Street and Flint East Water Service Center at 3310 E. Court Street. To learn more call (810) 762-7744 or (810) 767- 9696.

FLU/PNEUMONIA IMMUNIZATION CLINICS – The Saginaw County Commission on Aging will be hosting flu and pneumonia immunization clinics at area senior centers in October. The Young At Heart Club (Chesaning Senior Center), 218 Church St. (at the corner of Church and Line Streets), will host a clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. For information, call (989) 845-6565. The Brady Senior Center, 16020 Peet Road (at the corner of Peet and Hemlock Roads) will host a clinic on Thursday, Oct. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. For information, call (989) 845-7200.

STATE REP. FARIS AT JENNINGS LIBRARY - State Representative Pam Faris will be at the Jennings Memorial Library in Montrose on Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to talk with constituents. Stop in to meet her, get information, ask questions, and make suggestions.

WILDLIFE HABITAT GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the recipients of the 2016 Wildlife Habitat Grants. A total of $910,000 was awarded to various conservation organizations, units of government, landowners and nonprofit organizations for projects to be completed by Sept. 30, 2016. Examples of funded projects include enhancement of hunter walking trails, improved food sources for upland-bird game species in several locations across the state, as well as increased food and shelter for whitetailed deer. Among the recipients is the Saginaw Conservation District which received $69,726.

FLU SHOTS – Flu shots will be offered on Friday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the office of Dr. Douglas Forsyth, 1600 W. Brady Road (M-57) in Chesaning.

CMS OPEN HOUSE OCT. 19 - Chesaning Middle School will host an open house on Monday, Oct. 19 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. for community members and school families to come see the newly renovated building.

STC PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – St. Charles High School will hold parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the teachers’ classrooms. There will also be a senior financial aid presentation at 6 p.m. in the high school library for seniors and parents.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for October are Jean Hemgesberg, of Chesaning, Ron Wendling, of Montrose, Jean Krupp, of Chesaning, and LaVern and Fran Gross, of Chesaning.

COLUMBUS DAY TRASH PICK-UP – The Monday, Oct. 12 Columbus Day holiday does not impact solid waste collection services provided by the Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) to its member communities in Saginaw County. All services will be on their regularly scheduled day in each community. Residents should prepare and set out materials as they normally do during the holiday week.

CHS PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE OCT. 15 – Chesaning High School will hold parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Parents are asked to enter in the back athletic entrance. Conferences will be held in the gym.

SHIAWASSEE SCHOLARS INFORMATIONAL MEETING - The Shiawassee Regional Education Service District invites parents of children who score in the top 10-15 percent of their grade to attend an informational meeting on academically talented educational programs. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M52 Owosso. Parents and students in grades sixth – eighth are encouraged to attend this informational meeting to learn how SAT testing can benefit them, Shiawassee Scholars, other available gifted and talented programs, and how to register for the SAT test held in January at Owosso Middle School. The top 50 eighth grade students in the county who achieve at the highest level as determined by their scores on the SAT will be invited to become Shiawassee Scholars. The Shiawassee Scholars program is a collaborative program between the Shiawassee RESD and The Cook Family Foundation. The program recognizes academically talented students early and seeks to encourage these students to continue to pursue academically challenging activities during their high school years. It is the mission of the Shiawassee Scholars program to assist these students through various opportunities, resources, and support to reach their full potential. For more information, contact a school counselor or Renee Dotson at (989) 743-3471.

CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE ACCEPTING SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS - The office of U.S. Representative John Moolenaar is now accepting applications from high school seniors for nominations to the U.S. service academies. Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, Colo.; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, N.Y. Complete instructions for applications are available at https://moolenaar. house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations. Applications should be submitted to Representative Moolenaar’s office by postal mail or fax: Representative John Moolenaar, 200 East Main Street, Suite 230, Midland, MI 48640, Fax (989) 631-6271. The deadline for applications is Nov. 13. TAYMOUTH FIRE DEPT. SEEKS ON-CALL FIREFIGHTERS – According to fire officials, firefighters are being sought immediately in Taymouth Township. The Taymouth Township Fire Department is seeking applicants for on-call firefighters. Applicants must be 18 years old, have a current drivers license and be a high school graduate. Prior to being hired they must pass a physical exam, background check and interview process, according to the department. Applicants are also required to attend and pass the Michigan State Firefighters academy, held in Saginaw. The academy consists of approximately 300 hours of class and in house worksheets, and conducts day and evening classes to accommodate work schedules. Applications can be picked up at the township office, located at 4343 E. Birch Run Road. For more information call the Taymouth Township office weekdays at (989) 624-4159.

SUCCESSFUL PARENTING – Chesaning Union Schools presents “Getting Back to School with Love & Logic®” on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Big Rock Elementary School. School guidance counselor Jerry Ciarlino explained The Love & Logic® philosophy uses the basic ideas of empathy, natural consequences and motivation; and then applies them to simple techniques parents can use at home. Topics include: winning the homework battle, creating an environment of learning, de-stressing the school morning routine, and developing a stronger connection with the school. The 30 minute presentations are offered at several different times: 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. at Big Rock Elementary. Parents can sign up by contacting Big Rock Elementary School at (989) 845-2430.

MONTROSE CANDLE WALK – On Oct. 8, Montrose Candle Walk organizer Teri Soper asked the Montrose City Council for their approval to shut down M-57 on Saturday, Dec. 5, for the purpose of Montrose Candle Walk activities. Soper said the committee plans to have a parade of lights, luminaries, a living Nativity and other activities downtown. The city council supported the request, with the understanding that MDOT would have to approve the proposal.

CONTRACT RENEWED – Montrose interim city manager Andrew Bisaha reported on his findings in the review of services provided by George Brown Inspection Services. Bisaha advised the council that improvements were needed in the areas of communication and a quicker turnaround. Bisaha explained that much of it was due to the way the service requests were being handled through a combination of fax and email. Brown acknowledged the concerns and said, “we’ll work on the technical part.” The Montrose City Council renewed Brown’s contract with the stipulation that communications and timeliness improve. The council voted in favor of renewing the contract with Brown; with Mayor Colleen Brown abstaining.

COMPUTER PURCHASE – During the Oct. 8 meeting, the Montrose City Council approved the purchase of a new computer for the city treasurer through IT Right in the amount of $625. Councilman Ray Foust said that for the past three years, he had heard that the existing computer was going. He also commented that they could buy the computer cheaper through I.T. Right.

PENALTY ENFORCED – Interim city manager Andrew Bisaha reported that the city of Montrose is enforcing the $100 penalty for starting work without a building permit. He said it will cut down the un-permitted work, and as a result work sites will be safer.

CDBG FOR TREE REMOVAL – The city of Montrose was successful in obtaining a Community Development Block Grant for the removal of trees within the right of way.

CONTRACT – Chesaning Village DPW Director Joe Trzil presented the three bids received for the construction of a lean-to for outside storage at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Trzil recommended the low bid of $8,434 from contractor Tony Sutter. The Chesaning Village Council approved Trzil’s recommendation.

METER READER – During the Oct. 6 meeting, Chesaning Village Administrator Troy Feltman advised the village council that the handheld scanner used to read water meters needed to be replaced. The supplier, ETNA, had provided temporary use of an older model, since the new model was about to be released. The new model, which has many more features, costs $10,200. Feltman explained that the scanner is a very fundamental piece of equipment and the village had few options. The council approved the purchase.

WATER AND STREET IMPROVEMENTS – The Chesaning Village Council awarded two separate contracts for water and street improvements during the Oct. 6 meeting. Village engineer, Charles Rolfe of OHM, reported that they received a total of 16 bids between the water and street improvement projects. Glaeser-Dawes of Flushing was the low bidder on both projects. Rolfe recommended both contracts be awarded to Glaeser- Dawes. Glaeser-Dawes bid $777,293.04 on the water system improvement project. They bid $1,968,421.28 on the paving and water main improvement project.

GAS LINE – On Oct. 6, the Chesaning Village Council approved a request by Consumers Energy to relocate the gas main by crossing under the Shiawassee River at the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce property and proceeding along Canal Street. Village Administrator Troy Feltman explained that MDOT would not allow the line to remain under the M-57 bridge. Village engineer Charles Rolfe suggested the village ask Consumers to add a gas drop at the water tower because it would save the village money. The village council agreed.

ROAD CLOSED – On Saturday, Oct. 10, Broad Street in Chesaning was scheduled to be shut down for a running event sponsored by CrossFit of Chesaning. Approximately 100 athletes were expected to participate.

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