2017-06-25 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

MONTROSE EAGLES OPEN BY-LAWS – The Montrose Fraternal Order of Eagles has opened its by-laws for changes. The proposed changes must be submitted by June 30. The first reading will be on Thursday, July 6. The second reading will be Thursday, July 20, and the final reading will be on Thursday, Aug. 3.

BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive on Monday, June 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at the St. Peter Catholic Church Parish Hall, 404 S. Wood St., Chesaning. The drive is sponsored by the St. Peter Youth Group, which will receive $10 for each donor who signs in. Donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days if they are a healthy person age 17 or older (16 with parent or guardian permission), weighing 112 pounds or more. Females ages 18 and younger must weigh 120 pounds or more.

NL ED BOARD SEEKS MEMBER – Following the resignation of board member Curt Bitterman on Monday, June 19, the New Lothrop Board of Education is seeking applications for the seat. Interested persons must submit a letter expressing interest in the board position, their qualifications and proof of residency to the administrative office no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, July 7. The board will schedule interviews with selected candidates. The individual appointment will fill the position until the Nov. 6, 2018 election. For more information concerning the role of the board of education and the responsibilities of a board member, contact Board President Richard White at (810) 516-5775 or Superintendent Anthony Berthiaume at (810) 638-5091.

NL BOARD MAINTAINS THIRD MONDAY SCHEDULE – The New Lothrop Board of Education voted to continue meeting on the third Monday of each month, except February, at its regular meeting on Monday, June 19. That schedule will be in place for the 2017-18 school year.

MONTROSE DDA – Montrose City Manager Neil Rankin reported the Montrose Downtown Development Authority voted to levy two mills on properties within the DDA district. He explained if the DDA does nothing, it would end up defaulting on the bonds. Rankin said the two mills will generate approximately $11,000 each year. The levy will affect some residential properties within the district, however, their cost will run approximately $10 to $12. Properties that fall below the set property value threshold will not be affected by the levy. There are 236 parcels within the district.

PAPERLESS BILLING – The City of Montrose is now offering paperless billing to all who want to sign up. Visit the city website or the city office for an application. Bills would be sent by email, for those who apply.

FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED – During the June 20 meeting, Montrose Township Fire Chief George Taylor informed of the Montrose Township Board that two firefighters recently moved to Arizona. As a result, he is seeking firefighters to fill openings in the department.

BRENT RUN TURN LANE – The Brent Run Landfill in Montrose is in the process of adding a turn lane on M-57, in front of the landfill entrance. The project is expected to be completed by the end of July, provided weather cooperates.

SENIOR CENTER GARDEN – There’s a garden growing behind the Montrose Township Senior Center. The garden was planted to benefit the seniors, however, the senior center staff needs help weeding it.

DELINQUENCIES – During the June 20 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, Treasurer Mary Quast reported delinquency letters were sent to 36 property owners. Thirteen accounts have since been paid down or made current. Two were placed on new payment plans, with a total of five on payment plans. The township board voted to add the remaining unpaid balances to the property taxes of the properties in question.

PATRIOTIC OBSERVANCES – During the June 20 meeting, the Montrose Township Board voted to allow veterans groups to conduct ceremonies on patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

VETERANS BELL – Ownership of the Veterans Bell Memorial at Barber Park has been transferred to Montrose Township. Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer explained the memorial is located on township property and the township needs to own it to insure it. The Veterans Bell Committee will continue to care for the building itself, but now, it will be covered. Veteran’s Bell chairman Jim Stewart said he is authorized to negotiate on behalf of the organization. He talked about holding more patriotic services at the park. Montrose Township trustees Dar Eldred and Tom Tithof, who are both veterans, led the motion to approve the agreement with the Veterans Bell Committee.

NEW VOTING MACHINES – Montrose Township and the City of Montrose will be getting new voting machines through a grant program from the State of Michigan. During the June 20 Montrose Township Board meeting, clerk Fred Domine explained the state has decided the voting machines need to be replaced. After the voter inserts the ballot, the new machines record the votes and send the message “Your vote has been recorded. Thank you.” During the Montrose City Council meeting, city Manager Neil Rankin said all of the municipalities in Genesee County will have the same machines.

STAFFING – St. Charles Community Schools announced two staff changes during the June 21 meeting. Assistant cook Cindy Binder is retiring after 16 years with the school food service program. School superintendent Mike Decker said Binder did a great job whether she was working in the kitchen or up front. Jen Jennings recently submitted her resignation. She has been offered a position in Freeland Schools. Decker said special education is a difficult area to fill. Eric Root, from Owosso, will be joining the teaching staff. Decker is currently working on filling positions for English language arts and special education staff.

DITCH WORK – During the June 22 meeting of the Montrose City Council, Montrose City resident Dave Walker asked when the city would be getting the ditch cleaned out. Mayor Colleen Brown referenced one of the business items on the night’s agenda is to go out for bid on ditching services. Walker also asked about a brine application on Carolann Street to keep down the dust. City administrator Neil Rankin said with all the rain, they are behind. But it will probably be applied next week.

ENERGY CONTRACT – On June 20, the Montrose Township Board renewed a 30-year electrical service contract with Consumers Energy. Kyle McCree, who is an area manager for Consumers, told the board the company tries to restore service as quickly as possible after an outage. Montrose Township Clerk Fred Domine explained to the public the township had to go through the process of renewing the Consumer contract a second time, due to a specific contract timing issue.

COMMISSIONER – Genesee County District 7 Commissioner Marty Cousineau attended the June 20 meeting of the Montrose Township Board. He encourages Montrose residents with county concerns to contact him at mcousineau@co.genesee.mi.us or (810) 341-5941.

VETS BELL – The Veterans Bell Memorial continues to accept memorials honoring U.S. Military service persons. For more information, visit the recently updated website www.vetsbell.org.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING - On June 20, Chesaning Village Councilman Phil Larner expressed public concern over the problem of human trafficking. He briefly explained there have been a number of job postings online advertising for summer jobs, mostly at carnivals. Larner urges people to look at the number of kids missing; it’s a serious problem.

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