2018-10-14 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

TOYS FOR KIDS PROGRAM – The Chesaning American Legion Post #212 will have applications available for its Toys for Kids program from Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26. Applications will also be available the week of Nov. 5 through Nov. 9. Completed applications can be dropped off at the Chesaning American Legion Post 212, 15053 McKeighan Road, in Chesaning from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with hours extending to 6 p.m. on Wednesday of both weeks. This program supports the Chesaning Union School District families needing assistance in obtaining toys for their children at Christmas time. Participants must live in the Chesaning School District, bring a photo ID with their address, child/children’s birth certificate(s), and, if applicable, a copy of the custody order. For more information, contact Will Lucio at (989) 860-6133 or Deb Sutton at (989) 323-0806.

BARN BASH FUNDRAISER – There will be a Raise the Roof Barn Bash, sponsored by the Saginaw County Fair Horse Department, on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Saginaw County Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 either presale or at the door. There will be a cash bar and BBQ food truck at 6 p.m. The Tweed and Dixie Country Band will perform at 8 p.m. There will also be raffles, a mechanical bull and line dancing.

RADON AWARENESS MONTH – October is a Radon Awareness Month. Free radon test kits can be obtained at the Rehmann Health Center, 147 S. Saginaw St., Chesaning on Monday, Oct. 15 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested persons may also call the Rehmann Health Center at (989) 845-3911 and leave a message to obtain a kit at another time.

BLOOD DRIVE – Michigan Blood will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at the Chesaning High School media center, 805 Fourth St., Chesaning. Donors may be eligible to give blood every 56 days if they are a healthy person age 17 or older (or 16 with parent or guardian permission), weighing 112 pounds or more.

Females ages 18 and younger must weigh 120 pounds or more. Call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or visit https://www.versiti.org/ways-to-give/ our-communities/michigan to make an appointment.

NL VILLAGE COUNCIL APPROVES STREET PROJECT BID – The New Lothrop Village Council awarded a bid to McKearney Asphalt & Sealing to perform paving work in the village. The project is expected to take place within the next few weeks and will include milling and crack sealing along Genesee Street; asphalt replacement on the corner of Charron Drive and Cherry Street; and crack sealing in the parking lot of The State Bank. The project cost is $44,495.

SOCK DRIVE – During the month of October, Kuehn-Haven Middle School fifth grade students are participating in a service project to help people in need. They are collecting new pairs of socks, as well as used pairs of shoes that are in good condition. Donated socks and shoes will be distributed to people in need; some living within the Montrose community and some living in homeless shelters. The fifth grade is also working with the Compassionate Life Foundation that will be sending shoes to orphanages in Africa. To help the effort, people can donate pairs of new socks and used shoes at Kuehn-Haven Middle School throughout the month of October. Boxes at the school are labeled “Socktober.”

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROBOTICS – Principal Melinda Soule informed the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education that Chesaning Middle School now has a robotics club. They meet twice a week, after school. There’s been a great deal of interest from students. The club advisors are Cindi Robinson and Dale Doughty.

CHESANING MARCHING BAND – The Chesaning High School Marching Band is staying busy during October. It attended the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Festival in Owosso on Oct. 8 and the 15th Annual Marching Band Festival in Dewitt on Oct. 13. The Chesaning High School Marching Band is also scheduled to perform in a

Marching Band Showcase Concert on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. in Chesaning. Call the high school for more information.

CHESANING AG BARN – The Saginaw Community Foundation recently awarded Chesaning High School with a $16,150 grant for the school’s agriculture barn. In related news, the National FFA Convention runs Oct. 23 through 26.

CLEANING THE DRAINS – During the Tuesday, Oct. 9 meeting of the Oakley Village Council, President Richard Fish described the work he has been doing to clean out clogged storm drains in the village. He rigged up a way to water-jet out the drains and catch basins to remove wet sand and leaves. He reported that all of Root Street is done, and several other trouble spots. “If you see a red top, it means it’s been cleaned,” Fish said. He said it’s been a big project this year.

PARSHALL STREET DRAIN – The Oakley Village Council approved the replacement of a drain on Parshall Street, during the Tuesday, Oct. 9 meeting. Village President Richard Fish explained that the Parshall Street drain gets blocked both spring and fall. He received a $3,900 quote from Everett Excavating to replace it with a six-inch drain pipe. He recommended getting the pipe replaced this fall. He said, “I’d do it myself, but it’s near fiber optics and a gas line. I’d rather have the professionals do it. The whole block is always under water. Last week, we got 3.7 inches of rain.” Trustee Jennifer Hart made the motion to approve the work.

THIRTY YEARS OF SERVICE – Trustee Richard Schuster will step down from the Oakley Village Council at the end of October. Village Clerk Gretchen Schulte said Schuster has served on the council for 30 years. Schulte added that she will be done as clerk at the end of the month as well.

ANNEXATION – The St. Charles Village Council held a public hearing concerning the annexation of the property at 1221 N. Saginaw St., during its Wednesday, Oct. 10 meeting. The property of the late Cecil Szepanski is adjacent to his daughter’s property. Szepanski’s septic failed, and his daughter

wants to connect his property to hers and connect the house to village utilities. Councilman Jim McPhail said, “She’s aware of the costs she will incur. She understands that she will just be creating a big yard. To my understanding, she is aware of all of the costs.” Village Manager Matthew Lane explained that the St. Charles Township Board already agreed to release it. No one spoke in favor or opposed to the annexation during the hearing. Later in the meeting, the St. Charles Village Council approved a resolution for the annexation and agreed to petition the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners for approval.

DISINCORPORATION – Following the St. Charles Village Council’s approval of an annexation, Craig McNally asked how he would go about doing the opposite, removing his back lot from the village. He explained that it’s a separate property that doesn’t have water or sewer access. Village Manager Matthew Lane explained that it’s a different process called disincorporation, however, he’d never gone through it before. Councilwoman Christine Neumann explained that she had been through disincorporation several years ago. At that time, people on the edge of the village wanted water and sewer services; they went through the annexation process, but then decided it was too costly and wanted back out. Neumann explained that at the time she said, “No, we don’t give up property.” But then it ended up going through disincorporation. Councilman Jim McPhail explained that the council would need to know exactly where the property is before discussing it in session.

CHRISTMAS PARADE – Plans for the St. Charles Christmas Parade and downtown festivities are in progress. St. Charles Village Councilwoman Diane Dennis said Union Court Assisted Living has donated $400 toward prizes for the best parade entries. Local churches will serve food. Village Manager Matthew Lane said there will be some food vendors too. The Christmas Parade is part of St. Charles Old Fashioned Christmas festivities downtown on Saturday, Dec. 1. More details will come in the next several weeks.

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