2017-09-17 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce bi-weekly raffle for Wednesday, Sept. 13 was Carolyn Rehmann, of Chesaning. Guest drawer was Dave Shooltz, of Self-Serve Lumber and Home Center.

REP. FREDERICK ANNOUNCES OFFICE HOURS – State Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) will hold office hours in the 85th District on Monday, Sept. 18 at the River Rapids District Library, 227 E. Broad St. in Chesaning from 4 to 5:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled time may contact Frederick’s office at (517) 373-0841 or via email at BenFrederick@house.mi.gov.

COUNTY CLERK’S VISIT – During the Sept. 11 meeting of the New Haven Township Board, Shiawassee County Clerk Caroline Wilson addressed the board about the office hours and smaller staff at the clerk’s office. Wilson and two other election staff will be going for training on use of the new voting machines. She also explained they had to reduce office hours because the Shiawassee Board of Commissioners reduced her staff by two employees. The staff reduction primarily affects the vital records services, which means customers may have to wait longer for marriage licenses, birth certificates and other vital records. But when there’s a line, she steps in to help. She said customer service at the clerk’s walk-in counter is her priority. Wilson encourages Shiawassee County residents to contact the board of commissioners to restore funding to the clerk’s department.

NEW HAVEN TWP CLERK – During the Sept. 11 meeting, the New Haven Township clerk Carrie Farr informed the board that the township will be consolidated with another precinct on the November school election for Owosso Public Schools. New Haven Township has only six registered voters for that election.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA – New Haven Township clerk Carrie Farr recently distributed sample medical marijuana resolutions to township board members. The board will have the township attorney look it over.

RILEY ROAD – During the Sept. 11 meeting of the New Haven Township Board, an unidentified woman in the audience asked when lines will be painted on Riley Road. Supervisor Tim Hill said he expects the work should be done very soon.

FUEL BID – The Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education has accepted the bid of Webster & Garner for providing fuel for the school district during the 2017-2018 school year. Webster & Garner submitted the bid of $0.1080 above rack price.

PAPER BID – On Sept. 11, the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education approved a quote for the school district’s paper supply from Contract Paper Group in the amount of $11,611.67.

SCHOOL POLICY – The Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education approved the second readings of updated school policies during the Sept. 11 meeting. The topics of the policies adopted include: student records, expulsion/ suspension as required by statute, and emergency removal, suspension and expulsion of non-disabled students.

NO STATE AID MONTH – During the Sept. 13 meeting of the St. Charles Community Schools, finance director Courtney Traver explained September is “no state aid month.” As a result, the school district is very tight on expenses until the next state aid check arrives, approximately Oct. 10.

CONTINGENCY PLANS – St. Charles Community Schools superintendent Michael Decker has expressed concern over what Florida and Texas are going through with the hurricanes. It makes him think the school district needs to focus on having a contingency plan for emergencies. He plans to have a round table discussion with local experts on emergency preparedness. Decker added the school tornado drills are now posted online.

SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT – The St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education has re-scheduled its fall retreat for Oct. 28 at Hartley Nature Center.

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