2017-07-23 / News Briefs


SHIAWASSEE RIVER CLEAN-UP – The Friends of the Shiawassee River, in collaboration with the Shiawassee County Health Department, will be holding their 22nd annual river clean-up and tire collection on Saturday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet by 9 a.m. at Oakwood Street Bridge (behind the Little League fields) in Owosso; McCurdy Park (near the footbridge over the river) in Corunna; or Crawford Park in Vernon. There will be prizes for the most unique items pulled from the river, and all event volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Event organizers ask those interested in attending to register at ShiawasseeRiver.org/calendar. An appreciation lunch will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Amphitheater, 219 N. Water St., Owosso, following clean-up. In case of inclement weather, clean-up will be rescheduled to Aug. 12.

MONTROSE ED BOARD VACANCY – The Montrose Community School District is seeking applications for one position on the board of education that is immediately vacant. An individual will be appointed to fill the vacant positions through Dec. 31, 2018 and will be replaced by the individual elected to the position (based upon the Nov. 6, 2018 election results) on Jan. 1, 2019. A candidate must be at least 18 years of age; a citizen of the United States; a resident of the state of Michigan for at least 30 days; and a resident of the school district on or before the 30th day prior to the date of the election. Interested persons must submit a letter expressing interest in the board position and their qualifications for the position to the district office at 300 Nanita Drive, P.O. Box 3129 Montrose, MI 48457. All materials should be received no later than 4 p.m. on Aug. 4. Following a review of the submitted materials, the board will schedule interviews with selected candidates. Those with questions concerning the role of the board of education and the responsibilities of a board member should contact Dr. Edward Graham, superintendent of schools, at (810) 591-8812.

ST. CHARLES ED BOARD VACANCIES – St. Charles Community Schools are accepting applications to fill two board vacancies. The appointed terms end Dec. 31, 2018. Those persons interested in being considered for appointment should submit a letter of interest and complete a questionnaire no later than 3 p.m. Aug. 1 to: Stacey Klump, acting secretary, St. Charles Board of Education, 891 West Walnut Street, St. Charles, MI 48655, or by email to apply@stccs.org (Subject: Board Vacancy). The board has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the address listed above to consider the appointment to fill the vacant seats. For more information, call (989) 865-9961 or contact any school board member.

NEW POLICE VEHICLE – During the July 18 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council approved the purchase of a new Chevrolet Tahoe for the Chesaning Village Police Department. The vehicle will be purchased from LaClair Sales of Chesaning, through the state bid program. Village Administrator Troy Feltman said this is the vehicle proposed in the budget which was previously approved by the village council. Village President Joseph Sedlar, Jr. expressed concern that with the light-bar mounted on the inside of the vehicle, people might have more difficulty seeing the flashing lights. Police chief Stacey Wilburn explained since the vehicle is up higher, people will be able to see it a lot better.

AGREEMENT REACHED – In April, Volkmer Road property owner Scott Bartolec addressed the Chesaning Village Council, asking to buy the village’s right-of-way for a road that was never built. He wants to improve the existing gravel road, which provides access to his garage. In April, the village council could not approve the request for a couple of reasons. The land descriptions of adjacent properties did not agree where the lot lines were. Furthermore, there were easement issues to address. Zion Lutheran Church representatives want to keep using the road to access their ball field. Harold and Kathy Keevan want to ensure they won’t be landlocked. During the July 18 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council saw the above concerns had been addressed and the village agreed to vacate the proposed street selling it to Bartolec for one dollar, since the property will return to the tax roll.

BEAVER ROAD CONSTRUCTION – North Street and part of Beaver Road, between M-52 and Townline Road in St. Charles, is currently closed for road reconstruction. St. Charles Village Manager Matthew Lane said the repairs to approximately one mile of pavement are funded through a grant. A detour is in place. The project is expected to be completed by the end of August; the goal is to finish before school starts this fall.

VILLAGE COOPERATION – The Village of St. Charles DPW Director Patrick Mishler recently resigned, effective July 21. The Village of Chesaning DPW will be helping out in the interim. St. Charles village manager Matthew Lane explained the State of Michigan requires communities that have a water and sewer system to have a licensed operator. Since Mishler was the only licensed operator in St. Charles, Chesaning’s Rodney Cantu, who is also a licensed operator, will be helping out in the interim. Lane said the Village of St. Charles will be reviewing the DPW director position before posting the job listing.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – The Village of St. Charles will be hosting a free movie in Coal Miners’ Park at the big pavilion on Friday, July 28 at 8:30 p.m. Free popcorn, hot dogs and beverages will be provided. They will be showing the movie, “The Secret Life of Pets.

TAX LEVY ST. CHARLES SCHOOLS – During the July 19 meeting of the St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education, Treasurer Courtney Traver reported that in fiscal 2017-18 the school district will levy 17.8290 voter-approved mills on non-homestead properties for operations. The school district will also levy an extra-voted operating millage of 0.1710 mills; which compensates the school district for revenues reduced by the state’s Headlee Rollback. The St. Charles school district is also levying 3.0500 mills for the 2012 refinance levy; as well as 1.5000 mills for the 2015 debt levy.

CHROMEBOOKS – During the July 17 meeting, the New Lothrop Public Schools Board of Education approved the purchase of 128 Chromebook (computers) at a cost of $23,858. Students in the elementary school and junior/senior high schools will have access to this technology.

TAX LEVY NEW LOTHROP SCHOOLS – During the July 17 meeting, the New Lothrop Public Schools approved a tax levy of 18 mills on non-homestead properties. They will also levy 7.14 mills for debt retirement on the new elementary school/high school renovations approved by voters in 2015; and 0.73 of one mill for the technology bond.

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