2017-04-23 / News Briefs


MOOLENAAR TO VISIT CHESANING AMERICAN LEGION – Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Midland) will be at the Chesaning American Legion Post 212 on Monday, April 24 from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. to hand out pins and certificates to veterans. Those planning to attend should contact Lavern Spolarich at (989) 865- 6257.

BREAKFAST WITH THE NL SUPT. – Community members, parents, staff and students are invited to have a community meeting and breakfast with New Lothrop Area Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Berthiaume on Saturday, May 6 in the high school cafeteria, 9285 Easton Road, New Lothrop. The current and future direction of the district will be presented with a question-and-answer session held directly after the presentation. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. with the presentation from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m., followed by the open forum from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Those planning to attend should reserve a space by 3 p.m. on Monday, May 1 with Kelly Green at (810) 638-5091 ext. 2222, or via email at kgreen@newlothrop.k12.mi.us so organizers will know how many meals will be served.

NL BOARD APPROVES PERSONNEL CHANGES – At its regular meeting on Monday, April 17, the New Lothrop Board of Education approved some personnel changes. The board approved the hiring of Rondalee Beardslee as the varsity volleyball coach, replacing long-time coach Sheri Warner. The board also accepted the resignations of bus drivers Dave Maddox and Martha Maddox.

RADAR TRAILER – On April 18, the Chesaning Village Council approved the purchase of a traffic speed radar for the village police department. Police Chief Stacey Wilburn said the idea is to get people more aware of the actual speed they’re traveling on local streets through the village. She explained the majority of people who get pulled over aren’t aware of the speed limit in the village. She hopes to get the traffic to slow down and have people comply. The village council approved the purchase not to exceed $5,800.

SIDE-BY-SIDE – The Chesaning Village Council has approved changes to the ordinance governing the use of off-road vehicles within the village. The new language changes the permitted vehicles to those that are factory designed as side-by-side. The council explained it was its original intent to allow golf carts, but not all-terrain vehicles (ATV) on village streets. One resident objected to the change, stating he preferred ATVs for handicap accessibility. The council indicated that a handicap exemption, and how to clearly identify such an exemption, could be considered at another meeting.

OLD FIRE BARN – On April 18, the Chesaning Village Council approved an agreement with CrossFit Steel Courage to transfer ownership of the old fire barn at the corner of Broad Street (M-57) and Canal Street on the condition of making specified improvements to the structure. The council acknowledged as long as the village owns the old fire barn, it would not be repaired. However, under this agreement, the property would return to the tax roll and get the needed improvements. The transfer is conditional on fixing the roof, and making other improvements within a specified amount of time. Councilman Trent Vondrasek reasoned the village has a successful business in town and he wants to keep it in town. CrossFit has been renting the old fire barn for approximately one year.

CAR SHOW – The Cruisin’ to the River Car Show will be held in downtown Chesaning on Saturday, July 8. The Village of Chesaning has approved closing off the downtown area from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the day of the car show.

GENESEE COUNTY BALLOT – On Tuesday, May 2, Genesee County voters will be asked to decide whether they support paying $1.86 per month to support funding of the 9-1-1 emergency call answering and dispatch services within Genesee County. If approved, the fee would be charged monthly until December 2021. The monthly fee would be charged on all landline, wireless and voice over the internet protocol service users within Genesee County. The funds collected would be used for facilities, equipment, maintenance and operating costs.

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