2017-05-21 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

CHS BACCALAUREATE MAY 21 – The 2017 graduating class of Chesaning Union High School will celebrate its baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chesaning. All family, friends and interested community members are cordially invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the service.

REP. FREDERICK SETS OFFICE HOURS – State Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) has announced office hours for Monday, May 22 at Foster Coffee Company, 115 S. Washington St., Owosso from 7 to 8:30 a.m.; and at the Merrill District Library, 321 W. Saginaw St., Merrill, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary to attend. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact Rep. Frederick’s office at (517) 373-0841 or email BenFrederick@house.mi.gov.

MONTROSE RESIDENTIAL SCRAP TIRE CLEAN-UP – Montrose Township is once again sponsoring the Residential Scrap Tire Cleanup Program on Monday, May 22. The annual, environmental-friendly program is designed to reduce the accumulation of scrap tires in the township. The program, in its sixth year, is partly funded by Department of Environmental Quality grants and general fund revenues. Montrose city and township residents can place up to 10 passenger, truck or tractor tires at their curb by 8 a.m. on Monday, May 22. First Class Tire Shredders will serve as the licensed hauler for the project. If property owners have more than 10 tires to dispose, they can contact the Building Official for a site inspection and permission. Advance notice is required for more than 10 tires. Commercial businesses may not participate in the program. For more information, call (810) 639-2021 or visit www.montrosetownship.org.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Chesaning Parks and Recreation Committee needs some good helpers to assist spreading mulch at Cole Park. Wheel barrows, large scoop shovels and laborers are needed for the job. Parks and Recreation is coordinating this effort with the Chesaning Key Club. They plan to tackle the project on Wednesday, May 31, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

REPEAT – During the May 16 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, retiring Consumers Energy representative Kevin Keene explained the 30-year service contract renewal between Montrose Township and Consumers Energy will have to be re-approved by the township board due to an accidental delay on the utility’s part. To comply with state requirements, the public notice, affidavit of publication and public hearing will have to be repeated. Consumers Energy will be covering the additional cost. There is no change in the contract, which allows Consumers Energy to provide services within Montrose Township.

NEW EQUIPMENT – During the May 16 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, Fire Chief George Taylor demonstrated the use of the new thermal imager the department has. Montrose Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer said they’ve already had the chance to use it. He explained some people had broken down on a boat at nightfall; they left to get help, and then had trouble locating the boat. Fortunately, the engine was still warm enough for the thermal imager to help the fire department locate the craft.

TURN LANE – The Brent Run Landfill on M-57 just east of Montrose will be installing a new center turn lane. The project will include widening M-57 to accommodate the third lane. Construction is set to begin on June 12 with completion expected by end of July.

MONTROSE BURN ORDINANCE REVISED – On Tuesday, May 16, the Montrose City Council voted to revise the city burn ordinance allowing the burning of yard waste. In March of this year, City Manager Neil Rankin informed the board that the ordinance adopted in 2014 was impossible to enforce. Under the new ordinance, burning is allowed under the conditions specified during the months of April, May, October and November. Knowing it’s been a hot topic for residents, councilman Mark Richard was surprised that no residents, only the press, attended the May meeting to voice their opinions. The council adopted the ordinance.

CHESANING BURN ORDINANCE REVISED – On Tuesday, May 16, the Chesaning Village council updated the burn ordinance. Chesaning Village administrator said the ordinance is as the board crafted it.

WATER CONSERVATION – During the May 16 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council discussed the benefits of water conservancy. Council members talked briefly about whether it would make sense to offer residents an incentive for switching their toilets to a model that uses less water. Councilman Matthew Hoover commented the low flow toilets save on water bills. Councilman Trent Vondrasek commented he thinks people would want to convert to water-saving toilets to save money. President Joseph Sedlar, Jr. suggested they might even put bricks in the tank to reduce the amount of water used by toilets. He added the village doesn’t have the money to offer incentives for switching out toilets. But the water savings alone could motivate property owners.

CHIPPING SERVICES OR CHIPPER – The Chesaning Village Council has directed village administrator Troy Feltman to seek bids on a commercial grade wood chipper, as well as seeking bids for wood chipping services. Feltman told the council wood/brush has been accumulating for about three years. Councilman Michael Cicalo commented if they had a wood chipper, the village would be able to keep the chippings to use for the trail in the park. Feltman agreed to seek bids on both the service and the chipper by itself.

CHICKEN ORDINANCE – During the May 16 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, president pro-tem Matthew Hoover informed the council the planning commission is working on a chicken ordinance. Denise Seeley-Navarre, who also sits on the planning commission told the council the village already has a chicken ordinance which specifies allowing only egg-bearing chickens. There is some concern over roosters crowing within the village. Hoover explained people are already raising chickens within the village, adding that this is an agricultural community.

FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY PLANNED - An American Flag retirement ceremony will be conducted by Montrose Area Boy Scouts on Flag Day, Wednesday June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Bell Memorial in Barber Memorial Park. Worn and tattered flags may be deposited in a box in the Veterans Bell Memorial. Montrose American Legion Post 367 will have American-made three feet by four feet flags for sale at the ceremony.

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