2010-02-07 / News Briefs


CHS YEARBOOK DEADLINE APPROACHES -- The Chesaning High School Yearbook pre-order deadline is approaching fast for the 2010 yearbook. For those who have not ordered a book yet, the cost is $55.00 and forms are available at the high school. Checks should be made payable to Chesaning H.S.Yearbook and can be sent to the school. The deadline is March 1. Books after this date may be purchased, but supply will be limited and cost will be $65.

ORGANIC CO-OP? – Interested in forming an organic food co-op? Please call Mary at (989) 845-2191 and leave a message.

MONTROSE ED BOARD SEAT – The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education has one fouryear term open for the May 4, 2010 election. Those interested in running for this office must file an affidavit of identity and a nominating petition no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Genesee County Clerk’s office. Please contact the Genesee County Clerk’s office at 900 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502 or (810) 257-3282 for forms and information.

CHESANING KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP – Parents of children who will be eligible for kindergarten in September (age 5 before Dec. 1) are reminded to call the nearest Chesaning elementary school to provide the necessary information to prepare for kindergarten registration. Call Albee Elementary at (989) 770-4600, Big Rock Elementary at (989) 845-2430, or Brady Elementary at (989) 845-7060. Due to consolidation, all of the elementary schools will have their kindergarten round-up at Big Rock Elementary School on Tuesday, April 13. The district will need the following information: name of child; birth date; father and/or mother’s name; address; and phone number. Even if the child is currently enrolled in any mini-garten or Head Start program, it is still necessary to call the nearest school with the above information.

WELDING CLASS AT CHS – A Delta College MIG welding class is being offered at Chesaning High School. Class time is from 6 to 9:15 p.m. on five consecutive Tuesdays. There are three seats available in this class. The class will start on Feb. 23. The course will cost approximately $140. Students completing this course will receive one Delta College credit. High school seniors are eligible to take this course. If interested, please contact Steve Guzdial at (989) 845- 2040, ext. 1103.

TTA OFFERS CPR COURSE -- An American Heart CPR class will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Twin Township Ambulance in New Lothrop. Students will learn adult, infant and child CPR. Upon successful completion of the class, students will be issued a CPR for the Healthcare Provider card. The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in basic life support and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged except for materials for such a course do not represent income to the association. Registration is required for the class and pick up of the book one week prior to class. The cost of each class is $30. For more information, call (810) 638-5034.

FIRE DEPT. RETIREMENT – The Montrose Township Board recently accepted the retirement of Battalion Chief Philip A. Casciano from the Montrose Fire Department. Casciano served the department for 33 years.

FENCE ORDINANCE – During their Feb. 2 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council reviewed a new fence ordinance proposed by the village planning commission. The planning commission proposed the fence ordinance would be administered under police powers. Village Zoning Administrator Doug Piggott, of Rowe Professional Services explained that the reasoning behind placing the fence ordinance under police was that a grandfather clause would not apply. “It provides the village with more flexibility,” Piggott said. Among the concerns the planning commission attempted to address in the proposed ordinance was tall fences in front yards, which block the visibility of motorists and pedestrians using the sidewalks in front of those properties. They also addressed the type of materials that could be used. The proposed ordinance prohibited the use of barbed wire. However Councilman Don Swartzmiller pointed out that commercial operators have chain-link fences with barbed wire. Piggott suggested that barbed wire not be allowed in residential. Swartzmiller proposed that fences for commercial properties be separate from the residential fence ordinance. After further discussion of changes, Mayor Joe Sedlar, Jr. suggested the fence ordinance be “sent back to the planning commission for adjustments.”

FUNDING UNKNOWNS – As the Chesaning Village Council worked through the village’s proposed 2010- 2011 budget, the unknowns complicated their effort. Village Administrator Marlene Schultz said, “I know (the state has) cut our revenues, but we just don’t know by how much yet.” She is also anticipating less money from property taxes. Schultz also referred to a $4,000 line item where the village had received revenue from the county for anticipated property taxes. However, when some local property taxes were not paid, the county billed the village back. The new budget will be discussed further at an upcoming public hearing.

COMPUTER ISSUES - Among the new expenses proposed in Chesaning Village’s 2010-2011 budget is the replacement of a couple of office computers. Administrator Marlene Schultz said, “They are getting very old.” “We need to look at new software too,” suggested Councilman Don Swartzmiller. Mayor Pro-Tem Damion Frasier said, “The computer system should never be down.” He wanted to know why the computers had been down recently. An employee in the audience explained that the computer had gotten a virus. Mayor Joe Sedlar talked about the necessity of having anti-virus software that updates automatically.

GOING FOR GRANTS – Chesaning Village Councilwoman Jenice Deming reported that she is working with village resident Gary Azelton to pursue two grants at this time. Azelton recently approached the council asking why the village hadn’t been winning grant funds. Deming reported that at this time they are pursuing grants for river clean-up activities and monitor water quality in the Shiawassee River.

EARLYBIRD TREE SPECIAL – The Saginaw Conservation District is offering a five percent earlybird special on tree orders now through Feb. 28. Order forms can be obtained by visiting www.saginawcd.org or by calling the office at (989) 781-4077, ext. 4.

SOS OFFICES CLOSED FEB. 15 – Michigan Secretary of State offices will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 15. Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, such as a holiday or weekend, can be renewed the following day without penalty. For more information, visit the department website at www.Michigan.gov/sos.

NO DELAY FOR TRASH PICK-UP – The Presidents Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 15 will not affect solid waste collection services to the 35 Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) member communities. All services will be on the their regularly scheduled day in each community. Residents should prepare and set out materials as they normally do during the holiday week.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for February are Joe Greenfelder, of Chesaning; Bob and Barb Davis, of Corunna; Scott Wendling, of Montrose; and Danielle Diffin, of Chesaning.

GLEASON TO HOLD COFFEE HOURS – State Senator John J. Gleason (D-Flushing) will be holding coffee hours to speak with local residents and hear questions and concerns on Monday, Feb. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Brennan Community Center, 1301 Pingree Ave., Flint.

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