2011-12-11 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

CHESANING BAND PERFORMS – The Chesaning Middle School Band will perform their Holiday/Christmas Concert, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium.

FOOTBALL FRENZY WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce Football Frenzy for Week Six are: Matt Hillborg, of Reese, 108 pts., $100; Adam Kadlec, of Oakley, 107 pts., $41.67; Pat Gross, of St. Charles, 107 pts., $41.67; Keith Valentine, of Oakley, 107 pts., $41.67; Jolie Ewing, of Chesaning, 107 pts., $41.67; Jeff Thiel, of Chesaning, 107 pts., $41.67; John Reiber, of Chesaning, 107 pts., $41.67; Nate Nebl, of Reese, 10 pts., $30; Ryan Lackowski, of Harbor Beach, 17 pts., $10; Damion Frasier, of Chesaning, 17 pts., $10.

BIKE BUILD-A-THON - Santa’s Toy Store in Montrose will need volunteers who can assemble bicycles to help on Wednesday, Dec. 14, starting at 6 p.m. According to Santa’s Toy Store coordinator Gerald Whitney, Waste Connections (the Brent Run Landfill) donated bicycles for children in need again this year.

MORE CANDLELIGHT WALK WINNERS - Among the Chesaning Christmas Candlelight Walk features were the Nativity Challenge presented by area churches. This year’s nativity challenge winner was the Oakley Community Church. The Light Magic displays also competed for the traveling trophy and a cash prize. This year’s Light Magic winner was Michelle Neumann.

BUSINESS EXPO - The Chesaning Chamber of Commerce has invited the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and Montrose Chamber of Commerce to join in one big Business Expo on March 10 & 11, 2012. The event will be held at the Saginaw County Fairgrounds building.

CHAMBER RAFFLE - The Chesaning Chamber of Commerce has raffle tickets for the 2012 drawings now available. Chamber members will receive tickets in the mail to purchase or sell; additional tickets can be purchased at the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $20 each and 24 drawings will be held during 2012. Winners receive $300 and their tickets are returned to the pool for other drawings. The first drawing will take place Jan. 11, 2012.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT - Starting Monday, Dec. 12, Young’s Environmental will begin cleaning and televising the Chesaning Village sanitary sewer system. According to Village Administrator Lisa Hitchcock, “It shouldn’t disrupt sanitary sewer service, but contact the Chesaning Village Office immediately if it does.” The cleaning and televising operation will involve bringing heavy equipment into town, even into residential neighborhoods. Young’s Environmental is expected to start in one part of town and gradually work through the entire system over the next 60 days. If there are questions or concerns about the effort, contact the Chesaning Village Office during regular business hours, (989) 845- 3800.

DISC GOLF - During the Dec. 6 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Donald Platt addressed the council about moving forward on installation of the disc golf course at Showboat Park. He presented a nine hole disc golf course design. “We would like to get these in the ground this year; but we’re fighting the weather,” Platt said. Mayor Pro- Tem Damion Frasier commented that the initial proposal was for an 18 hole course. Platt responded that the whole course is less than the budget at $2,500. Councilwoman Julie Zubek (formerly Julie Schirle), asked about the course crossing the road several times through the course of play. Frasier commented, “The guys liked that you had some holes that were long and open; and some others that were through the trees. Zubek questioned why Platt was anxious to install the course this year yet. Platt explained that unlike regular golf, disc golf can be played all year long. “It’s not something where you have to reserve a tee time. It’s good exercise (walking),” Platt added. Councilman Bill Boyd said he had watch people play disc golf in Frankenmuth, commenting that it looks like fun. Frasier moved approval on the proposed disc golf course design. After approval, Frasier commented that local ACE Hardware owner Joe Greenfelder has already stocked supplies for disc golf.

TRUCKS SOLD - The Village of Chesaning recently accepted bids for the purchase of two vehicles. Bids were submitted by a total of nine bidders. Charles Rogers won the bid for the 1996 Dodge pickup truck at $1,200. Nick Stoddard’s bid on the 1996 Dodge dump truck was accepted at $2,650. It should be noted that there was an issue with the bidding, that has caused the village council to reevaluate how bidding is conducted in the future. When the truck bids were opened, it was noted that one of the bids was a single bid for the two vehicles; that bid was lower that the combination of the highest bids on the two vehicles. Rogers paid for the pickup and took possession of the vehicle. But before paying for the dump truck, two of the highest bidders on that vehicle withdrew their bids. Stoddard had the next highest bid. Initially, the village council discussed the possibility of rebidding. However, the cost of posting new notices for the rebidding process would cost the village substantially more than the difference between the combination bid and the two separate bids. To make the situation more complex, since the purchase of the pickup was already complete, the combination bid was no longer feasible. Council members checked the wording on the bid posting, which stated the council would accept, reject or revise. It was obvious the council was not pleased with the situation. Councilman Don Swartzmiller stated, “I think we’re making it too complicated.” He talked about the disadvantages of attempting to sell the vehicle online instead; which was among the options proposed. It would still cost the village more money. The council agreed to accept the offer made by Stoddard. However, they discussed the possibility of requiring future bids to be accompanied by a bid bond.

FENCE ORDINANCE - The Chesaning Village Planning Commission has been working on updating the village ordinance pertaining to fences and their maintenance. The Planning Commission had been working on the new version, and the village council was asked to comment on the draft version at their Dec. 6 meeting. There were a number of concerns raised by council members. They talked about “what if’s” ranging from wood fences that had rotted at the base, to the possibility of neighbors painting their fences unpleasant colors to deliberately irritate neighbors. The council had some questions about whether previously discussed amendments had been adopted. They decided to request a full version of the fence ordinance, incorporating the new changes recommended by the planning commission; rather than just the list of changes. “I think we obviously have some more work to do on this,” Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. commented. The village will be required to hold a public hearing before adopting any changes. (Watch the Tri-County Citizen center pull-out section for legal postings.)

NL CHRISTMAS MUSIC CONCERT – On Monday, Dec. 19, the New Lothrop Junior High and High School choirs will be presenting the annual Christmas concert at 7:45 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Maple Grove. The choirs will be performing a variety of seasonal music both sacred and secular. Donations will be accepted at the door.

SANTA CLAUS COMES TO MAPLE GROVE – Santa Claus will be at the Maple Grove Fire Hall on Lincoln Road on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

TOYS FOR KIDS DEADLINE APPROACHES — Chesaning American Legion Post 212’s “Toys for Kids” program will continue until Friday Dec. 16. At that time, the drop off boxes will be collected. The Legion would like to thank those who have donated toys for this cause. There is still time to drop off toys for those who still wish to do so. The drop off boxes are located at Ed Rehmann and Sons Clothing, Ace Hardware, Frank’s Super Market, Charter Bank and Community State Bank. They are also taking monetary donations as well. Monetary donations can be sent to: Chesaning American Legion Post 212, Toys for Kids, P.O. Box 521, Chesaning, MI 48616.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS — The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for December are Harold Weber, of Chesaning; Joe Greenfelder, of Chesaning; and Matthew Barancik, of Chesaning. The $250 winners are Don Birchmeier, of New Lothrop; Rick Bennett, of Chesaning; Betty Gewirtz, of Chesaning; and Don Susalla of Saginaw.

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