2013-02-24 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OPEN HOUSES SET – Saginaw Area Catholic Schools have announced open houses. St. Stephen School’s multi-age 3-5 Montessori Program Open House will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. The Kindergarten Open House will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas School’s Full Day and Traditional Preschool Open House will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. the Young Five and Kindergarten Open House will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m.

REP. GLARDON TO MEET RESIDENTS IN OAKLEY – Local residents can visit with State Rep. Ben Glardon (R-Owosso) over coffee to discuss state or local issues on Monday, Feb. 25 at Crossroads Café, 104 N. Main St., Oakley, from 9 to 10 a.m. No appointments are necessary. Glardon sponsors regular office hours at various locations throughout the 85th District in order to be easily accessible to all constituents. Residents who are unable to attend the office hours are encouraged to contact Glardon toll free at (877) 558-5426 or email him at benglardon@house.mi.gov.

CAMP ANNOUNCES CONSTITUENT HOURS – Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) has announced office hours by his regional representatives in various locations around the 4th District to help residents in need of assistance with a federal agency. Constituents are invited to show up. No appointments are needed. Representatives will be at the Owosso City Hall Conference Room 301 W. Main St., Owosso, on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 10 a.m.

SEN. KAHN STAFF TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS – State Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Twp.), has announced that office with Saginaw County residents will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to noon, at his district office, Suite 101, Lower Level, 5140 State St., Saginaw. Members of the 32nd District lawmaker’s staff will be available during the office hours. Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Adams, along with a district liason, will provide constituents with an opportunity to meet and discuss concerns. No appointments are necessary. For more information, contact Kahn’s office tollfree at 1-866-305- 2132.

CODES WILL BE ENFORCED – The City of Montrose has expanded their contract with Montrose Township to include code enforcement services. As a result, the city will be better able to enforce code violations. The new contract goes into effect March 1, 2013. Code enforcement is expected to be stepped up by the end of March. For more information contact the Montrose City Office, (810) 639-6168.

RAM HOTLINE – Plans for establishing the Ram hotline are moving forward. Hill-McCloy Principal Jim Ply has been working with Flushing High School Principal Jason Melynchek to set up a phone number Montrose students can text or call to report incidents of bullying within the school. Flushing already has the Raider hotline in place. Ply said, “I didn’t realize how difficult it is to get an exchange in your own area.” He has reserved a number that would work; but he hopes that a more localized exchange (such as 810-639-****) will become available before they are ready to activate the line. Ply plans to test the program with a handful of kids. It’s main purpose is to provide students a comfortable way to report incidents of bullying. Plans are to have the hotline hours 6:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays; and see what kind of response they get. From there, the school board can determine whether to extend the hotline to the middle school. School Board Vice President Kurt Henige recommended they keep the same phone number for both high school and middle school. School board public relations committee members talked about the idea of having magnets made with the ram hotline phone number.

CHESANING APPLYS FOR GRANT – On Feb. 19, the Chesaning Village Council agreed to invest $2,500 to have an engineering firm complete the grant application to have their waste water treatment plant evaluated.

MID-MICHIGAN WASTE – According to Chesaning Village Councilman Michael Cicalo, the Mid Michigan Waste solid waste removal (garbage) contract will expire in 2014. The committee representing Mid Michigan Waste is considering their options for trash removal and recycling. According to Cicalo, one of the options is to switch to the larger wheeled trash receptacles that are designed to be lifted into the trucks mechanically. Proposed costs have yet to be released; and no decisions have been made as of yet. Local residents are welcome to offer opinion. Michael Cicalo represents the Village of Chesaning on the committee. Fran Kukulis represents Chesaning Township on the committee.

I.T. SUPPORT – On Feb. 19, the Montrose Township Board approved three contracts for computer support that are expected to save the township a great deal of money, while providing enhanced technical support. According to Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer, I.T. Right of Bath, Mich. was recommended by their new BS&A software supplier. Under one of the contracts, I.T. Right will provide cost effective daily computer backup services; which saves data off site, in case of an emergency. The company will service all of the township’s office computer equipment for $4,400 per year. Emmendorfer explained that this is better than the by-the-hour service the township had been using. I.T. Right’s anti-virus protection cost approximately half of what they had been paying. Plus, the township website will now be hosted for just $500 per year; whereas they had been paying $1,200 per year. “Overall, we’re getting a lot better service for less money; which is a good thing,” Emmendorfer concluded.

SITE ANALYSIS – THA Architects, the firm that worked with Montrose schools and Montrose library, has been contracted by Montrose Township to analyze the condition of the Montrose Township Police Department office and Montrose Township Fire Station at the corner of Nichols and Wilson. Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer explained that the township had released a request for proposal to analyze the two buildings to determine whether they should make needed improvements on either or both buildings. Emmendorfer talked about several of the deficiencies at both buildings. Board members want to know if either or both of the buildings are sound enough to justify improvements; or if they should scrap them and start over. Emmendorfer explained that the police department office had been a temporary classroom given to police by Montrose Community Schools in 1977. The fire department was built as a pole barn in 1968. “We need to address the problems we have [with these buildings] right now, and look to the future. We’re trying to be proactive,” Emmendorfer said. He explained that THA Architects submitted the lowest bid. The firm indicated that they like the community and wanted to provide this service for Montrose.

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS – On Feb. 19, the Montrose Township Board awarded the contract for supplying limestone for road improvements to Stone Co. of Flint. The township will pay $14.48 per ton to apply limestone to nine miles of rural roads. Other road improvements budgeted for 2013 include ditching Dodge Road, between River Road and the railroad tracks. They plan to chip and seal Morrish Road from Vienna to Wilson Road and Seymour Road from Lake Road to Willard. In addition, they intend to use crack and seal on seven-tenths of Glenn Mark Trail. In addition to the normal calcium chloride applications on area gravel roads, Montrose Township is paying the Genesee County Road Commission for an additional grading and brine application in 2013. Emmendorfer is pleased that they have an arrangement with Flushing Township that will make it possible to chip and seal Frances Road, between Elms and McKinley. Emmendorfer explained that Flushing wasn’t able to come up with their half of the $1.3 million job on the shared road this year. However, Montrose Township officials were able to work with Flushing in a way that will result in Flushing paying for their half of the project over time. Emmendorfer said Frances Road residents have been patient. He is pleased that the residents will have some road improvements. “It’s not a long-term solution, but hopefully it will buy us some time,” he said.

NL PARENTS PUSH FOR BASKETBALL CHANGE – Several New Lothrop parents and community members spoke at the Feb. 18 New Lothrop School board meeting, expressing concern with this year’s varsity boys basketball team. Members of the public discussed players not leaving the bench, even when the team has a good lead, and a negative attitude change in the team, as well as younger players being played more than seniors. One community member and one student defended the team. School board president Richard White responded by saying that the district would follow its policy on the issue, which includes and end-of-season evaluation.

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