2013-06-16 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

REP GLARDON PLANS HEMLOCK OFFICE HOURS – Local residents can visit one-on-one with State Rep. Ben Glardon (R-Owosso) in Hemlock on Monday, June 17, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Big Drew’s Family Grill, 265 W. Saginaw St. Residents who are unable to attend the office hours are encouraged to contact Glardon toll free at (877) 558-5426 or via email at benglardon@house.mi.gov.

CAMP’S REPS TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS – Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) has announced monthly office hours held 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 necessary. Representatives will be at the Owosso City Hall Conference Room, 301 W. Main St., Owosso, on Thursday, June 20, from 9 to 10 a.m., and at the Thomas Township Library, 8207 Shields Dr., Saginaw, on Friday, June 21, from 4 to 5 p.m.

CHESANING CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce bi-weekly raffle for Wednesday, June 12, was Tyler Danek, of DeWitt. Guest drawer was Todd Hilgendorf of Accurate ADC Animal Damage Control.

MONTROSE SCHOOLS TO CONDUCT EMERGENCY TRAINING – Montrose Community Schools, in conjunction with state, county and local authorities, will be conducting an active shooter training at Hill-McCloy High School on Tuesday, June 18, beginning at 1 p.m. The dispatch of emergency vehicles and the partial blocking of surrounding streets will take place in this simulation. School officials remind everyone this is just a simulation and one more way they are working to keep children safe.

McDONALD’S RESTAURANTS HOLD GRAND RE-OPENINGS – The McDonald’s Restaurants in Montrose, Chesaning and St. Charles will be holding grand re-opening ceremonies today at each location. Ronald McDonald will be on hand for the ribbon cutting starting at 11 a.m. in Montrose, 1 p.m. in Chesaning, and 3 p.m. in St. Charles. In addition, the grand re-opening of the Playland in Chesaning will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. Ronald McDonald will be on hand to greet children, do some magic, and introduce them to the new obstacle Playland. The restaurants will also be offering specials all week.

VENDORS/BUYERS NEEDED FOR ATTIC SALE – On Sunday, June 23, the Chesaning- Brady Fire Department will host an Attic Sale where vendors are encouraged to rent a space to sell their wares. Table space for 8’ table with two chairs is $10; table proceeds go to support the fire department. Interested vendors should contact Chris at (989) 245-4155. The auxiliary will have a bake sale as well. The Attic Sale will be held Sunday, June 23, (rain or shine) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

UPCOMING JUNE TIRE DRIVES – Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement will be collecting scrap tires at two more locations within the Tri- County Citizen coverage area during the month of June. Brady Township Hall, corner of Hemlock Road and Peet Road, will be the site of a Tuesday, June 25 tire drive. Then on Thursday, June 27, Ric’s Food Center in Hemlock will host a tire drive.

MONTOSE GETTING A DEAL – During the June 13 meeting, the Montrose City Council approved the purchase of a Ricoh office machine that will copy, scan, and fax. The options had been weighed, Clerk Tina Rush talked about the cost comparisons, indicating that the MiDEAL state bid offering was the most cost effective. Ricoh Account Executive Kevin Denno addressed the council stating, “The state of Michigan wrote the contract. You’re able to buy off of it. The pricing is very low. Our competitors really can’t match it.” Tina confirmed Denno’s statement. The council approved the purchase of the Ricoh machine, with the stipulation that it not be billed until after July 1, 2013, when the city starts its next fiscal year.

I.T. SERVICE CONTRACT – Montrose City Council members had expressed concern over the high cost of I.T. (Information Technology) services. They noted that the city’s bill for the month of May was $525. As a result, the council decided to seek other options. I.T. Right submitted proposals for several services. City Mayor Ray Foust discussed the city’s I.T. service needs, which included switching out the existing server among other services. City Manager Frank Crosby looked over I.T. Right’s proposals, noting that the cost was less than they had budgeted. Foust said, “We’re getting a good deal. They come out and take care of everything personally. I feel we’d be light years ahead by hiring this company.” Mayor Pro-Tem Colleen Brown moved for approval of the I.T. Right service contract, online backup, server replacement, anti-virus protection, and remote backup of files. The contract will go into effect after July 1, 2013; when the city starts the new fiscal year.

FRIDAY WORK HOURS VS. ADDITIONAL STAFF - During their June 13 meeting, the Montrose City Council discussed the challenges the administrative staff has catching up with their duties, while serving the public. According to Councilman Robert Arnold, the State of Michigan has passed a lot more work on to municipalities. Mayor Ray Foust said, “I understand what you’re saying. I spent six months in here.” He said he observed that one of the girls on staff had to spend 10 minutes on the phone with a customer, explaining something that was written on the customer’s bill; then spending another 20 minutes to explain it again in person. DPW Director Everett Persall had suggested that they close the office on Fridays for awhile to allow the staff to catch up on their work without being disrupted. However, several council members were opposed to cutting hours to the public. They prefer to increase part time help. Councilman Paul Wixon said he preferred to make an informed decision. The issue was tabled until the July meeting.

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