2016-07-10 / News

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MONTROSE FARMERS’ MARKET HOSTS JULY EVENTS – The Montrose Township Farmers’ Market is open from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays at Barber Park, located at 11410 Seymour Road. Special events in July include: Kids Night on July 14, Car Show on July 21 and Live Band Night on July 28. The market features various vendors specializing in items such as breads, pies, cookies, syrups, hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, spices, herbs, seedlings, plants, pet treats, hand-sewn goods, yard ornaments and many other specialty items. To become a vendor, download an application at www.montrosetownship.org or call (810) 533-4880 for details.

ZONING FOR ASSISTED LIVING – During the July 5 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council voted in favor of revising the ordinance definition of “large group homes” to consist of 13 or more residents. The ordinance previously identified large group homes as having 13-20 residents. The council also approved rezoning for two assisted living facilities within the village of Chesaning. The council approved a rezoning request for 38 acres changing the zoning from a combination of R-4, B-2 and agriculture to one B-2 zoning. Plans are to build a new large group home in southwest section of the village. The other rezoning request was to change the zoning on the former Line Street school from R-4 to B-2.

CORPORATE SITE PLAN REVIEW – Chesaning Village Administrator Troy Feltman informed the village council July 5 that with the new corporate assisted living facility moving into the community, the zoning administrator is not comfortable taking on a corporate site plan review. Feltman suggested contracting with SAFEbuilt just for site plan review. He explained that he has worked with the company before and found them detail oriented. Feltman said corporate entities expect a very professional site plan review. The cost for SAFEbuilt’s service would simply be a “pass through” (not costing extra) for the village. The council approved.

PEDDLERS LICENSE – During the July 5 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, village administrator Troy Feltman said he would like to do something about initiating a peddlers license. He explained that there was a very pushy peddler in town recently. Councilman Phil Larner said the peddlers were trying to get people to go out to their van. Feltman said the license would only affect unsolicited peddlers.

TREE STAND – Several weeks ago Chesaning village officials discovered a tree stand mounted to a tree on the airport property. The tree stand was removed. No one has claimed it yet, Councilman Mike Navarre said.

GENERATOR – Chesaning Township Supervisor Bob Corrin said township officials have been working on the hazard mitigation plan required by the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division. Corrin said they are working with the methodist church to fulfill some of the plan’s requirements. The township still needs a power generator to use for emergencies. Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Przybylski has indicated that they should be able to obtain a Homeland Security grant for the generator.

GARY ROAD BRIDGE – Chesaning Township Supervisor Bob Corrin said the new Gary Road Bridge is open as of noon July 1. The project had been delayed a year after the engineers learned that the initial plan wouldn’t be high enough to address the problem of ice dams during the winter.

ELECTION NEWS – Chesaning Township Clerk Fran Kukulis said she has already sent out more than 200 absentee ballots for the August Primary Election. The township recently performed the preliminary test on the ballot counting machines. One of the machines failed the test; it was a refurbished model that replaced another machine that failed previously. Kukulis was glad they discovered the problem before the July 12 public test.

DEADLINES APPROACHING – Chesaning Township Clerk Fran Kukulis reminds those interested in running for public office that the deadlines for positions on the Chesaning Village Council, Chesaning Union School Board of Education and River Rapids District Library Board are all approaching. Applications are due by July 26 at 4 p.m. for the village and school, and the library board deadline is July 21 at 4 p.m.

MAKING FRIENDS – Chesaning Township Supervisor Bob Corrin and Treasurer Cathy Gross recently attended a meeting of the Friends of the Shiawassee River. The organization is working toward making the Shiawassee River a national water trail from Holly to St. Charles. It recently received a grant for $21,400 to aid in the effort.

WILDWOOD DRAINAGE – The Chesaning Township Board of Trustees received one contractor bid for the drainage project at Wildwood Cemetery. The goal of the project is to drain the area near the mausoleum in an effort to prepare for installing a columbarium to house cremated ashes. Hedrich Excavating was the contractor submitting the only bid, which was in the amount of $4,650. Supervisor Bob Corrin said the township handled the bidding process properly and advertised it. The man who bid is an established contractor. Corrin was comfortable awarding the contract despite the single bid. The project includes the installation of three catch basins and a length of four-inch tile according to project specifications. Chesaning Township Trustee Bill Hedrich abstained from the vote, as he is related to the contractor. The board awarded the contract to Hedrich Excavating.

COPY THAT – The Chesaning Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a new copy machine and a maintenance contract with Brady Office Services. Township Clerk Fran Kukulis reported that the machine they had been using was more than 10 years old. It could not be repaired and bidders would not take it as a trade in. Kukulis sought bids from several suppliers. The best price for the township’s needs was $3,000 for a Cannon 2525 copier/fax machine with the capability of printing large sheets. The township board approved the purchase; as well as the service contract at $33.20 per month. Kukulis informed the township board that the River Rapids District Library has the exact same machine. She suggested offering the library the township’s old copier for parts, along with two toner cartridges. The board approved.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE – Montrose Township voters can visit the township office, 139 S. Saginaw St., from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, for the purpose of obtaining an absentee ballot for the Aug. 2, state Primary Election. For more information, call (810) 639-2021.

MONTROSE BLOOD DRIVE – The Montrose United Methodist Church, 158 E. State St., and the Knights of Columbus 8669, will co-sponsor a blood drive from noon - 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at the church. The community’s involvement will help the American Red Cross prevent a summer shortage of blood. For more details, call (810) 639-6925 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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