2017-03-19 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

TTA OFFERS CPR CLASS – Twin Township Ambulance will be holding a CPR class on Sunday, March 27 at 4 p.m. The cost of the class is $50. Upon completion of the class, participants will earn an American Heart CPR card. To register, call (810) 634-1001. For more information, visit twinems.org.

CHS BACCALAUREATE MEETING – On Monday, March 20 at 2:45 p.m., a meeting will be held for interested area clergy, parents or citizens interested in helping plan the Chesaning High School Class of 2017 baccalaureate service. The meeting will take place immediately after school in the media center at the high school. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, contact Mary VanLoon at (989) 845-6326.

BROAD STREET EVENTS MARKET VENDOR MEETING – Broad Street Events will hold a market vendor meeting on Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Grille in Chesaning. Discussion will include market location, vendor needs, application and policies, cottage food rules and market activities. The fourth annual season will run every Saturday, July 15 through Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

STC BUDGET HEARING MARCH 22 – After much discussion by the St. Charles Village Council members during the regular meeting on Wednesday, March 8, it was decided to hold a second budget hearing on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. Approval for the 2017-18 budget is also scheduled for that night, following the hearing. The village is required by law to have its budget approved by April 1.

REP. FREDERICK ANNOUNCES OFFICE HOURS – Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) has announced office hours in the 85th District for Monday, March 20. He will be at the Foster Coffee Company, 115 S. Washington St., Owosso, from 7 to 8:30 a.m., and at the Marion Township Hall, 10925 S. Merrill Road, in Marion Springs, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact his office at (517) 373-0841 or email BenFrederick@house.mi.gov.

STC CHRISTMAS MEETING – St. Charles Village President Marie Roe has organized a meeting for area churches, civic groups and interested persons to discuss the possibility of having a Christmas celebration in town this year. The meeting will be held on Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at The Rustic.

TRUSTEE APPOINTMENT – During the January meeting of the Oakley Village Council, President Richard Fish informed the council trustee Don Bantha had submitted a resignation letter due to health reasons. During the February meeting, the council voted in favor of appointing former village clerk Cheryl Bolf to the vacancy. During the March meeting, Fish asked Bolf to continue serving as the village FOIA officer. She agreed.

FOIA REQUEST - During the March 14 meeting of the Oakley Village Council, president Richard Fish announced that the village had received another FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) request. According to a copy of the FOIA letter from attorney Phillip L. Ellison on behalf of former Oakley councilman Dennis Bitterman, the request is focused on obtaining bank records, check copies, bank statements and so forth held by Isabella Bank, Community State Bank and other banking institutions under the names of the Village of Oakley, Oakley village president Richard Fish and Oakley Police Chief Robert Reznick. The document further states Bitterman is willing to pay up to $100 for obtaining these copies, and is to be informed before exceeding that amount.

NUMBER NINE DRAIN – The Saginaw County Drain Office has informed the Village of Oakley as a whole will be charged $4,500 for improvements to the Number Nine Drain. During the village council’s March 14 meeting, Oakley Village President Richard Fish explained the $4,500 will be charged directly to the village, a portion of which is for village-owned property. In addition, Oakley village properties will be assessed for those improvements as well. Jim Freelitz contends village property drains into the Deer Creek. He argued the map indicates the village doesn’t get any benefit from the Number Nine Drain. The board voted to use a portion of the money from

a CD that matured later in the week, to pay the village’s portion of the bill. The village’s share of the drain bill was due Friday, March 17.

OAKLEY BUDGET – The Oakley Village Council held a budget workshop before the March 14 meeting early for the purpose of working on the 2017-2018 budget. During the meeting, the council was successful in completing the general fund budget and the street budgets, but had to schedule a follow-up meeting for the sewer budget, once additional information becomes available. Deputy Clerk Jim Freelitz expressed interest in using the village’s street allotment from the Saginaw County Road Commission for chip and seal work on village streets.

MARIJUANA LAW – During the March 14 meeting of the Oakley Village Council, Mel Rodriguez addressed the council about the village’s enforcement of medical marijuana laws. He explained he and his father are both medical marijuana patients. Rodriguez said they want to get ready for the upcoming growing season, but first need to know what they need to do to be in compliance. President Richard Fish acknowledged he knew Rodriguez was licensed; adding that if it’s legal, he should be able to [grow it]. Rodriguez requested a check list to make sure they comply. He added they are looking to do things correctly. Fish said he will discuss it with the police chief.

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