2017-08-06 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

SUPPLIES FOR SUCCESS – The Montrose Township Senior Center and many other local businesses and community groups are banding together for a Supplies For Success drive to ensure Montrose students have the essentials to learn and succeed this school year. Supplies needed include: composition books, number two pencils, erasers, colored pencils, crayons, dry erase markers, washable markers, two-pocket folders, spiral notebooks, backpacks, one, two and three inch binders, glue bottles and sticks, small scissors, hand sanitizer, facial tissue, pencil boxes or pouches, ink pens, and highlighters. To participate, purchase any of the items on the list and drop donations at the following participating businesses by Aug. 31: Montrose Township Senior Center, Riverside Market, Sav On Drugs, Dollar General, Lamb of God Fellowship, Montrose Methodist Church and Good Shepherd Catholic Church. To make a financial donation, send a check payable to Montrose Senior Center, P.O. Box 3128, Montrose, MI 48457. For more information, contact the senior center at (810) 639-2822.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE – The Chesaning Area Emergency Relief (CAER) Center of Chesaning provides food to over 250 families in the area. This service helps needy families by providing food. Chesaning Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is happy to help by providing a canned food drive. Bring any canned food item in to help the worthy cause to 201 S. Front Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 7–11.

SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY –There will be a backpack/school supply giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Charles Elementary School. Any student in the St. Charles School District can select free needed school supplies for the next school year at the event. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church has organized the giveaway, with the support of the St. Charles Haunted House Association, St. Charles Lions Club, LINC and Mary of the Immaculate Conception parishioners.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for August are Dennis Andres, of New Lothrop, Rick and Becky Wenzlick, of New Lothrop, Rick Wendling Big 10 Club, of Chesning, and Tom Tithof, of Chesaning.

POLICE VEHICLE – On Aug. 1, the Chesaning Village Council approved the purchase of a Chevrolet Tahoe from LaClair Sales with state bid assist for $37,012.74, plus a police package upgrade for $5,590. The total price the council approved was not to exceed $42,602.74, since the police chief plans to transfer some of the equipment from the old patrol unit to the new one. The vehicle will be purchased on a three-year lease. The purchase was budgeted for this year.

BURN PERMITS ON HOLD – Trinity United Methodist Church requested a burning permit to clean up the back of its property. Councilman Phil Larner said Union Court also wants a burning permit to burn brush. The Chesaning Village Council voted unanimously to hold off on issuing burn permits due to dry weather conditions.

MARKING THE TRAIL – On Aug. 1, Chesaning Village President Joseph Sedlar, Jr. told the village council they need to place rocks to stop vehicles from driving on the nature trail in Showboat Park. It looks like a road. Village administrator Troy Feltman agreed they should place stones and a sign at the beginning of the trail. He added he thinks the trail looks pretty nice.

COMMISSIONER’S CONCERNS – Saginaw County Commissioner Kyle Harris addressed the Chesaning Township Board at the Aug. 3 meeting. He reported the board of commissioners has been off for the past two months. Harris talked about plans for the Saginaw County Jail. He explained it appears the cost of remodeling the existing jail would be comparable to building a new one. Harris described problems with water in the basement of the existing jail as well as employee safety concerns with the way it’s built. He supported bonding out the jail project, because it forces the board to budget for it. However, Harris said he is perturbed about how the board of commissioners intends to fund jail operations by going back to the voters for more money. He said the sheriff has already said he could operate the new jail with fewer deputies, thus saving money. Harris said construction of the new jail is estimated at $35 million, however, it is expected to be up to $41 million by the time it’s furnished.

REHMANN HEALTH CENTER – On Aug. 3, Saginaw County Commissioner Kyle Harris told the Chesaning Township Board he voted in favor of removing family planning services from the Rehmann Health Center. He explained the family planning clinic requires having a nurse available; currently the county is down to five nurses. Furthermore, only seven people used the family planning clinic at the Rehmann Health Center last year. He explained it costs $9,000 to have a nurse for that clinic alone. The county gets reimbursed for each patient, but with only seven patients, the county lost $8,600 on it. He added the last nurse left because she could make $10 more an hour working at a hospital and it was boring working at the rural clinics. Harris also informed the township board that Chesaning was the only rural clinic still holding family planning clinics. Township treasurer Cathy Gross, who sits on the Rehmann Health Center Board said she could understand cutting family planning.

COUNTY FUNDING – Saginaw County Commissioner Kyle Harris talked about his frustration with the county officials’ use of taxpayer dollars. He said the registrar of deeds wants a new conference room; he wonders why they can’t use one of the other conference rooms. The controller put a $20,000 place holder because he wants a new desk. Plus, elected officials want a six percent pay increase. He is aggravated over the waste of taxpayer dollars.

BEAR CREEK DRAIN – The Chesaning Township Board recently learned the township will be charged $123,225 for improvements to the Bear Creek Drain. That’s 7.95 percent of the total cost of the project, said Chesaning Township Supervisor Bob Corrin. The township board had budgeted $8,000 in this year’s budget for the project. While the board considered paying half of the Bear Creek Drain off and financing the rest, they recognized that the Young’s Drain will be coming up soon as well. After careful consideration, the Chesaning Township Board voted to transfer money from the fund balance and eliminate the columbarium project at the cemetery to pay off the Bear Creek assessment this year.

NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONER – During the Aug. 3 meeting, the Chesaning Township Board appointed Matt Mallory to fill the vacancy on the planning commission. Supervisor Bob Corrin said Mallory would be following in his father’s footsteps. Mallory will be filling the vacancy on the planning commission left by his father, Matt Mallory.

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