2017-08-13 / 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.

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.

TAYMOUTH LIBRARY RECEIVES GRANT – The Saginaw Community Foundation awarded a grant of $1,250 to the Taymouth Township Library. The funds will go toward a new community sign in front of the library. The sign will allow the library to provide information on local events for the public. The Saginaw Community Foundation was founded in 1984, and awards grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, local units of government and religious institutions in Saginaw County. The library is looking forward to the sign being installed by September.

CHESANING CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, Aug. 9, was Ellen Rodman, of Chesaning. Guest drawer was Valina Jones, of the Silver Thimble.

ST. CHARLES TWP. PAYS OFF BEAR CREEK – The St. Charles Township board voted on Monday, Aug. 7 to pay in full its portion of the Bear Creek drain project, a total of $109,275. The board had the option of paying it off up front, or financing it for 15 years. Township Supervisor Tommy Sergent estimated financing the project would add approximately $60,000 to the cost.

ST. CHARLES DPW – During the Aug. 9 meeting of the St. Charles Village Council, manager Matthew Lane reported he would like to hold the DPW director position open long enough for a couple of the village’s DPW workers to take the tests for certification. Then, they would be eligible to apply for the position. They’re studying for the tests. In the meantime, Chesaning village DPW employee Rodney Cantu, who already has the certification, has offered to tutor them. Cantu has been covering St. Charles with the state-mandated licensing in the meantime.

DRILLING – In some areas of the Village of St. Charles, there have been contractors drilling into lawns, attempting to locate manholes covered by a layer of grass. Village manager Matthew Lane explained the manhole covers shouldn’t be covered. Council members expressed concern that uncovering the manholes in lawns is leaving holes in some areas, since the manholes are below ground level. Lane explained they are mapping the locations of the manholes as part of the water asset management plan. The village received a Stormwater Asset management and Wastewater (SAW) Grant to complete the survey to map out the village sewer system.

BEAVER ROAD – St. Charles village manager Matthew Lane said the Beaver Road replacement is coming along well. He said they’re a few weeks away from paving. He said its surprisingly on track, even though the project started a couple of weeks late. Councilwoman Christine Neumann asked a Beaver Road resident about the traffic during construction. A resident said there have been people speeding through, usually on the weekends; even a couple of semis went through. The police chief made note of the problem.

STATE BANK – The State Bank of St. Charles will be doing a major remodeling, St. Charles Village manager Matthew Lane told the board during the Aug. 9 meeting. He explained the bank probably has twice the room it really needs, so it’s reconfiguring the building to match its needs. The planning commission is reviewing the project.

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