2017-10-22 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

CHESANING TOYS FOR KIDS PROGRAM – The Chesaning American Legion Post 212 Toys for Kids program is gearing up again for the Christmas season. This year, the Legion is working with the Chesaning Area Emergency Relief (CAER) Center, Trinity United Methodist Church and St. Peter Parish. Applications are available at the CAER Center and are due back by Friday, Nov. 3. CAER Center hours are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Toys for Kids will have decorated boxes to collect new, unwrapped toys at the following locations in Chesaning: Ace Hardware, Ed Rehmann and Sons Clothing, Citizens Bank, Pintown Pizza and Lanes, PNC Bank, Frank’s Supermarket, LaClair Sales, Mel Ervin Ford, and The State Bank. Toys collected will stay within the Chesaning school district. Organizers are also accepting monetary donations to be used to purchase additional items. Monetary donations can be sent to Chesaning American Legion Post 212, ATTN: Toys for Kids, P.O. Box 521, Chesaning, MI 48616.

REP. FREDERICK TO HOST OFFICE HOURS – State Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) will hold in-district office hours on Monday, Oct. 23 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Durand City Hall, 215 W. Clinton St., Durand, and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Marion Township Hall, 10925 S. Merrill Road. No appointments are necessary. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact Rep. Frederick’s office at (517) 373-0841 or via email at BenFrederick@house.mi.gov.

ST. PETER CHRISTMAS PROJECT APPLICATIONS – The St. Peter Parish Christmas project is getting underway. Former applicants will receive information in the mail. Any others who need help and live in the Chesaning school district may contact Consuelo at (989) 252-2159 or Rosemary at St. Peter Parish. Completed applications should be dropped off at the church, Monday through Friday, until Oct. 31.

NEW LOTHROP ROBOTICS – During the Oct. 16 meeting of the New Lothrop Public Schools Board of Education, science teacher Ernie Delemeester read letters written by robotics team students Craig Gross and Zach Kraven thanking the school parent-teacher organization for making a $700 donation to the New Lothrop High School Robotics Team. Delemeester said the team now has 14 students. The donation will enable them to purchase parts for their robot. He explained that he is currently teaching robotics as part of the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enrichment program.

FALLING LEAVES – During the Oct. 17 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, president Joseph Sedlar, Jr. reminded residents not to push leaves into the street, and to clean leaves away from catch basins to prevent clogging. Leaves should be bagged and put at the curb for pick up. According to village ordinance, residential properties are allowed to place up to six bags of leaves at curbside every week.

SIGN ORDINANCE – During the Oct. 19 meeting, the Montrose City Council held a public hearing for changes to the sign ordinance. Mayor Colleen Brown explained the changes were made to keep the city ordinance in line with a higher court decision. The changes primarily removed the references that conflicted with the right to free speech. No one in the audience spoke during the public hearing for the ordinance change. The city council adopted the change.

ONE BID – On Oct. 19, the Montrose City Council accepted the only offer received for the property at 250 Oak St. Looking at the extremely low offer, Councilwoman Deborah Gross asked if there wasn’t something they could do to improve the value of the property. Councilman Thomas Bigelow explained the property had been in the Land Bank before, and didn’t sell. The city had it up for sale for four months. Bigelow explained that now, with the property sold, the city would be receiving the tax revenue. City manager Neil Rankin told the council that it costs more for the city to mow the property than the bid. By selling it, the city would have a cost savings. City attorney Otis Stout said the new property owner will be expected to repair it or raze it. He explained there’s a lot of responsibility that goes along with taking on a property of this nature. The city council agreed to sell the property (with a condemned house) for $102.58.

D.D.A. LOAN - On Oct. 19, the Montrose City Council has approved a seven-year inter-fund loan between the Montrose DDA and the city water and sewer fund. City manager Neil Rankin explained the cost of the DDA bonds will be going up. The city can pay it down, saving the DDA money, while generating some interest for the water and sewer fund. The loan would enable the DDA to retire the 2006 resolution bond. The council agreed to loan the DDA money to retire the bond in an amount not to exceed $140,000 over the next seven years. Rankin said the city would be better off paying the DDA loan off. Councilwoman Deborah Gross said the DDA bonds were taken out to renovate the alleys downtown.

PUBLIC SAFETY MILLAGE – Montrose City Councilman Eldon Dunklee has stated he wants the city council to consider placing a public safety millage proposal on the public ballot. City manager Neil Rankin addressed the problem of the reduction of state revenue sharing since 2002, and has prepared information about what it would cost to bring the city back up to full time police coverage. Mayor Colleen Brown said the cost of full coverage would be $360,000. The $312,000 the city pays now for public safety amounts to 40 percent of the budget. Brown expressed appreciation for how the Montrose Township Police Department has been working with the city.

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