2017-11-12 / 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. 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, The State Bank, and the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce. 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.

TOYS FOR KIDS SIGN-UP – Chesaning American Legion Post 212 will have applications available on Monday Nov. 13 from 10 am to 4 pm for those families needing assistance to obtain toys for their children for Christmas. The Post is located at the corner of McKeighan and Baldwin Roads. Participants must live in the Chesaning School District and must bring a photo ID with their address and their child’s birth certificate.

CORRECTION – The St. Charles Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. A story in last week’s Citizen had the wrong time for the parade.

CHESANING CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce bi-weekly raffle for Wednesday, Nov. 8 was Pat Bitterman, of Chesaning. Guest drawer was Sara Jensen, of Giesken’s Cabinetry and Floor Covering.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – During the Wednesday, Nov. 8 meeting of the St. Charles Village Council, Saginaw County District 6 Commissioner Kyle Harris expressed his opposition to two recent votes that were passed by the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners. Harris reported the board of commissioners approved building a new jail without settling the funding issue. He would like to see the project bonded out and paid for using existing funds. Harris also took issue with the board of commissioners voting themselves a 1.5 percent pay raise; he voted against it.

FINANCING CONSTRUCTION – During the Nov. 7 board meeting, Village Administrator Troy Feltman told the Chesaning Village Council the village received a highly competitive bid from Chemical Bank for financing the construction of the village’s new office, adjoined to the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce office. Feltman said they’re just waiting for the chamber to provide a clear title on the property. He anticipates a Nov. 28 closing.

HOT DOGS – Kyle Brown said the Tri-Township Fire Department served 500 hot dogs at the fire station on Halloween night.

NO UPDATE – On Nov. 7, St. Charles Village Manager Matthew Lane reported the village had not yet received a report from AKT Peerless about the environmental impact at the village office as of yet.

NEW APPOINTEE – Bill Wood has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the St. Charles Village Planning Commission. Wood submitted his application and was appointed on Nov. 8.

SOLAR PANELS – Solar panel farms appear to be the next push for renewable energy. During the Nov. 7 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, administrator Troy Feltman informed the council that two people have contacted the village about solar power. He suggests the village establish an ordinance soon. The council agreed the planning commission should take a look at it.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS – In the near future, the St. Charles Village Office will be able to start accepting credit cards for payment of water bills, taxes and other things. Village Manager Matthew Lane said customers who use it will pay a three percent fee per transaction with a $2 minimum. He explained that for people who are at risk of having their water shut off, the cost of using the credit card is much less than the penalty for shut off. Providing this service is at no cost to the village. Lane said they will also be able to accept credit card payments online, through the village website. The village council approved the credit option during its Nov. 8 meeting. The village office staff will be trained on the system before the credit card service goes into effect.

MONTROSE CANDLEWALK – The Montrose Candlewalk Committee is seeking vendors to set up outside along Saginaw and Hickory streets during the Saturday, Dec. 2, festivities. The Montrose Candlewalk Parade will take place at 5 p.m.; lighted entries are needed to make the parade festive. Those interested in participating in the parade or being a vendor should contact Bubba Persall at (810) 845-0775.

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