2017-12-10 / News Briefs


CHESANING KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for December are: $1,000 winners John Traverse, of St. Charles, Ronald Wendling, of Montrose, and Stan Wenzlick, of Chesaning; $250 winners Chuck and Margo Yaklin, of New Lothrop, Ashley Harris, of Chesaning, Ken Knieper, of Chesaning, and Dennis Weisenberger and John Emmendorfer, of Chesaning.

DONATION – The Veterans Bell Memorial Committee recently donated some ash lumber to the Hill-McCloy High School industrial arts program. The lumber was left over from the construction of the Veterans Bell Memorial located at Barber Memorial Park. The wood had been donated to the memorial for that project. Now, students will be able to use the wood for their individual projects.

WINNERS – On Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, American Legion Post #367 in Montrose drew the winners of their 2017 raffle at the Veterans Bell Memorial. The American Legion thanked everyone who purchased tickets this year for the raffle. The winners were: first place - Florence Walling of Flushing; second place went to Tim Pangle of Montrose; third place went to Stan Nippa of Montrose.

CROP DISASTER – The USDA has declared the U.S. Fourth Congressional District as a crop disaster area for 2017. Growers located in the counties of Saginaw, Shiawassee, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Montcalm, Clinton and Gladwin are eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency, including emergency loans. Farm operators have eight months from the date of the disaster designation to apply for assistance. More information is available for farmers at local Farm Service Agency offices.

UNITED APPEAL – During the Thursday, Dec. 7 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, Treasurer Cathy Gross reported on the status of this year’s Chesaning Area United Appeal fund drive. She told the township board this year’s fund drive started later because they’re short-handed. Funds have been coming in slowly; at this point they have received about $9,000, their goal is $30,000. Funds raised by the Chesaning Area United Appeal support local services such as the Rehmann Health Center, River Rapids District Library, Chesaning Area Emergency Relief, and Young at Heart Club activities through the Chesaning Senior Center. For more information about United Appeal, contact Cathy Gross, Mary VanLoon or call the Rehmann Health Center (989) 845-3911.

MISTEGUAY CREEK DRAIN – The Misteguay Creek Intercounty Drainage Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the New Lothrop Village Office, 9435 Beech St. During the meeting, the board will receive a report from legal council on the status of the Albee Township lawsuit; as well as a report from Saginaw County Public Works Commissioner Brian Wendling on the status of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s dike maintenance. The board will also receive and approve the minutes from the last drain board meeting, which was held on June 9. This meeting is open to the public.

BEAR CREEK AND FAIRCHILD DRAINS – Chesaning Township supervisor Bob Corrin said work on the Bear Creek Drain began during the week of Dec. 4. He said it started later than expected, as it was scheduled for October. He added that the Fairchild Drain will be undergoing some work in the vicinity of Gasper Road at Chesaning Road; however, there won’t be an assessment meeting for this one.

IMPASSABLE ROADS – During the Dec. 7 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, township clerk Fran Kukulis reported that the Mid-Michigan Waste Authority is informing its municipalities that if roads become impassable, a waste collection truck won’t go down them to collect and won’t try to recollect until the next regularly scheduled collection day.

REAPPOINTMENTS – On Dec. 7, the Chesaning Township Board reappointed trustees serving on the township planning commission and zoning board of appeals. Pete Hemgesberg has been reappointed to a three-year term on the planning commission. Ken Hornak was appointed to a three-year term on the zoning board of appeals. Hemgesberg also reported that the planning commission has been putting a lot of work into updating the five-year master plan. He expects they will hold a public hearing on the revised plan in May.

CLEANUP – After repeated requests to the owner of a home destroyed by fire to clean up the debris, the Chesaning Township Board has been forced to get the property cleaned up as a matter of public safety. On Thursday, Dec. 7, the board hired Vincke Excavating to clean up the home destroyed at 12760 Peet Road. The property owner will be billed for the costs incurred.

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