2018-01-14 / Viewpoints

Letters to the editor

Santa’s Village season another success, thanks to support of sponsors, volunteers and community

Dear Editor,

As the lights and decorations are being packed away, we pause to thank all those who made Santa’s Village another great success. The decorating team of tireless volunteers did an amazing job working many weeks transforming the large exhibition hall into a beautiful Christmas wonderland. During the busiest time of year, our event workers welcomed our guests and added to their delightful holiday experience weekend after weekend. The behind-the-scenes office and grounds volunteers work year-round to assure that Santa’s Village continues to be a Christmas tradition. We are grateful for the many teens that came and helped out, especially National Honor Society and Key Club members. This Saginaw County treasure was made possible by all of these dedicated volunteers generously giving their time and talents.

During all four weekends, one hundred and thirteen veterans and active military personnel were treated to a free admission compliments of The State Bank. An extra big thank-you for their generosity and our other county-wide sponsors/friends who partnered with us this year to produce this magical event: LaClair Sales, Applebee Oil & Propane, Broad Street Pharmacy, Re/Max TriCounty, Card Brothers Equipment, Chesaning Lions Club, Dorr Trucking, Glastender Inc., Hehr International Inc., Line Street Dental, McDonalds Chesaning, Blaine Farms, Chesaning Family Dental, Doug Moeggenborg-Edward Jones, Family Insurance Services, Green Stone Farm Credit Service, Dave & Jalene Kulhanek, Misiuk Funeral Home, Sloan’s Septic Tank Service, and United Financial Credit Service.

Others who contributed to the success of Santa’s Village were Jim and Doris Amman who have donated 1,000s of candy canes; D & G Equipment donated a John Deere bike for the give-away drawing; Tim and George Gewirtz donated their store Christmas decorations; Art Thiel donated oats for magic reindeer food; Bonnie Ruff and friends designed the kids’ crafts; Montrose Lions Club offered discounts for volunteers at their food wagon; Chesaning Kiwanis Club members provided a free game for kids to play and also prepared lunch for our Special Day; Ace Hardware donated bags and many businesses distributed brochures and displayed signs. Tri-County Citizen gave us great photos and print; TV 12 and TV 5 gave us live TV coverage while many “friends” shared about Santa’s Village on Facebook. Thank you to everyone for being involved, thoughtful and generous.

Always dependent on the weather, this year we had over 5,000 visitors from all over the state and beyond during the four weekends. Santa’s Village is produced 100 percent by volunteers and all proceeds benefit the Saginaw County Fair.

If anyone would like to get involved with Santa’s Village, even for just a few hours, please call Saginaw County Fairgrounds at (989) 845-2143 and you will be contacted as the time draws nearer next fall. New volunteers are always needed and welcome. This is an excellent opportunity for teens to meet their community involvement requirement.

We also accept donated Christmas decorations year-round. Just drop them off at the Saginaw County Fairground office located at 11350 W. Peet Road in Chesaning. Off-season office hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sandy Sloan and Peggy Garikes

Writer says township won’t lose revenue with annexation

Dear Editor,

As a resident, business owner, and tax payer of both the Village and the Township of Chesaning, I am very concerned that certain elected Township officials are intentionally making false statements to my customers, residents and various news outlets about the loss of Township tax revenue if the former Peet Packing property is annexed into the Village of Chesaning. The truth is that Chesaning Township property will not lose any revenue, and realistically, will benefit from the annexation of the old Peet Packing property by increased property assessments and additional personal property tax assessments.

Every property owner in the Village of Chesaning also pays Township taxes. If the property is annexed into the Village, the owner of the Peet Packing property will still receive the same property tax bill from Chesaning Township that is always has – and then it will receive a bill from the Village of Chesaning for the Village taxes and its share of the special assessments, including the recently adopted millage for Village roads.

As a resident of the Village and the Township and a local business owner, I am already feeling the benefits of the new legal medical marijuana businesses. All of these new businesses have hired local contractors and the representatives and employees of these new businesses are remodeling old buildings, shopping in local stores and eating in local restaurants. The new jobs that will be created in our Village and our Township will benefit the entire downtown district and the community as a whole. Job creation will also benefit the school districts by bringing new families to the Chesaning area for the job opportunities.

The new construction and/or building improvements to the old Peet Packing bill bring increased tax revenue for both the Township and the Village and help pay down the bonds for the street improvements. This will bring additional tax dollars to improve roads and benefit our police force in the future.

If anyone is concerned about any of my statements, I welcome you to come see me at Ace Hardware to engage in an intellectual discussion. Embracing innovation is what makes small townships and villages like ours thrive.

Joe Greenfelder
Owner, Ace Hardware-Chesaning

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