2018-01-21 / News Briefs


SAGINAW CONSERVATION DIST. ANNUAL MEETING – The Saginaw County Conservation District will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Hartley Outdoor Education Center, 12633 Beaver Road, St. Charles. A short meeting will begin the activities at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow. The Wildlife Association will then conduct an informational presentation that includes live hawks and owls. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are available at the Saginaw Conservation District offices, 178 N. Graham Road, Saginaw, or call (989) 781-1720 for more information. Tickets must be purchased in advance. An election of new directors will also take place at the meeting. The following individuals are up for election: Edward Meisel III, of Saginaw, and Marcia E. Kendall, of St. Charles. Absentee ballots are available at the district office for those unable to attend the meeting.

PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE – The Chesaning Township board has voted to extend the 2017 property tax due date to Wednesday, Feb. 28. There will be no interest or penalty charged on winter taxes paid before March 1. Summer bills paid in February will incur six percent interest. Beginning March 1, all delinquent summer and winter taxes will be payable to the Saginaw County treasurer at the Saginaw County Courthouse, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Saginaw. Chesaning Township regular office hours are Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Wednesday and Thursday. However, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

HORN ANNOUNCES JANUARY OFFICE HOURS – State Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) will hold office hours in the 32nd District on Monday, Jan. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Hoyt Public Library auditorium, 505 Janes Ave., Saginaw. Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any resident of the district may have. No appointment is necessary. For more information or to contact Horn, visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call (517) 373-1760.

CHESANING DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – The Chesaning High School National Honor Society will hold its annual daddy-daughter dance “Hooray for Hollywood” on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria and gym. The cost is $20 per couple, $10 for each additional girl. All kindergarten through fourth grade girls are encouraged to come, accompanied by an adult male. This will be a semi-formal dance (no jeans). Corsages, photos and refreshments will be free. Door prizes will be given away throughout the dance. Forms are available at Big Rock Elementary, Zion Lutheran and Christ Lutheran Schools.

The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 5 to guarantee reservations.

BLOOD DRIVE – Michigan Blood will hold a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chesaning-Brady Fire Department, 1632 Brady St., Chesaning. Call 1-800-MIBLOOD (642-5663) to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Healthy persons ages 17 or older (16 with parent or guardian permission), weighing 112 pounds or more are eligible to give blood every 56 days. Females ages 18 and younger must weigh 120 pounds or more.

RADON TESTING KITS – The Rehmann Health Center in Chesaning has free radon testing kits available for those who wish to test for radon in their homes. Kits can be picked up on Monday, Jan. 22, Wednesday, Jan. 24 or Friday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A volunteer will be at the center during those times. The free kits will be available through the end of January. Those receiving the kits will have to give their name and address, including township. Call the center at (989) 845-3911 for more information, or if the person is unable to stop in during those times. The center will try to accommodate such persons, if possible.

EAGLE PROPOSAL – During the Monday, Jan. 15 meeting of the New Lothrop Public Schools Board of Education, Arthur Devota of Boy Scout Troop 90 presented his idea to place signs with information about 11 different bird species and two park benches along the school’s cross- country trail. Since the school district will be the main beneficiary, he needed the school board’s approval for the project. Devota said the signs alone are expected to run $600, estimating the project will cost approximately $1,000. However, he will be reaching out to area suppliers in the hope of getting some materials donated. The school board appeared to have a general consensus of support on the project. Devota plans to start construction this spring.

TAXES PAID EARLY – During the Tuesday, Jan. 16 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, treasurer Mary Quast reported that 90 percent of the two tax seasons have already been paid. She suspects many paid before the end of 2017 to take advantage of changes in the tax law.

FIRE RUNS – On Tuesday, Jan. 16, Montrose Township Fire Chief George Taylor informed the township board that the department had one less fire call in 2017, compared to the previous year. The fire department has officially moved into its new location at 11444 Seymour Road.

He said the firefighters are really happy with the new location. Taylor added that eight new firefighters have come on board the fire department, and he just received another application. He wonders if the new building has anything to do with the surge in new firefighters.

HALLWAY MUSIC – Now that New Lothrop High School/Middle School has a new public address system, Principal Kim Kuchar has used this opportunity to play a variety of music throughout the school between classes up until 30 seconds before the next class begins. Kuchar said they’ve played 1980s rock, jazz, Motown, country and other styles.

MARIJUANA APPEAL – During the Tuesday, Jan. 16 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Jenn Zielinski appealed the council’s decision to approve two other medical marijuana provisioning centers, but not her client’s. She complained about the way the motion was made to approve two other provisioning centers simultaneously. Zielinski added that there had been previous discussions to allow three provisioning centers. She wanted the council to reconsider allowing a third provisioning center. Councilman Trent Vondrasek explained that the other two applications were better prepared. The planning commission decided to drop the number of provisioning centers to two and the council agreed. Village president Joseph Sedlar, Jr. said he agreed with Vondrasek. Furthermore, Sedlar said he wasn’t as impressed with her client’s presentation. Councilman Phil Larner said the other proposals were more developed.

POVERTY GUIDELINES – During the Thursday, Jan. 18 meeting, the Montrose City Assessor Bob Naumann addressed the council concerning the adoption of the 2018 poverty exemption guidelines. He explained that the city could raise the guidelines, but not lower them. Under federal guidelines, property owners making $12,060 or less can apply for tax exemption. If approved, the property owner wouldn’t pay millage, but would still be responsible for paying assessments. Naumann informed the council it could also adopt a partial eligibility for those making slightly more than poverty level. He explained he had been talking with a resident who makes $200 too much per year to qualify under the federal guidelines. Naumann’s recommendation was to approve the federal poverty guidelines, with an additional hardship clause for partial property tax exemption. The council agreed.

TAX BOARD OF REVIEW – On Thursday, Jan. 18, the Montrose City Council accepted the tax board of review resignations of Ray Foust, Julia Foust and Warren Edwards. During the

meeting, Tracy Ramin and Robert Urmetz were appointed to serve on the tax board of review. Billy Persails remains on the tax board. The council is seeking one more individual to serve as an alternate. Montrose city residents interested in serving should fill out an application at the city office.

CITY LEADERS – On Thursday, Jan. 18, the Montrose City Council re-appointed Mark Richard to serve as mayor pro-tem for the City of Montrose. Councilman Thomas Bigelow has agreed to represent the City of Montrose on the Genesee County 9-1-1 Board.

STREET LIGHTS – Montrose City Manager Neil Rankin informed the council the DPW had repeated problems with at least one of the street lights. The staff time it takes to replace a streetlight is considerable. He looked into the cost of retrofitting the streetlights throughout the city, converting them to LED lighting. Newkirk Electric Associates, Inc. provided a quote of $3,995 for 34 streetlights, including downtown and the park. The projected return on investment would be 0.75 of one year and save the city $4,905 on electricity based on the current Consumer Energy formula. They pay for themselves in less than a year.

SIDEWALKS – Montrose city manager Neil Rankin reminds residents of the importance of keeping sidewalks clear of snow for safety.

RECYCLING – During the Thursday, Jan. 18 meeting of the Montrose City Council, councilwoman Christy Sanborn informed the city manager that her recycling had not been picked up over the past two weeks, plus her recycling bin had been switched with one of another color. Other residents had similar complaints. City Manager Neil Rankin will look into it. Residents who have experienced this problem may want to contact the city office during office hours.

BUSINESS TRIP – During the Wednesday, Jan. 17 meeting of the St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education, business department chair Amy Fanning requested the board’s approval for the school’s Virtual Enterprise International (VEI) team to take an out-of-state trip to attend the national trade show in Chicago on Feb. 2. Garber Management Group pledged to match a portion of the funds raised for the trip. More than 450 school districts participate in VEI. Fanning said St. Charles is the only Saginaw County school participating in VEI. Principal Robert Paris told the school board it’s a great opportunity for students to learn about business. The trip was approved.

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