2018-02-18 / News Briefs


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.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle winners for February are Willo Birchmeier, of New Lothrop, Kay Glover, of Baldwin, Michelle Angst, of Chesaning, and Joan Gross, of New Lothrop.

BLUEBERRY GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED – The Montrose Blueberry Festival committee has announced the grand marshals for 2018 are Pastor Robert and Judy Leming. This year’s theme will be Camp Blueberry. The annual festival will be held Aug. 16-19.

CORRECTION – Last week’s article about former St. Charles High School graduates Shaun and Jillian Carter, who created a new board game Snag the Flag, contained a misprint. Jillian’s maiden name is Clare. We apologize for the error.

HAZELTON TWP. TO PURCHASE TANKER TRUCK – During the last regular meeting of Hazelton Township on Monday, Feb. 12 the board approved, with a majority vote, the purchase of a tanker truck for $60,000 pending a bank loan approval. According to Township Supervisor James Sheridan, the truck is slightly used, with 12,000 miles. Also during the meeting future recommended projects for 2018 were discussed. Sheridan along with trustees Sam Knieper and Allan Gross plan to communicate any plans later this year. It was also noted the township will not receive a second application of mineral well brine for free this year; cost of two applications for the brine

would be $32,300. During the Monday meeting it was also approved to change the board of review date to March 14 and to adopt the 2018 guideline for poverty exemptions under Public Act 390 1994 (MCL). The next regular meeting of Hazelton Township will be Monday, March 12 (second Monday of each month) at 7 p.m., 7505 Orchard St. in New Lothrop.

PAGEANT APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Blueberry Festival Queen Pageant, set this year for Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Montrose Community Schools Auditorium. The contest is open to any Hill-McCloy High School junior or senior girl. Total scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded to the two winners. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 26 and can be picked up in the Montrose High School office.

NL SCHOOLS MAKE HIRING CHANGES – The following action items took place Monday during the last regular meeting of the New Lothrop Area Board of Education on Feb. 12: the hiring of Bruce Bradly for a four-hour per day custodian position and Andrew Cataldo as lead evening custodian effective Jan. 29; Kia Robison as junior high track assistant coach for the 2017-18 school year; Beth Clark for JV softball coach; and Tom Birchmeier for varsity softball coach. Other action items included the second-semester dual enrollment; the 2018- 19 school calendar and the approval of three, three-year bus leases (contract replenishing leases) not to exceed $13,272 per bus, per year. The board also approved a metal lathe for $8,250 and a mill for $9,995, both out of CTE (Career Technical Education) added-cost funds for use by the Industrial Arts Program (metal shop.) New dates for spring break were also set in order to accommodate students’ state testing. The new break will be March 25-29, 2019. The next regular meeting of New Lothrop Area Public Schools will be March 19 at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

SNOW DAYS – During the Monday, Feb. 12 meeting, Chesaning Union Schools Superintendent Mike McGough informed the school board that the school district had just

used its sixth and final snow day for the school year. He added that there was a two-hour delay that will have to be made up before the end of the current school year. Winter isn’t over yet. McGough explained that in years when schools had to take 12 snow days, the state came in and waived some of the extra days. However, they are not there yet.

SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT – The Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education has set the date of its annual spring retreat for Monday, March 12, starting at 5 p.m. Plans are to hold an off-site meeting. The location will be announced.

UTILITY BILL – During the Monday, Feb. 12 meeting, the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education questioned the substantial increase in the school’s utility bill (electric and gas), despite the district’s energy savings efforts. School board secretary Becky Butcher asked if they had switched to smart meters, saying it might have something to do with the cost increase. School board members agreed it is time for the schools to have another energy audit.

MONTROSE LIBRARY – The contract for the

Jennings Memorial Library expired on Dec. 31. Montrose Township, the City of Montrose and Montrose Community Schools are all parties to the library contract, which covers building maintenance, utilities, and lawn mowing. The three entities will be negotiating a new contract that is expected to distribute the costs more evenly. The Genesee County Library will continue to provide library materials. During the Thursday, Feb. 15, Montrose City Council meeting, resident Becky Conrad said the library offers much more than books, and it doesn’t get used as much as it should. The library will host an open house on March 10 from noon until 4 p.m.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS – During the Thursday, Feb. 15 meeting of the Montrose City Council, Deb Gross was appointed to serve on the city downtown development authority board. Councilman Robert Arnold commented that there are still two vacancies that need to be filled on the city’s zoning board of appeals. These are paid positions and must be filled by city residents. Those interested in applying should visit the city office during regular business hours.

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