2018-04-15 / News Briefs


HORN ANNOUNCES MONTROSE OFFICE HOURS – State Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth), will hold office hours on Monday, April 16 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Montrose Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum, 144 Hickory ST., in Montrose. Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointments are necessary.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, April 11 was Melanie Skaryd, of Chesaning. Guest drawer was Annette George, of Chesaning Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY PROGRAM OFFERED – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Shiawassee will sponsor a free family-to-family education program specifically for families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness/brain disorder. The 10 week series of classes will be held beginning Wednesday, April 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. The course is taught by trained family members who have lived with a loved one with a brain disorder. All course materials are furnished at no cost. For more information, or to sign up for the class, call Tanya Eppinga at (517) 881-1796. There is a limit of 15 participants.

MMWA LAUNCHES CURBSIDE EDUCATION PILOT – Mid-Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) is launching a new curbside education pilot to improve recycling habits while recognizing residents who are already demonstrating good recycling behavior. The 15-week pilot runs from April 16 to July 27, and will include the Village of St. Charles. Through the pilot, MMWA is changing the tone of its curbside education efforts by using two new stickers to help educate residents and promote the MMWA recycling program. The Gold Medal sticker will provide positive reinforcement to those residents who “get caught being good recyclers.” Recycling collection workers will leave the sticker on bins and cans that are prepared properly and contain only accepted recyclables. The Oops sticker will be left on recycling bins or cans that contain the three most common recycling container contaminants: plastic bags, foam products, or greasy pizza boxes. Because these items are not recyclable in the MMWA curbside program, the sticker will remind residents that they should be placed in the trash. Residents who receive the stickers are asked to participate in a brief online survey to help measure the success of the pilot project. Each sticker will feature a link to the survey. Respondents may remain anonymous or they can provide their contact information to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to a locally-owned business.

STC PARK DONATIONS – The Village of St. Charles is accepting donations for a Coal Miners’ Park Universal Play Initiative. The village plans to apply for grants and also accept donations in order to garner enough funds for the handicap accessible playscape. It will be designed for American with Disabilities Act, (ADA) accessibility. The village has received $3,300 in grants the last two years from the St. Charles Haunted House Association for park upgrades; it plans to match that for a total of $6,600. The goal is to get to about $105,000 in grants and donations to purchase a new playscape, village manager Matthew Lane previously told the Citizen. Anyone wishing to donate to the Coal Miners’ Park Universal Play Initiative can make checks payable to the Village of St. Charles, with “Universal Play” in the memo line. They can be dropped off the village office or mailed at 110 W. Spruce St., St. Charles, MI 48655.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS – The following commission and committee members were appointed during the Village of St. Charles’ last regular council meeting on April 11: Christine Neumann and two vacancies to the zoning board of appeals; Sue Bare, Julie Birchmeier, Jim Delemeester, Pam Ginderske, Joe Kline and Karen Wood to the DDA; Chris Savage and Deanna Sova to the planning commission; and Mary Browne and Dan Hauman to the park committee.

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