2018-06-24 / News Briefs


HORN ANNOUNCES JUNE OFFICE HOURS – State Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) will hold office hours for the 32nd District on Monday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chesaning Nursing Care Center, 201 S. Front St., Chesaning. Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointments are necessary. For more information, visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call (517) 373-1760.

ELECTION INSPECTOR APPOINTMENTS – The Montrose Township election commission will meet at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, to appoint election inspectors for the Tuesday, Aug. 7 state primary election. Inspectors must be appointed by the Montrose Township election commission. The meeting is subject to the Open Meetings Act. The last day to register for the August state primary election is Monday, July 9.

MONTROSE TWP. SEEKS CITIZENS FOR ZONING BOARD – The Montrose Township Zoning Board of Appeals has two openings for alternates. The Montrose Township Board is accepting applications to fill these positions. Applicants must be electors of Montrose Township, residing within the zoning jurisdiction of Montrose Township. The zoning board of appeals meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., on an as-needed basis. Zoning board of appeals members are selected upon the basis of their respective qualifications and fitness to serve as members of a zoning board and without consideration for their political activities. Montrose Township residents interested in applying or learning more about serving on the zoning board should visit the Montrose Township office at 11444 N. Seymour Road, or call (810) 639- 2021, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The township office is closed on Fridays and weekends. Applications will be accepted until June 29.

TTA ANNUAL MEETING – The Twin Township Ambulance annual membership meeting will be held on Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. at the TTA office, 7900 Saginaw St., New Lothrop.

SCHOOL BOARD – The Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education has set the annual organizational meeting for Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m. in the Chesaning High School media center.

STAFF CHANGES - The Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education accepted several staff change requests during the June 18 board meeting. Big Rock third grade teacher Kylee Horner requested a personal leave of absence. Chesaning Middle School teachers Lisa Maike and Andrew Reger are both retiring from the school district. Special education secretary Jill Yurgens has received a layoff notice, since the school district’s special education program will now be handled by the Saginaw Intermediate School District (SISD). Superintendent Mike McGough explained that the school district will save a considerable amount of money by having the special education program go through the SISD.

PAYMENT PLANS AT WORK – During the Tuesday, June 19 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, Treasurer Mary Quast announced that the 2017 tax season has completely been settled, with Genesee County compensating the township $80,000 for unpaid taxes; with $4,000 of that amount being from unpaid utilities. Quast explained it’s a significant improvement over the 2016 tax season, when $90,000 was unpaid; with $12,000 of that amount being from unpaid utilities. “It shows me the payment plans are working,” she said.

FINGERPRINTING SERVICE – The Montrose Township Police Department now offers fingerprinting services during regular business hours. Police Chief/Lt. Jamie Cochran said they will be able to do fingerprinting for the schools, senior centers and for people applying for a concealed pistol license (CPL). They charge $60 for the service.

LANDFILL CLOSED SATURDAYS – During the Tuesday, June 19 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer said the township had received a couple of complaints that Brent Run was no longer open on Saturdays. Brent Run Manager Tim Church told Emmendorfer that there weren’t enough people dumping on Saturdays to keep it open. Trustee Dar Eldred explained that he’s been out there on a Saturday and it was so quiet, that he asked why they were open.

CLEAN AUDIT – Certified public accountant Barry Gaudette presented the results of Montrose Charter Township’s annual audit at the township’s Tuesday, June 19 meeting. Gaudette said the township had no findings, for an unmodified or clean audit. He noted that the township had taken out a loan for the new township public safety administration building in the amount of $5 million, but only spent $3.3 million. Township clerk Fred Domine explained that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had approved a $5 million loan, but they only spent $3.3 million due to cost savings. It was cheaper/ simpler to just write the USDA a check for the $1.3 million difference. Gaudette said, “So you built it for less than you thought.” Township supervisor Mark Emmendor said the township avoided paying the interest on that $1.3 million.

NEW COMPUTER EQUIPMENT – On Tuesday, June 19, the Montrose Township Board approved the expenditure of $4,177 for a new computer server for the Montrose Police Department and four workstation computers for another $4,496. Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer explained that the township office computers have been in service since 2010 – 2011. He talked about how incredibly slow the treasurer’s computer is. Next year, Emmendorfer wants to get a new server for the township office. He also recommends the township buy a new computer every four years to stay updated. The purchases were approved.

BARBER PARK PLANS – The Montrose Township Board agreed to authorize Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer to contact Spicer Group engineer Rob Eggers to work up a proposal to add basketball and volleyball courts at the top of Barber Memorial Park, along with more parking at both the top and bottom of the park. Emmendorfer explained that by placing the basketball and volleyball courts at the top of the hill, the township offices can monitor it. Trustee Gary Keeler asked if they had already put in a grant for these projects. Emmendorfer explained that they had put in for a grant with another engineering firm, but didn’t get it. He believes they might be more successful with Spicer. Currently, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grants are limited to $300,000. Emmendorfer also mentioned the possibility of building a bridge across the Flint River at the park, to allow primitive camping on the other side.

TORNADO SIREN UPGRADE – The State of Michigan is no longer going to support the VHF pager system for tornado sirens Montrose Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer explained during the Tuesday, June 19 township board meeting. As of June 29, municipalities must have a plan in place. Because Montrose Township’s sirens are so new, the cost to upgrade each siren will be just $483.89 each. Montrose Township has 12 towers, for a cost of just under $6,000. The township board authorized the expenditure of $6,000 to upgrade the township’s 12 tornado sirens.

CITY TORNADO SIREN – During the Montrose City Council June 21 meeting, City Manager Neil Rankin explained that the city’s tornado siren is currently located at the city’s old office, at Park and Alfred streets. It can’t just be moved to the new office because it’s placed centrally in the city. Rankin recommended moving the siren to the Montrose Township Senior Center, nearby. As it is, the city already pays the township to maintain the tornado siren. However, if the city sells the old office building, he was concerned about retaining access to the siren for maintenance. The city council approved the proposal, plus decided to add an easement to ensure access to the tornado siren.

HANDMADE MUSIC – Showboat Park will be the site of a new music festival on Oct. 12 and 13. During the June 26 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Cheri Theil and Cole Rupple requested use of the park with proceeds benefiting Showboat Park. Theil described the event as very family-friendly. They plan to use the area near the sledding hill this year, but hope to grow the event for later use of the amphitheater.

SUMMER SALES – St. Charles will host a Summer Sales Event on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. Area residents interested in having their address listed on a map, available on the Village of St. Charles’ Facebook page as well as distributed to places throughout St. Charles, are asked to message the village’s Facebook page with address, phone number and what day(s) they would like to participate or call Marguerite at the village office at (989) 865-8287. The deadline to be featured on the map is Monday, July 2.

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