In brief

Martin to host local coffee hours March 8 in Clio

CLIO — State Rep. David Martin invited people in the community to participate in his upcoming local office hours.

Martin will be available from 2-3:30 p.m. on March 8 at the Clio Big Boy, located at 4447 W. Vienna Rd.

“I thoroughly enjoy meeting with people and learning more about what matters to the families in our community,” said Martin, of Davison. “This is also a great opportunity to ask questions about state government or share your concerns and ideas.”

Martin represents Michigan’s 48th District, which includes the communities of Clio, Davison, Montrose and Otisville, as well as the townships of Davison, Forest, Genesee, Montrose, Richfield, Thetford and Vienna.

Anyone who is unable to attend can share their thoughts or set up a virtual meeting by contacting Martin’s office at 517-373-7557 or — G.G.

Master agreement between board and the DEA approved

DAVISON — The Davison Board of Education announced March 1 that the district and the Davison Education Association have reached an agreement on contract negotiations.

Assistant Superintendent Matt Lobban served as the negotiator with the bargaining groups and said he thinks it’s a fair agreement that recognizes the accomplishments of Davison teachers during the pandemic.

The DEA ratified the 2-year contract Feb. 23 and the board extended its approval Monday night. — G.G.

Sneller announces March coffee hour schedule

BURTON — State Rep. Tim Sneller (D-Burton) has announced the March community coffee hour schedule for Michigan’s 50th House District, which will be held in person and follow all safety and social distancing protocols.

Rep. Sneller’s first coffee hour of the month is March 5, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Scotti’s Coney Island, 5522 Lapeer Rd. in Burton. A second coffee hour is set for Monday, March 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Italian Restaurant, 4105 Grand Blanc Road in Mundy Twp.

“Meeting with my constituents is extremely important to me because it is the best way I can ensure that their voices are heard at the Capitol,” said Sneller.

Rep. Sneller encourages constituents to contact his office by email at TimSneller@ or by calling 517-373-3906 with any questions, comments or need for assistance with state-level issues. To sign up for regular email updates on his work in the 50th House District and Lansing, visit

In deference to COVID-19 safety precautions: face masks or other facial coverings and social distancing measures are required. — G.G.

Craig, Scharrer reappointed to Parks and Rec

BURTON — The city council voted unanimously to reappoint Jim Craig and Jeremy Scharrer to another term to the Burton Parks and Recreation Commission at its March 1 meeting.

Council President Steve Heffner and the rest of the council praised both men for their service to the city and contributions to parks and recreation. — G.G.

Clerk, assessor to be considered for pay raises

BURTON — Mayor Duane Haskins asked if the city council would schedule a Legislative Committee meeting in the near future to considering adding the city clerk and assessor for consideration of pay increases this year.

When the committee last updated employees who were scheduled for raises in January of 2019, the clerk and assessor were left out because the city was contracting the services of an assessor and there was not clerk.

Haskins said with both positions now filled with full-time employees, it was time for the city to “try and make that right.” The legislative committee will meet prior to the next council meeting, March 15. — G.G.