In brief

Rep. Martin to host local coffee hours April 19 in Montrose

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

Martin will be available from 10-11:30 a.m. on April 19 at the Montrose Township Office located at 11444 Seymour Rd. in Montrose.

“Connecting with people helps me make sure I am being the best voice for our community when I go to the Capitol to work on your behalf,” said Martin, of Davison. “I’m looking forward to taking this opportunity to answer your questions and learn more about the issues that matter most to you, your family and our neighbors.”

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 calling 517-373-7557 or emailing DavidMartin@house.mi.gov. — G.G.

Davison Farmers Market Spring Craft Event

DAVISON TWP. — The Davison Farmers Market will host a Craft Show from open to close on April 10. The market has invited local craft vendors to come and display their artistic handicrafts all day. Come treat yourself to a one-of-kind, hand-made treasure.

Regular vendors will be on hand with their quality goods: premium choice-cut meats, delectable baked goods, specialty treats, fresh produce and fruits. There are just too many benefits about visiting the Davison Farmers Market to list.

Come for a visit and see for yourself all the market has to offer. Davison Farmers Market continues to maintain CDC Guidelines by wearing masks and practicing social distancing. The market asks visitors to respectfully do the same. Hand washing stations remain setup throughout the market for your convenience.

The Davison Farmers Market is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Located just off I-69, at the corner of Irish Road and East Court in Davison.

Details: Visit DavisonFarmersMarket.com or follow the market on Facebook. — G.G.

Township prepares for election, officials gain accreditation

DAVISON TWP. — In less than one month, township voters will head to the polls for the May 4th election to vote on the 911 Consortium surcharge and the Genesee Health System’s community mental health millage new tax.

Clerk Mary Miller said many voters have already voted by absentee. She wants to remind the voters of the election and what it entails.

If approved, the 911 surcharge authorizes a charge on all telephone service users located within Genesee County of up to $1.86 per month, for a period ending Dec. 31, 2026. Residents currently pay the same surcharge on their phone bills, but that is set to expire this year.

This surcharge will be used exclusively for funding of 9-1-1 emergency.

The mental health millage would increase up to the amount of $0.94 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for a period of 10 years. This will benefit the increasing mental health crisis.

Miller and Deputy Clerk Matthew Smith recently passed their State of Michigan Clerk’s accreditation classes and exams through the Bureau of Elections to assist with the upcoming election.

The polls will be open May 4 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. — G.G.

Superintendent hopeful about return to “normalcy”

BURTON — Bendle Schools Superintendent John Krolewski said he was pleased to announce almost all Bendle teachers have received their COVID-19 vaccinations and he is hoping to finish the rest of the year face-to-face.

“There are students who want to be back in the classroom,” said Krolewski. “We’re still providing an online option for people who don’t want their children back in the classroom.”

He said the district is still planning for the prom and graduation with the hope of bringing some normalcy back to the students. — G.G.

Police request to purchase equipment approved

BURTON — The city council approved the use of funds received for the Burton Police Department from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to put toward the purchase of equipment needed by the department at its Monday meeting.

Mayor Duane Haskins said the funding comes from reimbursement from the CARES Act for repayment of wages and overtime incurred by the police department due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money is considered hazardous first responder pay, he said, adding the CARES Act reimburses wages and overtime specific to COVID-19 and gives the city the ability to do some things it might not normally be able to do.

The city will purchase new in-car cameras for approximately $100,000, which saves the city 8 percent interest, or $22,000, it would pay if it leased the same equipment, said Haskins.

“City council and the residents of Burton have stressed enormous concerns about speeding and stop signs and the amount of travel that happens on the streets in neighborhoods,” said Haskins. “With this money we would also be able to purchase three, possibly four, speed signs with cameras on them. Along with the cameras they’ll also have data technology for license plate retrieval.”

Haskins said the police chief came up with that idea with concerns about traffic and speeding on side streets and thought the speed carts would be a valuable asset to the city.

Improvements to the parking lot and sidewalks ($50,000) have been in the budget for a while along with the gasoline storage tank, for $5,000.

Also, the city wants to purchase detective vehicles for the police, which Haskins said it normally would not be able to do due to budget constraints. The city will pay $100,000 to replace its aging fleet of detective cars, most of them with more than 150,000 miles on them.

In all, the purchases will total $406,500. The council approved the spending of the CARES Act money by a vote of 6-1, Councilman Tom Martinbianco being the dissenting vote. — G.G.