In brief

Five new firefighters

GAINES TOWNSHIP – Five new Gaines Township firefighters have graduated from the fire academy. They are: Blake Lakies, Jason Meyer, Ryan Wilburn, Barbara Hyrman, John McCallem. – L.R.

Board leadership changes

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP and SWARTZ CREEK – Ken Engle is the new chairman of the Swartz Creek Area Fire Board. Engle was elected to the leadership position at the Monday, April 17, meeting. Board members also elected Tammy Kapraun to serve as vice chairman, and Rick Clolinger to continue as secretary/treasurer. The board also welcomed new member Bill Tucker. – L.R.

Twp. to install windows

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – The Clayton Township hall will get new windows and a little bit of a new look. C&L Ward Bros. will install eight windows and dress up the exterior on the south side of the hall’s original section, once the Calkins School. The project, which will cost $9995, includes shortening the window height to 5 feet, down from 87 inches. The work also includes adding decorative siding. – L.R.

Cemetery upgrade considered

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – Township Supervisor Chris Gehringer will research the cost of paving the driveway at the Bendle Cemetery on Beecher Road, west of Seymour Road. The limestone driveway path is deteriorating, prompting visitors to drive further onto the grassy area and closer to headstones. – L.R.

DDA to buy flowers

SWARTZ CREEK – The Downtown Development Authority will reimburse the GFWC – Swartz Creek Women’s Club up to $400 for flowers. Club members have planted and maintained flowers throughout the downtown business district for years. “We’ve done this (purchased flowers) in the past, and it’s been very rewarding,” said DDA member Steve Mardlin, who added that the bursts of color go a long way toward beautifying the city. The Women’s Club will purchase the plants in May and submit a bill for reimbursement. They will plant flowers after Hometown Days. – L.R.

Twp. will pay off part of bond

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – The Board of Trustees has opted to pay off part of a bond for a sewer extension. Although the township has about $1.9 million in reserves in the water and sewer fund, officials said they did not want to withdraw the estimated $1 million it would take to pay the bond in full. “It wouldn’t be prudent,” said Supervisor Chris Gehringer. “There are too many unknowns.” Gehringer said township officials want to maintain a healthy fund balance in the event of unforeseen costs for the Karegnondi water line and the decades-long Misteguay Creek battle. If the township were to incur those added expenses, “we would have to raise rates for our residents, and that would not be good business,” he said. The township will reduce its debt by $250,000, which will save about $60,000 in interest. – L.R.

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