Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Aug. 19, 2010

The morning traffic jam on Irish Road, between Lippincott Boulevard and Atherton Road, due to parents dropping off children at Gates Elementary School, should be a thing of the past. Randy Stewart, zoning and building administrator for Davison Township, said the construction of a passing lane in the southbound lane of Irish Road, should help eliminate some or all of the school morning congestion in front of the elementary school.

A red-tailed hawk rescued after being displaced from its nest, close to Pavilion 5 inside Richfield County Park, now has a second chance at life. Parker was released after a little more than five weeks from the gloved-hand of Clayton Township resident Bruce Beatty, a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialist, who nursed the hawk back to health after it was found by Clio resident Kamryn Nickerson during a graduation party at the park in early July.

25 YEARS AGO

Aug. 16, 1995

Apparent math discrepancies have delayed the implementation of a new fee structure in the city of Davison. The council, on Monday, was prepared to adopt the new fee schedule, which was the result of several months of work by a special task force. For the first time, all the fees for city services were listed on one fee schedule, rather than spread across various city ordinances, or, in some cases, having no documentation whatsoever. A stumbling block came in the area of building permits for new construction, signs and alterations based on value. The city already had a graduated value for such permits, and slight increases have been proposed. But the new schedule apparently left out the “base fee” for levels of value more than $1,001, and officials were unable to agree on what the new base fee should be.

Davison City Hall and the Davison Area Library are getting a fresh coat of exterior paint thanks to the work release program at the Genesee County Jail. City Manager Jack Abernathy said 10 jail residents worked over three days to paint the exterior of the buildings. This is the third project in which the city has enjoyed the free labor.

50 YEARS AGO

Aug. 19, 1970

The Davison City Police telephones are now on a direct hookup, after 4 p.m. daily, with the Michigan State Police Lapeer Post. The local police phone number has been changed from 653-4311 to 653-4196. The old number was dropped last week when the new hookup became effective. Hereafter, all calls are automatically switched directly to the Lapeer Post, which is in Flint, at 4 p.m. daily. The troopers, in turn relay the calls to the local troopers. The change ensures that all calls to the Davison Police are answered immediately and the local officers on duty will be called by radio. It also eliminates night calls having to be answered at the home of the police chief.

The Richfield Lions Club Championship Rodeo will be held this weekend at the Youth Activity Center on Mt. Morris Road between Genesee and Vassar roads. The event kicks off Saturday evening at 8 p.m. with over 250 cowboys competing for prizes. All proceeds will go for leader dogs for the blind, certainly a worthy charity.

100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 13, 1920

The schools of this village will be open on Monday, Aug. 30th. This statement comes from the school board, so pupils be prepared to listen to the joyous (?) ding-dong of the bell, beginning the last Monday of this month.

Ray Richards is putting a basement under his home on Davison Street. Jay Quick is doing the work. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index.