Day: June 14, 2021

Banking on it: Land bank leaders turn to county for starting stake

Banking on it: Land bank leaders turn to county for starting stake

Tuscola County has a new land bank, but the bank can’t do anything without some money. County treasurer Ashley Bennett took money out of her own pocket to pay for the articles of incorporation for the land bank, because the organization has no funds.

So members of the land bank board met Tuesday with the Tuscola County Board of Commissioners’ finance committee – District 1 Commissioner Tom Young and District 3 Commissioner Kim Vaughan – to figure out how best to put some dollars in the bank’s coffers.

“We do need to get funding to the land bank so we can get moving forward,” said Bennett, who chairs the land bank board.

A season of struggles pays off, Reese to play for regional title

A season of struggles pays off, Reese to play for regional title

The Reese baseball team is hitting its stride at the right time.
The Rockets, who are finally at full strength, rolled to a 9-3 regional semifinal win against Cass City here Wednesday.
Reese advances to the Saginaw Valley State University regional final today at 10 a.m. against New Lothrop. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Richmond and Hemlock regional tilt.
The quarterfinal game is slated for 3:30 p.m. at SVSU.

Worth fixing?

Worth fixing?

Before they sell, rent or raze a former police station, Caro City Council members will check into fixing it.
The council on Monday directed City Manager Matt Lane to seek estimates for any needed repairs to the building’s leaky roof.
The structure, which once also housed Caro Fire Department vehicles, is at 150 Montague Ave. and has a market value of $183,000, according to St. Clair Appraisal Inc. of Reese.

Board deals with trash issues

Fairgrove and Almer townships made a switch. Denmark
Township and the village of Reese are considering one.

Those Tuscola County governments all were having issues with
curbside garbage service from Republic Services. Now Novesta Township is
reporting problems too.

Firm to help with students’ commute program

The city of Vassar won’t begin a Safe Routes To School project until 2023, but already it has hired the engineering firm to guide the way.

The city council voted Monday to hire Fleis and VanDenBrink to oversee the $533,385 project. A Michigan Department of Transportation grant is covering the bulk of the cost to build and improve sidewalks, sidewalk ramps and crossings in and around the schools on the city’s northeast side.

The Grand Blanc firm bid $43,500 to provide engineering, design, oversight and preparation services for the project. That offer was well below the $120,000 Saginaw-based Spicer Group bid for the same work.