2009-12-31 / News Briefs

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EMS releases annual report

OREGON TWP. — The Lapeer County EMS Authority’s annual report showed that the authority responded to a total of 6,134 E-911 calls during 2009, through November. In 2008, the responses over the same months came to 6,144. The authority responded to an average of 558 calls in a month during 2009.

Call volume remained steady for the year’s first 11 months, and revenue shows a slight increase over 2008.

The Lapeer County EMS Authority, formed in 1997, provides advanced life support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the county. LCEMS operates four stations — two in Lapeer, one in Imlay City and another in North Branch.

Owners in the authority include 15 municipalities, which contribute $2 per capita annually totaling $138,782. Those funds make up about 5 percent of the EMS service’s revenue and are directed toward capital improvements — fleet updates in particular. The percapita assessments were first initiated in 2004 at a rate of $6. The assessment has been reduced over the years, and has stayed at the $2 rate since 2007. The City of Lapeer has a 10-year contract for service, which began in 2005. — N.A.

Hollows Corners reopens to traffic

DRYDEN TWP. — Hollow Corners Road has reopened to traffic. A Lapeer County Road Commission crew met up with Saginaw crane operator McNally-Nimergood to set a new concrete deck on a Hollow Corners Road bridge in Dryden Township Dec. 22. The bridge spans a stream between Rochester and Bohlman roads.

The 150-ton crane lifted the deck into place with help from the LCRC ground crew. The deck weighs about 25 tons. The old bridge was torn out earlier in the month and traffic was rerouted for about two weeks. LCRC crews ripped out sediment to allow proper water flow and backfilled around the bridge. The bridge was replaced because the steel support structure in the old bridge rotted out. The original bridge was estimated to be more than 80 years old.

Total cost of the project was $26,450. The county pays for 40 percent of the cost. Dryden Township pays the rest. — N.A.

Village president is e-mail scam victim

ALMONT — The village’s president became the victim of an international e-mail scam over the weekend.

Village President Steve Schneider said Monday he got an e-mail from what appeared to be Hotmail saying several accounts were being closed and asking for confirmation of his account and password.

Schneider, who says he’s a technology neophyte, complied with the request and “the next thing I knew my address book was hijacked, and my password was blocked.”

By the next day, he said, everyone in his address book had received an e-mail claiming that he was stuck in England and needed $2,500 to get home.

Schneider said Imlay City attorney and planning commission member John Lengemann sent an e-mail saying, “Your request has been considered and denied.”— P.F.

Deadline near for Citizen of Year

LAPEER — The deadline for nominations for the 31st annual Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Citizen of the Year Award is Jan. 11

The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes the contributions to the community by one outstanding man and one outstanding woman living in Lapeer County whose volunteer involvement and support make a positive and indelible mark on the community and improve the quality of life for individuals in Lapeer County.

Awards will be presented at the annual banquet, set for Jan. 21 at 7 a.m. at the Lapeer campus of Mott Community College.

Nomination forms can be obtained by calling the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce at 810-664- 6641 or on the Chamber website at —. — P.F.

Almont looks for acting village manager

ALMONT — When Almont’s Village Council meets for the first time in 2010, its first order of business will be to name an acting village manager.

Veteran Village Manager Gerald Oakes has been out of work nearly two weeks with an illness.

Village President Steve Schneider said the council will appoint someone to step in for Oakes to handle the village’s day-to-day operations when it meets Jan. 5.

Oakes came to the village six years ago after retiring from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept. after 30 years with the utility as a civil engineer. “He’s a really good manager,” said Schneider, adding, “He’s got a heart of gold.”

Village Clerk-Treasurer Sally McCrea appears to be the most likely candidate to step in for Oakes. McCrea has been named acting village manager three times since Schneider joined the council in 1995. — P.F.

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