2010-02-18 / News Briefs

News Briefs

Still time to file for Dryden school board election

LAPEER COUNTY — Currently no one has filed to run for a four-year board seat on the Dryden School Board. The seat is held by David Drexler, who is retiring from the board in June.

Board hopefuls can still run as a write-in for the four-year term if they file by 4 p.m. April 23 with the County Clerk in Lapeer.

Meanwhile in Imlay City there will be a four-way race for each of the two seats available on the May 4 ballot. Incumbent Anne- Marie Giglio will face Ellen Harbin, James Newton II and James Preisel for a four-year board seat.

Incumbent Elizabeth Murawski will face Deborah Day, Greg Dennis and Amy Wargo for a two-year position.

In Lapeer incumbents Peggy Bush and John Nugent will face Scot Atyeo for two four-year terms on the school board.

Elections in Almont and North Branch have been switched to November in a cost-savings move.

Assisted living campus coming to Lapeer

LAPEER — After getting through three public hearings last week with Lapeer planners, developers could begin construction as soon as May on a 57,411-square-foot assisted living facility on DeMille Boulevard in Lapeer.

The 90-bed facility, to be built on a vacant, city-owned 8.6-acre parcel on the south side of DeMille, is par t of a Louisvillebased company — Trinity Health Services — that provides senior living and long-term health care services.

Upon completion, which is expected in December or January, the facility will result in 50 to 60 full-time jobs.

Local governments could run county parks

LAPEER COUNTY — County commissioners Linda Jarvis and Cheryl Clark said local governments in their districts, which are home to the two county parks are talking about running the parks themselves.

The discussions come on the heels of the county commission’s recent decision to close the water parks at Torzewski and General Squier parks, making the two county-owned parks “passive.” In making the move, commissioners left the door open for negotiations with local units of government or private enterprise.

While both Oregon and Dryden Townships are looking into options — including seeking grants — more information is needed regarding restrictions that may preclude transferring ownership.

Changes could be near in downtown view

LAPEER — Fourteen city and county officials took a walking tour in downtown Lapeer last week with expert Dan Burden to discuss ways to make the community more pedestrian friendly. Suggestions included adding benches, flowers and crosswalks to the city’s walking paths, Nepessing Street sidewalks and near Farmers Creek. Burden was brought to Lapeer with grant money awarded to the city by the Michigan Municipal League. Walkability is one of eight factors officials will be able to closely examine thanks to the grant money.

Zonta scholarships

LAPEER COUNTY — The Zonta Club of Lapeer is offering scholarships to women who live in Lapeer County and need assistance in completing secondary education or fur thering a career. This scholarship may be used for any education-related expense — tuition, books, childcare while at school, transpor tation and more.

Eligible candidates must be age 21 or older, reside in Lapeer County, provide proof of enrollment at a center for post-secondary learning or vocational training and complete required application materials.

Applications may be obtained by writing to: Zonta Club of Lapeer Area: Scholarship Chairperson, 352 Courtney's Place, Lapeer, 48446, or by visiting the Zonta web site at www.zonta.lapeer.org. Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 19.

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