Area Newsbriefs; weight restrictions being lifted

(SANILAC COUNTY) – Marlette Community Schools, like many other district throughout the state, missed double digit days due to extreme winter weather conditions and have had to alter their school calendar. Having missed 10 days of classes, the District has decided to extend the year with the last day being June 14th, instead of the 13th.

However, pending legislation in Lansing that may waive three more additional days, if passed, Marlette would not need to add extra class time. The current plan for the end of the year at Marlette is a full day on June 12th and half days on the 13th and 14th.

(SANILAC COUNTY) – Having sifted through a list of 23 candidates for the Carsonville-Port Sanilac Superintendent position, the school board has narrowed their list to three people they will interview this weekend.

According to the Michigan Association of School Boards, who is assisting the district with the search process, interviews will be held in the school library beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Sanilac Broadcasting will be in attendance and speak with board members and MASB representatives.

The three candidates, according to MASB officials, are Ryan Eugster, Douglas Muxlow and Scott Bular.

(LAPEER COUNTY) – The tragic, fatal fire that claimed the lives of four young children in Imlay City earlier this year has resulted in the strengthening of residents to do what they can in trying to help reduce the possibility of a similar tragedy again ever again. Shortly after the tragic morning blaze, firemen started a fundraising effort to purchase smoke detectors for every home in Imlay City. To date, over $10,000 dollars has been raised, including more than $3,300 dollars from those who attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The Imlay City Fire Association hopes to distribute smoke detectors city-wide in the coming months.

(SANILAC COUNTY) – State officials have begun lifting weight restrictions for state roads, from the southern border to about Mid-Michigan, then east to Port Huron. Sanilac County and other neighboring counties have also joined in on the lifting of restrictions, as of Monday, April 15th. Road Commission officials said seasonal load, speed and weight restrictions will be lifted for all county roads and bridges as of 7 a.m. As spring weather continues to improve, other Thumb area counties are also expected to suspend weight limits on roads and bridges.

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) – St. Clair County Animal Control has another new director. Erika Strowman, previously an animal control officer in Lapeer County, began her new job earlier this week and said so far, things have gone well. Strowman’s hiring is the second the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners has made for the same position in the past year. She had also applied for the same position back in 2018. Originally, the job was advertised with a starting salary of between $54,000 and $72,000 dollars and a similar salary range will be used for the new director. Strowman, 30, is originally from Lapeer County and lives in Imlay City. She studied animal science at Michigan State University, before going to work in Lapeer County.