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(MARLETTE) -- "The board of education understands the importance of financial steadiness and recognizes the importance of healthy fund balances, particularly in current difficult economic times. However, the district is currently dealing with a cash flow shortfall. To address this, the board is working with both the school district's auditors and attorneys. The board has identified both a short-term solution of a supplemental state aid note and a longer term solution of building fund balances. Together, this two-pronged approach will solve the current issue and will help to avoid it in the future.

On that first prong, Marlette Community Schools' board of education concludes that the district has a current cash flow shortfall that must be addressed immediately. To address that shortfall, the board intends to issue a new tax-exempt state aid note borrowing, which is in addition to the note previously issued by the district in August 2013. Pursuant to both federal and Michigan law, the district has the authority to issue that additional state aid note. That note will ensure that the district is able to meet its upcoming financial obligations, particularly the timely payment of payroll. The board expects that borrowing will be finalized before the district's next payroll. A supplemental borrowing is a common solution for a Michigan school district that finds that it has a greater shortfall than earlier expected.

On the second prong, the process for the district's audit of fiscal year 2012-13 has begun. Once that audit is complete; the district will evaluate what the general fund balance was as of the end of fiscal year 2012-13. Provided the fund balance is positive, the board of education is committed to building its general fund balance to avoid the need for multiple cash flow borrowings in the future. If the fund balance is not positive, the board of education is committed to taking all necessary steps required by both state law and good fiscal management to return the district's fund balance to a positive as soon as reasonably possible.

By establishing a practice of maintaining a higher general fund balance, the board will give the district greater steadiness and financial security. With this dual approach the board of education expects to promptly resolve the present issue, leaving Marlette Community Schools both stronger and more secure."

Thursday, 17 October 2013 13:24

Sandusky School Board fills vacant seat

(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky School Board met Wednesday night and filled a vacancy made available by the resignation of Duane Paehlig last month. Paehlig left the board to become the Sandusky School District's Supervisor of Maintenance and Transportation. Four candidates were considered for the vacant seat: Jessica Lamm, Timothy Stone, Brian Nelson, and Reverend Mike Wilson. Each candidate was asked the same six questions, and votes were cast following the interviews. Jessica Lamm won with a majority of the votes and was appointed to the vacant seat immediately, with a term set to expire December 31st, 2014.
In other business, the board approved several fundraisers for the physical education department, student council, and the junior class. Board members also approved a bid from Sanilac Glass Company to install security doors at both the elementary and junior/senior high schools at a cost of $32,535. The next Sandusky School Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library.

(AREA) -- State Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township has co-sponsored Senate Bill 174, a measure that would protect Michigan residents, especially children, from identity theft. The bill would allow an individual to block access to their credit report upon a simple request. Michigan is one of two states in the country that does not have a credit freeze law in place. The bill unanimously passed the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. Identity theft occurs when an individual's Social Security number is used for personal gain by another. Criminals can establish lines of credit, obtain driver's licenses or even buy a house using another person's identity. The largest study on child identity theft, conducted in 2010, found that of 40,000 children, 10.2 percent were victims of identity theft. A $10 fee could be charged by a consumer reporting agency for a placement or lifting of a security freeze. The bill now moves to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:51

Conference focuses on Great Lakes water levels

(AREA) -- Scientists and policymakers are discussing issues related to Great Lakes water levels during a conference in Ann Arbor. The event hosted by the Environmental Law and Policy Center began Wednesday and concludes Thursday. Among interest groups represented are shipping, water utilities, industry and advocates for the environment and homeowners. Water levels have been a contentious matter for decades. They were so high during the 1980s that cottages were washed into Lake Michigan. But they've been unusually low since the late 1990s. Heavy snow and rain have boosted levels this year, although Lakes Michigan and Huron remain below normal. Some advocates want to restore their levels by placing structures in the St. Clair River that would limit outflow from Lake Huron. Opponents say doing so might cause flooding in some places.

(CROSWELL-LEXINGTON) -- Meyer Elementary School in the Croswell-Lexington School District has been named a Distinguished School by the National Title I Association. Meyer's recognition
is for exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. Only two schools in the state were selected for this special recognition. Distinguished schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong partnerships between the school, parents and the community. Meyer Elementary Principal Donna Barrier commented that the school is honored to be nationally recognized and proud to be part of a district that is leading the way toward helping every student reach their fullest academic potential. Cros-Lex Superintendent Dr. Kevin Miller says the award is a tribute to the great work the entire staff does working with Title I teachers to educate and remediate low income children in the district.


Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:48

Walk-away from Caro Center Captured

(CARO) -- State Police from the Caro Post have stopped their search for a person who walked away from the Caro Center. 28-year-old Michael Sanchez was taken into custody without incident Wednesday evening around 11 o'clock. He had been on the run since 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He was found by police at the Admiral gas station in Caro. Sanchez is being held at the center on a court order for a armed robbery charge that he was found incompetent to stand trial on.

RUMULUS, Mich. (AP) - As the Tigers and Red Sox fight for the American League title, JetBlue Airways says it will begin service from Detroit Metropolitan Airport with three daily non-stop flights to Boston. JetBlue says service to Boston's Logan International Airport starts March 10. It's offering a promotional one-way fare of $85 each way through May 22, excluding April 17-28. The airline says it will use a 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft on the service. The Detroit News reports that Wayne County Airport Authority chief executive Tom Naughton says the addition is good for Detroit because of JetBlue's partnership with Emirates airlines for service to the Middle East and India. 

(AREA) -- As corn growers continue taking to their fields, Michigan Corn is reminding our farmer friends to focus not only on filling their bins, but also to follow important safety precautions that could save their lives. Harvest is one of the highest risk periods for farm injuries or fatalities. According to Michigan Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation statistics, in 2011 the highest fatality rate per 100,000 workers occurred in agriculture, with 32 percent of those deaths being individuals older than 65 years of age. There is a documented increase in agriculture-related deaths when farm equipment is in the fields.

The National Safety Council recommends farmers inspect all harvest equipment, make sure shields and guards are in place and that the seatbelt works properly, never lean or step over a power takeoff shaft while it is operating, check fire extinguishers and smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly, and keep bystanders and others away from all equipment during operation.

Motorists are urged to keep a safe distance from farm machinery as it travels down main and side roads during harvest season.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Finance and Administration Committee met Tuesday afternoon and received a presentation from Andy Levin, the President of Lean and Green Michigan. Levin told committee members about the PACE program that is being implemented throughout the United States. PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy. The program is designed to help businesses save money, create jobs, and grow the tax base while providing green energy. It requires no taxpayer money, as the county would simply be giving its businesses a property tax tool to make long-term financing work for clean energy projects. Committee members unanimously voted to move the measure to the Board of Commissioners next week for consideration. If passed, a public hearing will be held at a later date to discuss the program. In other business, the committee approved a request from IT Director Nancy Rich to purchase three new computers for the Sheriff's Correction and Uniform Services offices, at a price not to exceed $21,056.

(BROWN CITY) -- The Brown City Council was updated on the 2013 street projects. Astec Asphalt has completed initial work on Walter and Maple Streets. Resurfacing work on North Maple Valley Road began October 10. The city worked with the county engineer and surveyor to ensure that the width of the road where it joins Main Street, would be expanded to the full width of the easement. The issue of a gap between the street and parking lot at Mary Ann's Restaurant was discussed at the meeting Monday. Council members voted to share the cost of paving that area with Mary Ann's Restaurant 50/50. The total cost of the project is $1,500. Mary Ann's will have 18-months to pay $750 for the paving work.

In other business, twenty-six applications were submitted for the City Clerk position. Five candidates were interviewed last week. The Brown City Police Department is currently handling background checks on the top two finalists. The city hopes to have the new clerk on the job no later than October 22.

Brown City residents are reminded that the DPW will wrap up hydrant flushing on Friday, October 18.