(CROSWELL) -- Croswell City Council members have reached a contract agreement with new City Administrator Samuel Moore. The former Community Development Director for the Village of Cass City will officially start on April 1. The 4-year contact includes a $65,000 salary upon hiring with increases after satisfactory 6-month and 1-year reviews. His salary would be $73,000 in the fourth year of the contract. Moore was offered the position in February. He replaces John Espinoza, who retired from the position in December 2012.
In other business Monday night, the council set a special meeting for Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Aitken Memorial District Library to review the proposed 2013-2014 budget. A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. regarding a $253,000 Community Development Block Grant. The city is applying for the grant to address lighting. Residents may review the grant application. Council members will also review a new job description for the head of Department of Public Services. The position will cover all of the city's utility departments. A current supervisor will be moved to that position if a job description can be agreed on.
(AREA) -- Michigan could benefit from increased shipping activity while continuing to protect the Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species under legislation introduced by State Representative Dan Lauwers. The legislation would require the state to mirror U.S. Coast Guard guidelines relating to ballast water discharge. Since 2005, Michigan has had one of the most stringent ballast laws in the country. Ocean-going vessels currently must obtain a permit from the Department of Environmental Quality and use on-board treatment methods such as light radiation and deoxygenation in order to discharge ballast water into the Great Lakes. Under the legislation, ocean-going vessels would have four options related to ballast water discharge--conduct a complete flushing of ballast tanks at a location at least 200 nautical miles from shore at a depth of more than 2,000 meters, use public water treatment systems in ports, use onboard treatment methods, or hold their ballast water in the vessel. Lauwers serves the 81st House District, which includes most of St. Clair County.
(COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP) -- Three Detroit area men arrested Wednesday following a home invasion in St. Clair County's Columbus Township have been arraigned. 25-year old Adrian Evans and 40-year old Mario Burrell have been charged with two counts of second degree home invasion. 27-year old Timothy Bennett was charged with three counts of second degree home invasion and third degree fleeing and eluding police. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the suspects allegedly entered a home in the 6000 block of Springborn Road around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A neighbor was able to give deputies a description of the vehicle that left the residence. The vehicle was located an hour later by deputies on Gratiot near Rattle Run and a short chase ensued. The driver lost control of the car and entered the ditch. All three suspects jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot. Two of the three men were caught. The Sheriff's Office K-9 was called to assist in finding the third suspect. He was later found inside a house in the 7600 block of Gratiot, hiding from authorities. Stolen items from the Springborn Road home were recovered. All three men remain jailed on $50,000 cash/surety bonds. They are scheduled to appear in 72nd District Court April 2.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- Worth Township residents that paid into the Paeth judgement will see a refund. The township collected around $865,000 from residents on the summer 2011 tax roll and the money was held in escrow until the appeal was recently decided. A federal appeals court last June slashed the amount owed to the Worth Township couple after their plans to renovate their Lake Huron shoreline cottage were blocked. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated $325,000 of the award in the case. Sanilac County's Worth Township previously was ordered to pay George and Margaret Paeth about $600,000 plus more than $200,000 in the couple's legal fees. In 2007, a Sanilac County judge reversed a zoning board decision involving a variance issue, clearing the way for the couple to resume work on their home. The Paeths say within days, the township posted a stop-work order on their property, without the notice required by state law. They sued in federal court.
(PIGEON) -- State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon says that three entities in his district are the recipients of grant money from the state. The Huron Community Fair Association will receive up to $40,000, the city of Vassar will receive $1,500 and the Huron Intermediate School District will receive $3,000. Representative Brown says these awards will help improve the already great programs and communities we have in the Thumb. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is providing $20,000 with an available match of another $20,000 to the Huron Community Fair Association for the installation of RV pedestals and related electrical work at the fairgrounds in Bad Axe. The grants for Vassar and the Huron ISD come from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and will be administered by the Huron County Economic Development Corporation. Vassar will use the $1,500 grant to put on a free summer concert series, while the Huron ISD will direct the $3,000 grant toward the Embracing Our Earth Festival. Representative Brown serves the 84th House District, which includes Huron and Tuscola counties.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Finance and Administration Committee met Tuesday afternoon. The committee received a monthly update on the status of the jail project from Jail Observation Representative Loton Eastman. Eastman reported that the project is about seventy-five percent complete and should be finished by the end of July. In other business, the committee approved the acquisition of a radio tower for use by Sanilac County Central Dispatch. The tower is being donated to the county by Thumb Cellular. Committee members also approved a request to purchase new equipment for processing concealed weapons permits. Officials are seeing a spike in the amount of permits being processed and can no longer keep up with demand. The new equipment would make it easier and more cost efficient to process CCW cards. The measures head to the full Board of Commissioners for consideration next Tuesday.
(PORT HURON) -- Baker College of Port Huron is enrolling students for the spring 2013 quarter, with classes beginning Monday, April 1. Registration continues through the first week of classes. Some of the career programs available at Baker College of Port Huron include dental hygiene and dental assisting, veterinary technology, culinary arts, automotive services technology, human services, criminal justice, and business administration. Students have access to financial assistance, including scholarships, grants, low-interest loans, and work-study programs. For more information visit www.baker.edu
(SANDUSKY) -- Sanilac County Probate Court will close its office on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22 this week so that employees can move their office to a new location. Hearings those days will be conducted as scheduled. Residents with emergency matters are asked to contact Assignment Clerk Carole Stieler or Assistant Assignment Clerk Christina Baldwin at 810-648-2120.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council met Monday night. In a brief meeting, the council approved the appointment of Robert Krauth to the Board of Review. Sandusky City Manager Dave Faber will serve as an alternate for the position. The city council meets the first and third Mondays of each month.
(AREA) -- The Michigan departments of State Police and Human Services say they resolved 1,994 felony arrest warrants during a joint initiative to make sure felons don't collect welfare. State law bars some forms of public assistance to ex-cons. The departments ran the campaign in January and February. State police cross-checked the names of individuals collecting public assistance against a database of outstanding felony warrants in order to make sure only those who are eligible are receiving public assistance. In the Bay/Thumb region troopers cleared 214 of 698 felony arrest warrants, visiting a total of 699 locations, resulting in the recovery of two stolen hand guns, two long guns, cocaine and marijuana. Of the 4,562 matches, troopers cleared 800 felony arrest warrants. The state says 1,194 other felony arrest warrants were cleared by other law enforcement agencies or the wanted individual reported to authorities.