(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township has begun the process of reviewing and researching more than 50 ideas that residents sent him as part of his legislative contest to give constituents the chance to help direct public policy. The lawmaker will introduce the Top Five ideas as legislation. Lauwers says he was looking for ideas that would encourage a healthier economy, improve our quality of life and make state government more efficient. Proposals that either created, changed or eliminated laws or programs were considered. According to Representative Lauwers, who serves the 81st House District, the purpose of the contest was to engage local residents and give them an even greater voice in their state government.
(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers have arrested a 50-year old Port Huron woman for her role in the sales of crack cocaine in the Port Huron area. Officers conducted a raid Tuesday night at a residence in the 1300 block of 7th Street. Crack cocaine valued at $600 and $80 in cash were seized. The suspect remains jailed on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug house.
(ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP) -- A 50-year old Goodells woman was killed in a two-car crash Wednesday evening around 6 p.m. on Rattle Run Road west of Trumble Road in St. Clair Township. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says a vehicle driven by a 53-year old Washington Township woman was traveling west on Rattle Run when she crashed into the second vehicle driven by a 54-year old Goodells man. The vehicles collided at their front passenger sides and crossed the centerline. The victim was the passenger in the man's vehicle. Deputies say both drivers involved were transported to River District Hospital for treatment. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
(UBLY) -- The Ubly School board rescinded last month's motion to extend Elementary Principal Joel Brandel's contract by 1-year. During their meeting last week, board members approved a rolling 2-year contract for both Brandel and Jr. High/High School Principal Steve Noble. In other business, the board approved the 8th Grade trip to Chicago, Illinois at the end of the month and the Senior Class Trip to Cedar Point in Ohio in May.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $900,000 to construct a center left-turn lane from Townline Road to the Wal-Mart in Sandusky along M-46. Construction is expected to get underway this week and be complete in June. Daytime shoulder closures will be in effect on M-46. Nighttime work will take place during the later phase of construction. One lane of alternating traffic will be in effect at that time.
(SANDUSKY) -- At Monday's meeting, the Sandusky City Council concurred with a recommendation from the ordinance committee to reject a proposal to allow residents to keep chickens on their property. The committee expressed concerns that the chickens would attract rodents and lower property values. Ordinances from other communities were also reviewed. In rejecting the proposal, committee members stated they did not want to "create a conflicting situation that would have invited civil action between the residents."
(FLINT) -- Flint officials have rejected an offer to keep getting water service from Detroit and instead will participate in a pipeline project to tap Lake Huron. Flint officials announced their decision Tuesday. The state of Michigan last week approved Flint's plans, subject to review of a final offer from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Detroit will supply Flint for the next three years during construction of the Karegnondi Water Authority project. The authority includes representatives from Flint, Lapeer, and Genesee, Lapeer and Sanilac counties. Flint plans to get millions of gallons of water per day from Lake Huron, pipe it to Flint for treatment and then sell it to city customers. The intake pipeline will extend nearly two miles into Lake Huron in Sanilac County's Worth Township. Construction on the pipeline project is expected to take a year to complete and cost around $35 million. The pump station will be located in the woods on the west side of M-25. A total cost for the project is between $270 and $300 million with a completion date set sometime in 2015. Detroit water officials say they could lose $22 million if Flint leaves its system and other customers could see higher rates.
(CROSWELL) -- With the impending retirement of Electric Department Supervisor Jack Williams, the Croswell City Council took steps to reorganize the department at Monday's meeting. City Manager Samuel Moore will handle the administrative duties, while employees John Peck and Troy Todd will handle day-to-day operations. Council members noted that the operation will be evaluated after 6-months. The council had been discussing the placement of the electric, DPW, and wastewater departments, under the direction of one supervisor. Williams is retiring in June after 40-years of service with the city.
The council also approved a resolution for "inter-local" cooperation, collaboration, and consolidation between the various communities in the area. The agreement allows the cities and villages to share equipment and resources. By adopting the resolution, Croswell will be able to take advantage of financial incentives from the State of Michigan.
(SANDUSKY) -- Sanilac County Finance and Administration Committee members received a monthly update on the status of the new jail during their meeting Tuesday afternoon. Jail Observation Representative Loton Eastman reported that the project is just under 75 percent complete and only one percent over budget. Training of employees and general cleanup of the area around the new jail is expected to begin in June.
Committee members also heard from Community Mental Health Director Jim Johnson, who submitted his 2013 Annual Program Plan. Johnson reported that the number of children living below the poverty level in Sanilac County is increasing. He also said that there has been a rise in demand for therapy services over the past several months.
In other business, the committee approved the use of the courthouse lawn for the Sandusky farmer's market. The market will run from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. every Thursday this summer, beginning on May 9th.
Board members also approved the purchase of three new patrol cars for the Sanilac County Sherrff's Department at a combined cost of $70,611. An additional $4,816 was allocated for the purchase of a new trailer for the sheriff's work crew equipment.
The measures are expected to become official when they head to the full Board of Commissioners next week.
The city of Sandusky has job openings available for a Summer Recreation Program Coordinator, as well as a seasonal part-time mower. Job descriptions and applications for either position can be picked up at Sandusky City Hall, 26 W. Speaker Street. Applications must be received by 3:00 p.m. on May 10th. For more information, contact the Sandusky City Clerk at 810-648-4444.