(AREA) -- The Michigan Senate unanimously approved measures Wednesday to stop the construction of a Canadian nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron and strengthen Michigan's protection of natural resources against radioactive waste. Senate Bill 948, sponsored by Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township, would ban the importation of radioactive waste into Michigan, while Senate Concurrent Resolutions call for a potentially binding recommendation from the International Joint Commission to halt the construction of a permanent nuclear waste disposal facility in Kincardine, Ontario, less than a mile from Lake Huron. Passage of two addition resolutions, invokes the immediate intervention of the Great Lakes Commission. The commission has already signaled their commitment to taking up a thorough review of the facility.
Besides banning the importation of radioactive waste, the legislation would extend Michigan's current ban on long-term radioactive waste disposal to include Class C radioactive waste-the most dangerous form of low-level radioactive waste-and create the Great Lakes Protection Radioactive Waste Advisory Board to assess a broad range of impacts from the proposed Ontario facility.
The House will now consider the legislation.
(BROWN CITY) -- The Brown City Council was informed Monday that the city's annual audit was conducted on May 21 and 22. City Manager Clint Holmes stated that there were no issues or discrepancies noted and the city is in relatively good financial condition. A formal report to the council has been postponed until July 14. City Manger Holmes also updated council members on the 2014 Street Project. The city's contractor, Astec Asphalt, expected to complete resurfacing work on South Cade Road last week. The rest of the projects-North Cade Road, Second Street, and patches on St. Mary's and First Streets-is scheduled for completion sometime after June 16. In other business the Brown City Clean-Up Days were scheduled for Tuesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 18. The DPW plans to conduct fire hydrant flushing June 23-27. Residents are reminded to avoid washing white and light colored clothing during that time.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky Community Schools Summer Food Service Program will start Wednesday, June 18 and run through July 31. The program excludes Friday's. Free meals will be served to children 18-years old and under and to those up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled, recognized by a state or local public education agency. The meals will be served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Doerr Field/Sandusky City Park and at the Sandusky Jr./Sr. High School on Pine Tree Lane. All summer camps are welcome. For more information contact Cheri Wedge at 810-648-5202 or Jody O'Bee at 810-648-3400 ext 52039.
(VERONA TOWNSHIP) -- Officials in Huron County say a 3-year old Verona Township boy has passed away after being found unresponsive at this home. Authorities are still investigating the incident, which was reported just before Noon Sunday. The child was found near a playset at the family's home on Hellems Road after family members had been doing chores and noticed the boy was missing. CPR was initiated and the child was taken to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. He was later flown to a Saginaw hospital and reported to be in critical condition Monday. Authorities say the death appears to be accidental.
(MARLETTE) -- Marlette School Board members Monday night were presented the amended General Appropriations Budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and the General Appropriations Budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year by Finance Director Cheryl Bruff. Superintendent Alan Broughton reported that both budgets bring good new for the district, but emphasized that even with the improving numbers, the board and administration must continue to be frugal in spending. The district's projected fund balance at the end of June will be $411,032. During a power point presentation on the General Appropriations Budget for fiscal 2014-2015, Cheryl discussed the revenues and expenditures and pointed out the increases and decreases in each category. The district should be adding around $124,950 to the fund equity at the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The board approved both budgets as presented.
In other business, the board accepted the retirement resignations of Speech-Language Pathologist Patricia Sheridan Schell and high school teacher Bruce Irland. A 15-cent increase in breakfast and lunch prices in the elementary and high school were also approved. The cost for an elementary student's breakfast is now $1.50 and lunch is $2. A high school breakfast is now $1.50 and lunch is $2.50.
(AREA) -- Fantasy 5 lottery players extended their big winning streak Monday with a lucky ticket holder hitting the game's 24th jackpot in 10 weeks. The lucky player's ticket matched the five winning numbers--3, 5, 20, 22, 28--to win $279,431. The ticket was bought at the Kroger gas station located at 1821 South Cedar in Imlay City. This incredible run of winners began on April 7 when a lucky player won a jackpot of $271,034. During the streak, players have won jackpots totaling more than $3.3 million. In addition to Monday's jackpot winner, the winning ticket holders from the April 26 and June 2 Fantasy 5 drawings have yet to claim those prizes. Those tickets were purchased in Dearborn and Bloomfield Hills.
(WALES TOWNSHIP) -- The driver of a Chrysler minivan was injured early Wednesday morning when the vehicle struck a Yale school bus. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the school bus was turning around at Wales Center and Sparling Roads just before 6:30 a.m., when it pulled into the path of the minivan, driven by a 37-year old Avoca woman. Deputies say the woman was unable to avoid a collision and struck the bus, which had three children on board. The children were picked up at the scene by their parents and the bus driver was not injured. The Avoca woman was transported to Port Huron Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Authorities say neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the crash.
(LAKEPORT) -- Members of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department Special Response Team took part in training exercises this week at the former Lakeport Elementary School. Officers practiced simulated situations including a barricaded gunman, hostage rescue and a drug raid. The building was closed at the end of the 2012-2013 school year as a cost savings measure for the Port Huron Area School District as enrollment declined.
(AREA) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners have announced that recycling bins will be removed from the communities of Argyle, Buel Hill, Brown City and Marlette beginning the week of June 16. The Sanilac County Recycling Program will continue with drop off's accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the County Recycling Center located at 150 Orval Street in Sandusky and during regular business hours at the Tri-City Landfill located at 425 North Ruth Road. The decision to remove the community recycling bins was due to the cost of replacing inmate labor with paid labor, the amount of hours needed to sort materials in the bins, and because nearly 50% of the contents is trash. The recycling program accepts paper, number 1 and 2 plastics, cardboard, styrofoam, and tin. The program is funded through the sale of recyclable items, a county subsidy from fees collected a the landfill and support from Waste Management. No tax dollars support the program.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sandusky Fire Department will host the 3rd Annual Sanilac County Public Safety Day and Sanilac Police and Firemen's Association awards dinner this Saturday, June 14 at the Sanilac Shrine Park. The public is invited and gates will open at Noon. Attendees will take part in family games and activities including kid's inflatables and a First Responders softball game. A steak dinner cook-out will take place from 4-7 p.m. just prior to the Sanilac County Police and Firemen Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. The citizen, firefighter, law enforcement officer, dispatcher, and EMT of the year will be honored for their acts of heroism, professional excellence, diligence, and community involvement. A DJ and dancing will be on site from 8:30 p.m.-Midnight and the refreshment counter will be open until Midnight. Tickets for the steak dinner are $15 per person and available at any Sanilac County police or fire department and at the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office. Advance tickets are appreciated. The Shrine Park is located 6 1/2 miles east of Sandusky on M-46 and a 1/2 mile south on Shrine Park Road.