2018-03-15 / News Briefs

In brief


SWARTZ CREEK and MUNDY TOWNSHIP – Former Swartz Creek Police Chief Rick Clolinger served as assistant chief of the Mundy Township Police Department under Chief Dan Atkinson while Atkinson provided leadership to both the city and township agencies. Clolinger retired from the Mundy Township Police Department when the agency was dissolved upon merging with the Swartz Creek Police Department in February 2017. A March 8 Swartz Creek View article was in error in stating that Clolinger was assistant chief of the Metro Police Authority. – L.R.

Twp. to raze house

GAINES TOWNSHIP – The Gaines Township Board of Trustees will seek bids for demolition of a ramshackle house at 12084 Hill Road. “It’s a dangerous house,” said township police Chief Mark Schmitzer. “We’ve been working on getting this taken care of for a year.” Schmitzer said the house has been vacant for about eight years. Authorities became aware that it was a public health and safety hazard after residents called to complain about a foul odor. “There is water in the basement, the living room floor has collapsed, the brick on the front is falling off,” Schmitzer said. – L.R.

Winshall upgrades discussed

SWARTZ CREEK – The city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is looking to spiff up Winshall Park this year. In addition to removing and replacing some of the cottonwood trees, they’re considering repurposing the tennis courts. Department of Public Services Director Tom Svrcek said the courts are difficult to maintain, which makes them difficult to use. “They get so much sap,” said Svrcek. “We’ve power washed them, but it just comes back. A slime gets all over it. Not to mention, the courts are facing east and west, so the sun is always in someone’s eyes.” City Manager Adam Zettel said the courts get covered in debris from the cottonwood trees, and when the leaves fall they make the surface slick. The fenced-in area could be converted to Gaga ball pits, he said. – L.R.

February emergency stats

GAINES TOWNSHIP – There were 122 calls for police services in Gaines Township in February. Nine of the incidents occurred in the village of Gaines. Township police responded to 51 of the calls received from Genesee County 911, as well as 18 walk-ins. Township officers also performed 141 property checks, issued one citation and 11 warnings, and obtained one misdemeanor warrant. Gaines Township police responded to 13 incidents in the Metro Police Authority service area, and Metro officers handled eight incidents in Gaines Township. There have been 267 incidents reported so far this year, compared to 259 for the same time last year. Gaines Township firefighters responded to 10 fire calls and 10 medical calls last month. The township board of trustees also approved a 10 percent raise for firefighters and officers. The paid-on-call firefighters now will earn $12.65 per hour. (Source: Township records.) – L.R.

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