2017-10-12 / News Briefs

In brief

Taxes lowered

GAINES TOWNSHIP – Gaines Township residents will catch a little bit of a break on their property taxes.

The township board of trustees voted Wednesday, Oct. 4, to lower the special assessment for trash collection, as well as the fee for mosquito control.

The garbage rate will go down to $128, from $138. The tax is collected on the winter tax bills.

The reduction is possible because the board renegotiated the contract with the collection company, said township Supervisor Paul Fortino.

Mosquito control now will cost $22, down from $50. Voters approved the fee of up to $50, but actual costs were less than anticipated, according to Treasurer Diane Hyrman. – L.R.

Hydrant flushing set

SWARTZ CREEK – City workers will begin flushing fire hydrants Monday, Oct. 16. This is part of the routine maintenance. The water may appear discolored and cloudy. – L.R.

Consumers to change lights

GAINES TOWNSHIP – Consumers Energy will upgrade several street lights in Gaines Township.

The power company will replace 10 mercury vapor lights with the more energy-efficient high-pressure sodium bulbs.

The lights are located on Duffield Road at both Reid and Cooks roads, on Grand Blanc Road at Nichols and Beers roads, at Morrish and Hill roads, Nichols and Ray roads, and on Baldwin Road at Beers, Morrish and Seymour roads. – L.R.

September GTPD activity

GAINES TOWNSHIP – There were 131 calls for police services in Gaines Township last month, including 10 in the village of Gaines. Township police handled 76 of those calls.

In addition, local officers wrote 10 citations, issued 10 warnings, performed 36 property checks and submitted a request for one warrant.

There have been 1,238 incidents this year in the township, as compared to 1,292 for the same time last year.

In related news, the township board of trustees authorized police Chief Mark Schmitzer to seek a grant for new spike strips used to disable fleeing vehicles.

The devices are remotely activated, which allows officers to deploy the spikes from a safe distance. – L.R.

September GTFD news

GAINES TOWNSHIP -- The Gaines Township Fire Department responded to five fire reports and 14 medical calls in September.

The department is down three firefighters following the resignations of Melissa and Keith Rumbold, who moved out of the area, and Bruce Treadway.

The fire department is sending Firefighter Audra Warner to medical first responder training. The township will pay the $300 tuition, plus materials costs. – L.R.

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