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Montmorcncy County First - Thc IVodd Aftc d Volume 124, Number 47 One Section ..................... MIXED ADC 150 808 03-15-10 90P 32T SMALL TOWN PAPERS **C005 217 W COTA ST ' SHELTON WA 98584-2263 /-" ~ ' lll.l'l'd,vldilvqd,l..,.Ih,q,q,M,0,Mhlqil,ll $ 12625 State Street, scribe & Save ee page 7 Atlanta, Michigan 49709 Cost increases in store , for Vilhge of Hillmon residents and businesses some costs for living withinthe Village of Hitlman are going up slightly. Water and sewer costs are each increasing 50 cents, and residents will be- gin paying a small fee for garbage pickup. PAGE 4 The Department of Natural Resources to- day reminded anglers that a new fishing li- cense season began Monday, April 1. All 2012 fishing licenses expired on March 31, 2013. Anglers have a choice of a variety of licenses and prices are unchangedfrom2012. PAGE 20 Mal High & Week of e Chance of fog, rain Wl~Ip~ay~.~ and snow this week Night =,w After more than a year of planning, meeting and dis- cussing, the Tri-Township Fire Department has decided to construct a new station just west of Atlanta. The new location will be next to the Depamnent of Human Ser- vices building. The current building was built in 1973 to house both the fire department and ambulance service. The building now contains the fire department and Briley Township office and maintenance equipment after the ambulance service moved several years ago to its-own new facility. The fire dep,artment has now outgrown the current building and simply has no room to expand/upgrade apparatuses due to the sheer size of the equipment now required. During our planning stage, many ideas were explored ranging from remodeling the current station, purchas- ing and existing building around town or building a new station all together. It was decided that the new station was the best choice because the others were both short term fixes. The long range needs of the department were the deciding factor in building a new station. Construc- tion of this station will allow the department to expand, upgrade, maintain and improve current and future ser- vices to the citizens of our community. The station will be built using funding from the existing millage and no new millage will be required. The 8,300 square foot station will consist of six apparatus bays, a large meeting/training room, office, storage areas and equipment needed tO support the department's de- mands. Construction will begin in late spring or early summer and will be completed in two phases. Phase one will consist of constructing the structure and apparatus bays, which is planned to be completed this year. Phase two is the completion of the training/meeting room and offices. Tri-Township Fire Department operates on one rail from Avery, Briley and Loud,Townships. There are curl rently twenty-four members on the department. The department answers between 100 and 125 calls a years, ranging from structure fires, wildland fires, hazardous material incidents, auto extrications, ice rescues, water rescues, injured patient removal from inaccessible areas and assisting the ambulance service, law enforcement and other fire departments from arotmd the area. Irl Stm r weekperiod. " St~ reporter "I think that board needs The county board has to look at how that money approved the transfer of is being spent," Thornton $5,000 from a revolving advised. 10an fund to cover admin- Commissioner Daryl istrative costs for the local Peterson said it was his be- Economic Development lief the costs for adminis- Corporation. The matter tration for the EDC would was discussed at the regu- be going down now that lar county board meeting delinquencies regarding on March 27. the organization have been Commissioner Stacy brought current. Carroll said the EDC is now In another EDC topic, five chargingto process loans businesses are behind on and forlate fees as a means loans, and Peterson said of helping cover the costs some haven't made a pay- of administration. Com- ment in quite a while. He missioner GeneThornton, suggested sending letters county board chair, indi- ordering the businesses to cated those costs should make payments within 20 be reviewed, days or the county would "The administrative ex- startconfiscatingproperty. pense is going prettyfast," "We have liens on this Thornton said. stuff. We can't mess Hewas reluctant to trans- around anymore," fer the money for adminis- Peterson said. tration, he said, because As a result of the delin- that meant, $5,000 less quencies, he said busi- would be available for nesses seeking the $5,000 loans. He remarked on a mini loans in the future $1,400 payroll for a six- would have a lot more pa- THIS ARCHITECTURAL drawing shows what the new fire hall Construction is scheduled to begin this year. SOME OF THE Tri-Township Fire Department members are the firetrucks. is planned to look like. pictured above with one of Lanl " ,ill!!l!l!!lrllJIL!'l,l!l1112 perw0rk to fill out. cerns about the coming hi "We're not going to have spring because winter all that money just out storms caused trees to fall, there and free money," and people will be cutting Peterson said. and burning those trees. Dennis McClure, MSU "You can be really care- Extension, attended the ful, and things still get out meeting in order to give an of hand," he warned. The new $350,000 dozer update on Firewise, a pro- The majority of the wild- at the landfill failed to op- gram that helps fires in Michigan are orate properly during cold homeowners keep from causedfromtheburningofweather. Operators were losing their homes to wild- debris, unable to get the machine fires. He estimated there In other county business: to move until it warmed are more than 8,000 exter- Karen Tyler, treasurer, up. nal fires in Michigan each said the county might not Michigan CAT represen- year. have to borrow money this tatives have indicated According to McClure, year for the delinquent tax electrical malfunctions area efforts include getting revolving fund. might be affecting the high school students in- The board adopted the emergency brake and the volved in the program. The 2014-2016 community hydraulic system, and the principals in Hillman and plan for the Montmorency company has offered to Atlanta have agreed to co- County Commission on warrantytheelectricaland operate, he said, and high Aging. computer systems. school students might Dennis Doherty, Ad- At a recent landfill meet- soonbehelpingseniorciti- vanced Correctionaling, Cam Habermehl, zens rid their homes and Health Care, said his com- landfill board member, yards of fire hazards, pany could provide the jail said the company should "Most of the activities are with a doctor, nurses,replace the dozer instead. fairly simple, and raking medicine and medical sup- Repairs made to the dozer leaves is one of the most plies for $39,000 based on will remain on the perma- important things," he said. occupancy of 30 countyin- McClure said he has con- mates. 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