2018-06-21 / News Briefs

In brief

Novak appointed

SWARTZ CREEK – Dennis Novak has been appointed to the Swartz Creek Planning Commission. Novak will complete the term of Robert Florine, who resigned when he moved out of the city. Novak will serve until June 30, 2021. Florine had served as the commission secretary. Commissioner Jentery Farmer will take over the secretary’s duties. – L.R.

Lennon gets grant

LENNON – The Village of Lennon is one of three Genesee County communities to receive $2,000 beautification grants from the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission. “We are so excited that over 1,000 citizens have taken our survey so far,” said Derek Bradshaw, GCMPC director/coordinator. “Their comments will help guide us as we prepare our next plan for Genesee County.” The City of Mount Morris and Thetford Township also received grants for having the largest percentage of their populations complete the survey. The GCMPC is preparing a new plan entitled “Genesee: Our County, Our Future.” The survey gave GCMPC staff a snapshot of the positive changes the public wants to see. Anyone wishing to weigh in may still take the survey at www.ourfuturegenesee.org. – L.R.

Council OKs property sales

SWARTZ CREEK – The City of Swartz Creek will sell two vacant lots acquired from the Genesee County Land Bank in 2017. An adjacent homeowner will purchase the property at 5157 Morrish Road. The city took ownership of the site, which the county had seized for unpaid taxes, and spent $12,000 in Community Development Block Grant money to demolish the blighted dwelling. Michael Vozar, who lives next door and had attempted to buy the site from the former owners several times, has offered the city $12,000. He said he plans to build a two-car garage and shed, and plant a garden. Woodside Builders has expressed an interest in the lot at Wade and Second streets. Woodside owner Kal Nemer proposes to build a bungalow-style home. Nemer built similar homes on Wade and First streets about 15 years ago. The City Council has authorized City Manager Adam Zettel to negotiate the sales. – L.R.

CT to get new lights

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – The yellow halogen lights that illuminate the parking lot at the Clayton Township hall and Police Department will be replaced. Township Supervisor Chris Gehringer said the lights do not shine far enough and the electric eyes are unreliable. The township will invest in LED lights to improve safety and save money. Clayton Townshipbased Beatty Electric LLC will get the job, having submitted the low bid of $1,050 for lights, lift rental and labor. – L.R.

DDA elects officers

SWARTZ CREEK – Swartz Creek Mayor David Krueger will continue as the chairman of the Downtown Development Authority. DDA members elected officers June 14. Todd Beedy will remain as vice chairman and Connie King will continue as secretary. – L.R.

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