2018-04-19 / News Briefs

In brief

Assessor hired

MUNDY TOWNSHIP – Amanda Bastuk will take over the assessor duties in Mundy Township effective May 1. Township Supervisor David Guigear recommended promoting Bastuk to the position, saying, “The assessing position was a union position, we had nobody in that position for quite some time. The union was kind enough and allow us to have a staff person go through some training to get to that position. “I am proud to recommend to this board a quality person for a good position that has a long working relationship with Mundy Township and I am so pleased and ecstatic that we are going to have an in-house assessor once again.” – L.R.

Demo contract awarded

GAINES TOWNSHIP – Drury Brothers, the Durand-based company that razed a ramshackle house on Reid Road last year, will rid Gaines Township of another blighted property this year. Drury won the bid to demolish a dilapidated house at 12084 Hill Road, which has been vacant for about eight years. Police Chief Mark Schmitzer, who has called the house “dangerous,” said township officials became aware of the problem when neighbors complained about a foul odor coming from the property. The township will pay Drury $16,000 to remove the building and fill in the basement. – L.R.

‘No soliciting’ list available

GAINES TOWNSHIP – Residents in Gaines Township have a couple of options for keeping solicitors away from their doors. According to police Chief Mark Schmitzer, Ordinance 133 provides for two courses of action. Residents can post “No Soliciting” signs on their properties, and they can register their addresses on the township’s “No Soliciting” list. Residents who want their homes added to the list must do so in person at the township hall. “We put them in the book and when someone receives a soliciting permit, they get the list of addresses – not the names, just the addresses – of where not to go,” Schmitzer said. – L.R.

March emergency stats

GAINES TOWNSHIP – According to Gaines Township records, there were 125 calls for emergency services in March; seven were in the Village of Gaines. In addition, there were 33 walk-in requests. Township police handled 80 of the calls from 911, and all 33 walk-ins. Township officers also issued five traffic citations and 13 verbal warnings, performed 32 business and 71 residential property checks, obtained four felony warrants and made four felony arrests, two of which resulted in the recovery of jewelry. Township officers assisted the Metro Police Authority on 14 calls, while Metro officers assisted on nine incidents in Gaines Township. There have been 424 incidents reported this year, as compared to 404 for the same time last year.

The Gaines Township Fire Department had nine fire runs and 16 medical runs in March. – L.R.

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