2017-06-29 / News Briefs

In brief

PD has new hours

SWARTZ CREEK – Effective Monday, July 3, the Swartz Creek office of the Metro Police Authority will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. City Manager Adam Zettel reports that the authority is running smoothly, exceeding expectations (based on hours of service) and operating under budget. – L.R.

SCAFD adds to roster

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP and SWARTZ CREEK – Austin McKenzie has been placed on regular status with the Swartz Creek Area Fire Department. McKenzie joined the SCAFD as a probationary firefighter in June 2016. He is assigned to Station #2 in Clayton Township. In addition, the fire department has three new paidon call recruits: Jesse Pellarin, James Diekman and Joshua Hect. All three will serve one year on probationary status. Pellarin and Hect will be assigned to Station #1 in Swartz Creek; Diekman will work out of Station #2 in Clayton Township. The Swartz Creek Area Fire Board approved all four personnel changes at their Monday, June 19, meeting. The board also accepted the resignation of firefighter Greg Baker, who cited personal reasons for his departure, and approved hiring Shelly Thompson as the new accounting/clerical clerk. Baker joined the fire force in June 2008. He was assigned to Station #1. Thompson previously worked for Clayton Township but resigned after being elected to the township Board of Trustees in November. She was one of nine people who applied for the part-time job. Thompson will work 10 hours per week while training, and 20 hours per week thereafter. She will earn $12 per hour. – L.R.

100 Club OKs grant

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP and SWARTZ CREEK – The 100 Club of Flint has awarded the Swartz Creek Area Fire Department a grant for protective equipment. The club pledged to pay up to $1,539 for 54 Nomex hoods. The hoods are worn under the helmet/facemask. Bids for the new safety gear came in a little lower than anticipated, with the low bid of $1,443 submitted by First Due Fire Supply of Mason. Fire Chief Brent Cole will pay for the hoods out of the SCAFD budget and submit the proof of purchase to the club for reimbursement. – L.R.

School staff changes

SWARTZ CREEK – James Pike, an English teacher at Swartz Creek High School, will retire effective June 30. On Wednesday, June 14, the Board of Education accepted his retirement and approved hiring two new staff members. Stanley Page will serve as the new social worker at the high school. Page, who has a master’s degree from Wayne State University, did his internship at the high school during the 2016-17 school year. He has 17 years of experience in youth outreach. He was one of seven applicants. Ashley Buza will be the new speech and language pathologist at the Child Development Center and Syring Elementary. She has a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and also completed her internship last year in Swartz Creek. Buza was one of 11 initial applicants. She lives in Swartz Creek. – L.R.

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