2015-07-09 / News Briefs

In brief

Stolen ATV recovered

GAINES TOWNSHIP – Acting on a tip, police here recovered another stolen ATV on Saturday.

A 16-year-old Gaines Township youth could be charged in connection with the theft, said Gaines Township Police Chief Mark Schmitzer.

Investigators believe the vehicle, which sustained extensive damage, was taken for a joy ride, the chief said.

“It (joy riding) is something the kids are talking about and they’re doing,” he said.

It was one of three ATV-type vehicles stolen within a couple weeks in June. All three were taken with the keys. This is the second ATV to be recovered. – L.R.

Crapo to get windows

SWARTZ CREEK – The old, drafty windows at Mary Crapo school soon will be replaced.

In June, the Board of Education approved paying Glazing Solutions $72,420 to replace the windows on the west elevation of the building.

The west wall is mostly glass, and school officials have said the windows appear to be the original, single-pane windows that were installed when Mary Crapo was built in 1929.

School staff has struggled in recent years to keep the wind and rain from entering the six classrooms and stairwells on that side of the building. – L.R.

Retirements, resignations

SWARTZ CREEK – Several familiar faces will not return to the Swartz Creek schools next year.

Florence Stiles, a High School teacher, and Deborah Stiff, a paraprofessional at Gaines Elementary, are retiring this summer.

In addition, Academy teacher Michael Lackey, Syring education aide Abby Henry and Middle School cashier/server Deloris Ragatz have resigned. – L.R.

Council OKs property sale

SWARTZ CREEK – The City Council has given preliminary approval for the sale of the property at 5017 Third Street.

The city acquired the lot in a tax foreclosure. The Downtown Development Authority paid $9,000 to demolish the house, which was infested with black mold. Two accessory structures remain on the property, which is situated between Woods Collision and another residential parcel.

The owners of both adjacent properties, and a resident of Miller Road, have expressed interest in purchasing the lot. Council approved splitting the property and selling half to each of the adjacent landowners, for a total of $7,500.

Per city charter, the sale will remain in limbo for a 30-day public inspection period. Council is expected to give final approval in July. – L.R.

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