2017-04-20 / News Briefs

In brief

PAC to get piano

SWARTZ CREEK – The Board of Education has approved a $58,700 expenditure for a grand piano for the Performing Arts Center.

Music teacher Jared Leuck last month asked the school board to consider upgrading the piano. Leuck said the district has missed out on opportunities to host certain events because the current piano is in bad shape.

The instrument, 12-year-old Yamaha, was owned by a private individual, not an institution. It will be kept in a secure, climate-controlled room at the PAC. – L.R.

School district buys vans

SWARTZ CREEK – The Swartz Creek Community Schools will invest about $50,500 in two new vans as part of an effort to reduce a surplus in the Food Service fund.

The Board of Education voted Wednesday, April 12, to accept the second-lowest bid for the vehicles that will be used to deliver food to the schools.

Hank Graff won the contract. The dealership was one of four that bid.

The low bid, which was about $900 less, came from a dealership in the Grand Rapids area.

School board Trustee Lorraine Ahearne initiated a discussion regarding supporting local businesses.

“I would prefer we buy local,” Ahearne said. “We get a lot of contributions from our local car dealers.”

The Food Service fund receives some revenues from state and federal programs, as well as from lunch purchases.

Superintendent Ben Mainka said the district was cited for allowing the fund balance to get too high.

“We have to draw down the balance,” he said. – L.R.

City extends office hours

SWARTZ CREEK – Effective Monday, May 1, the Paul D. Bueche Memorial Building, also known as Swartz Creek city hall, will have new hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; and 8 a.m. to noon Fridays. – L.R.

Miller/Morrish turn signal possible

SWARTZ CREEK – City Manager Adam Zettel said he will check the cost of adding a dedicated left-turn signal at Miller and Morrish roads.

The city commissioned a traffic study after the Miller Road construction work two years ago. At that time, the red-yellow-green traffic light had a left-turn phase to help motorists get through the work zone, and several residents reported that their wait at the intersection was greatly reduced.

The traffic study, however, resulted in a conclusion that a left-turn signal would not improve traffic flow under regular (non-construction) conditions.

However, people who travel through the intersection on a regular basis disagree, and they continue to ask city officials to reconsider the turn light. – L.R.

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