Surrey considers new ordinance

The Surrey Township Planning Commission is working on a new ordinance to deal with “noxious week and grass,” Planning Chair Mahon Parsons reported to the township board Tuesday evening.

Zoning Administrator Rod Williams said after the meeting, “We are looking for the public’s input on this and hoping they will attend the next meeting” on March 21 at 7 p.m. when the Planning Commission meets to discuss it.

Fire Chief Dave Williams asked the board to approve two new firefighter’s applications at the meeting. They gave their approval to rehire Justin Brettingham and hire Terryn Grider, daughter of former Fire Chief Ron Grider.

Williams also reported that a NIMS (Nation Incident Management System) 400 class will be held at the Surrey Township Fire Hall. He said the class is funded through the Clare County Fire Council. He also reported that he is considering a Mandatory First Responder class. “We need more first responders,” he said.

County Commissioner Lynn Grim also reported on business at the county level. She said April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. people will be able to bring old, unused prescription drugs to the Sheriff’s Department and Beaverton Police Department and Gladwin Police Department. She also reported that Magistrate Rick LaBoda will retire at the end of the month; on the Stone Soup fundraiser at Clare Castle on Saturday; that Ed Williams has been named undersheriff; Michigan Works have cut hours; and that the Public Health Summit will be held at Comfort Inn in Mt. Pleasant April 12. “The public is welcome,” she said, “but they need to RSVP to the Central Michigan District Health Department if they plan to attend.”

In other business, Dixie Adams was named as an alternate for the Planning Commission and ZBA Boards and the board approved bills totaling $29,612.62.