By Pat Maurer
During a very brief Farwell Village Council meeting Monday evening, Maxine Paesons, representing the Farwell Historical Museum, thanked the Village for their support of the museum activities over the past year.
She reported on their activities including the donations of architect’s plans for the historic Hitchcock House, completed by the architect that designed the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, according to Village Council member Vicky Gunden.
“We have had a lot of family things donated this year,” Maxine said, “and a lot of families have been helping us.”
The council also approved a change in the time of the Council Meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning with the first
meeting of 2014 on January 6.
They also approved a resolution to increase the water use base rates from $1.16 to $1.40 for 1,000 gallons beginning with the December 16 billing cycle.
During the Department of Public Works report Jamie Conlay asked the Council to approve a $143 increase in the costs to install openers for the DPW doors and also asked that the County approve $150 each for two employees to attend a class on Three- Phase pumps. Both were approved.
In her County update, County Commissioner Lynn Grim reported that the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency has received a $489,126 grant for supportive services for Veteran families to end homelessness for veterans. The grant will be for the six-county region of Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, midland and Osceola and will also be available in Isabella, Montcalm, Ionia and Gratiot Counties in partnership with their sister program EightCAP.
She said MMCAA also received notice that they will receive $1.2 million in a Heat Assistance allocation for deliverable and metered deliverable fuel. The funds will allow them hire back six full-time employees that were laid off when the allocation was reduced.
Grim also reported that County Treasurer Jenny Beemer-Fritzinger reported she is participating in a new Property Tax Foreclosure Prevention Initiative to help pay delinquent taxes, interest and fees for eligible homeowners up to $30,000. The funds will come the Federal “Hardest Hit” dollars administered by the Michigan Housing Development Authority under the name Step Forward Michigan, Loan Rescue Program. She said the funds will be distributed
on a first-come, first-serve basis Statewide and urged homeowners that meet the criteria to apply online at stepforwardmichigan.org or call 1-866-946-7432.
In a Public Hearing held November 19, the Village Council adopted the 2013- 2017 Parks and Recreation Master Plan.