Old hotel lot to become part of Surrey Fire Department

August 16, 2013

By Pat Maurer

The lot where the hotel once stood in Farwell now belongs to the Surrey Township Fire Department. Fire Chief Dave Williams requested that the property be combined with the adjoining Township property where the fire department and township offices are, with the stipulation that the annexed property, although owned by the township, would be for fire department use.

He requested that a written statement be approved at the next township meeting.

Williams also reported on a busy month for the fire department with 39 calls reported in Surrey and 3 in Gilmore Township for a total of 42. He said the department has handled 251 runs so far this year.

County Commissioner Lynn Grim gave a report on county business, reporting that with only six percent of registered voters casting a ballot in the Primary Election, both the Senior Millage renewal and the renewal of the 911 millage passed, the first by 78 percent and the second by 72 percent of voters.

She also reported that she had met with the new Central Michigan Health Department Health Officer Steve Hall, who began duties on August 12. He will work with retiring Health Officer Mary Kushion until she leaves September 13.

Grim also noted that a Wellness After Hours will be held at the Doherty Hotel September 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to go over County Health Rankings and other health issues as well as information about the new Clare County Area Dental Clinic. Persons wanting to attend should rsvp to skile@cmdhd.org, she said.

She also mentioned a meeting scheduled for August 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Isabella County Commission on Aging Building. The meeting will go over questions and options to help Seniors who are raising grandchildren or other’s children. She said it is a free event, but those who want to attend, or need a ride should call 1-800-858-1637.

During Public Comment, questions were discussed about problems with Waste Management’s operation of the transfer facility.

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