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Surrey Township approves radio upgrade

Surrey Township approved a motion to upgrade the radio service and siren located at the transfer station to narrow band for an estimated cost of $1,650, from Pro-Com.

The radio towers must all be converted to narrow band before the end of the year, Supervisor Russ Hamilton reported. Pro-Com’s estimate was the lowest of two received, he said.

He said the township’s other siren at the fire station would cost approximately $2,490 to convert and still keep it so the fire department can set it off manually. That’s something we can do later, he said.

He said they were originally seeking a Homeland Security grant to help fund the changes, but since the sirens were originally paid through United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development funds, they are not eligible for a grant through another agency.

County Commissioner Lynn Grim reported on business at the county level.

She said the Treasurer will hold a Rabies Clinic February 25 and will begin selling dog licenses at the clinic. She also talked about free lunches and food distributions and said the Road Commission will contract with the county to handle weigh master duties during frost laws.

Grim said the Sheriff’s Department has secured contracts to house state prisoner and prisoners from Wexford County which will bring in an additional $200,000 by the end of the year. She also reported that 911 has received at $21,000 grant.

County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis also attended the township meeting Tuesday to report of activities in her office. She outlined new programs including the “bounce-back” check recovery program and the “bounce-back “ program for first time offenders that will expunge their record with community service and programs.

State Representative Joel Johnson also reported on State activities and bills being considered in the House. He said a proposed bill would limit State land access and revert 678,000 acres to “pre-European” with 100 year old trees. “I don’t support it,” he said. “It shuts the public out and isn’t good forestry management.” He said he is working on a Vocational Education bill that would allow high school students to switch some classes for Vo-Ed classes. “Not every student will be going to college,” he said. He also said he is supporting a measure to equalize school foundations grants (amount per student) across the state. “Our students are just as important as any others,” he said, but some districts receive $1,500 more per student than we do in this district.”

Other business at the Surrey Township meeting Tuesday included:

*A report from Fire Chief Dave Williams, Zoning Administrator Rod Williams and Clare County Deputy Kevin Roland.

*Planning Commission Chair Mahlon Parsons reported that a workshop would be held Wednesday evening.

*The board approved monthly bills totaling $36,847.45.