Rep. Kesto announces state funding for Scarlet’s Park

Budget aids in all-inclusive playground development State Rep. Klint Kesto today said state funding is included in the 2017-18 budget to assist in the development of an all-inclusive playground in Commerce Township. Kesto, of Commerce Township, said the spending blueprint for the coming fiscal year includes a $100,000 appropriation to assist in the creation of…

Rep. Brann hails Aug. 19 as International Homeless Animals Day in Michigan

State Rep. Tommy Brann today offered support for House Resolution 126, which declares Aug. 19 as International Homeless Animals Day throughout the state. Each year, over 7 million companion animals enter shelters in the United States and approximately 2.7 million of those animals are euthanized. Some euthanizations are performed due to space concerns in shelters…

Town hall scheduled to address Lake St. Clair water quality

Reps. Lucido, Hertel encourage residents to attend Oct. 2 meeting State Reps. Peter Lucido and Kevin Hertel today announced plans for a town hall meeting concerning the water quality of Lake St. Clair. The representatives have arranged for officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to be on hand to answer questions from residents…

Rep. LaSata to sponsor additional CPL training classes

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced she will sponsor additional CPL training classes due to the overwhelming response of her training course scheduled for Aug. 26. The class is currently at capacity and can no longer accept reservations. As previously mentioned, registration was limited; however, the first respondents will be contacted about their acceptance into…

Rep. Maturen: Time is ticking to stop spread of Asian carp

State Rep. Dave Maturen today thanked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for releasing its long-awaited report on Asian carp and urged all parties involved to quickly implement a plan to prevent the highly invasive fish from entering the Great Lakes. The Army Corps of Engineers study assessed the viability of establishing various control mechanisms…

Rep. Allor: Swift action needed to stop spread of Asian carp

State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today called for prompt action from the federal government following this week’s release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study detailing options for preventing Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. The long-awaited report assesses the viability of establishing various control mechanisms at the Brandon Road Lock and…

Governor signs Vaupel’s bill removing vignettes from ballot

State Rep. Hank Vaupel’s legislation to remove outdated political party icons from the ballot has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Small images representing political parties, called vignettes, have appeared on ballots in Michigan since the the 1890s, Vaupel said, but elections have improved since then and the icons are no longer needed…

Rep. Frederick invites residents to August office hours

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced his monthly office hours in Saginaw and Shiawassee counties for Monday, Aug. 21 at the following times and locations: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Foster Coffee Company, 115 S. Washington St. in Owosso; and 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Merrill District Library, 321 W. Saginaw St….

Rep. Hauck welcomes guests to August office hours

State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township announced his August office hours schedule for Midland and Isabella counties. Hauck will be available to meet with residents on Monday, Aug. 28 at the following times and locations: 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Isabella County Administration Building, 200 N. Main St., in Mt. Pleasant; 10:30 a.m….

LaSata announces grant to fight blight

State Rep. Kim LaSata announced this week that Berrien County will receive funding for residential and commercial blight elimination projects.  The Berrien County Land Bank Authority has been awarded $102,000 to tear down 25 blighted, tax-foreclosed properties in Benton Harbor, Benton Charter Township, and Buchanan. The funding was awarded through the Michigan State Housing Development…