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Published April 26, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Iroquois Middle School and a teacher at Chippewa Valley High School were recognized with top honors at the ninth annual Macomb County Green Schools celebration April 17.

Iroquois was given the top “Evergreen” school award for Macomb County. Kevin Bai, a physical science teacher at Chippewa, brought home the first-ever “Green Advocate” award for his efforts in promoting a clean environment.

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Published April 18, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — After being approved by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners the week of April 12, officers in the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department are due to be sporting some new equipment this week.

The cameras were originally budgeted for purchase last year, but a delay caused the board to approve a budget amendment to move funds allocated for 2016 to this year.

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Published April 14, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley High School Choirs is going to host its annual A Cappella for Autism event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at the Chippewa Valley HS auditorium.

The concert will feature singers from the high school and groups from Wyandot and Algonquin middle schools.

The event benefits the Macomb/St. Clair affiliate of the Autism Society as well as vocal music programs in Chippewa Valley Schools.

A fishbowl raffle will take place at 6 p.m.

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Published April 12, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Commissioner Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, is no stranger to fighting against higher taxes, and he has his eyes set on defeating another ballot proposal that would increase taxes for residents in the Chippewa Valley Schools district. 

Drolet, who is also the chair of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, launched a campaign the week of April 5 aimed at defeating a millage increase to fund technology and building improvements districtwide. 

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Published April 11, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — April 23 will be the start of a big week of community outreach for Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Macomb Township.

The school is set to host the groundbreaking of an expansion project for a new athletic center and 12 new classrooms that day, while also hosting a free chicken dinner for the community.

Throughout the ensuing week, Immanuel is hoping to have 70 service teams, or about 500-600 people, go out into the local community and perform service work.

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Published April 5, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — For middle school students in Chippewa Valley Schools, “The Outsiders” is required reading before heading off to high school.

When it was announced that “The Outsiders” would be Dakota High School’s theatre group’s spring production, that familiarity sparked tremendous excitement.

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Published April 5, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — During her “State of the Township” address March 31, Supervisor Janet Dunn said that Macomb Township will be getting a new, permanent library.

The library is tentatively scheduled to open in 2020 and will be located in the town center area, just east of the township hall building.

“Something near and dear to my heart over the last 20 years is coming to reality,” Dunn said. “The process is just beginning and everything is in the planning stages.”

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Published April 5, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Speaking in front of a crowd of business leaders and township and county government officials inside a movie theatre at Emagine Macomb, Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn gave her annual “State of the Township” address March 31.

While touching on several events that occurred over the past year, Dunn frequently used the phrase “Imagine that” to showcase the township’s successes and growth.

Before talking about events of the past year, Dunn spoke about the theatre and its impact in the township.

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Published April 5, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township residents who use 25 Mile Road between Card and Foss roads have recently had to adjust their driving routes and will potentially have to continue to do so for more than a year.

A bridge on 25 Mile Road in that stretch was shut down to traffic March 24, due to deterioration to the point of it being deemed unsafe to support traffic.

Scott Wanaget, a project engineer and bridge specialist with the Macomb County Department of Roads, said the bridge had been under close supervision for the past two years.

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Published March 29, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Concerns over infrastructure and long-term ramifications of approval caused the Macomb Township Planning Commission to recommend denial of  a rezoning request for two pieces of property near the township hall building during a March 21 commission meeting.

Broughton Development LLC petitioned the commission to rezone two parcels located on the southeast corner of the Broughton Road and 25 Mile Road intersection from agriculture to town center.

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Published March 29, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Planning Commission gave its approval for the final plan of a 66-unit single-family development just to the south of the Pinnacle Woods development near Fairchild Road and 23 Mile Road.

Pinnacle Farms will be connected to Pinnacle Woods through a street from the south end of the Woods portion of the development, but for now developers said it will be a fully separate entity from the original neighborhood.

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Published March 29, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — New township attorney and Human Resources Director Tom Esordi provided an update on the first two months of his full-time employment during a March 22 Board of Trustees meeting.

Esordi was given the dual-title of HR director and in-house legal counsel in early January. During his speech to the board, Esordi addressed concerns about that title and dual position, stating that several communities, including Ann Arbor, Lansing and the Detroit Water and Sewer Department have or have had similar arrangements.

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Published March 29, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley Schools will soon be implementing new English language arts programs for elementary and middle school students.

After piloting programs this past fall, the district’s board of education voted March 20 to approve the purchase of two programs to update its ELA curriculum.

The K-5 program, Journeys, is a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt product that integrates all of the state standards for reading, writing, listening and speaking, said Pam Jones, the district’s director of curriculum and assessments.

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Published March 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A joint meeting between Macomb Township’s Board of Trustees, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals was held March 15 to discuss ongoing and future projects throughout the township.

Officials from the township’s engineering, planning and building departments each presented to board members several topics that have frequently been subjects of discussion at meetings recently.

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Published March 22, 2017

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Residents in communities that are part of the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, or MIDD, now have a clearer view of how much of a financial impact they will see in order to fund repairs to the Fraser sinkhole.

On March 15, the Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that pledges the county’s full faith and credit on drain bonds by a 10-1 vote. It effectively authorizes the MIDD to issue up to $240 million in bonds for funding repairs to the sinkhole.

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