News & Notes - 6/28/23 Shelby-Utica News

Shelby-Utica News | Published June 27, 2023

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Rent a plot at the Shelby Township Activities Center’s community garden
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just beginning, the Shelby Township Activities Center Community Garden offers the opportunity to enhance one’s gardening skills.

The Community Garden at the Shelby Township Activities Center, 14975 21 Mile Road, provides an opportunity to grow plants and vegetables on an individual plot. All gardeners must register at the Shelby Township Activities Center to secure a 4-by-8-foot plot. Garden rental fees cost $30 per plot for Shelby Township residents and $35 for nonresidents. No refunds will be issued.


Utica passes budget
UTICA — At the June 13th meeting, the Utica City Council adopted a budget with a surplus for the fifth year in a row. The budget includes repaving of the DPW parking lot; repaving of the parking lot at Summers Street and Cass Avenue; a new asphalt recycler and hot box trailer for the Department of Public Works, which it uses to patch potholes; a new DPW dump truck; road repairs on Northpointe Boulevard; crack sealing repairs on Van Dyke Avenue; new police patrol cars; and an estimated net revenue of $570,080 for fiscal year 2023.


New director at county health department
MACOMB COUNTY — County Executive Mark Hackel announced on June 20 the appointment of Krista Willette, R.N., M.S.A., as the new director of the Macomb County Health Department. Willette is currently the deputy director of the MCHD.

“Krista’s background gives her the experience and unique perspective required for leading the Macomb County Health Department,” Hackel said in a statement. “She knows the programs and the people, and she’s connected to the individuals and families we serve. This knowledge, combined with her skills as a trained medical professional, ensures a strong future for our Health Department and the important programming it provides.”

Willette began her career at the MCHD in 1995 as a public health nurse and has provided supervisory and management support for many programs including community outreach, maternal and child health, and clinic services. In her role as deputy director, Willette was responsible for the daily operations of the department, which has a budget of $31 million and more than 250 employees.

“It is an honor to be given the opportunity to lead the Health Department,” Willette said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with the dedicated professionals of the department to reestablish priorities and move the department forward post COVID response.”


Website says Michiganders like the Gordon setter
STATEWIDE — Website the Pampered Pup said that it recently conducted a poll of 3,000 respondents nationwide to find out their preferred breed if given the opportunity to
vote for an official state dog. According to the website, Michiganders opted for the Gordon setter.