Thomas Franz

Published December 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After again being urged by residents at the start of a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 21, township officials informed residents of the progress they’ve made regarding road safety measures near the location of several schools at Heydenreich and 21 Mile roads.

The board announced that it received an estimate from DTE for the cost of installing 87 street lights along Heydenreich from Hall to 22 Mile roads, and along 21 Mile, from Romeo Plank to Card roads.

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Published December 21, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP— The Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education recently moved one step closer to finalizing its application for proposing a new bond program which would raise taxes by 0.5 mills for district residents in Clinton and Macomb townships.

On Dec. 5, the board passed a preliminary resolution relating to the bond issue to show the bond program’s scope of work.

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Published December 21, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners is going to look quite a bit different when 2017 meetings get underway.

During a Dec. 15 meeting, several departing board members bid farewell to their colleagues, each leaving behind a wide variety of experience, and each with very different futures ahead of them. 

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Published December 20, 2016

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — There isn’t much that Kevin Demsich hasn’t done as a scout in Troop 156.

Demsich, a Macomb Township resident and senior at Utica Eisenhower High School, earned the rank of Eagle Scout this past fall after serving in numerous leadership positions throughout his troop and leading the construction of a new home for a possum in Stony Creek Metropark.

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Published December 15, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A 78-year old Macomb Township man was sentenced Dec. 14 to 50-180 months in prison.

Donald Miller received his sentence from Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat. A jury found Miller guilty of manslaughter Nov. 4 following the Feb. 16, 2015 fatal shooting death of a 31-year old Pontiac man.

He also received a two-year sentence for a felony firearms charge.

Miller is the great-grandfather to three of the victim’s children, who the victim had with Miller’s granddaughter.

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Published December 14, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The number of full-time firefighters in Macomb Township is about to triple.

During a Dec. 7 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, Fire Chief Robert Phillips got the go-ahead to extend employment offers for 11 full-time firefighting positions.

It is the first wave of full-time hires after a committee recommended in June to recruit more personnel to the department.

At that time, the department had seven full-time staff, including a deputy 2nd chief, and 48 paid on-call and auxiliary positions.

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Published December 14, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The mother of a Dakota High School student who was recently killed while walking to school has spoken out about the need for safety improvements along Heydenreich Road, near the campuses of several schools at 21 Mile Road. 

Amber Markel, a Macomb Township resident, spoke during a Dec. 5 Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education meeting and a Dec. 7 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting.

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Published December 14, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Macomb County Circuit Court judge recently sentenced a former Chippewa Valley High School teacher found guilty of four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

On Nov. 17, Judge Jennifer Faunce sentenced Christopher David Cowles, 25, of Clinton Township, to at least five years and up to 15 years in prison.

Cowles was arrested and charged Feb. 19, 2015, by Clinton Township police after having sexual contact with a female student who was 17 years old at the time of Cowles’ arrest, but 16 years old at the time of the incident.

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Published December 7, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — After three months of discussions and fine-tuning, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved the 2017 fiscal year budget for the county Dec. 1.

The total budget amounts to $233,394,750 in the general fund and $725,026,067 total.

The budget review process began in early September, and the board participated in nearly 30 hours of public meetings to identify just seven changes from the originally proposed budget. Those changes reduced the budget by nearly $8.7 million.

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Published December 7, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A new bench that sits on the playground of Cheyenne Elementary School is the product of a Dakota High School sophomore who recently earned Eagle Scout status.

Alec DeMaria recently earned the prestigious honor upon completion of his community service project, which wound up being a “buddy bench” for Cheyenne in Macomb Township.

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Published December 7, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A three-person committee has been formed to review the circumstances which led up to the approval of Rizzo Environmental being selected as the Macomb Township waste hauler.

During the supervisor comments section of the Nov. 21 Board of Trustees meeting, Supervisor Janet Dunn requested to form a committee made up of members who had no involvement in the 2015 waste hauling contract negotiations.

Township Treasurer Karen Goodhue, Trustee Nancy Nevers and newly-elected Trustee Tim Bussineau will make up the committee.

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Published December 7, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A local girl is planning a party for a cause close to her heart.

Liza Lucaj, a Macomb Township resident and a senior at Austin Catholic High School in Chesterfield Township, plans to host a Christmas party for students with special needs Dec. 17.

Lucaj’s little sister Gina, 13, sustained a brain injury prior to being born when her mother was in a car crash during pregnancy.

Gina has battled cerebral palsy and a host of other health challenges early in her life, but has been an inspiration for her older sister.

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Published December 7, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The work of three retiring teachers with more than 70 combined years of elementary school teaching experience in the Chippewa Valley Schools district was recognized during a Board of Education meeting Nov. 21.

Jeanne Forbes, Wesley Fishwick and Patricia O’Reilly were recognized by the board, as all of them plan to retire at the end of this school year.

Forbes, who started teaching in 1986, spent all of her 31 years in the district as a fourth-grade teacher at Huron Elementary.

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Published November 30, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Due to a changing economic climate locally, the Chippewa Valley school district is facing a shortage of food service and custodial personnel.

During a Nov. 14 Board of Education meeting, Mary Ann Reed-Panchenko, a food service employee at Miami Elementary, expressed her frustration with the lack of help in her building and elsewhere throughout the district.

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Published November 30, 2016

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AUBURN HILLS — A press conference was held Nov. 22 to announce that the Detroit Pistons will soon be leaving Auburn Hills for downtown Detroit.

The announcement came as no surprise to Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Gingell, R-Clarkston. 

Gingell, who represents Auburn Hills and several nearby communities, said he had been aware of the potential for the Pistons to leave the Palace of Auburn Hills for several months. 

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