04-11-2019 Bainbridge Twp. works with County to do road repairs; Dollar General in Hartford celebrat

WE ARE POTAWATOMI… Some familiar smiling faces were recently spotted near the 39-mile marker of I-94. Ginny Wesaw Rice and Holly Drake Weinhart are Pokagon Band Potawatomi tribal citizens featured among a dozen others at IAmPotawatomi.com. The billboard promotes the new website which shares personal glimpses of the history and legacy of tribal culture through short vignettes of the 14 individuals sharing details of their lives and their proud Native American heritage of the rich history of the Potawatomi. Ginny is a Dental Hygienist and Holly a Registered Nurse who both work in the tribe’s healthcare services system. See their stories and more tribal history by visiting www.iampotawatomi.com

Bainbridge Twp. works with County to do road repairs

By Teresa Smithers Bainbridge Township Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, April 8. It was business as usual as various agencies reported on their activities and the Board voted to approve the final amended budget. The Board discussed and then voted to accept an agreement with the County to pay $67,509 (50%) for road repairs in the Township. The following roads are scheduled to be repaired: Hochberger Road from Meadowbrook to the township line – level roadbed, prime and double seal; Hill Road, 1.01 mile – grind existing roadbed, add three inches of road gravel, grade and level; Bainbridge Center Road from Meadowbrook to Empire and from Territorial to Hill – add HMA as needed, then sealcoat. Board of Review A report by Assessor Scott Anderson stated that the recent Board of Review went very smoothly. For homeowners who question an increase on assessed values of their homes, Anderson explained in his report that “the value is influenced by the township’s sales that have occurred within the last two years.” So, as your house is worth more, the assessed value goes up. Now that the figures have been submitted to the County, Anderson plans to do more field work, so residents may see him out and about in Bainbridge Township as he prepares the 20% review plan. Other business Speaking of out and about, Ordinance Officer Dave Dent reported a total of 177 violations during the last fiscal year. All but three of those violations have been corrected. Most of the violations were for “litter and debris.” The Board voted to approve tree trimming at Boyer Cemetery by Total Tree Care for a quote of $1,800. Art Schmidt and Tom Wilson of Sister Lakes Cable came before the Board to ask their support as they seek a grant to provide high-speed fiber optic internet to Bainbridge Township. Superintendent Bill Hodge requested more time to do due diligence and be sure the County wasn’t making their own internet plans. He invited Sister Lakes Cable to present their request in more detail at the next planning commission meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. Tom Wilson promised to be there. The Treasurer reported a total of $1,331,652.79 in assets for Bainbridge Township. The next Bainbridge Township board meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m.

Lakeland celebrates lives saved through organ donation

Currently, 2,997 men, women, and children in Michigan, and 114,000 nationwide, are awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. Each day, on average, 88 lives are saved by an organ transplant in the USA; but 22 people die daily waiting for a transplant that never comes. During National Donate Life Month (NDLM), Spectrum Health Lakeland encourages community members to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and