Monday, March 18, 2013
A proposal that calls for more early screening, better training for primary care providers, a state information clearinghouse and more was released Monday. Leave a comment to share your reaction!
The state of Michigan on Monday unveiled a plan to address the needs of residents with autism. The Michigan Department of Community Health released the Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan, which calls for more early screening, better training for primary care providers, a state information clearinghouse and more, according to Michigan Radio. [What do you think about the plan? Leave a comment or click here to blog about Autism Spectrum Disorders on Fenton Patch!] "Today marks another significant day for Michigan and our efforts to help families and individuals with autism," Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said. "It was an honor to sign the autism insurance legislation last year and I'm glad to see that our efforts have not stopped there. We…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Get the scoop on what's going on in state government, as well as events and news from throughout Fenton.
The leaders were in Washington, D.C., this week for the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference, during which the Michigan Municipal League contingent met with the lawmaker.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Rep. Mike Rogers is a front-runner for the GOP nomination to the senate seat that is being vacated by Carl Levin.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican who represents Fenton, is a front-runner for the GOP nomination to the state's next U.S. Senate race, according to a poll released Tuesday. On Saturday, Rogers said he was considering a run for the Senate seat that Democrat Carl Levin recently announced that he would vacate in 2014. "I am giving the Senate race serious consideration," Rogers told the Detroit Free Press. Rogers has served since 2001 as the representative for Michigan's 8th District, which includes Fenton following last year's Congressional redistricting. He also serves as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and is a former FBI agent. In the automated survey of 1,170 likely Republican voters conducted Monday, 31.11 percent …
Here's how to report them so they can be fixed, how to tell your neighbors about them and how to (possibly) get paid back for the damage they cause.
Tuesday, March 12
Recent weather has frozen, thawed and cracked the pavement in some places, and melted snow and pouring rain have rearranged the pieces. Help friends and neighbors in Fenton avoid the big ones by locating the offending holes on the map above (just hit the "Add" button). And if your vehicle has been damaged by a pothole, a state transportation agency may pay you back. The Michigan Transportation Team has launched a "Pothole Pocketbook Contest;" through April 5, one randomly selected person each week will win a check to cover the cost of pothole-related repairs. To enter, visit justfixtheroads.com/contest and upload a photo of your repair bill and a photo of the pothole damage.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Michigan senator won his first seat in 1978.
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, who has been in office for more than 30 years, won't run for re-election in 2014. Levin, 78, released at statement Thursday afternoon stating “I can best serve my state and my nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us … in other words, by doing my job without the "distraction of campaigning for re-election," according to the Detroit Free Press. Levin first won a senate seat in 1978 and is the longest-serving senator in Michigan history, according to Click on Detroit. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement regarding Democratic Senator Carl Levin retirement: “Michigan families are frustrated due to the lack of leadership and failed …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Officials from Hartland and Tyrone Townships voted unanimously against renewing road patrol contracts with the Livingston County Sheriff's Department.
Hartland Township officials announced today that they, along with Tyrone Township, would be declining a proposed two-year extension of the Livingston County Sheriff’s contract. According to a press release from Hartland Township, both boards voted unanimously against the road patrol contracts for the two communities. The contracts will expire this month. The decision was based on a month of analysis and discussion of costs and benefits of dedicated patrols, according to the press release. Following a Livingston County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night, the press release states that the Commissioners “rejected concerns and questions raised by the townships” when voting on contract terms. Without the police contracts, township …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
There are more than 90,000 federal employees in Michigan. Click on Genesee, Livingston or Oakland County in the interactive chart below to find out how many there are here and hover over the bars to see which departments they work for.
Thursday, February 28
Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect more than 1,600 federal employees working in Genesee, Livingston and Oakland counties. Barring any kind of deal, the Obama administration will have to impose $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs on Friday, according to The New York Times. Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade. The numbers in the graph above show the number of federal employees in Michigan by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the U.S. …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Hartland officials approved a proposal for a of a two-year extension with sheriff's department with no cost increase.
After a Feb. 13 county commission finance meeting where Hartland’s road patrol contracts were called into question, Hartland and Tyrone Townships announced on Thursday they have approved a proposal for a two-year extension with the Livingston County Sheriff's Department's contract to provide 24-hour road patrol in both communities, with no cost increases. According to a press release, the townships are requiring that Livingston County hold the current annual contract cost at $309,294 or $154,647 per township, for the next two years giving the townships time to study and determine whether the costs of the contract balance with the benefits. “There is no question that deputies assigned specifically to our townships have provided a higher …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The public hearing would be on March 25, if approve by Fenton City Council Monday.
Several Fenton residents haven been waiting to voice their displeasure to Fenton City Council about a $10 million, 100-bed nursing home facility proposed for Fenton. They will likely get their chance next month. Fenton officials are likely to reschedule a public hearing on the topic for March 25. The city council has to approve the public hearing at tonight's meeting. In August, MediLodge submitted a proposal to Fenton officials for a "next generation" $10 million-plus senior citizens' skilled nursing and rehabilitative services facility, in a vacant area of a Fenton subdivision. The proposed development would be on 30 acres of the Pine Creek North Planned Unit Development, on the townhouse portion of the site closest to the Eddy Lake Road…