Bay City residents will have to wait one more day before seeking help from the city staff at the renovated city hall on Washington Avenue. Acting City Manager Dana Muscott says an additional day is needed to consolidate the return of staff from three satellite locations. The builidg will reopen on Thursday.
The historic structure, built in 1897, was damaged by a mulit-million dollar fire, October 12, 2010. In adition to repairing fire and water damage, crews also restored some of the original architecture.
Payments for city utility bills and other bills can still be placed in a drop box at 260 Washington, across the street from city hall, 301 Washington.
A ribbon cutting will be at 6:00 p.m., Janaury 27, 2014. Public tours of the renovated building will be held from noon uniti the grand opening ceremony.
Bay City School District Superintendent Doug Newcombe says the state is preparing to go to on-line assessments in 2015 as Smarter Balance replaces the traditional MEAP test.
Newcombe told school board trustees Monday night that changes will have to be made to accommodate revisions in the testing procedures, although he added it's still unclear how much that will cost. Those changes were discussed as part of a larger district effort to meet state mandated best practice standards.
The board of education also approved the purchase of new playground equipment from multiple bidders for about $50,000 to replace older equipment that had been used for some three decades at MacGregor Elementary School.
Bridgeport Township officers and state troopers are investigating a suspicious death reported Saturday.
The township department said police and first responders were dispatched just after 8 p.m. to a residence on the 2500 block of Montana Avenue near Broadway Street for reports of an unresponsive woman, later declared dead at the scene.
The woman's name has not been released pending an autopsy and further investigation.
The department was also aided at the scene by Buena Vista Township officers.
The five city manager candidates' names have been released by Bay City officials.
The hopefuls include Human Resource and Labor Relations Director Steven Aynes from Ecorse, Michigan and former Peekskill, New York City Manager Richard Finn. Former Warwick, Rhode Island Town Manager Michael Stampfler who now owns a private consulting firm is also in the mix along with City Manager Eric Tungate from Oak Park, Michigan. The last candidate is former East Jordan, Michigan City Administrator David White who currently owns a private development consulting firm in Boyne City.
All are scheduled for public interviews this Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
City Commission President Lori DuFresne had indicated the interviews would be held in Room 306 of the newly renovated City Hall on Washington Avenue which is to reopen by mid-week.
The city manager's position was vacated by Robert Belleman in February when he became Saginaw County Controller.
Acting City Manager Dana Muscott indicted she did not want the job on a permanent basis and would go back to being city clerk and deputy city manager once Bay City Commissioners decide which of the five manager candidates to select.
There's a new playground coming to Bay County's Merritt Township, thanks to a grant from the Department of Natural Resources. The $45,000 grant comes from money raised through the sale of the $11 recreation passport stickers allowing access to the Michigan state park system. The township will develop a new Munger area playground including playground equipment, surfacing, sidewalks and landscaping.
The grant was one of 19 approved, totaling $761,600 for park improvements. The successful entries came from a field of 87 applications seeking $3.2 million in funding from the DNR.
Some 50 needy children and their families from throughout Saginaw County will have a Merry Christmas thanks to the "Shop With A Hero" program.
The youngsters were paired Thursday night with police officers, firefighters, nurses and paramedics who helped them pick out Christmas presents with gift cards provided by Meijer.
Meijer also provided food carts for the families to take home and enjoy.
Student volunteers from Swan Valley High School, including an exchange student from Vietnam, helped too by wrapping presents at Meijer on Gratiot in Thomas Township.