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Sunday, May 22nd, 2016


100 Years Ago- May 1916

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May 1916

Francisco—Martha Riemenschneider fell last Thursday and broke her limb near the ankle.  Joseph Walz, wife and daughter of Root Station, Carl Walz and wife of near Jackson spent Sunday with Henry Lehman and family. The Cavanaugh Lake Grange will meet with Henry Musbach and wife Tuesday evening, May 16.

Waterloo—Carpenters and painters are at work remodeling and painting the John Croman house owned by O. Beeman.

During the electric storm Wednesday morning Porter Shaw was hit by lightning and his clothing burned and his back blistered. The lightning seemed to come in on the telephone wire and pass to the water pipe connecting with the sink near which he was sitting.

Mrs. John Ashful was pleasantly surprised last Saturday evening when fifty friends and neighbors gathered at her home to remind her of her birthday. Cards were played, the ace prizes going to Mrs. John Horning and Charles Eschelbach and the consolation to Miss Myrtie Sager and Herman Ashfal. A pretty gift was presented to Mrs. Ashfal and later a delicious lunch was served.

The dwelling situated on the north side of Main street owned by M.B. Carleton and occupied by Neal Green caught fire in the roof about 6 a.m. Tuesday and before it was discovered had gained such headway that it was beyond control when the firemen arrived and burned to its foundation. By prompt action and the help of many hands the household goods were safely removed and placed across the street. The loss was $1650 partially covered by insurance.

In a recent letter from Mrs. Fred Palmer of Redlands, Cal., to Mrs. E.A. Croman, she says: “I notice that Ed is agent for the Studebaker Six. We have a Studebaker Six and it sure has given us great satisfaction and it sure has been well tested. We have driven through the deserts and over the mountains of Arizona and through the mammoth Wash., five miles of drifting sand, over mountain roads about here and into and out of Yosemite and never a protest. Fred swears by the Studebaker.”

Commodore Hamill and family are moving into the Mrs. Beaman’s apartments where they will have more room.

Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Hookway motored to Stockbridge Sunday and visited Mrs. Eunice Fielding, the mother of Mrs. Hookway. Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Boyd and their daughter, Thelma, motored to North Adams Sunday where they spent the day with friends.

At the communion services at the Congregational church Sunday morning fifteen new members were received into the church.

Quite a large number from this vicinity attended the great film play “The Birth of a Nation” at the Majestic theater in Jackson.

The first real summer day dawned bright and warm Sunday morning. It was greatly appreciated by all who could spend the day out in the sunshine.

Remember that Mothers Day is Sunday, May 14. Wear a white flower.

C.E. Lantis has installed electric lights in his residence on Clark street.

The Clinton band of 22 pieces will come to Grass Lake Decoration Day. At close of exercises at M.E. church they will give a band concert.

100 Years Ago is gathered by Linda Lockwood Hutchinson.


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Public Notice



May 10, 2016

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm. at the Grass Lake Charter Township Hall, 373 Lakeside Drive. Board Members Present: Bray, Hart, Loveland, Zenz, Stormont, Lesinski and Brennan. 

Items approved:

1. Agenda

2. Minutes of April 12, 2016 Regular Meeting and April 26, 2016 Work Session and Special Meeting.

3. Budget Amendment for Enterprise Group

4. Accounts Payable – including Payroll

5. Street Light Resolution – Lee and Burkhart Road Intersection

6. Resolution – Foreclosure Property – Morris Drive

7. Tennis Court repair bid by Pro Surface

8. Traffic Jam’In Donation

9. Donald Holden, III – application Fire Department

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.

Prepared by Clerk Zenz. Approved by Supervisor Stormont.

Copies of unapproved meeting minutes are available upon request at the Township Offices. 

Office hours are 8:00 to 4:30 Monday thru Thursday.

Village Meeting Minutes- Revised- March 15, 2016

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March 15, 2016                                              REGULAR MEETING

     Call to Order: President Joe DeBoe called the regular meeting of the Village Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Members present Sherwood, Fearer, Wilcox, DeBoe, Rees, Keener and Vicory. Also present Lammers, Nolte, Mike Fearer and Deputy Deland. Public present Diane DeBoe.

     Pledge by All.     

     Agenda– Motion by Fearer to adopt the agenda as presented, second Rees. All in favor, motion carried.

     Minutes– Clerk read the minutes of the March 1, 2016 regular meeting. Discussion. Motion by Fearer to accept the minutes of the regular meeting as changed, second Sherwood. All in favor, motion carried.

      Zoning Administrator: Fearer reported that he had checked out the two new proposed boundary adjustments on Union St. Everything looks good for the new construction. He also asked if anyone had given permission for the Gem & Mineral Show signs to be put on the village’s sign on Union St. No one had and they installed them with huge screws. Council told him to remove them.  Vicory suggested putting a small sign on the board that read “prior approval of the village council needed before signs can be posted“ or something to that effect.

     Treasurer’s Report: Lantis was not present. She gave them a report from January 31, 2016. Fearer moved to accept the report all funds totaled $168,504.31 with support by Sherwood. All in favor, motion carried.

     Police Report: Deputy Deland presented the police report for the month of February. Deputy DeLand reported that during the last snow he had three accidents in the village. He also came in early one morning and towed some vehicles that were parked on Michigan Ave. The village has an ordinance that no vehicles can park on village streets between the hours of 2 am – 6 am and it is posted at the entrances to the village. Fearer moved to accept the police report and pay the bill of $2,881.67, support by Keener. All in favor, motion carried.

     Correspondence: “The Review” magazine from MML was received.

     Public: As the council discussed the prospect of increasing the operational millage Diane DeBoe stated that she “understands that we the need to increase the millage rate. since the Village has just absorbed all increases since the late ‘80’s. – that’s a no brainer!  And Further I don’t want to pay increased water/sewer rates, but if we can justify the increase, then I agree”. Nolte had a complaint on a house on Maple St. Several years ago the owner tore off the siding and has not replaced it. Nolte is going to have the inspector talk to him and see what his plans are for moving ahead. The owner did recently complete some wiring in the house and had gotten final approval from the village electrical inspector.   

      Maintenance: Lammers was present; they had salt delivered and are ready should we get any more snow. Sherwood asked about lead in the village water. Lammers explained that the state tells him which houses to check. They are checked regularly and have never had any readings that were too high. The annual water consumer confidence report is on the village website if anyone has any questions about the testing and the most current results.

     Committee Reports– Wilcox told council again that the first anniversary of the senior center will be celebrated on March 24th.

     Old Business.

     Soldier’s Cross Update-J. DeBoe told council that the soldiers cross memorial has been ordered and they hope to have it installed by Memorial Day.

     Museum’s-Sherwood asked about information that was printed in the new brochure. The way she read it, it sounded like the village office would be a part of the museum. Nolte told council that he thought it was just alluding to the plans that were proposed last year of the use of the village’s storage barn that had been discussed with the Historical Society. Sherwood wanted to clarify that no discussion had taken place with the Lost Railway Museum regarding the sale of the village barn or office for their museum.

     New Business.

     Stock Outboard Races-Nolte gave council a draft of a letter he would like to send to the Jackson County Parks regarding the outboard races that are held on Grass Lake every year. In the past he has just called them and asked to use the lake and the park for the races but they do have a new director so he thought a formal letter would be a good idea. Discussion. Motion by Wilcox in support of the stock outboard races to be held on Grass Lake July 8th, 9th & 10th and then again on September 9th, 10th and 11th, 2016, supported by Sherwood. All present in favor, motion carried.

     Village Managers Report– Nolte told council that a new owner on Wimple St. is asking to get a streetlight installed.  He Nolte will contact Consumers Energy; we are still waiting for the new light that was paid for on Clark St.

     Pending Business: DPW pay rates. Blight Maple and Church St. Signs.

     Upcoming Events– Grass Lake 2016 Spring Business Expo and Craft Show is set for Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Music in the Park starts May 18th, 2016 and will be the first and third Wednesdays of the month thru October 19th, 2016. Farmers Market will start May 18th as well and will be every Wednesday at the Whistlestop Park. Check out upcoming events on or Don’t forget to get involved at

     Adjournment– Motion by Fearer to adjourn the meeting with support by Wilcox. All in favor, motion carried. 8:17 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, Estelle Mead

Corrections in bold, underlined or struckthrough. Minutes approved as changed 4-5-2016

Federated Church gets Village Planning Commission Approval

Federated Church design
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Scott Bray

The Federated Church of Grass Lake submitted their site plan for approval to the Village of Grass Lake Planning Commission on Thursday, May 12th. Brian Meyer, Project Manager for R.W. Mercer who is managing the rebuilding along with their civil engineer and building architect presented the site plan to the Planning Commission. The plans met all the requirements and were unanimously approved. No further approval is necessary so the next steps is to finalize the details with the church and then they can begin pulling permits with the Village.

Groundbreaking for the building is scheduled for Sunday, May 22 immediately following the morning worship service (approximately 11:30 am).

The site plan calls for a two story building, approximately 4,300 sq ft. It will tie in with the existing sanctuary. The new building was designed intentionally not to compete with the existing sanctuary. It will have cultured stone along the bottom that matches the stone on the bottom of the existing sanctuary and then either cement board or vinyl siding with a steel roof. The building will use earth tones to tone down the building, again so as not to compete with the existing sanctuary. The roof pitch will match the roof pitch on the existing structures.

The new building will have reworked utilities, so that all the utilities are coming into a single location. It will have sprinklers on the 2nd floor. It was designed to make it as safe as possible, including 2 sets of stairs on the second floor.

The first floor will have barrier free restrooms, a large meeting area and a small warming/prep kitchen. The basement will be small, approximately 20’ x 40’ which will primarily be for storage for the Boy Scouts and other community organizations. The second floor will have 3 classrooms, a central meeting area that will provide a very flexible space and dormers to bring in lots of natural light.

A key point was that they were taking advantage of the situation to improve the overall building.

According to Brian Meyer, now that the approval was received for the site plan, they wanted to get started as soon as possible. They expect it to take 4-6 months, however that all depends on Mother Nature.

Planning Commission President Rich Rabler said “They did a very nice job of fitting a building into that space.” Commission Member Star Mead said “It was a nice blend.”

Sheriff & Fire Dept. Reports

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Deputy Deland presented his April monthly summary of calls for Grass Lake Charter Township at the Township Meeting Tuesday, May 10th.

He reported patrolling 1,863 miles during the month of April.

17 complaints

8 Incident reports

1 Arrest

3 traffic citations

10 verbal warnings

10 vehicles investigated

37 persons investigated

2 assists to other departments

25 property inspections

Chief Greg Jones presented his April summary of calls for the Grass Lake Fire Department at the Township Meeting Tuesday, May 10th.

19 Residential rescues

1 Structure Fire

1 Fire Alarm

2 Open Burning

Broken down by shift

17 1st shift

0   2nd shift

10 3rd shift

1 Automatic Aid given to Napoleon

3 Mutual Aid given

Total of 27 calls totaling 35 hours

Automatic aid is assistance that is dispatched automatically because a contractual agreement between two fire departments, communities or fire districts exists.

Mutual aid is assistance that is dispatched, upon request by the responding fire department. Usually it is requested upon arrival at the scene.

Meet the GL Times Staff

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Editors Note: Raymond Tucker is joining the Grass Lake Times team as a reporter covering local news and events. We asked him to take a moment to introduce himself to our readers.

I was born and raised in Torrington, Connecticut, forty-five minutes west of Hartford, in the foothills of Litchfield County, kitty-cornered between Massachusetts and New York State.  Real Americana.  White picket fences all the way.

I discovered Michigan in 2009 when I visited a grad school classmate in DeWitt.  I found the vast farmlands across the southern tier inspiring and the cool spring splendor enchanting.  The winters, not so much, but it’s all about the total package.  The Great Lake State is beautiful in all four seasons.

My friend introduced me to Meijer and I was amazed at how friendly people were; they said “hello” to me in the supermarket even though I was a stranger.  New Englanders aren’t so ebullient, which could explain my idiosyncrasies.  Take that with a grain of salt.  I’ve been told that I’m an acquired taste.  I’m intensely curious about life, government, education, and college football.  Go Green!  I know that this is Wolverine Country.  Don’t hold that against me.  I keep and open mind.   

I moved to Michigan in 2013.  I always wanted to live in the Midwest and Grass Lake is the hometown I’ve been searching for.  Hometown U.S.A.  The lakes, the parks, free parking downtown, and the Grass Shack.  What more could anyone ask for?        

On a professional level: I’ve been a working journalist since 1994, practicing the craft in New Hampshire, Florida, and New York.  I’m a compulsive writer—after coffee I spend most of the day with a pen in my hand and have a penchant for antique typewriters.

Education is important to me.  Last year I began teaching writing and literature at Jackson College.  As it is said, “Whoever teaches learns twice.”  I teach because I learn and I learn because I teach.  There is no graduation; more will be revealed.      

I am happy and grateful to write for the Grass Lake Times, thankful that Scott and Karla have brought me on board and I look forward to meeting many Grass Lakers and being part of the community.  I hope to meet you soon.

—Raymond Tucker Cordani

JCDOT To Apply Brine

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Jackson County Department of Transportation (JCDOT) to start applying brine to Grass Lake gravel roads within the next two weeks. JCDOT will be applying 2,500 gallons per mile in May and then an additional 2,000 gallons per mile in August.

One big change this year is local townships will not be billed for the application. JCDOT will be paying to have all of the certified gravel roads in Jackson County to be brined with two applications. Previously Townships that opted to have their roads brined were billed for 70% of the costs. Some townships chose not to have some or all of their roads treated, leading to safety concerns.

According to JCFDOT, the ability to completely cover these costs is made possible in a large part by the new road funding bill passed in late 2015. The bill will provide an increase in funding for roads in Jackson County starting in 2017.

In 2015, Grass Lake Charter Township spent $7,104 on brine control and had budgeted $8,000 for the 2016 fiscal year. Grass Lake has 15.99 miles of gravel roads.