Grass Lake residents go to the polls Tuesday, May 2nd to vote on 3 millage requests. The Grass Lake Charter Township Fire Protection Millage Renewal is one of those requests.
The millage renewal, required every 5 years, is a renewal of the current millage rate. This millage provides 100% of the funding for the Grass Lake Fire Department.
“It’s something that’s been renewed every 5 years. The same amount has been renewed for quite a while,” Greg Jones, Fire Chief said.
The renewal amount, the same as the current is 1.2294, or $1.2294 per $1,000 of taxable value. That equates to $92.20 for a home with a taxable value of $75,000.
The Grass Lake fire department is staffed by volunteer, paid on call firefighters. That means that there are no full-time firefighters, nor is the station staffed at anytime. When a call comes in, the firefighters leave their work, their family event, farm or whatever they are doing to respond to the call. All available firefighters respond to the station where they then respond to the call. The firefighters are paid for the time they are out on a call, an hourly rate of $15 per hour.
Fire vehicles are kept for 21 years before being replaced. By maintaining the vehicles, station and certifications, the department is able to keep an excellent ISO Rating, helping insurance rates for homeowners stay low.
Make sure and get out an vote to support this important renewal.
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“Big People” housing is not the only growth occurring in Grass Lake. During the past couple of months, numerous Fairy Doors have been found throughout downtown Grass Lake.
The lore behind the doors claims that they are portals to a fairy world, and that the doors arrive and disappear by surprise. Many fairy doors are to be found in woods and parks in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Urban Fairies, like those found in Grass Lake first appeared in Ann Arbor in the baseboards of the home of Jonathan and Kathleen Wright in 1993. In April of 2005 the first public fairy door was seen on the exterior of Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea.
Grass Lake’s fairy doors can be traced back to Bethany Stone, owner of The Painted Owl in Grass Lake. “I was looking for inexpensive ways to promote my new business.” She had seen the fairy doors in Ann Arbor, Dexter and Chelsea and thought it would be a “cute idea to get kids out and about walking through Grass Lake searching for them (fairy doors).” Designs by Judy donated 6 doors towards the project and Stone ordered 4 more. There are currently 10 doors scattered throughout downtown Grass Lake between the Grass Lake Co-Op and the Painted Owl.
Designs by Judy sells all the supplies needed to create your own fairy garden or forest in your home, garden or yard. A recent Saturday morning brought 45 children to the Roaming Goat for a fairy building event hosted by The Painted Owl. Kids were provided with their own doors that they could paint, decorate, glitter and personalize for their own fairy door.
Tuesday afternoon, Sawyer Frost (age 2) was walking along the sidewalks of downtown beside her mom and little brother with a fistful of pennies. She would stop at the fairy doors, leave a penny and make a wish. Her mom, Trish, explained that the tokens were left for the fairies in the hope they would grant the wish. Sawyer’s wish at the fairy door outside of Comerica Bank was that her dad would have a good day at work. Bethany Stone explained later that kids, or adults, can leave a trinket such as a button, marble, coin or gem for the fairies while making a wish. “A resident along N Lake St who has a Fairy Forest left tiny bottles of fairy dust at the different doors” she added.
Stone said she was hoping to get people “to enjoy art as much as I do”. She was “thrilled” to hear that the Grass Lake fairy doors were becoming so popular.
As the weather warms up, take a stroll throughout downtown Grass Lake. Bring some trinkets and make your wishes. Children who find all 10 fairy doors can bring their map in to the The Roaming Goat Coffee Shop for a FREE fairy drink. See The Painted Owl or Roaming Goat Facebook pages for more detail.
Grass Lake’s Dollar General, the 16th to open in Jackson County is slated for a “mid-summer” opening according to Laura Somerville, Corporate Communications for Dollar General.
“When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority. The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice. We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10 minute drive. We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration.”
She continued “The store will employ approximately 6-10 employees, depending on the individual needs of the store. Anyone interested in joining one of America’s fastest-growing retailers may apply for available positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.”
Weather and other construction factors will impact the opening of the store. Once they get closer to the end of the construction, they will be able to narrow down the grand opening date.
Progress continues at the construction site as the parking lot has been completed and the exterior walls are up. The mild winter has helped the progress continue ahead of schedule.
The Grass Lake Community Sports & Trails Recreation Park sign is showing its age with wear and tear. The southern side, which gets more sunlight and weather, is faded and running, making it almost unreadable. Township Trustee Tom Brennan said the “difference between the north side and the south side is night and day.”
The Grass Lake Charter Township Board voted last month to contract with Artvertise Neon & Signs to power wash the sign, remove the old vinyl graphics and chalking effect, clean it as well as possible and then re-apply the vinyl graphics. This should give the sign a “good as new” look.
The cost of the repairs was $1,000.
As one of Grass Lake’s crown jewels, its important to keep it looking its best.
Everyone has computer glitches from time to time. Some more than others. Who you gonna call?
How about The Computer Source, owned and operated by Loveesh Thatai, the only game in town when it comes to computer building, sales and service. Born in India, Thatai studied in the United Kingdom and brought his expertise across the Pond to the United States of America and hung his shingle in Grass Lake.
Recently The Computer Source moved from its headquarters from near Ryan’s Restaurant to 113 E. Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Village.
The Computer Source, a small business that also installs surveillance cameras for those who wish to protect their homes, caters to residents with house calls when needed. “I learn something everyday,” says Thatai, who estimates that he puts in 65-hours a week tinkering on that which makes the world go ‘round.
“To me, it’s not really work because I love what I do,” he says. Regarding inventory Thatai dabbles with many brands, including High Definition televisions, which are all over his slender shop lodged between the storefronts of Comerica Bank and The Copper Nail.
“Everyone wants laptops, he says, custom-built laptops. People like to pick and choose what they want. It’s more personal.”
He sits behind his desk with a blue-tooth ear-piece to take calls from those in great need to restore or create designer computers. Technology has come a long way, he says.
“Much faster, more user friendly.”
Apple Computers, he says tend to be more expensive while PCs tend to be more popular because they have greater capability and tablets fly off the shelves of his spartan shop with rows of new products and a water cooler behind his desk.
“People are more into smart phones,” he says. Imagine: a supercomputer in the palm of your hand.
“Computers are always going to be relevant,” he says. They’re getting smaller and smaller. We build desktops smaller than a phone book.”
A phone book? What’s that?
Nowadays computers are affordable, just check out the Sunday circulars and you can find a laptop for less than $200.
“I like to build quality products,” Thatai says. I want to build something that I can stand behind. And I’m the only game in town. I love being in Grass Lake, a very welcoming community.”
For all your computer needs contact The Computer Source at 517-522-4445. or email the Computer Source at email@example.com. Hours are from M-F 10-6, Sat 10-2 pm. After hours resources are available by appointment.
Check out their website at thecomputersource.net. The Computer Source is located at 113 E. Michigan Avenue and is available for service in Chelsea, Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Dexter, Lansing, Albion, and Dexter.