2017-08-10 / Front Page

Swan Valley Pay it Forward recognized as nonprofit by Thomas Township

By Cameron Kerkau

The Thomas Township Board of Trustees officially recognized Swan Valley Pay it Forward as a nonprofit at its meeting on Monday, Aug 7. According to a memo submitted by Township Manager Russ Taylor, this was necessary for the organization to be able to apply for charitable gaming and raffle permits through the State of Michigan.

“We help families in our community. We help children with cancer, families who are going through hardships from our local community. Anything from being sick to being unemployed or funeral expenses and things along those lines,” said Swan Valley Pay it Forward President Tracey Williams addressing the Board.

Also at the meeting, Thomas Township Police Sgt. Al Fong commended Officers Federspiel and Kumm, whose actions led to the arrest of three men who had attempted to steal tires from Martin Chevrolet, and Officer Cowles, who assisted U.S. Marshalls in the arrest of a parole absconder wanted for dragging a Michigan State Trooper with his motorcycle. Fong said the officers exceeded expectations by going beyond normal police officer work.

The board also approved Thomas Township Fire Chief Mike Cousins’ request to allow department heads to allow non-township employees to ride in township vehicles. According to a memo submitted by Cousins, a Release of Liability/ Hold Harmless Agreement form will still be used in planned events and as time permits in emergency situations. This is to include, but not limited to, fire fighters from other townships.

Asphalt Bituminous Concrete of Bay City was awarded the 2017 Asphalt Sealcoating and Restriping contract in the amount of $14,376. Out of the seven bids submitted, ABC Sealcoating came in the lowest. According to a memo to the board from Director of Public Works Rick Hopper, ABC Sealcoating has never done work for the township before but has completed work for many area churches and businesses.

“I’ve used them for quite a few years at the office and they’ve done fine work,” said Vern Weber, treasurer and president and CEO of Standard Electric Co.

For the Parks and Recreation Department, the board approved two bids from Tri-Valley Construction. The first is a $34,500 bid to build 18 stone pillars along the walking paths of Roberts Park. The second is a $2,880 bid to remove 15 dead ash trees and 10 stumps from the same park. The board also approved a Swan Valley High School cross country meet to be held in Roberts Park on Oct. 10. The meet would start at 3:30 p.m. and be completed by 7 p.m. Swan Valley, Freeland, Alma, Shepard, Bullock Creek and Carrollton High Schools will be invited.

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