The Roethke Express Christmas Train ride and light festival will be held December 5th,6th and 7th as well as December 12th, 13th, and 14th at Thomas Townships Roethke Park 400 Leddy Road. The train will begin rolling out of the station at 6:00 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. Over 22 beautifully lighted sites are displayed around the track for your enjoyment. Come out and enjoy the bonfire and of course…Santa Clause. Cost is $5.00 per person (children under 5 years old free).
Concessions will be available from JJ’s Country Cafe.
The annual Children’s Christmas Party, sponsored by the Thomas Township Business Association, will be held Saturday, December 7th, 2013 from noon until 2 p.m. There will be food, coloring, story time, presents and of course a visit from Santa himself. The event will be held at the Thomas Township Public Safety Building located at 8215 Shields Drive.
Governor Snyder recently signed into law PA 161 of 2013. This Act amends MCL 211.7b regarding Veterans Exemtions to read as follows:
Sec. 7b. (1) Real property used and owned as a homestead by a disabled veteran who was discharged from the armed forces of the United States under honorable conditions or by an individual described in subsection (2) is exempt from the collection of taxes under this act. To obtain the exemption, an affidavit showing the facts required by this section and a description of the real property shall be filed by the property owner or his or her legal designee with the supervisor or other assessing officer during the period beginning with the tax day for each year and ending at the time of the final adjournment of the local board of review. The affidavit when filed shall be open to inspection. The county treasurer shall cancel taxes subject to collection under this act for any year in which a disabled veteran eligible for the exemption under this section has acquired title to real property exempt under this section. Upon granting the exemption under this section, each local taxing unit shall bear the loss of its portion of the taxes upon which the exemption has been granted.
(2) If a disabled veteran who is otherwise eligible for the exemption under this section dies, either before or after the exemption under this section is granted, the exemption shall remain available to or shall continue for his or her unremarried surviving spouse. The surviving spouse shall comply with the requirements of subsection (1) and shall indicate on the affidavit that he or she is the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran entitled to the exemption under this section. The exemption shall continue as long as the surviving spouse remains unremarried.
(3) As used in this section, “disabled veteran” means a person who is a resident of this state and who meets 1 of the following criteria:
(a) Has been determined by the United States department of veterans affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate.
(b) Has a certificate from the United States veterans’ administration, or its successors, certifying that he or she is receiving or has received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing.
(c) Has been rated by the United States department of veterans affairs as individually unemployable.
If you feel you are entitled to this exemption, please contact the Thomas Township Assessor, Will Gast at 989-781-0150, as soon as possible.
Due to the high winds and the amount of branches down in the area, the Township has opened the township brush site. The brush site will be open until further notice.
We have been receiving a number of inquiries asking why the wood stakes with the orange ribbons on them are all along North Miller Road. The simple answer is that they are survey stakes used for identifying the road right of way between Gratiot Road and State Street. They were installed by an engineering firm hired by the Saginaw County Road Commission (SCRC). The purpose is to provide the survey drawings for beginning the design work to eventually improve the road.
At this time, there are not any drawings of the possible improvements. Any improvements that are done will not be started until 2014. The Road Commission hopes to have some preliminary design work completed by late this summer. Interestingly, this project was not really on the future radar screen until about a few weeks ago when the Federal government made some additional funding available. The Road Commission decided that North Miller Road was the next road that was eligible to use this funding (not all roads meet the qualification standards), which got this whole process started.
Obviously, if you drive Miller Road at all you know that the drainage is going to need to be improved substantially. There are numerous pockets of water that have nowhere to go. We understand that this will be one of the main points in the design. As part of the solution to the drainage, they are looking at a curb and gutter road. This would result in the road being lowered in several areas, the elimination of ditches and the re-grading of yards to the curb. Meanwhile, the Road Commission is also going to be looking at the potential of making the length of the road a three lane road with a center turn lane to improve safety and overall traffic flow. If you have any specific questions, please communicate with Ryan Whiteherse, SCRC Director of Engineering. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-752-6140.
April 13, 20 & 27; May 4, 11, & 18; June 8 & 22; July 13 & 27; Aug 10 & 24; Sept 14, 21 & 28; Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26.
Brush may be taken by the homeowner to the Township brush drop off site located at the northwest corner of Gleaner and Frost Roads. No stumps, leaves, grass or commercial brush will be accepted. The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.