K OCHVILLE T OWNSHIP
N EWS L ETTER
S UPERVISORS R EPORT —J IM L OIACANO
First to all residents who have velopment Authority has hired twenty-four inch gravity pipe
been calling or wondering if we Steve King as Director. Some of about twenty-eight feet under-
lost their address because they Steve’s experiences include previ- ground, and removing the
have not received a News Letter ous DDA director for Ithaca, grant Kochville & Michigan and the
recently, rest assured we have not writing, and bank finance just to Michigan & Champaign park
lost your address. The last News name a few. pumping stations. This would also
Letter we sent out was the 2008, allow the Michigan & Liberty
Tammy Bressette has moved
winter edition. We had planned to from part-time to full-time office pumping station to be removed in
send a spring 2009 edition but a future project.
duties. She is also attending col-
most of the information we had lege classes. Our Clerk and Dep- The project will be paid for
was still being researched and not uty Treasurer fill-in a few hours with a combination of Kochville
worth printing. There is also the on days Tammy has classes. And Sewer funds, grants, bonds, and
cost of $1,000.00 dollars or more Sharon also fills in and is still in the some funding from the North
each time we create and send out a office about twelve to sixteen West Utility Authority (NWUA)
news letter because of price hikes hours a week. which Kochville is a member of.
for paper and mail cost. And as I So you will see future announce-
told all of you when I ran for elec- Sanitary Sewer System Up-
ments in the news paper regarding
tion I would spend the township grade/Replacement
bonding for this project.
tax dollars like I do my own We have the Engineering de-
money, and no I am not cheap, but There is also a project in the
sign completed and the Michigan
I do make sure I get the best value works to extend sanitary sewer on
Department of Environment Qual-
per dollar when we do have to both sides of M-84 (Bay road) be-
ity (MDEQ) has reviewed, ap-
spend it. proved and given permits for us to tween Kochville and Pierce roads.
Once that extension takes place,
Staff Additions/Changes implement the project.
there is also a possible extension
Randy Jerome has taken over The project will be done in two from Pierce on M-84 to Freeland
Code Enforcement duties from phases. Kochville will start the road and Pierce to Kraenzlein road
Joe Fliegel. Randy retired from project. Phase 1 will be managed areas. But again, the M-84 exten-
the Saginaw County Sheriff’s De- by Kochville. Saginaw County will sion has to happen first. Funding
partment after a lengthy career. then manage and complete the will come from a combination of
Randy is very professional and has project under phase II. Kochville Downtown Develop-
been doing an excellent job for The project entails replacing ment Authority (DDA) funds and
Kochville since Joe retired. the Venoy road pumping station, land owners along those routes.
The Kochville Downtown De- installing roughly a mile or so of (continued on page 2)
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S UPERVISORS R EPORT — T REASURER —S TEVE Y ANCA
We have completed regular than we owe. Thus, in spite of
Roads- Maintenance/ the poor economy, the Township
collection of summer 2009 taxes
Replacement is currently in a healthy position
and will be sending out winter
As you have seen over the past taxes at the end of November. The financially and businesses and
summer Mackinaw and Lawndale results of our audit have been re- residents find this to be a good
roads were coated with Chip & Seal ceived by the Board and it indicates place to live and do business. We
(tar and stone). That cost was cov- that our accounting practices are are hoping that the State budget
ered by Stimulus monies received sound with no major concerns or woes will not affect us too nega-
by the Saginaw County Road Com- issues. Nearly 100% of our assets tively, but we have already
mission (SCRC). We also paid for are protected with insurance. The planned for some cuts in our
Chip & Seal in Century Sub-division only unprotected amounts are those share of sales taxes in this year’s
(Kenora Dr. & Heidi Lane), Welby associated with checks and deposits budget.
Drive, Diceglie Court, and Liberty that are in transit between banks In April, the Board of
road between M-84 and Michigan and this is unavoidable. Last year’s Trustee approved a system to
road. audit indicated that only 25% of allow residents and property
We will be reviewing the assess- our assets were protected. This has owners to pay water, sewer, and
ments by SCRC next Spring and been a major focus for the Treas- tax bills using Visa, Master Card,
plan on doing more Chip & Seal urer’s office even before the recent or Discover Card . There is a 3%
depending on which roads are the financial crisis. charge for the use of the system.
most in need for that process. On October 20, we will As we are a public entity, we can-
have a public hearing to set the mil- not absorb the 3% charged by the
!! Held the best for last -
lage rate for our fire assessment. companies and must by law pass
Kochville Road between M-84
We are recommending that the this cost on to the customer. This
and Mackinaw will be replaced by
Board keep the same rates as last 3% covers the cost of leasing the
mid-summer in 2010. We are cur-
year which is 2.00 mills for devel- machine and the service charges
rently working with the DDA and
oped commercial and industrial and that the Township will incur by
updating engineering drawings and
1.00 mill for residential, agricul- offering this service. We are of-
prepping for the needed bonding.
tural, and undeveloped properties. fering this as a convenience. We
The DDA will be covering their
The reason for the difference is the are able to accept payment in
twenty-five percent of the road and
fact that our business community person or by mail. There is a
the funds received by Kochville
derives twice as much benefit as our place on the water/sewer bills to
from the Revenue Sharing Agree-
residential and agricultural proper- fill in your information and we
ment between Kochville and the
ties. In other words, the Fire De- include a credit card payment slip
DDA will basically cover the rest so
partment responds to twice as with your tax bill. Please remem-
there will be NO Special assess-
many calls to those property own- ber to add 3% to the bill.
ment or new taxes needed for this
project. So to those of you who live ers. This millage rate allows the We hope that you and
on Kochville road or use it every Fire Department to be self suffi- yours enjoy a safe and happy holi-
day like I do, we will have to hold cient in terms of operating expenses day season!
out a bit longer and drive slower and replacing equipment and vehi-
cles. As a result of this along with Steve Yanca -Treasurer
for a few months longer.
holding the line on expenses, the
Township has been able to move
Jim Loiacano - from a deficit situation to the point
where we now have more funds
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From the Desk of the Township CLERK
NOVEMBER 3rd– ELECTION DAY
SAGINAW CITY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
The election that is being held on November 3rd for Kochville Township residents is for the Saginaw City School
Board. There are 4 people running in the election and you can vote for 2 members to be put on the school
board. They are: Chedrick A. Greene, Glenda F. Richardson-Vaughn, Alexis S. Thomas, and James Wookfolk
The public accuracy test will be held on October 21st at 10:00 a.m. This is to verify that the tabulator is work-
The Township Hall will be open Saturday, October 31st, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for anyone who wants
to obtain an absentee ballot. Applications for an absentee ballot are available at the Township Hall from 8:00
a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We are closed from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.
The school election will be held at our Township Hall on Mackinaw Road from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sheila Hill – Township Clerk
Fire Chief - Alan Malesky
The Kochville Fire department has Davis, Dick Deshone, Trish Foer- fighter Paul Baldwin with one of
responded to 331 Incidents as of Oc- ster, Matt Koczenasz, Kevin their fire fighters of the year
tober 1st, 2009 compared to 373 for Machata, Alan Malesky, Chris Pa- award. This is a great honor for
October 1st, 2008. gano, Alan Reinhardt, Kevin Srnek, FF Baldwin.
Matt Uptmor, Rick Wasney, and The first week of October
Marty Yancer. marked fire prevention week.
SNOW & FIRE
HYDRANTS We have also hired Ryan Kunitzer This year’s fire prevention mes-
as part-time fire inspector. sage is ―Stay fire smart, don’t
The fire department is requesting get burned‖.
that residents remove snow from In January we received a FEMA
around the fire hydrants located near Firefighters Assistance Grant for an Please visit our website for in-
their homes. A snow-covered fire exhaust removal system for the fire formation:
hydrant is difficult to locate in an station. This grant was worth www.kochvillefire.com
emergency situation. A BIG THANK $47,500.00. I am happy to report
(see pages 4 & 5)
YOU to the residents that have al- the system is now fully installed and
ways assisted us with this endeavor working. Our share of the cost was
in the past and in the future. only 5% ($2375.00). I would like
to thank our grant writer Asst. Fire
Chief Matt Uptmor and the Station
Exhaust evaluation Committee,
consisting of Lt. Alan Reinhardt,
Currently we have 16 firefighters, 9
Lt. Trish Foerster, and Firefighter
are eligible for retirement.
Jeff Babcock, Paul Baldwin, Paul
On October 6th, 2009 the Saginaw
Behmlander, Mike Comstock, Jerry
Exchange Club awarded our fire-
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Are you a good neighbor?
Most people try to be. They’re glad to pitch in when a neighbor needs a hand, or do a small favor now and then. But
being a really good neighbor takes more than that.
Before you fall asleep in bed tonight take a moment to think about the people you would depend on if you suddenly
smelled smoke, or a family member tripped in the dark and fell downstairs.
It would be those very special neighbors who staff the Kochville fire department.
Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, these men and women protect you, your home, and your loved ones.
Now that’s a good neighbor!
Here’s what it takes to be a good neighbor...
The basic requirements are simple. Firefighters must be:
18 years of age or older.
In good physical health.
Of sound moral character.
There are some "givens" too. You should be:
Caring and Community minded.
A team player.
The type of person who enjoys a challenge, who likes to learn and acquire new skills.
...and here are the rewards.
Some things are worth more than money and stay with you longer. Things like:
From members of your community.
Train to be a firefighter or an EMS provider and you will develop knowledge
and skills few can claim.
Some of the strongest social ties you will ever make will be with your brother
and sister firefighters...people who share your commitment and ideals.
Nothing beats the sense of fulfillment that comes from doing an important job well while helping
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Some frequently asked questions about our fire department.
Q: How much time does it take to be a firefighter?
A: It varies from week to week, but on the average you’ll put in two to eight hours. Many fire-
fighters enjoy putting in more.
Q: What will my training cost be?
A: It will cost you nothing. Thousands of dollars of valuable career training will be made available
to you free of charge.
Q: How long will it be before I can make a genuine contribution?
A: Immediately. And your responsibilities will increase as you gain experience and training.
Q: Will I have any out-of-pocket costs?
A: No. Your uniform, equipment – even your annual physical – will be provided for free.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Call us at 791-3473, or visit us our website @ www.kochvillefire.com to fill out an application.
Sign Up Now!
Remember: behind every Firefighter or EMS Provider there are scores of people who support them. If
you have a skill, we have a way to use it. Just give us a call, we need you!
Alan Malesky-Fire Chief
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P LANNING C OMMISSION / M ASTER P LAN
Warren Collisi – Chairman
What is a Master Plan? Why have a Master Plan? Who Makes a Master Plan?
Kochville Township has a Master Plan that was drawn up well before 2000.
In accordance with the laws of the state of Michigan we as a township have the responsibility to draw up a master plan to
design a blue print of the growth and future development in our township. We are also required to periodically review and
update this plan which we are now in the process of doing.
This plan serves as a guide for both the public and private use of the land in Kochville. We form the vision for the future
growth of our area using surveys and maps, and demographics. All this is geared to the health and well being of the people
involved in our township and in the future development of Kochville. It includes the Infra Structure such as roads, water
and sewer. We consider all parts of a community such as Parks and Recreation, Business, Industry, Farming, and Residen-
tial as well as Educational areas.
Come and join us as the members of the Master Plan Committee are in the process of updating our current plan to meet
the requirements in our state. We meet on the third Monday of each month at the Township office at 7:00 PM. If you have
any questions you may e-mail them to email@example.com.
D EPARTMENT OF P UBLIC W ORKS
Every water customer should have received our 2008 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) by mail in the month of
July. If you have not received one, or desire to have an additional copy please contact me at 989 792-7596 ext. 12. This
report is mandated by the EPA to be distributed to our customers in order to keep you informed about just how good the
quality of our water is and what safeguards are taking place to keep it that way. Our water must meet more stringent pu-
rity qualities than that of most bottled water and is delivered to your home or business at a far less cost per gallon. If you
have been one of our customers for a while you may recall, that the rates for water have stayed the same for many years
and even went down, in some cases, over the past few years. This unfortunately will be changing as the City of Saginaw
and the Saginaw-Midland Water Supply Corp. charges more in order to make improvements to the system. We in turn
must charge more to keep our system fiscally solvent. Our Township Board of Trustees, with the help of consultants, has
been working hard to formulate an equitable rate increase.
As always, we ask that you conserve the use of water whenever possible to save you money and to help preserve this
precious natural resource. Along with this we ask that you adhere to the odd/even outdoor water use ban when it is insti-
tuted. This ban usually begins in May and ends in September depending on the weather conditions. There will be more
information forthcoming in the media as to the specific dates. We all save by not over burdening our system, which relates
to less need to expand the size of the water treatment plant.
We continue to have a problem with cooking grease and oil being dumped down the drains into our sanitary sewer sys-
tem. This is especially a concern with the district served by the Liberty Rd/ N. Michigan lift station. So if the problem
does not improve we may have to start testing individual drains to determine where the grease is coming from in the Grif-
fore Subdivision area.
If you see or hear an alarm at any of our sewer lift stations, please call the Township Office at 792-7596 and
follow the recorded instructions for a water or sewer emergency.
Michael Burger - Superintendent of DPW
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Kochville Downtown Development Authority
Sign up and Stay in touch!
The Kochville Township DDA will soon begin issuing a monthly e-newsletter, free of charge, to
interested recipients. Additional online enhancements are also in the works.
To sign up for this new monthly e-newsletter, please email Steve King at KochvilleDDA@gmail.com.
Use the subject line ―Signup.‖
Steve King – Director
5851 Mackinaw Road
Saginaw , Michigan 48604
Phone (989) 792-7596
Fax: (989) 793-7498
Title/Name Extension Title/Name Extension
Supervisor - Jim Loiacano ext. 11 Parks/Rec. Chair-Judy Jackson ext. 19
Clerk - Sheila Hill ext. 16 Code Enforcement –Randy Jerome ext. 17
Treasurer –Steve Yanca ext. 14 Building Inspect.– Mel Fosgard ext. 13
Office Manager– Sharon ext. 10 Assessor - Frank Roenicke ext. 22
Office Assistant - Tammy ext. 18 DDA Director –Steve King ext. 20
Fire Chief—Al Malesky ext. 25
Fire Inspec.–Ryan Kunitzer ext. 23 WE ARE ON THE WEB
DPW Super-Mike Burger ext. 12 W WW. KOCHVILLETOWNSHIP. COM
Kochville Township Hall
5851 Mackinaw Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48604
We will be
NOVEMBER 26th & 27th for Thanksgiving
DECEMBER 24th & 25th for the Christmas Holiday
DECEMBER 31st and January 1st, 2010 for the New Year
We wish you a Safe and Happy Holidays!
O FFICE H OURS
M ONDAY —F RIDAY
8:00 AM TO 12 N OON & 12:30 TO 4:30 PM