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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Whitmer Talks Free Tuition, Hazard Pay

At her Wednesday press conference, Governor Whitmer gave her regular COVID-19 update and talked about programs that would offer free tuition and hazard pay opportunities to essential and front line workers.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Rickett Road Pavement Project Starts Today

The City’s contractor is finishing up the paving portion of the Rickett Road sanitary sewer project that started last summer. Both north and southbound Rickett Road will be completely closed from Grand River to the railroad tracks.

Jailhouse Lawsuit Filed By Fowlerville Man Settled

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit in 2018 by 38-year-old Daniel Bewernitz of Fowlerville, who claimed he was maced after requesting medical attention while incarcerated in Jackson County.

Prospective City Manager Tours Howell

The city is in the process of working out an employment agreement with Paul DeBuff of Celina, Texas with hopes to have it ready for Council approval at the May 4th meeting.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Slotkin's "No Corporate PAC" Pledge Questioned

The Center for Responsive Politics notes that Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin is among freshman candidates rejecting corporate PACs, yet accepting money from campaign committees and leadership PACs, “which are often funded by corporate PACs.”

Whitmer Seeks 28 Day Extension Of Emergency Order

Whitmer says while she does not need legislative approval to extend the state of emergency, she wants the Legislature to cooperate and extend it because the Emergency Management Act is what provides health care workers and other first responders the necessary liability protections they need to do their jobs.

County Burn Ban Lifted

The ban had been put in place in late March to reduce calls for nuisance or unauthorized burning - which permitted staff to be available for other critical incident needs and helped to protect firefighters from infection by limiting their exposure to potentially infected persons.

DART Volunteer, Trainer Bernie Hager Passes Away

Bernie Hager, a long time member of the Livingston County Disaster Assistance Response Team, was known for being a kind, gentle soul who consistently answered the call to assist first responders and the victims of emergencies, on scene.

NRCC Names Jung "Contender" In Race For 8th District

The National Republican Congressional Committee has named Paul Junge as a "Contender" within their Young Guns program, signifying their recognition of the campaign he has built to unseat 8th District Representative Elissa Slotkin.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Vaupel Says Courts May Decide Future COVID Restrictions

State Rep. Hank Vaupel said there is the possibility of the Legislature extending the emergency order for another 15 days if there is a loosening or restrictions. If not, he says the governor would probably issue a new order and then it would go to court.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

State Increasing COVID-19 Testing

State officials say increased testing helps them understand where the disease is so they can identify people at highest risk and make sure they’re quickly implementing best practices for preventing further cases and deaths.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

High-End Lounge Given Brighton Planning Commission Approval

Bill Opre, property owner, stated in his application that he is planning on a “high-end lounge offering primarily higher end alcoholic drinks and small plates.” He stated that the lounge will consist of a bar, fireplace surrounded with couch clusters, and high-top tables.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Whitmer Eases Rules While Extending Stay-Home Order To May 15

Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules. However, people are now required, rather than encouraged, to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as grocery stores.

Howell Police Department Announces Promotions

Four members of the force are being promoted in the wake of Chief George Basar's retirement, including Scott Mannor to Chief, and Officer Brooke Briggs as the PD's first female detective.

High-End Development Near Millpond Proceeding

If approved, the planned $40 million-plus Vista at Uptown in Brighton will be constructed on 4.3 acres between Second St. and the Mill Pond, immediately north — and within walking distance — of the downtown area.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Small Business Owners Preparing For PPP Round 2

VP of Lending for Lake Trust Credit Union Andrea Mosher encourages business-owners to be ready to take advantage of over $300-billion in additional federal funding that is expected to pass on Thursday.

State Reverses Course On Data Contract

The change follows criticism from several Republicans, including Livingston County Commissioner Wes Nakagiri, that the software company which was chosen to manage the data has connections to dozens of Democratic candidates, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Pinckney Players Give Back

The Board of Directors has chosen nine local organizations to receive $1,000 to help with their efforts through, and while battling, the coronavirus pandemic.

Two COVID "Outbreaks" Reported In Livingston County

Livingston County has two known outbreaks of COVID-19 in what are being referred to as “congregate settings” generally referring to facilities such as adult foster care, group homes, homeless shelters, independent living facilities, long term care facilities, nursing homes, prisons and juvenile justice facilities.

Bollin Raises Concerns With Judge's Petition Deadline Ruling

State Rep. Ann Bollin raised concerns with a recent ruling from a federal judge in favor of a GOP congressional candidate that extends the deadline by which Michigan candidates must file petitions to qualify for the ballot and lowers the signature threshold.

Monday, April 20, 2020

County Dems Announce Full County Commission Slate

The top priorities for the slate include improved transportation, expanded services for seniors, protecting Livingston County’s water and environment, better roads, and bringing new viewpoints to the county board.

Completion Of Rickett Road Project Delayed

Public Works Director Marcel Goch says that due to the unseasonably cold spring, the plant that makes asphalt for road surfaces used by the contractor for the project is not yet open.

Census Participation Encouraging

The chair of the Livingston County Complete Count Committee says roughly tho-thirds of the county has been counted, with the number rising steadily over the past couple weeks.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Governor Whitmer Delivers COVID-19 Update

Governor Whitmer said she understands there is a lot of anxiety and people are worried about their businesses and paying bills but she will re-engage the economy when it’s safe.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Slotkin Holds Small Business, Payroll Q&A

Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin held a Facebook Live session with the regional administrator of the Small Business Administration and CEO of the Michigan Banking Association, on the importance of refilling payroll funding dollars from the CARES Act.

Brighton Council Commits To Lee Road Project

At its meeting Thursday night, council voted unanimously to contribute up to $57,050 out of its fiscal year 2019-20 fund balance toward the project. The boards of the other two municipalities involved - Green Oak and Hamburg townships — have already voted to commit their portion of funds in the multi-jurisdictional effort.

Kowall Files To Run For Oakland County Executive

In making the announcement, former Republican State Senator Mike Kowall of White Lake extolled his experience as a small business owner, township supervisor and former member of both the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.

County Fully Opens Emergency Operations Center

The Center has recently shifted to full activation status, meaning there are currently representatives from each emergency service department in the county, along with the Emergency Manager, the Livingston County Health Department, local hospitals, transportation, and Central Dispatch.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

DTE Upgrades System Near Brighton Developments

Hamilton Farms residents, in particular, had been complaining for a long time about the frequent power outages in their 70-condo development. There are also 29 homes in the Spring Hill development on Spring Mountain Drive who were affected by the outages.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Protestors Crowd Capitol Over Stay At Home Order

Among those taking part was Republican Congressional candidate Mike Detmer of Howell. A picture from Detmer’s Facebook page shows him taking a selfie with about a dozen people, none of whom are following social distancing guidelines. Also seen in the picture is an individual wearing a Proud Boys face mask and flashing a recognized white power symbol.

Sheriff Says Domestic Calls Up 30% During Shutdown

Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy says that isn’t too much of a surprise considering that people have been “cooped up and they basically stream media 24/7 talking about how bad things are and then hop on social media.”

Good Start For BAS Online Learning Program

Supt. Greg Gray said teachers and administrators have been involved for a long time planning for and executing the online learning protocols and curriculum for all grade levels.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

Trio Files For Howell Twp. Board

Judith Minton, Laurel Castiglione and Courtney White filed nominating petitions to run in the August 5th primary as Democrats for three township trustee positions, saying they want to, “represent a broader section of the township than the current board.”

Fourth COVID Death Reported In Livingston County

According to statistics released Sunday afternoon by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Livingston County has a total of 209 residents infected with the novel coronavirus. That is up from 196 on Friday, when the county’s third death was reported, an elderly woman who had underlying medical conditions. There were no details released about the fourth death.

Congressional Candidate Challenges State Ballot Deadline

11th District Republican U.S. House candidate Eric Esshaki of Birmingham argues the state's stay-at-home order had made it impossible for him to collect the required 1,000 valid signatures by the April 21st deadline to get on the ballot.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Fire Severely Damages Howell Mobile Home

Howell Fire Chief Andy Pless tells WHMI that the fire, which happened around 9pm, likely started outside the mobile home from hot coals from a grill that was placed too close to the structure.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Whitmer Extends Stay-At-Home Order Through April

A new section of the order puts restrictions on stores to reduce crowds. Large stores must limit the number of customers to no more than four at a time for every 1,000 square feet of space. Small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Local Restaurants Deliver Meals For Those On The COVID Front Line

In an effort to provide a small bit of comfort and show support for those “frontline heroes” area eateries have been delivering portable meals to area hospitals, medical facilities and other first responders, as they remain on the job during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Brighton Pastor Still Holding In-Person Services

Bill Bolin, the pastor of the Floodgate Renewal Fellowship church on Old US-23 in Brighton Township, says he was open to hearing God say “shut it down” but instead he keeps hearing “be patient and stay the course.”

Brighton DDA Launches Crowdfunding Platform For Local Businesses

Follwoing last week’s discussion among local business leaders who discussed ways to navigate the current health crisis and beyond, local businesses within the Brighton DDA district will soon have access to a “robust crowdfunding initiative” bolstered by Lake Trust Credit Union.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Slotkin: Bipartisan Effort Seeks Approval For Mask-Cleaning Process

Holly Democrat Elissa Slotkin reached out St. Joseph Republican Fred Upton to assist in fast-tracking approval for a process that had been jointly developed by an area business, Lansing’s Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University to potentially allow for the re-use of medical masks.

Local Business Owner Helping To Make Needed Masks

Emily Lauren, owner of the Hartland Quilt Shop, wanted to help in any way she could with the coronavirus outbreak, and felt an ideal use of unsold fabric she had around her store would be to use for face masks.

Social Distance Boating Still Permitted

Hamburg Township officials confirm that recreational boating is still permitted under the executive order, so far as it is with only members of your household and social distancing guidelines are kept.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

WellBridge Preparing A COVID-Only Facility

WellBridge Group CEO Mike Perry says one of their facilities, which he declined to identify, is already at about 50% capacity and they hope to be able to either transfer the remaining patients or discharge them home and turn it into a COVID-19 only unit that would be the single-point repository for overflow patients coming from local hospitals.

Brighton Council Approves Parking Lot Work

The parking lots to receive the repair and maintenance work include the West St. lot, East Block lot, Second Street lot, CSX lot, Hyne Street lot and Squire lot. The work will include seal coating, crack seal work and striping.

Local Pilots Help Made Medical Supply Run

Mark DeGroff of White Lake Township and Josh Fenwick, a commercial airline pilot in-training from Brighton, were among a half-dozen pilots who gathered on Friday and flew to Indiana to pick up 12,000 face shields and bring them back to Michigan.

Donations To OLHSA Being Matched

The DTE Foundation is matching donations of up to $5,000 to OLHSA through April 16th, as OLHSA continues to help families through the pandemic.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Before Outbreak, Investment In Public Health Fell

What happened in Michigan also played out across the country and at the federal level after the 2008 recession, which caused serious budget problems for governments. But as the economy recovered, public health funding did not, a review of budget figures and interviews with health experts and officials shows.

Statewide Burn Ban Does Not Include Campfires

Even though April is a traditionally wet month, Emergency Manager Therese Cremonte says the yard waste ban is in effect to protect first responders from additional situations where aggravated respiratory problems can occur.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020

Theis To Host COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall Friday

State Senator Lana Theis and other local lawmakers will field questions relayed to public policy while Livingston County's new medical director will take questions related to COVID-19.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Brighton Condo Residents Fed Up With Frequent Power Outages

Residents of the Hamilton Farms condominiums say they have experienced five outages in a four-day period beginning last Thursday, and the most recent one — which took place early Sunday afternoon and didn’t end until late the next morning — was the longest, lasting about 20 hours.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Commissioner Dolan Passes Away Unexpectedly

Details about the circumstances of Livingston County Commissioner Dennis Dolan's death were not immediately available. However, it did come as a surprise to commissioners, many of whom expressed their condolences Wednesday morning during the virtual county commission meeting.

Milford Lawsuit Heads To Mediation

The lawsuit was filed against the Village of Milford last October by former maintenance employee Corey LeMarbe alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as a hostile work environment.

COVID Shutdown Forces Shelter Network To Cease Operations

The Severe Weather Network had been providing shelter for about 25 homeless individuals in the lower level of the Chilson Hills Church on Brighton Road in Howell. They were forced to close down March 17th as that facility could not provide the updated requirements for shelters to try and limit the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Census Day Arrives Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown

Local and state officials are encouraging all Michigan residents to participate in the Census, as population numbers help determine money given to the state by the federal government.