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2A  The Antrim Review \\; Thursday, December 10, 2009 Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility 2009 30 Years of Service Betty Carley Jeanne McOleese 25 Years of Service Angie Rainey Sue Walden Kris Allison Pat Briggs 20 Years of Servia@ Dan Chambers Sue Fales 15 Years of Service Peggy Kotz Hazel Hyde 10 Years of Service Bonnie Richards Judy Hughey Carolyn Davis Lisa Chapman Mindy Cook Donna Vincent Marcia Eby 5 Years of Service Amy Pearson Pat Smith Vernal Walden Meadow Brook e D t 0 e IIP @ e e e ANTRIM COUNTY MEDICAL CARE FACILITY 4543 South M-88 Hwy, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-533-8661 .s6sl. We accept Visa and 00Mastercard., Firefighter of theYear Awards were presented to Phyllis Hoogerhyde and Terry Kolean (center), for their services to Star Township Fire Department over the past year during the department's Christmas party Saturday night, when Hooger- hycle was recognized by hus- band and StarTownship Chief Pete Hoogerhyde (far left) and Fire Board President Steve Olds (far right) for successfully writ- ing a FEP1A grant that resulted in a new $:230,000 fire truck at no charge to the department, and Kolean was singled out for his Iongtime service to the de, partment. Photo by Joanie Ploore Avery Continued from Front Rodgers Jr. determined there is sufficient evidence to charge Av- ery-Miller. She was arrested and arraigned in district court, but another cir- cuit court judge, Thomas G. Power, ruled November 16 that Avery-Miller should be re-ar- raigned in district court because during the first arraignment, her attorney, Ryan Machasic, whose office is in Clinton Township, participated by telephone. Power also ruled Avery-Mill- er is entitled to a district court preliminary examination where a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to bind her over to circuit court on a felony murder charge. Antrim County Prosecutor Charlie Koop had argued that court rules for a one-person grand jury allow a defendant to be bound over to circuit court without a preliminary exam. Power, though, said the prelimi- nary exam and the re-arraign- ment would ensure there were no procedural errors in the case upon which to base an appeal if Avery-Miller is convicted. Her preliminary exam will start at 2 p.m: Thursday, Decem- ber 17 with testimony from one witness, and then will continue at 8:30 a.m. Friday, December 18. Avery-Miller is being held without bond in the Antrim County Jail. If convicted, she faces life in prison. Burglaries Continued from Front at private residences, all were made after relatively quick and easy entries to the buildings in- volved, and only cash has been taken. The only exception has been the breaking and entering of Bellaire Auto Repair, where a bowling trophy was also stolen. Although police were said to have fairly solid leads on pos- sible suspects through a set of boot prints at one of the crime scenes and a set of fingerprints at another, no arrests have yet been made. None of the recent burglar- ies are believed to be connected with break-ins that occurred at Toonie's Restaurant and the Nif- ty Thrifty resale shop in Bellaire in September. All business owners are be- ing asked once again to make sure all doors and windows are securely locked, and that one or two outside lights be left on at night. Any and all money should be removed from the building daily. The Antrim County Sheriff's Office continues to ask for help from the public in solving these crimes. Anyone with information on these or other crimes is asked to contact the Silent Observer Tip Line at 231-947-8477. Grant Continued from Front projects across the state have already been filed two or three times," she said. Not including language in the application regarding the prop- erty being a public park or who would be responsible for :, tenance may have been an issue as well, Isenbargar said. "And it may have been about what type of projects the MNRTF was looking to fund-this time they appeared to want trail systems and wildlife corridors." Isenbargar said she did not feel that the opposition of a number of residents in the area to the project affected the board's de cision. outlining the water ITeaent and disposal options being considered right now by CMS Land and government officials. As part of the Little Traverse Bay Environmental Project, millions of gallons of groundwater, high in alkalinily and containing truce amounts of mercury and other contaminants, ore collected at the shoreline in order to protect the Bay. Collection of this water will go on for the foreseeable future, but what to do with it for the long term remains a crucial unanswered question. Any final solution must answer the following questions: Does the solution protect human health and Uttle Traverse Bay? Does it provide a local solution to this local problem? Is it supported by sound science? Bees it significantly reduce the mercury levels of the water? Does it relieve local road congestion and safety issues associotad with tanker truck lraffic? Does it minimize disruption to the community, economy and tourism? Is the solution economically reasonable? CMS Exploring Options for Protecting Our Bay OPTION: Send collected water through underground pipes to the Petoskey Water Treatment system for treatment and release into Little Traverse Bay. Discussions with City of Petoskey officials have been ongoing over the past two years in an effort to develop a plan that would allow water from the Little Traverse Bay Environmental Project to be sent to the city's water treatment facility for treatment and release into the bay. In a number of ways, reaching an agreement with the City of Petoskey to take the water meets many of the goals needed for a long-term solution. It is a scientifically proven method that allows the water to be released in a manner that protects the bay and public health (the Grand Traverse Water Treatment Facility is currently mixing, treating and releasing water to the bay that is trucked from the project to Traverse City). It is a local solution to a local problem. It would basically eliminate truck congestion on local roads and is more reasonable from a cost perspective. However, despite the extensive study of both city and CMS representatives, a number of technical challenges still need to be addressed before this option can be considered viable. Technical issues that need to be overcome include reaching agreement how much project water the city can accept without compromising its discharge permit. If the plant is not able to accept the entire amount of water this option would result in a partial solution which would still require extensive trucking. Additional challenges, from the CMS perspective, include: the extent of infrastructure improvements to the water treatment plant required; the ability and necessity of installing a dedicated pipeline along an already crowded right of way on U.S. 31 to transport the water collected from East Park and Bay Harbor m the treatment plant; and the ability to install a one million gallon water storage tank above the wastewater treatment facility. The box to the right contains a question mark in the mercury removal category because the mercury contained in the water collected at the environmental project is predominantly dissolved mercury. This type of mercury is much more difficult for treatment plants to remove than the elemental and less soluble mercury typically found in municipal waste water streams. Ifa dedicated line is able to be installed, it would result in considerable public disruption during the construction period. Relieves Traffic Congestion 1 1 Minimizes Local Disruption , l I Economical Protects lhe Bay g Human Health *Antm and Otsego Counties Next: Local discharge Cleaning our shore. Protecting our bay. LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT Learn more at unvw'prtectingurbay'cm "Overall, we scored well on the board's rating scale, and I feel we should file again in April," she said. "If we re-file, that will give them more time to consider the project and to come up and look the area over personally. They did seem quite interested." Asked by trustee Dan Steinea" if she believedthere may be a po- tential to i!acrtl t0wnship score, Isenbarger shrugged and said, "It depends on what they're looking for. They gave $26 mil- lion dollars away this time, which is more than they said they'd have." The Parks and Rec chair add- ed that, if given the go ahead, the Parks and Rec Committee would meet with grant writer Mark Randolph to tweak the ap- plication. "Mark has been very valuable to us in the application process and has been very helpful," she added. Agreeing with Isenbargar, Supervisor Terry Smith said he would approach Russ Miley, the current owner of the property, and see if he was still interested in selling the property. "We need to do that first," he said. "We'll also need to have another public hearing, probably in February, in order to meet ap- plication timelines." In other matters, Smith told the board that the township's tinuing t0 work on awind energy systemsofdinance, which is now in its third draft, and is consid- ering developing an aerator, or "bubbler" ordinance which would regulate the use of the systems near public property on all of Forest Home's lakes, but would primarily affect property owners on the north shore of Clam Lake. The hoard also approved pay- ment of $87,000 in bills, includ- ing $49,000 in construction hills and approved a resolution to amend the budget by $18,000 to cover additional legal and pro- fessional bills, snow plowing and outdoor maintenance bills, and township hall maintenance and repair bills. Hall Continued from Front in the hall itself." Capable of holding up to 95 people, Little Dove is a perfect location for that family reunion, wedding, or funeral wake, the Mancelona resident added. "It's close to just about everything in the area and are very easy to get to." Already scheduled for the hall is the Mancelona Rotary's Christmas party, and a couple of other holiday parties as well, she noted. "We're getting more inquiries every day. People are finding that we are very reason- ably priced. We'll work with you in any way we can to meet your needs." Both banquet tables, service tables and chairs are included with the rental of the hall, as well as a full kitchen equipped with stove and refrigerator, her hus- band noted. "And for those potluck sup- pers and family gatherings, we have lots of extra electrical plugs for crock pots and roasters," she laughed. In addition to those features, the hall sports both overhead and recessed lighting and a propane furnace, Fred Buhland added. "By next spring, we're hoping to have air conditioning as welL'! Reaction to the new business has been very positive, the cou- ple said. "There's a shortage of places to hold all those events that are so important to us in the Mance- lona area," Marge Buhland said. "We're hoping that our Little Dove Hall will become a place where many memories are made." For more information on Little Dove Hall, call the Buhlands at 231-587-4046 or 231-584-3442 or visit Little Dove's website at Group Continued from Front of us together," said Folker, not- ing that the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce and Bellaire Village Council has also expressed inter- est in the new group. Events, advertising, and other promotions will be a part of that marketing plan, she noted. "Once we have a set of goals and a mis- sion plan, we'll send a letter out to all the businesses in the area, asking them to get involved." In the meantime, any interest- ed person is invited to attend the group's next meeting, planned for Tuesday, December 15 at 4:30 p.m. at Mocha in down- town Bellaire. Smiling, Folker added, "This is for all the people who believe in Bellaire."