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Livingston Community Water Authority Issues Boil Water Advisory

A boil water advisory has been issued for some Livingston Community Water Authority customers in Green Oak Township.

The Boil Water Notice applies to the Saxony, Wilmor & Meadows Subdivisions, located north of Lee Road between Rickett Road east to Whitmore Lake Road. Mark St. Charles, the LCWA Chair and also Green Oak Township’s Supervisor, says it’s a scheduled shut down for repairs to numerous valves and the replacement of one hydrant. At around 8am, the water system lost pressure due to repairs to 4 to 5 water main valves, replacement of one fire hydrant and a small corporation stop leak. The water will be turned back on tonight and but turned off again tomorrow for replacement of any valves not accomplished today. Finish up work will happen on Wednesday but at this time it is not anticipated that the water will have to be shut down. Since there was a total loss of pressure, the boil water advisory was issued for 72 hours or until testing confirms everything is clear. The advisory is intended for any water that will be used for human consumption.

A map of the affected area and more information is attached. (JM)

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South Lyon Superintendent Announces Resignation

South Lyon Community Schools Superintendent Melissa Baker says she will be leaving the district.

In an email sent to district parents last week, Baker said she would step down “this winter to pursue a new leadership opportunity where I will continue to support our children, public education, and the great work of educators in Michigan.” No specific date was given for the resignation to take effect or any details on what the new opportunity would be.

The South Lyon Herald says Baker made her start in the South Lyon district as a guest teacher in 1992, working her way up to principal and then assistant superintendent. In 2015, she succeeded Bill Pearson for the top job when he retired after 20 years as superintendent.

The South Lyon Schools Board of Education meets tonight in regular session at 7pm, but it’s not known whether Baker’s resignation will be an official talking point. (JK)

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Brighton City Council Forum Set For Thursday

Voters in the city of Brighton will get a chance later this week to question the candidates for election to the Brighton City Council.

There are five candidates running for four seats on the Brighton City Council in the November general election. They include four incumbents and one challenger. The forum will be held this Thursday, Oct. 24th at 7 p.m. in Brighton City Council chambers at city hall.

The incumbents include Mayor Jim Muzzin, who has been serving on council since 2003 and who was re-elected to four-year terms in 2007, 2011 and 2015. Also running are Mayor Pro Tem Shawn Pipoly, Jim Bohn, Susan Gardner and perennial challenger Susan Bakhaus.

Ellen Lafferty is chairperson of the Ann Arbor Chapter of the League of Women Voters, Brighton-Howell Unit. She says Brighton will host the group’s only candidate forum this year. Lafferty says that since the city of Howell has no opposition among its candidates for city council and mayor, there will not be a forum in that community. The mayor is elected by the voting public in Howell, whereas in Brighton, the members of council themselves choose who is going to be mayor for the next two years.

The forum will be moderated by WHMI News Director Jon King and is co-sponsored by WHMI, The Livingston Post and the League of Women Voters. Residents who would like to submit a question in advance can do so at lwvbrighton.howellarea@gmail.com. (JK)

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Big Red Barrel Coming To Genoa Twp. Hall

A special event is coming up for local residents wishing to properly dispose of unused medications and needles.

The Big Red Barrel will be at Genoa Township Hall on Dorr Road on Saturday, October 26th, from 10am to 2pm. The Big Red Barrel is a drop-off point for unwanted or expired prescription drugs to keep them out of reach of those who might abuse them, while also disposing of them in an environmentally-safe manner.

According to the Michigan Department of Education, nearly 13 percent of Livingston County youths have abused prescription drugs and painkillers in the past 30 days; a rate higher than the national average. The FDA has recently released a study on the harmful effects of medications that are flushed or dumped into the environment. The Red Barrel project is designed to combat both these issues by collecting and disposing of unused medications in a bathroom cabinet through the drug takeback program.

Controlled substances and all other solid dosage medications are accepted with no questions asked; however, those dropping items off are asked not to bring pill containers or other identifying information like labels. Liquid medication will be accepted if stuffed into a ziplock bag with enough paper towels to absorb all the liquid. The Drain Commissioner’s office will also be on-site to collect sharps and needles. Inhalers will not be accepted. Identification is not required and there is no cost for the disposal.

More information about Saturday’s event can be found at the attachment below. (DK)

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Plans Nearly Finalized For Eager Road Bridge Project

Plans are nearly finalized for a much anticipated bridge project in Oceola Township.

The bridge on Eager Road, north of M-59 at Bigelow, was deemed dangerous in October of 2015 after an inspection found the bridge’s load-carrying capacity had failed. The bridge has been closed indefinitely since then, much to the dismay of residents and motorists. The Livingston County Road Commission has since realigned Eager Road at M-59 in order to accommodate a traffic signal, which was installed recently by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Meanwhile, the Eager Road bridge that has been closed for four years is still on track to be completely reconstructed. There have been various delays with the bridge project, part of which funding can be attributed to because the bridge technically doesn’t qualify as a bridge. Road Commission Managing Director Steve Wasylk tells WHMI to be technically classified as a bridge, a structure has to be 20 feet in length, allowing them to apply for federal bridge funding for repairs. He says the Eager Road bridge is just shy of 20 feet, meaning it’s actually considered a culvert so there’s no federal funding available.

Wasylk says Oceola Township volunteered to contribute a significant amount of money toward the project and they’re paying about half and half with the Road Commission. He says they’re getting close to being finished with the preliminary portion and are working on right-of-way acquisition but final plans are pretty much done. Wasylk says they would like to get the project out to bid yet this year so they can get it done in 2020. (JM/JK)

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Plans For Former School Fall Through Again

A development proposal that would have resulted in 210 senior residential housing units on a 10.25-acre former elementary school property appears to have fallen by the wayside.

That’s the assessment of Brighton Community Development Director Michael Caruso. The city Planning Commission gave preliminary approval last December to the site plan of developer Pat Battaglia for a 140,000-square-foot housing project for seniors called Brighton Village at the Mill Pond. The $34 million project would have been located at the mothballed Lindbom School site at 1010 State Street. Battaglia had six months in which to come up with a final site plan for consideration. In May, he obtained a 90-day extension, but, according to Caruso, never had any contact with the city after that, and the extension expired. As a result, Caruso says the only conclusion he can come to is that Battaglia has abandoned his plans for the project, since he would have to start all over again.

The Holly developer had a similar plan in 2015 that was approved by the Planning Commission but said at the time that his financing had fallen through. Brighton City Manager Nate Geinzer tells WHMI he believes the property owner is actively looking for other developments to put on the property. Geinzer also says he doesn’t believe the underground contamination plume that runs under the Lindbom site is an insurmountable problem, saying many developers have successfully worked around issues more difficult than that with mitigation procedures.

Battaglia originally purchased the property from the Brighton Area School District at a price of $1.45 million, with plans for a charter school called the Livingston Classical Academy. However, the Brighton Board of Education declined to authorize a charter contract and the academy eventually obtained a charter from the Whitmore Lake Public Schools for a school there. (TT)

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“Best Friends” Open Bookshop in Downtown Brighton

After going many years without one, downtown Brighton once again has a store that serves the needs of book lovers.

The co-owners of the new “Two Dandelions Bookshop” on Main St. in Brighton are Jeanne Blazo and Jeri Kay Thomas. The ladies, who are best friends, met when both were teaching at the Miller School in Brighton, which at that time was an all-kindergarten building. The women say they had a lot in common from day one, especially their passion for books.

At one time, downtown Brighton had three small, independent bookstores, but with the Internet and other modern inventions that occupy people’s time, that quickly changed. Local book lovers were particularly chagrined when the best known of them, “The Little Professor Book Store,” closed its doors.

After Border’s, in Brighton Towne Square, went out of business, that left only Barnes & Noble, in the Green Oak Village Place mall just outside Brighton to serve area book lovers. Barnes & Noble, like Border’s, is a big-box bookstore chain with a huge selection of books and other printed material. However, Blazo and Thomas don’t think big box bookstores are a threat to their new venture because they attract a different clientele and can’t match the coziness and friendly atmosphere of a small, independent bookstore like theirs. And they say for those who think 2 Dandelions might not have enough selection because of its size, not to worry. The women say if they don’t have what the customer is looking for in stock, they can order it, or the customer can order the book online. 2 Dandelions is a member of the American Booksellers Association, which describes itself as a not-for-profit trade organization that helps independent bookstores grow and succeed.

The selections at 2 Dandelions run the gamut, with sections on the related topics of lifestyle, healthy living, personal growth and family relationships, along with travel, hobbies, a section on Michigan and Michigan authors, and an extensive children’s section. Originally, they were going to call the bookstore “Two Friends”, but settled on “2 Dandelions” when they read an article touting the plant’s resilience.

The grand opening of 2 Dandelions last weekend was a rousing success, and the owners say made them many new friends whom they feel will become frequent customers. A special feature of the bookshop is its weekly book reading events specially aimed at children and held in the children’s section. they are Fairy Tale Friday and Family Story Time on Saturdays, each starting at 11 a.m. Store hours are 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. The bookstore is closed on Monday. It’s located in the lower level of The White Dress bridal shop at 209 W. Main St., Suite 205. There are two entrances – Main St. and via the North St. Parking Lot in the back. (TT)

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Funding Approved For Free Meals On Veterans Day

Funding has been approved to provide free meals to veterans throughout Livingston County on Veterans Day.

The Livingston County Board of Commissioners met Monday night and approved a resolution authorizing a donation not to exceed $2,500 to organizations providing free meals to Veterans on Veterans Day, which will take place on Monday, November 11th.

Livingston County Veterans Services is permitted to appropriate money for the purpose of a public celebration on Veteran’s Day, and has the appropriate funding to do so. The Veterans Services Committee approved the requested amount at its September meeting, with a motion not to exceed $500 per organization in assisting with Veterans Day banquets. (JM)

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Fenton Man Killed In Moped Crash

A Michigan State University student was killed when his moped collided with a pickup truck at an intersection near the school’s campus.

Meridian Township Police say 20-year-old Sebastian Tyll of Fenton was driving a moped Friday morning when it collided with the truck, fatally injuring him.

Police tell the Lansing State Journal that Tyll was wearing a helmet. Alcohol isn’t believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains un der investigation. (AP)

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Jury Trial Set For Man Charged In Fatal Overdose

A trial date has been set for an Ohio man accused of giving drugs to a woman who died from an overdose.

Court records show a jury trial is tentatively set to begin on February 10th of 2020 in the case against 27-year-old Joshua Riley Goode. Charges were filed in May against Goode, who faces one count of delivery of a controlled substance causing death.

The allegations are connected to an incident in 2017 in which a report of an overdose in Fowlerville was made to the Michigan State Police. Upon responding, MSP troopers found the 24-year-old woman dead; reportedly with indications of heroin use. Goode supposedly agreed to an interview and confessed that he had purchased about $80 worth of heroin that he supplied to the woman.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

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