Wednesday, May 22, 2013
In 2012, there were 257 reported animal bites in Livingston County.
Wednesday, May 22
The Livingston County Department of Public Health (LCDPH) and Livingston County Animal Control are launching a campaign to educate the public about the importance of responsible pet ownership and animal bite prevention. Since animal bites are largely a preventable public health problem, education and awareness of prevention strategies can help adults and children reduce their chances of being bitten. In 2012, there were 257 reported animal bites in Livingston County. What a Pet Owner Can Do: How to Protect Your Family: Call Animal Control if you see a domestic dog or cat that is acting aggressively or strange. If a Bite Occurs: Animal Control is now offering a low income Spay/Neuter Clinic on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
On May 23, Gov. Rick Snyder’s Office of Constituent Services will visit Brighton as part of his mobile office initiative.
Correction: Gov. Rick Snyder will not be in attendance on Thursday, however, representatives from his office will be on location to help address questions, according to a press release. Information provided in press release May 23 and 24, representatives of the office will visit locations in Washtenaw, Livingston, Ingham, Shiawassee, Clinton and Ionia counties. Specific locations, times and other detailed information below, or call 517-335-7858 or visit www.michigan.gov/snyder. “This is an excellent opportunity for citizens to ask questions and engage with representatives from my office,” said Snyder. “It is our goal to make government as accessible as possible, and I encourage anyone who is interested to visit our mobile office hours.” …
Signage, other than political signs, are not allowed in the public right-of-ways in Brighton and will be removed, according to officials.
The summer season of garage sales in Brighton is here and last week, a Brighton Patch reader asked a question regarding the removal of some temporary signs they had placed to help direct traffic. According to Planning and Zoning Director Amy Cyphert from the City of Brighton, signage, other than political signs, are not allowed in the public right-of-ways will be removed. "Typically, garage sales signs are placed in the public right-of-way, so the city has the right to take them,” Cyphert said. Public right-of-ways include the space in between the sidewalk towards the street, according to Cyphert. “If they’re placing outside of the sidewalk towards private property, that’s fine,” she said. “But they have to arrange that with the private …
Friday, May 10, 2013
House Bills 4465-4466 were approved in Lansing on Tuesday and await a full House vote.
Two house bills that would eliminate the foreign language requirement for high school students were approved in Lansing on Tuesday in the House Education Committee. Currently, students must take a foreign language in grades 9-12 to graduate and in Brighton Area Schools, the addition of Zero Hour was implemented to help fulfill the requirement. "The purpose is to give students the chance to make up a lost credit, get a required class out of the way, or take a required class to allow more flexibility in the regular six hour schedule," according to a previous post regarding Zero Hour. Co-sponsored by State Reps. Cindy Denby, R-Handy Township, and Bill Rogers, R-Genoa Township, House Bills 4465-4466 would also modify required credits in …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Elected in 2007, the 6-year Brighton city council member, Claudia Roblee announced that she will not run for re-election.
Thursday, May 9
Claudia Roblee, 6-year Brighton city council member announced that she will not run for reelection. Roblee was appointed to fill the seat of Cathy Jones in February of 2007. She then ran and won the seat in November of 2007 and again in 2011. When asked why she is not running again Roblee answered, “I have many new opportunities in my personal life that I want to develop and need the time to be able to do so.I have learned a tremendous amount from my time of service and am grateful that I was able to have the opportunity to work for the taxpayers of Brighton. "I also believe that the same people on Council or any level of government year after year often leads to stale thinking. No matter how satisfying my experience has been, making …
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved this week in the U.S. Senate, and is headed to the Republican-controlled U.S. House for consideration. Both Michigan's senators voted for the bill, which would require merchants to collect state taxes on internet
Michigan's U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, voted in support of a bill that requires merchants to collect state sales taxes for online purchases. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Supporters say the bill would level the paying field for traditional local retailers and collect much needed tax revenue for state. Opponents, including anti-tax activists and retailers, say it will be overly burdensome on small businesses and would effectively result in a tax increase. Neither Levin nor Stabenow issued public statements after Monday's vote explaining their support of the…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
FBI Agents Association recommended U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers for the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
On Monday, a group representing more than 12,000 FBI agents recommended that President Barack Obama nominate U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, as new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rogers, a former FBI agent, was endorsed by the FBI Agents Association, according to a report from MLive, who released a statement in support of Rogers and urged President Obama to nominate Rogers for the post when current Director Robert S. Mueller III’s term expires in September. The Press and Argus reports that Rogers hadn’t anticipated the announcement and that he couldn’t say whether he would consider the position if nominated. According to the report, Rogers is also considering running for Sen. Carl Levin’s Senate seat, which will be …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Council members discussed eliminating the Downtown Development Authority director and the DDA clerk during Thursday's City Council meeting.
During Thursday’s Brighton City Council meeting, council members discussed the possibility of eliminating two positions connected with the Downtown Development Authority. Councilman Jim Bohn requested that the city eliminate the Downtown Development Authority director and the DDA clerk instead of not filling two Department of Public Services positions, according to a report from the Press & Argus. Many councilmembers, including Shawn Pipoly were opposed to the suggestion, according to the report, saying that the DDA director and clerk “secured several million dollars’ worth of grants, and the money was used to make significant improvements to the downtown.” The budget of the DDA and the Principal Shopping Development was brought up in a …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Six authors from around Michigan will discuss their work Sunday, May 5 from 1:30-4 pm.
The Brighton District Library will host a Local Author Showcase, Sunday, May 5 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. The event will feature six authors from around Michigan who will briefly discuss their work. Following the presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to visits author tables to meet and talk with them and purchase books. Local Author Showcase is a three-times-a-year event sponsored by the library in support of local authors, their efforts, literacy, and lifelong learning. The library is fortunate to be approached each year by authors who would like to share their work with the community through presentations and signing events. Local Author Showcase includes the following: Jody Lamb author of Easter Ann Peters: Operation Cool Easter…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
House Bills 4228 and 4338, the Fiscal Year 2014 House Budget, was supported by both Republicans and Independent lawmakers.
Thursday, April 25
State Representatives Bill Rogers and Cindy Denby today voted to cut government waste and prioritize state funding for schools, roads and public safety. House Bills 4228 and 4338, the Fiscal Year 2014 House Budget, was supported by both Republicans and Independent lawmakers. "Our responsible budgeting over the past two years has delivered positive results across the state," said Denby, R-Fowlerville. "Every dollar we spend comes from the pockets of Michigan taxpayers, so it is our responsibility to spend it wisely. We have been able to deliver tax cuts, increased school funding, a healthier economy and an improved credit rating. Our long term plan is working and we must continue with it to keep Michigan's comeback on course." The House …