by orionontv | Sep 29, 2022 | Local News
Orion Community Cable Communications Commission
Village of Lake Orion – Charter Township of Orion
1349 Joslyn Road
Lake Orion, Michigan 48360
The Orion Community Cable Communications Commission (OCCCC) is accepting
applications for the part-time position of Administrator for the OCCCC.
Duties include receipt and processing of OCCCC mail, banking documents, receipt
and deposit of franchise fee income, document management, filing and other
general office management duties as designated by OCCCC officers. More specific
details will be provided to interested applicants prior to interview. Starting date is
hopefully November 1st, beginning with a 2 month transition period working with
our current Administrator.
The Administrator must be able to work independently, with little direction, at
hours of their own choosing. They will work on occasion with the director of
ONTV to achieve the goals of both ONTV and the Commission. A private
office, equipment and all supplies are provided.
Compensation is based on the hours worked/reported which will vary during the
course of the year, but generally range from 60 to 100 hours/month. Hourly
compensation and benefits will be negotiated during the hiring process but are
expected to be about $30/hour.
Submit resumé to [email protected] or
Mail to OCCCC, 1349 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360
Resumés can also be dropped off at the above address.
by orionontv | Sep 28, 2022 | Environmental
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 27, 2022
Jeff Johnston, EGLE public information officer, [email protected], 517-231-9304
Kirsten Clemens, Scrap Tire Coordinator, [email protected], 517-614-7431
EGLE announces scrap tire cleanup grants
Applications due by Oct. 28 to fund disposal or reuse
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is pleased to announce the availability of grants that support the cleanup and reuse of scrap tires in Michigan.
When scrap tires are dumped illegally in the environment, they become a fire hazard and a mosquito breeding ground. Through grants, scrap tires can be collected, processed, and used in paving products for roads, manufactured products, and energy production.
The Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant is available for property owners to clean up old or abandoned scrap tire piles. EGLE will give priority to collection sites where tires were accumulated prior to Jan. 1, 1991, as well as collection sites that pose an imminent threat to public health, safety, welfare, or the environment. Local units of government and nonprofit organizations are also eligible for funding for cleanup days and roadside cleanup grants.
Scrap Tire Market Development Grants are available to fund up to 50% of total eligible costs for projects that demonstrate new or increased uses of scrap tires in manufactured products or paving projects. EGLE will prioritize proposals based on the amount of scrap tire material being used in developing the project or product, demonstration of a new use of scrap tire material, and demonstration of a viable market for a proposed product.
To apply for a grant, visit the Scrap Tire website, and select the appropriate link under “Grant Information,” or contact EGLE at [email protected].
EGLE will accept scrap tire grant applications with all supporting documentation received on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.
Stay up to date on other EGLE news at Michigan.gov/MIEnvironment.
by orionontv | Sep 28, 2022 | Recreation
News Digest – Week of Sept. 26, 2022
Outdoor adventures make the best memories! What are some of your favorites?
|Here are just a few of this week’s stories from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:
See other news releases, Showcasing the DNR stories, photos and other resources at Michigan.gov/DNRPressRoom.
PHOTO FOLDER: Larger, higher-res versions of the images used below, and others, are available in this folder.
Want to see more pictures like this, taken by Michigan state parks photo ambassador Tim Largent at Van Buren State Park in Van Buren County? Visit Instagram.com/MiStateParks to explore photos and learn more about the photo ambassadors! For more on the photo ambassador program, call Stephanie Yancer at 989-274-6182.
|Hopscotch on the sidewalk. A backyard treehouse. Fishing with grandpa. Sandcastles at the lake. Pick-up basketball at the local park. Long walks in the woods. Even just a well-placed window with a view that ignited your outdoor dreams …
No matter where you’re from or where you call home, everyone has a story about the outdoors. Each perspective is unique and every story is different, and we want to help share them with our new quarterly Gather ‘Round blog: an online space to hear signature stories written by people like you, along with looks at little-known critters, places, Michigan history and more.
This first issue covers topics like the rusty patched bumblebee and a recipe for foraged nettles, as well as a feature on the critical connection between mental health and the natural world. If you like what you see, feel free to share Gather ‘Round with your friends and family.
Questions? Contact Emma Kukuk at 517-284-5815.
|Intense physical training, emergency vehicle operations, underwater rescues, firearm safety, loads of fish and game laws and regulations, all governed by a commitment to self-discipline and teamwork – this is just some of what the conservation officer hopefuls in the DNR’s Recruit School #11 are tackling in this year’s academy, which started in early July at the Michigan State Police Training Academy in Lansing.
The recruits recently completed their 11th week, with 12 more to go. For a glimpse of academy life, follow their journey with this year’s recruit school blog. From week 3 on, the recruits themselves have been writing the entries, sharing their perspectives on goals, fears, expectations and much more.
Sign up for the conservation officer academy blog and other DNR email topics.
|If you’re looking for a fun, informative way to learn about the invasive species that pose a threat to Michigan’s land, water, fish and wildlife (and what you can do to help), give the NotMiSpecies webinar series a try. It explores how agencies, universities and local organizations are working together to protect our state’s natural resources through the Michigan Invasive Species Program.
Two upcoming webinars include:
There’s a lamprey in my classroom! Infusing invasive species education into statewide programs (Thursday, Oct. 26, 9-10 a.m.)
Whether you’re an educator, a parent or someone who just enjoys learning, Tracy Page, DNR aquatic education coordinator, will explain how to take advantage of the department’s educational programs as you travel the state, or even in your own home or classroom.
Treat me right! Rules, regulations and best practices for controlling aquatic invasive species in Michigan’s inland lakes (Thursday, Nov. 10, 9-10 a.m.)
Join Eric Calabro, environmental quality analyst with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to learn about state regulations and options – When is a permit needed? What are safe, effective treatments? – for control of aquatic invasives.
Nearly two dozen past webinars on a variety of topics (rock snot, boating hygiene, environmental DNA, to name a few) are available to watch anytime, too. Visit the NotMiSpecies webinar page for registration information, past programs and more.
Questions? Contact Joanne Foreman at [email protected].
Several deer and waterfowl seasons are underway, with more hunting opportunities following close behind. Check the hunting season calendar for all start dates, digest information and more.
Show your love for Michigan’s endangered, threatened and nongame wildlife and buy a wildlife habitat license plate; $25 of the $35 plate purchase goes to the Nongame Wildlife Fund.
We recently launched a new website, and we’d love to hear what you think via this brief survey. Thanks for helping us improve our site for all users!
by orionontv | Sep 28, 2022 | Transportation
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2022
Patrick “Shorty” Gleason: (810) 280-5748
Bill Milliken, Jr: (734) 945-5367
Tricia Kinley: (517) 290-2613
Mackinac Bridge Authority urges Michigan Senate to pass legislation to protect Michigan’s bridges from trespassers, ensure safety of motorists
ST. IGNACE, Mich. - The Mackinac Bridge Authority today called on the Michigan Senate to take action on House Bill 5315 (Damoose, R-107) which was passed with overwhelming support in the Michigan House on February 16, 2022. The legislation – which was set for a vote by the full Senate last week but was inexplicably pulled from the agenda at the last minute – would make it a felony to trespass on Michigan’s major bridges including the Mackinac Bridge.
The Mackinac Bridge Authority pursued the legislation following incidents that endanger the safety of motorists and workers who need to investigate these incidents.
“It is time to stop playing games with this piece of legislation,” said State Rep. John Damoose. “The Mackinac Bridge is arguably the most critical piece of infrastructure in our state, and it is our duty as legislators to protect it. I call upon my colleagues in the Senate to pass House Bill 5315 immediately.”
The legislation would also apply to the Houghton-Hancock bridge, the Grand Haven Bascule Bridge, the new Gordie Howe International Bridge, the Ambassador Bridge, the Blue Water Bridge, the Zilwaukee Bridge, the International Bridge, the Charlevoix Memorial Drawbridge, the Windsor Tunnel and all other movable bridges.
“This legislation is imperative to maintaining safe driving conditions and send the message that these risky stunts will not be tolerated. Senate Republicans have the ability to move this legislation to the Governor’s desk but have inexplicably failed to do so,” said Shorty Gleason, Chair of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, and member of the Authority for 18 years. “With one session day left before they start campaigning, they still have an opportunity to get this legislation done.”
At the same time, the Senate is also considering legislation (Senate Bills 1078 and 1014, McBroom, R-38) that could threaten the safety of motorists, by expanding the types of motorized vehicles that can operate on the Mackinac Bridge to include farm implements that are currently only allowed on the “back” roads of Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge Authority is strongly opposed to SBs 1078 and 1014.
Farm implements vary greatly in purpose, size, width, weight and are currently prohibited from traveling on any “limited access” highway. SBs 1078 and 1014 would allow non-trailered farm equipment to drive on the Mackinac Bridge. The legislation was introduced in response to a farmer who wants to drive a manure-spreader across the Mackinac Bridge without using a trailer and following the permit process that everyone else follows. The Mackinac Bridge Authority has no evidence of the kind of demand that would warrant this serious change in law. Senate lawmakers are also considering linking the three bills together through a procedural move that would kill HB 5315 unless SBs 1078 and 1014 became law.
“The idea that Senate lawmakers might link the manure legislation to House Bill 5315 is shocking. Motorists in Michigan deserve to have the Senate pass legislation to stop trespassers from disrupting bridge crossings, and hold them accountable, without linking it to legislation for one Senator seeking a special-interest carve-out. No other industry would benefit from this counterproductive legislation,” said Bill Milliken, Jr., member of the Bridge Authority.
“The Mackinac Bridge Authority gave due consideration to SBs 1078 and 1014 and is always willing to work on common-sense legislation. However, these bills do not fit the definition of ‘common-sense’ and therefore we remain strongly opposed to this legislation,” said Tricia Kinley, member of the Bridge Authority.
“I have spent three decades working in the legislative process, and this is a classic example of how bad bills get passed, since they can’t stand on their own merit. We need Senate Republicans to remain focused on legislation to ensure the safety of motorists using our bridges; passing House Bill 5315 without linking it to bad legislation is a great way to do so,” concluded Gleason.
by orionontv | Sep 28, 2022 | Regional News
I have some huge news for mid-Michigan: GM’s new Ultium Cells battery plant has received a key approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that’s going to expedite the groundbreaking for the facility.
This new plant is going to create more than 1,700 jobs in the Lansing area, and the sooner the assembly lines start rolling, the better. That’s why I led a bipartisan group of my colleagues earlier this year to send a letter to the EPA pushing them to cut through government red tape and provide approvals to get this project moving.
The $2.6 billion Ultium Cells facility is going to be an enormous boost to Lansing’s economy, and it will support GM’s manufacturing at other plants throughout Michigan. That means the battery cells built here in Lansing will support the electric vehicles (EVs) being built by Michigan auto-workers all across our state.
With the U.S. competing with China over EVs, this plant is a big win for Michigan, American manufacturing, and for our economic and national security. I’m thrilled the EPA took our letter to heart and gave this project the green light, and I can’t wait to see the impact it will have for Michiganders in the Lansing area and throughout the state.
Click here to read The Detroit News report on the EPA’s decision and the impact this new plant is going to have for Lansing.
– Rep. Elissa Slotkin