Grand Ledge community concerned about modified calendar proposal

The first Grand Ledge School Board meeting of the month attracted about 100 community members, as many were concerned with the proposal to switch from a traditional school year calendar to a proposed “balanced” calendar. The new calendar would have a shortened summer break and longer scheduled instruction breaks throughout the school year. Jonathan Shiflett, president of the Grand Ledge School Board, said that, if enacted, this calendar would be utilized by all schools in the Grand Ledge School District, which has 5,240 students. A presentation about the calendar and student achievement within Eaton County was given by the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency. Although the board members were allowed to ask questions during the presentation, the public was not.

Grand Ledge bakery wins “Best Bakery in Lansing Area”

It’s a cold, snowy day in a small, tight-knit town. Downtown Grand Ledge is dead, apart from one business that still has its doors open an hour after their marked closing time. It may be only 1 p.m, but business-owner Beth Augustine has been there since 2:30 in the morning, baking fresh pastries and bagels, the same way she does every single day. Their Flour Child bakery opened its doors on the streets of downtown Grand Ledge on Oct. 4, 2016.

Drinking water is fine, city officials say, residents disagree

The quality of drinking water for the City of Grand Ledge is an inconvenience, not a health risk, Public Service Director Larry LaHaie said. Many residents believe they are paying too much to be inconvenienced. The city has a multistep water treatment process that removes iron and adds fluoride, LaHaie said. “The treatment process, we pump it from wells and then it goes through an iron removal process, where actually it’s aerated and the dissolved iron in the water then bonds with the oxygen so that it can be filtered through, it’s like a sand filter almost,” he  said.

“After that it is chlorinated for disinfection and we add phosphate for corrosion control,” he said.

“A Scout is a Scout”: Girls to be allowed full participation in Boy Scout programs in 2018

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Oct. 11, 2017, that they would begin allowing girls to join the Cub Scout program and eventually earn the Eagle Scout ranking. Girls in Grand Ledge may be able to join in 2018. Beginning next year, Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops will be able to decide whether or not they want to establish a separate ‘den’ or ‘patrol,’ respectively, for girls. The Boy Scouts made it clear that the groups would be single-gender, said a Grand Ledge Cub Scout committee chair.

City Council: new logo to be placed on refurbished water tower in spring 2018

The Grand Ledge City Council unanimously voted on Oct. 23 to paint a new logo on the water tower at 318 E. Saginaw Highway when it’s refurbished. The water tower was the only new business at the council meeting. During public comment, Joseph Dickson, executive director of Over the Ledge Theatre Co., spoke to recap the company’s sixth season and thank its donors for their support. “We’re finishing up actually our sixth summer season at the playhouse,” Dickson said.

Grand Ledge High School’s performance of Peter Pan opens Thursday night

With more than 100 students involved, the show promises to be great, director Tracy Clark said. “Those kids are super talented and the community provides great support,” Clark said. The cast began practice in August and has been working four or five days a week, Clark said. “It was really extremely nervous at first, and then they went away, but I’m sure they’ll be back for opening night,” junior Cam Palmer said. Palmer is one of two actors playing Captain Hook.

In off-year election, voters address mayoral candidates, concerns about water quality

Voter turnout in Grand Ledge was slow, but expected, considering there was not much on the ballot, said City Clerk Gregory Newman. Newman said turnout on an off-year is typically between 10-15 percent of the approximately 6,000 people in the city who are registered to vote. “It’s been going off without a hitch,” said Newman on Election Day. Voters expressed interest in the mayoral race between incumbent Kalmin Smith, who has been reelected, and Michael Coll. Several mentioned concerns about water quality, including Kevin Shaw, who recently moved into the area.

One write-in candidate for Grand Ledge City Council position

There is only one write-in candidate for Precinct 2 on Grand Ledge City Council. Michael Doty is the only person who filed for the position, City Clerk Gregory Newman said. Doty serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission, according to the City of Grand Ledge website. All it takes is one person to write Doty’s name on the ballot for him to be elected, Newman said. However, people walking in to vote have to know about Doty beforehand, because city employees cannot say anything about write-in candidates.

Proposed Grand Ledge City Charter closer to implementation

The City of Grand Ledge is one step closer to getting rid of its 53-year-old charter and implementing a new one. Many of the sections are old and out of date, Charter Commission Chairman Robert Doty said. The proposed commission updates those things. “It definitely needed changes after 50 some years,” Charter Commission Member Lyle Clark said. “We wanted to get the procedures straight as far as policy and things like that.”