Traffic maintenance: does it need to stop or go?

By Madeline Sewell
Clinton County Chatter staff reporter

ST. JOHNS –– Road maintenance is an important public service, but for some it can be frustrating. It can cause cause delays, traffic jams, and on occasion accidents. But without upkeep the public would be in danger. According to The World Bank Transportation Notes, “poorly maintained roads constrain mobility, significantly raise vehicle operating costs, increase accident rates and their associated human and property costs.”

Performing routine upkeep on what you have is an important factor for many communities, including those in Clinton County.

Residents pay up on day of love

By Alyssa Firth and Molly Cassidy
Meridian Times staff writers

Feb. 14 is a day to express love and send out Valentines, but Meridian Township would like its Valentine’s Day love expressed in the form of a check. Due twice a year, residents and business owners across Michigan pay taxes towards a variety of services in their communities such as libraries, K-12 schools and community colleges, roads, transportation systems and public services.  

“Last year, 94 percent of our taxes were paid on time and in full,” Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie said. “Sixty-five percent of people have paid as of today (Feb.