Published 10/27/2020
10:27pm

Durand Receives $2.6 Million for Water System

Statement from State Representative John Moolenaar

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Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development announced that the City of Durand will receive funding for improvements to its water system.

“This funding from the Department of Agriculture will allow the City of Durand to replace its outdated watermain and update its water system for residents,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “I’ve supported federal funding for USDA programs so Durand and Michigan’s rural communities can receive support like this to protect the health and safety of Michigan residents."

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The $2,605,000 loan was made by the Department of Agriculture’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The program provides funds to eligible rural areas to build or make improvements to drinking water systems, for sanitary sewage disposal, and for storm water drainage.

More information about the Water and Waste Disposal Loan can be found here. To learn more about resources for rural communities in Michigan, contact the Michigan State Rural Development Office.

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Durand Schools Facing Bussing 'Crisis'

Durand Area Schools is seeking bus drivers as it faces "a bit of a crisis," Superintendent Craig McCrumb wrote in a notification to parents on Monday.

While the transportation department already faces a need, a driver will be retiring at the end of of this week.

Durand Schools is now offering a $500 signing bonus to new drivers, and an additional $1,000 bonus if the driver remains employed through the duration of the school year. Additionally, the district will pay for all fees and training to become a driver.

Anyone interested should call Transportation Direction, John Smyth, at 989-288-5060.

Meanwhile, McCrumb notes the district's greatest area of concern related to the Coronavirus pandemic, is busses.

He said if a family is able to self-transport, it could potentially greatly help the situation, and asks parents of students riding the bus to remind their students to respect the driver and the need to wear a mask.

"Though people have varying thoughts on masks, we are simply trying to maintain the health and safety of our staff and students," he said.

Painting Fundraiser to Benefit Durand Bands

A painting fundraiser to benefit the Durand Schools band program will be held on Saturday November 7th at D-Railed Bar & Grill.

Professional painter and band alum, Mary Kleinstiver, will serve as the day's instructor. Mary is ranked a Top Instructor with Painting With A Twist.

Mary will provide step-by-step instructions. No experience is necessary.

The cost of each class is $40. Classes will be held at 3pm, 5:30pm and 8pm.

Message or call Jackie at 517-404-7498 to reserve your canvas now! Pay with PayPal here.

Byron High School Student Positive for COVID-19

Byron Area Schools Superintendent Tricia Murphy-Alderman notified parents on Monday of a positive COVID-19 case at the high school. A high school student has tested positive.

"Working through our safety protocols, all students and staff who have been in close contact have been identified and notified," she said.

A close contact is being defined as a person who has been within 6 feet or less for 15 minutes (cumulative) inside a 24 hour period.

Alderman said all classes and athletic seasons will continue as regularly scheduled but advises parents to continue to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, headache or new fatigue.

Any parent with questions is invited to call Alderman at 810-266-4881.

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Sandula Clock Tower Gets Repairs, New Look

After fundraising for work to renovate the Sandula Clock Tower in downtown Durand, the newly updated attraction is not only ready to weather another quarter-century or so, new LED lighting installed by contractor, Eric Cleveland, makes it an even brighter spot in the city.

The color of the newly-installed lighting can be changed. The clock tower was lit red on Tuesday September 1st. On September 4th, the clock tower was lit green. There are more than 30 color options that will be changed for different events and seasons.

Earlier in the summer the Durand Rotary Club set out to raise funds for replacement of the asphalt roof with a metal roof, replacement of damaged wood sections, and repairs to the clock faces. All of these updates were completed with the more than $12,000 in donations that was collected.

The group is currently evaluating the sound system that plays music from the tower and is expecting the system may need to be replaced. Some other minor repairs are planned in the lobby of the tower as well.

The Durand Rotary Club appreciates the generous community response to the club’s efforts to maintain and preserve the Sandula Clock for the future.

Built by local resident John Sandula in the early 1950's, the clock design is based on the style of a Hungarian cathedral clock. The bells on the clock are nearly 150 years old, given to Sandula from the First United Methodist Church of Durand.

The clock was originally housed on top of the Simplicity Engineering machine shops. After it was removed from the factory and stored for several years, the Durand Rotary Club undertook a fund raising campaign to repair the clock and build the tower to house it. The beautiful white stone tower and restored clock were dedicated by the City of Durand and the Rotary Club in 1996.

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