March 13 2015We reported about work on the roof o

first_imgMarch 13, 2015We reported about work on the roof of East Housing in July 2014, you can see details on July 18. – 23. and July 28 2014, as well as March 4, 6, and 11. 2015.The construction crew built a form around a set of utility vents on the East Housing roof. This will be a retaining platform on which steel housing will be mounted to protect the utility vents.Concrete had to be transported a long way, from the keystone all the way to the top of the East Housing roof.[photos by archive volunteer Chihiro Saito]The concrete is transferred from wheelbarrows to buckets to make it easier to carry up a long set of steps.Workshop participant Brendan Workman.Workshop participant Hunter Eary.Workshop participant Francesco Marchegiano.The crew is finishing the surface of the slab. More to comelast_img read more

Rep Howell hails House budget approval

first_img Categories: Howell News,News 03May Rep. Howell hails House budget approval State Rep. Gary Howell voted on Tuesday for approval of the House version of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and funds the state at a level below that recommended by the governor.Howell, of North Branch, voted in favor of the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative blueprint that invests in the state’s future.“I am pleased that we are providing K-12 schools the most money they have ever had, including additional funding for at-risk students,” Rep. Howell said. “We also are opening more opportunities for skilled trades training, which will help fill high-demand jobs in the state.“Additionally, our budget is restrained to the point that our proposal is below the amount recommended by Gov. Snyder,” Howell said. “We have trimmed inefficiencies and government waste to save taxpayer money.”Highlights of the budget include:Allocating the highest funding in state history for K-12 schools with a proposed $14.3 billion; improving access to skilled trades training through career and technical education.Making life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.Increasing funding for public safety by adding 100 more Michigan State Police troopers.Making health care more effective and efficient, with an enhanced focus on improving mental health care.Paying down retiree debt and adding to state government’s main savings account for tough times, pushing that emergency fund above $1 billion.The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more