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Treasurer’s office makes adjustments due to COVID-19 pandemic

Huron Township Municipal Offices (Huron Hub file photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 15, 2020 

Dear Residents,

Due to the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe’” order, the Huron Township Treasurer’s Office has adjusted its practices in order to keep everyone safe.

The Township office still remains closed; however, the Treasurer’s office will have a staff member in on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm to answer any of your questions by phone. You may also leave a message (ext. 115) on the other days and someone will get back to you.

Cat and dog licenses are available by mailing a copy of your pet’s rabies vaccination along with a check for $10.00. The Township will mail you back a receipt and tag. You may also use the drop box next to the front door of the Township Hall. If you would like to wait until the Township is back open full time, the Township will waive the late fee.

Payments for water bills can be made by sending a check in the mail or by using the drop box next to front door. You may also pay on-line at the Township’s website. Click on “View Utility Billing Info” on the bottom left of the screen. Go to the “Utility Billing Payment” on the left. Enter information. Remember, there is a 3% convenience fee that will be added to your credit card.

Thank you for your patience,

Colleen Lazere
Township Treasurer


 

Romulus boy collects cash donations, buys truckload of supplies for local animal shelter

Dylan Lowrey of Romulus recently collected cash donations from members of his community, which he used to purchase a truckload of supplies for the Romulus Animal Shelter. (Photos courtesy of Dylan Lowrey/Romulus Animal Shelter)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted May 15, 2020

Dylan Lowrey of Romulus is making sure local animals are getting what they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lowrey, 9, who loves animals of all kinds, recently collected cash donations from members of his community, which he used to purchase a truckload of supplies for the Romulus Animal Shelter.

Some of the purchased supplies Included materials for 30 hand-sewn dog beds, pet food, litter, and pizza for the shelter’s staff.

Lowrey has always had a passion for helping his community in creative ways.

Two years ago, he raised $900 by playing his guitar at a local businesses for donations, using the cash to help a single mother of three have a Christmas meal and presents that year.

He hopes to be a veterinarian or fire fighter when he grows up.

Dylan Lowrey with employees outside the Romulus Animal Shelter, where he donated a truck full of supplies for the animals.


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Photos: Redbud trees blooming at Lower Huron Metropark

Redbud trees are in full bloom at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville. May 13, 2020 photo by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub.


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted May 14, 2020

The eastern redbud trees at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville are on full display right now.

The blooming trees contrast perfectly with the surrounding green landscape and blue skies.

If you want to see them for yourself you better visit the park soon because the colors will be gone before long.

Photo gallery: Redbud trees at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville, Mich. Photos by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub. 


 

If you spot a fawn alone, don’t touch it, DNR says

It is not uncommon for deer to leave their young unattended so as not to draw attention to where it is hidden. Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


By: Michigan Department of Natural Resources 
Posted May 13, 2020

Fawns will start showing up in May and June. Remember, if you spot a fawn alone, do not touch it! There is a good chance it is supposed to be there. It is not uncommon for deer to leave their young unattended so as not to draw attention to where it is hidden. Young fawns have excellent camouflage and lay very still which makes it harder for predators to find them. The mother will return periodically to nurse her fawn when she feels it is safe.

The best thing you can do to help is leave the fawn alone and enjoy it from a distance. Leaving baby animals in the wild ensures they have the best chance for survival.

Remember, only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may possess abandoned or injured wildlife. Unless a person is licensed, it is unlawful to possess a live wild animal, including deer, in Michigan.

We all share the responsibility of keeping Michigan’s wildlife wild. Additional tips and information on what to do if you find a baby animal, are available at Michigan.gov/Wildlife.


 

$5.62 billion in unemployment benefits paid to Michigan workers

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Posted by The Huron Hub | May 13, 2020

The Unemployment Insurance Agency provided an update on unemployment claims related to COVID-19 in Michigan. Since March 15 at the onset of the crisis, 1,717,555 claimants have applied for state and federal benefits, with $5.62 billion in benefits paid to 1,374,751 of workers. Roughly 92% of eligible claimants have received benefits or have been approved to receive benefits.

Michigan says it has been a leader among states in processing claims and removing barriers to providing benefits. This includes Governor Whitmer’s recent executive order sweeping more than 100,000 non-monetary issues off of accounts, accelerating payments to individuals.

“While we appear to be outpacing most other states in paying benefits and processing claims, our focus remains on helping those who still need one on one assistance to receive benefits,” said Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity director Jeff Donofrio. “No one will lose a dollar of benefit they are eligible for and we will not rest until everyone gets the benefits they deserve.”

Michigan’s unique claims total includes those to be reported by U.S. Dept. of Labor (USDOL) this week, and those who have applied for federal benefits, but are not yet being reported by USDOL. Those newly eligible under the federal CARES Act are counted in the USDOL statistics only if they applied for state benefits and were initially denied due to ineligibility at the time.

UIA Data March 15 – May 13, 2020:

-$5,625,085,822 Benefits paid

-1,717,555 Total unique claims (State and Federal)

-64,014 Claimants determined ineligible for benefits

-1,653,541 Total unique eligible claims (State and Federal)

-1,374,751Claimants Receiving Benefits

-144,660 Claimants eligible for certification (now or shortly)

Source: State of Michigan


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Metroparks gearing up for summer visitors; important changes announced for pools, large events

(Photo/Huron-Clinton Metroparks)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted May 13, 2020

The weather is changing for the better and the Huron-Clinton Metroparks are getting ready for an influx of summer visitors at their 13 parks across southeast Michigan.

“We’re already making adjustments to our summer schedule and policies in light of the COVID-19 emergency. These changes are necessary to help everyone stay safe and healthy while providing the broadest possible access to Metroparks facilities” says Amy McMillan, director of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

Beginning May 15, the Metroparks will resume normal admission fees and will begin collecting admission seven days a week. The parks were allowing free admission on certain days during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Park admission fees are an important source of revenue for the parks that help us continue to maintain the park properties, provide programming and keep them operational all year long,” McMillan said.

Visitors can still take advantage of the last free days at the Metroparks Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Daily admission to the Metroparks is $10 or an annual pass costs $40 for access to all 13 parks all year long.

Some other recent changes for summer via the Metroparks include:

  • To avoid overcrowding, Metroparks staff will be monitoring parking lot capacities. Parks will be limiting attendance to 60% of normal parking capacity.
  • Access to lakes and rivers will remain open. You’re free to use watercraft normally permitted on these waters (such as canoes, kayaks, motorboats and sailboats). However, boat rental areas will remain closed at this time.
  • Pools, splash pads and the Turtle Cove Aquatic Center are planned to open later this summer. This delayed opening will accommodate repair projects that couldn’t be made during the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive orders, as well as necessary safety training for lifeguards.  Metroparks hope to open most pools by mid-June and Turtle Cove in early July, but this is subject to change. Future updates will be provided as those dates get closer.
  • Bathrooms in the parks are being slowly reopened, but the ability to keep bathrooms open will rely on the ability to restock toilet paper, soap and disinfecting supplies. It is recommended that you wear a face mask in public restrooms, where keeping six feet of space may be difficult. Always follow CDC guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Interpretive programming is scheduled to restart on June 16. However, the Metroparks are cancelling the annual fireworks shows as well as all summer concerts through July 4 at Lake St. Clair and Stony Creek Metroparks. These events traditionally draw very large crowds, making social distancing impossible.

Interpretive centers and park offices remain closed, but plan to open in the future.

The Metroparks are also changing programming after June 16 to support social distancing.

To stay connected while staying at home, check out some online videos, programs and resources at metroparks.com/virtual.