Category Archives: Government

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


 

$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


You can view a special COVID-19 (coronavirus) news section on HuronHub.com by clicking on this link.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Whitmer details six-phase plan to restart Michigan’s economy

Whitmer says state is currently in phase three of plan


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 8, 2020

On Thursday, Gov. Whitmer detailed the six phases of her “MI Safe Start Plan” to re-engage Michigan’s economy.

“The governor has worked with leaders in health care, business, labor, and education to develop the plan, and announced today that Michigan is in phase three,” a statement from Whitmer’s office said.

The phases of the pandemic include:

1) UNCONTROLLED GROWTH: The increasing number of new cases every day, overwhelming our health systems.

2) PERSISTENT SPREAD: We continue to see high case levels with concern about health system capacity.

3) FLATTENING: The epidemic is no longer increasing and the health-system’s capacity is sufficient for current needs.

4) IMPROVING: Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are clearly declining.

5) CONTAINING: Continued case and death rate improvements, with outbreaks quickly contained.

6) POST-PANDEMIC: Community spread not expected to return.

“I am working closely with health care experts and epidemiologists to closely monitor Michigan’s progress in the fight against COVID-19,” Whitmer said. “As we move forward with the MI Safe Start Plan, I am working closely with partners in business, labor, and education to determine the best way to move forward each day. All of us know the importance of getting people back to work and the economy moving again. We’ve already reopened lower-risk sectors like construction, manufacturing, and lawn care.

“The worst thing we can do is open up in a way that causes a second wave of infections and death, puts health care workers at further risk, and wipes out all the progress we’ve made. That’s why we will continue to monitor the spread of this virus, hospital capacity, testing rates, and more as we work toward reaching the ‘improving’ phase.”

Visit this link to read the entire plan

Whitmer extends stay-home order through May 28, reopens manufacturing


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 7, 2020

Governor Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday that extends Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order to May 28.

The governor’s order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s big three auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11.

Under the order, Michigan residents are not to leave their homes except to run critical errands, to engage in safe outdoor activities, or to go to specified jobs.

Manufacturing facilities must adopt measures to protect their workers from the spread of COVID-19. That includes conducting a daily entry screening protocol for workers and everyone else entering the facility, including a questionnaire covering symptoms and exposure to people with possible COVID-19, together with a temperature screening as soon as no-touch thermometers can be obtained.

They must also create dedicated entry points at every facility, and suspend entry of all non-essential in-person visits, including tours.

Manufacturing facilities must also train workers on, among other things, how COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person, signs and symptoms of COVID-19, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or suspected or confirmed diagnosis, and the use of personal protective equipment.

All businesses in the state—including manufacturers—must require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from others, and consider face shields for those who cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other workers.

“This is good news for our state, our businesses, and our working families,” said Whitmer. “We’re not out of the woods yet, but this is an important step forward on our MI Safe Start plan to re-engage our economy safely and responsibly. As we continue to phase in sectors of our economy, I will keep working around the clock to ensure our businesses adopt best practices to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19. When we all keep doing our part, we can reduce the risk of a second wave and re-engage our economy safely and responsibly.”

To view executive order 2020-77, click this link


Whitmer signs order expanding unemployment benefits


Posted by The Huron Hub | Press release desk | May 7, 2020

Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-76, extending and building upon her earlier executive orders expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Executive Order expedites benefits for tens of thousands of Michiganders who have filed for unemployment benefits by allowing the state to review only an individual’s most recent job separation, which is the cause of the current unemployment, to determine the individual’s benefit entitlement.

“Nobody should have to worry about how to put food on the table or pay their bills, especially during a crisis. Michiganders everywhere have lost work because of COVID-19, and we must ensure they receive the benefits they’re entitled to as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Governor Whitmer said. “This Executive Order will take us one step closer toward that goal by temporarily eliminating red tape as we continue to flatten the curve of this deadly disease.”

The Executive Order also extends Executive Order 2020-57, which:
Expands the state’s workshare program, offering more tools to employers to reduce layoffs and restart their business.
Extends unemployment benefits to workers:

-Who have an unanticipated family care responsibility.
-Who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
-Extends unemployment benefits to workers who voluntarily left a job after accepting new employment but were unable to start their new position due to the pandemic.
-Allows anyone with an active unemployment claim to receive up to 26 weeks of benefits.
-Suspends the requirement for individuals seeking unemployment to request a registration and work search waiver from their employer.
-Allows Unemployment Insurance Agency retirees to keep their retirement benefits if they return to work to process unemployment claims or serve on the Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
-Expands cost-sharing with employers to reduce layoffs.

Governor Whitmer has been recognized nationally for her efforts to ensure unemployed Michiganders have access to benefits during the ongoing public health crisis.

Under the governor’s leadership, Michigan is one of only a few states that have begun issuing the additional $600 pandemic benefit from the U.S. government, according to Michele Evermore of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit National Employment Law Project, as reported in the Detroit Free Press.

According to Roll Call, Michigan has the second-lowest percentage of claimants still awaiting a decision on benefits, with only New York having a lower percentage of undecided claims. And, Michigan is third behind Vermont and West Virginia in the percentage of claimants receiving benefits, according to a recent New York Times report.


You can view a special COVID-19 (coronavirus) news section on HuronHub.com by clicking on this link.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Whitmer signs order to re-open construction, real estate

Gov. Whitmer and state health officials at Friday’s press conference

Posted by The Huron Hub | Press release desk | May 1, 2020

Today, at a press conference with leaders in health care, business, and labor, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The executive order will allow the May 7 resumption of some types of work that present a very low risk of infection, including construction, real-estate activities, and work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors.

“The vast majority of Michiganders are still doing their part to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19. That’s good, but we must keep it up,” said Governor Whitmer. “As part of our MI Safe Start Plan, we are bringing business and labor leaders together to ensure that while we lift some restrictions on the previous Stay Home, Stay Safe order, we are also protecting workers and their families from the spread of this virus. I want to be clear: we must all continue to stay home and stay safe as much as possible. If we all keep doing our part, we can reduce the risk of a second wave and re-engage our economy safely and responsibly.”

The governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect until May 15, 2020. Under this order, Michiganders still must not leave their homes except to run critical errands, to engage in safe outdoor activities, or to go to specified jobs. Executive Order 2020-70 also requires businesses to adopt measures to protect their workers against the spread of COVID-19.

“The data shows that we’re ready to lift some of these restrictions while also encouraging Michiganders to continue doing their part under the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “The steps the governor is taking today will help ensure protections for workers and their families from COVID-19 while allowing for work in lower-risk fields to resume. We will keep monitoring the data closely and work with our partners across state government to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

“We are grateful for the governor’s commitment to protecting working people and their families from the spread of COVID-19,” said Pat Devlin, Secretary Treasurer of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. “Our dedicated building tradesmen and women are ready to get back to work, and we’re glad the governor has taken steps today to help ensure their safety. We are excited to continue working with Governor Whitmer as she continues to take action on behalf of working families.”

Under the order, construction sites must adopt a set of best practices to protect their workers from infection. Those practices include: 

  • Designating a site supervisor to enforce COVID-19 control strategies. 
  • Conducting daily health screenings for workers. 
  • Creating dedicated entry points, if possible, or issuing stickers or other indicators to assure that all workers are screened every day. 
  • Identifying choke points and high-risk areas (like hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, water stations, and buses) and controlling them to enable social distancing. 
  • Ensuring sufficient hand-washing or hand-sanitizing stations at the worksite. 

“With an eye towards Michigan’s economic recovery, leadership representing the full spectrum of the construction industry have been working diligently and cooperatively to outline processes and practices that will allow us to safely get back to work,” said Ryan Maibach, President & CEO of Barton Malow and member of the Michigan Economic Recovery Council. “The construction industry is entrenched in a culture of safety, and as we return to work, we are developing and implementing new best practices that further emphasize the well-being of our workers and Michigan’s citizens.”

Last week, the governor signed Executive Order 2020-59 to require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. This requirement is still in effect under Executive Order 2020-70.

To view Executive Order 2020-70, Click the link below:


Whitmer extends order closing theaters, bars, casinos; limits restaurants to carry-out, delivery orders


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

Published May 1, 2020

Governor Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday which extends a previous order that temporarily closes certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, bars, casinos, and other like businesses.

In order to maintain social distancing the order also limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders.

The new order is set to expire on May 28.

“Although we are beginning to see the curve flatten, we are not out of the woods yet. We must all continue to be diligent, observe social distancing and limit in-person interactions and services to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michigan now has more than 40,000 cases of COVID-19. The virus has killed more Michiganders than we lost during the Vietnam war. Extending this order is vital to the health and safety of every Michigander. If we work together and do our part, we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

The order does not restrict a place of business from offering food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service.

Places of public accommodation are encouraged to offer food and beverage service in one or more of those ways and use precautions to mitigate potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing and wearing as face covering.

Restaurants may allow five people inside at a time to pick up orders, so long as they stay six feet apart from each other.

The restrictions do not apply to the following locations: office buildings, grocery stores, markets, food pantries, pharmacies, drug stores, and providers of medical equipment and supplies, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities, warehouse and distribution centers, and industrial and manufacturing facilities.

To view the order click the link below.


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