February 7, 2014This continues our report about a winter project for our construction and groundskeeping crew and volunteers, the renovation of the East Foundry Apartment access and surrounding landscape [see posts from 12/16, 12/18, 12/20, 12/23, 12/27, 12/30/2013 and from 1/3 to 1/20/2014, and 2/5/2014]. As the fence is installed by Ron and Isaac, the construction team continues on the path the the east entrance, here with a form for a new stair case[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]The path leading to the staircase has to be widened.The form and reinforcement steel are in place.In our next report we will see photos of the concrete pour.
Categories: Alexander News State Rep. Julie Alexander today introduced legislation requiring state departments to notify the Legislature and governor when a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request is not fulfilled within 15 days of the initial request.“The goal is to allow the Legislature to better execute its oversight responsibility and take a pulse of the state government’s responsiveness to FOIA requests,” said Alexander of Hanover. “Even if they are just seeking information from a department, we need to ensure our taxpayers are receiving all of the information they request in a timely manner. Creating ways to continue holding state agencies and departments accountable is one way of making sure this happens.”Under Alexander’s plan, the governor, speaker of the House, Senate and House majority and minority leaders, appropriation chairs as well as the oversight committee chairs, must be notified once the 15-day period has expired. The measure to increase transparency comes during Sunshine Week, which celebrates the importance of open government and freedom of information.House Bill 5713 now moves to the House Oversight Committee for consideration. 13Mar Rep. Alexander introduces measure strengthening Legislature’s oversight of FOIA requests
Categories: Reilly News State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township invites residents to join him in Oxford and Orion Township for his monthly local coffee hours on Monday, March 18.“Talking to my neighbors and listening to their concerns about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job,” Rep. Reilly said. “I encourage everyone to join me and share their thoughts on how we can make our state government better.”Rep. Reilly will meet with residents at the following times and locations:6 to 7 p.m. at Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac St. in Oxford; and7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Orion Township.Rep. Reilly hosts local coffee hours on the third Monday of every month. No appointments are necessary to attend. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Reilly’s office at (517) 373-1798 or JohnReilly@house.mi.gov. 07Mar Join Rep. Reilly at his March coffee hours