AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena George N. Fletcher library has selected a contractor for their upcoming renovation project. They have decided to go with Meridian Contracting Services from Alpena.Library Director Eric Magness–Eubank says they have a good reputation working with older buildings and have used them for several smaller scale projects. He also said that the community has shown the library so much support and that was a big reason why they decided to stay with a local contractor. “We needed to do our part to ensure that much of the community’s money stayed within the community,” he said.The 46–year–old building will receive several improvements, including upgraded air conditioning. “We’re basically going to be putting a 21st century library in the shell of a 20th century building,” said Magness-Eubank.The library will be shut down throughout the renovations but will be moving to a temporary location early in August. That location has yet to be determined. The project is estimated to cost $3.7 million and is expected to be completed in June of 2021.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Meridian Contracting ServicesContinue ReadingPrevious Fire destroys John A. Lau’s Saloon and Restaurant in AlpenaNext Possible COVID-19 exposure at local restaurant
Councillors of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) have renewed calls for an increase in their monthly stipend.Presently, Councillors are seeking a $25,000 per month increase on the existing $10,000 per month which they receive.At the most recent statutory meeting of the Council, Councillor Charles Sampson moved a motion for Regional Chairman Renis Morian to make the relevant representation and facilitate authorisation of payment of the increase.This move was well supported by Councillors, with a few calling for $40,000 instead of $35,000. The Councillors have been trying to have their stipends increased for years but to no avail.“For years we have been talking about the stipend that is given to Councillors – the $10,000 stipend… We have been asking from time to time to have our stipends increased… I have noted recently that some salaries and benefits have been increased for certain specific people… the Municipal Council of Linden, theCharles Sampson addressing a section of the CouncilCouncillors are paid a stipend of thirty thousand dollars per month. They are, in my opinion third tier… we’re second tier. And if the Municipal Councillors can get thirty thousand, I think we in a very stingy way we can start with asking for thirty-five thousand,” Sampson said.Adding that he has already done the calculations himself, Sampson said for a total of 16 Councillors that would be $400,000 more per month and $4.8 million on a yearly basis.He further urged the Regional Chairman to consider utilising a particular account to facilitate the increase.“I feel that we need to step up and get more. I think Councillors deserve more than ten thousand dollars… I think it’s an insult to Councillors to be getting that kind of money… I think we should be asking for sixty thousand dollars a month, but we break it down,” Sampson continued.The recommendations for the increase were also supported by Morian and Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph. Morian said while the money is available, the Council cannot authorise such payment.Nevertheless, he said he will put forward the recommendation to the subject Ministers.