January 23, 2020

More than $930k distributed to Arenac and Northern Bay counties.


ARENAC COUNTY— During the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s semi-annual 2 percent distribution ceremony, a total of $930,881,79 was granted to Arenac and Northern Bay counties. The fall distribution took place Nov. 22 at the Saganing Tribal Center.

The tribe awarded $651,617.25 to government agencies, and $279,264.54 to education.

Interim Public Relations Director, Erik Rodriguez who hosted the ceremony, said, between Isabella and Arenac counties, over $3 Million was disbursed this cycle.

To start off with the disbursements, Arenac county received a total of $338,504.66, with $91,828 of that for the paving of Worth Rd. $40,000 for Arenac trial court facilities’ improvements, $40,000 to a jail transport vehicle replacement, and $40,000 to geographic information system mapping for Omer, Sterling, Turner, and Twining.

The remainder of the disbursement will go towards animal control expansion, county building and courthouse window replacement, air unit upgrade in the county building, computer-aided design workstation, the food pantry, and tax collection software.

The City of Au Gres received a total of $18,583, with a majority of it going towards a comfort station in Harbor Park.

$52,417,59 was given to the City of Omer for highrise training and equipment, park benches, and resurfacing East Broad St. Last year, they were given funds to resurface West Broad St.

The City of Pinconning received $66,700 for firefighter personal protection equipment, and for general allocation. $25,000 was given to the City of Standish for playground improvements.

Deep River Township received $19,500 towards a ballpark fence and a breathing air pack replacement. Lincoln Township got $14,300 for its park and Mason Township received $21,000 for the fire department and road stone.

Pinconning Township and Sims Township both received $1,000 for general allocation. Moffatt Township was allotted $1,880 for playscape completion and the Village of Twining was funded $17,000 for a fire department cement approach.

Standish Township was given $7,000 for software updates, cemetery and township hall improvements. Turner Township received $7,500 for parking lot improvements and ceiling fans in the township hall. Whitney Township received $16,000 for a water meter replacement and towards a lead abatement project.

The three schools that received funds from the distribution are Au Gres-Sims, Pinconning Area, and Standish-Sterling.

Au Gres-Sims received a total of $74,051 with $20,000 of it going towards one-to-one chromebook technology and 10 other items.

Pinconning received $94,713.54 with $28,320 going towards its computer lab replacement and the remainder towards 14 other projects.

Standish-Sterling Schools received $110,500 with a majority of that going towards a high school track.

During his speech, Standish-Sterling superintendent, Darren Kroczaleski mentioned that he was at a Bay/Arenac superintendent meeting that morning where they received a graph of literacy scores for about 28 school buildings in the area. The top three scores of those 28 schools were Au Gres-Sims, Standish-Sterling, and Pinconning Area. Kroczaleski said they wouldn’t be able to do that without this support that provides the students with what they need.

Tribal Chief Ronald Ekdahl said, “This is always a great time and a great opportunity for us to give back to the community. I look forward to continuing to have wonderful partnerships in this area and this community and continuing to give back in a good way.”


Arenac County $338,504.66

City of Au Gres $18,583

City of Omer$52,417.59

City of Pinconning$66,700

City of Standish$25,000

Arenac Township $36,000

Au Gres Township$8,232

Deep River Township$19,500

Lincoln Township$14,300

Mason Township $21,000

Moffatt Township$1,880

Pinconning Township$1,000

Sims Township $1,000

Standish Township$7,000

Turner Township $7,500

Village of Twining$17,000

Whitney Township$16,000

Au Gres-Sims $74,051

Pinconning Area $94,713.54

Standish-Sterling $110,500


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