Capac Grow Ordinance
April 18, 2018 | 03:20 PM
Our community is at another crossroads. We are faced with a question that will effect our future. Which way should we go. Should we grow or fade away!!!
I heard many of my neighbors with concerns about this type of business bringing in crime. The fact is that these will be secure manufacturing facilities and will only be selling there product for use in medications that in many doctors opinions help people for all sorts of medical issues. Just like any other business they would not allow any one to steal there product. We should also realize that this can help bring safty back to Capac by allowing us to hire more full time officers that can work on cases of crime that are already here. If no one realizes it our current tax base leaves very little for police protection. Our kids are already smoking pot and we do little because of funding. Just like any other business this can help pay for crime fighting without adding to the problem.
I respect the opion of our new superintendent and agree that if Capac has a drug problem, it will deter people from sending there kids here. I do not see how a secure manufacturing facility will cause this. What I can see is that we could use tax dollar generated to combat these issues that we will still face no matter if we accept or decline this opportunity.
This is not a marijuana issue it is an economic one. No pot from this will be sold for smoking. I feel comfortable in saying that if this were about recreational use that not one person on our counsel would be for it. I do not think that this will solve all of our issues but if done with the correct ordinance it will help. I respect the emotions this brings out in community but if you take a step back and look at it for what it really is my hope is calm heads prevail.
My opinion is that our Village Counsel Should adopt a well thought out ordinance that addresses our concerns while allowing our community to get the rewards that economic investment does for all of us.
April 18, 2018 | 12:08 PM
It's so great to see positive feedback on the work wildlife rehabbers do year round
They do this out of love for wildlife. They also do this with their own money so donation are always welcome. Thank you
Friends of Wildlife.
Voice of a Capac village resident
April 16, 2018 | 11:33 AM
First off, at the very beginning of the meeting which I was in attendance for, Mary Klug was very opposed to having any Resident feedback taking place. I don't know all the details behind this but it seemed very frustrating to think they would have a special meeting without wanting voices to be heard. She was only one of 2 that seemed to support this. The lawyer however said that in fact, residents do have the opportunity to voice their comments and feedback (thank you Al). Your article didn't mention much about the other council members including the two gentlemen who helped facilitate and provide a lot of information. They also expressed that personally they did not support this, however other council members seemed very hesitant to share their personal view. I believe we need complete transparency from Council Members and there should be investigations coming from outside the village to ensure there's no vested interest by anyone on the council or other influential members of the community. I did however hear the school superintendent, the police, DPW and postal worker all saying they were very opposed to this. I think their votes should definitely be an influence! And ultimately it needs to be determined by the residents of Capac! Most significantly those in the village where the impact could be greatest.
Interestingly, this is not really about wether anyone agrees or disagrees with medicinal marijuana use, thats a completely different topic. It's about a large industrial facility coming into our community producing a controlled substance, still not supported by federal government, and what the effects of that could be. I hope that certain individuals who are very passionate about medical marijuana recognize the vast difference. We can't let emotions cloud what we're really dealing with. Everything I found shows nothing positive ultimately came from this type of facility coming into an area especially a very small town like ours. In fact it reflected the opposite.
It feels like for some people, there is disillusionment about the jobs this company claims it will provide and how much those jobs would pay based on wording that was meant to confuse. When you say the average income is $62/year, break it down. Consider the owner(s) and top level positions of the company will probably make exorbitant amounts of money (this is an extremely profitable endeavor) making six figures. Then a small tier of management making good money, but which leaves the majority of labor workers at minimum wage or a few dollars above. If you do the math of averaging, you could technically claim an average income of $62,000 a year but it's extremely misleading. In addition, as far as I'm aware, they've never guaranteed they would even hire anyone from Capac. We need to consider reality here; for a company to say they'll create jobs means very little when so many people outside of Capac can easily commute in. They likely already have people lined up for their top positions and they are not people from our village, our township or even our county. Capac is foreign to them, and them to us.
The owner and his team will be coming in to St. Clair County from Oakland County yet there are plenty of facilities sites in Oakland County including pre-existing structures. I know multiple facility sites that could be relatively turnkey, and are just waiting for a company to come in and occupy. So again, it seems a little odd they wouldn't want the facility closer to their own backyard if it was such a wonderful idea.
We want Capac to thrive on local business by local residents. We want to stay the small town we are. There are so many other ways to help our community and increase job opportunities. We don't need to be "rich" here and shouldn't be lured by something that appears "shiny". It's dangerous to be decieved, look at Adam & Eve. I hope city council will be more open to reviewing different ideas to improve and grow our community in the way that preserves so many things Capac residents hold dear. Possibly offering incentives for small business owners to come in to Capac or building more volunteer support in the community. We honestly don't need or want a big factory... We moved here 3 years ago from the suburbs for a reason. And we'll move out if that reason is gone...
April 06, 2018 | 08:03 AM
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April 05, 2018 | 02:05 PM
Yes we need this, this town can use the money from this legal business!! These jobs would be great ! I say yes !!
March 27, 2018 | 11:05 AM
This is such a tragic accident. I pray for all involved. Hearing gunshots in Riley is so typical all day long. On Monday the day after this accident someone was shooting a gun off in the woods behind our house. It is so unnerving. It should be stopped.
March 26, 2018 | 06:58 PM
Jack from RILEY is not exaggerating. We often hear gun shots - nonstop - from morning until night in Riley Township. It was only a matter of time before a tragedy would happen. If a person wants to target shoot, why not use a firing range. Selfish and irresponsible gun owners think this activity is normal and their right. I think Riley Township needs to make changes to keep its citizens safe. So much for living in peace and quiet out in the countryside.
St. Clair County-We had no clue
March 26, 2018 | 03:44 PM
We were looking to move into St. Clair County and had no clue that this was normal for this county. There is no way we would consider moving anywhere near there now if they consider this normal. They say the shooter was cooperative of course he was they had him what else would he do. He should be in jail for manslaughter he killed someone!
Saint Clair Shores
March 26, 2018 | 11:48 AM
I feel so bad for the that family to lose a love one in your own home. There are neighbors who shoot from morning to after dark. They have gun parties I assume. My wife and I do not leave our home. I feel i I'm back in a war zone living in Riley and I'm not joking. Not seats but when they this they show no respect for people in the area.
March 25, 2018 | 08:06 AM
Catherine! What a beautiful story. My maiden name is Swan. I feel at one with them a lot. You captured their essence with this beautiful story. Thank you
Student walk out or walk in
March 24, 2018 | 11:43 AM
The problem isn't guns! The problem is the me first mentality and the enabled smear campaigns against those you just don't like or because one did not get their way! Lapeer County has proven to me they are the absolute worst at this behavior. The disrespect of life that is encouraged leads to the violence. The disrespect to life isn't the killings it is the violent transgressions commited daily with rumors, gossip, inuendo, smear campaigns and so on. Something so called professionals do to each other especially if one of you locals decide you don't like someone!
March 14, 2018 | 12:25 PM
Looking forward to Something different
this sounds like something we need.
Wishing you Great success!
Dan and Andrea Shepherd
March 12, 2018 | 05:11 PM
I want this place to succeed! I am offering free grand opening entertainment! I play and sing solo acoustic style folk including country, classic rock and easy listening music that is great for restaurants!!!
March 12, 2018 | 12:17 PM
I'm so excited for a new restaurant to come to our town, looking forward to enjoy some new life being brought to our town.
February 24, 2018 | 07:53 AM
I am weeping as I read this, and reminded of how many times I purposefully showed up at your front door on pizza night to hopefully snag a square of the glorious delight.
Many condolences, and hugs,
lisa l lowery
Is this really a Mental Health Issue?
February 23, 2018 | 12:57 PM
Firearms in America and the 2nd Amendment rights are not a new concept in this country so you have to ask the most basic of questions, what has changed. Are these increases in school shootings truly an epidemic of mental health or is this the results of decades of ever relaxing standards of personal accountability placed on today's youth. Maybe what we are seeing in today's youth is an unprecedented number of young adults thrust into the cold harsh reality of what the world is, where not everybody gets a prize just for playing and things are not just handed to them because mommy and daddy love them. Maybe what we are seeing come to fruition is the labors of our work to so isolate these children from the struggles of any reasonable existence of everyday life. Maybe it's because we have failed to instill any mental toughness into the youth of America.
Firearms have been in America since its conception as a country and it's only been fairly recent that children/young adults have lashed out in anger by picking up weapons to take innocent lives? I have to again ask the most basic of questions, is this really a "Mental Health Issue"ť or is it that we have failed to teach our youth how to have mental toughness when they interact with the real world and do not know how to cope?
My children are Peggy Hoffa, Jean Bannister, Karen Roszczewsk
February 17, 2018 | 06:05 PM
Wonderful teacher and Friend, Peggy's first day of school, Roberta, allowed me to stay the whole day and I even sat on the little chair at the same table with Peggy and her new friend, Roberta knew I couldn't leave Peggy , it' was a very sad time in our life., thank you Roberta for your loving kindness, to Peggy and I.
Formally Almont! West Branch, Mich
Home is where the heart is - Roberta Warren
February 17, 2018 | 05:03 PM
My heart is so happy to see my sweet kindergarten teacher whom I loved so much! It's so wonderful she can retire in that beautiful building!!! I have so many fond memeories of her and my time in her class. I was in her class the 87/88 school year. My name then was Elizabeth Parsons.
Quilt Celebration 2018!
February 13, 2018 | 10:55 AM
Quilt Celebration 2018!, a quilt show sponsored by the Oakland County Quilt Guild will be Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Community Education Resource Center, 455 E. Scripps Rd., Lake Orion, MI 48360. Admission $6.00. 200 Quilts, Books, Fabric, Vendors, Raffle Quilt, Mini-quilt Auction, and Patchwork Cafe food. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 27, 2018 | 12:03 PM
I'm saddened by your loss and wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this. Your son served his country proudly and will get the respect he deserves and earned as a United States Marine.
Twin Sisters defy the odds.
January 21, 2018 | 09:36 AM
This was a heart felt article and Maria Brown, your words TOUCH people. Thank You and praise and prayers to the Twins and their mom for their story.
January 14, 2018 | 05:43 PM
This is the stupidest thing ever
Good luck with finding a Garmin town interested in street performers
Imlay city resident
January 05, 2018 | 03:05 PM
I have known Mr Lively for several years professionaly and can say he is the real deal. His energy and love for students make him a great Principal for Capac.
Sean Lively article
December 29, 2017 | 06:16 PM
Great article about a great man!
CAPAC -- The canibus capital ?
December 27, 2017 | 11:37 AM
Really !!! I'm one resident just sitting here shaking my head. Apparently only one member of the council believes this county's law enforcement.Why do they think Mr. Roman doesn't want to build this in his county ?? Why would he bestow the honor of being the possible canibus capital of Michigan on this backwards little community that can never really find it's direction. Maybe out of the kindness of his heart he's trying to increase our property values. And while we're at it , maybe we can write an ordinance , find some investor's, annex some more land to the city , and put in a landfill to block out the stench of the POT growing !!!!
December 21, 2017 | 11:26 AM
Thank you for all of your columns
I enjoyed reliving some of my childhood
memories of Almont
"Busker" is an education in itself
December 15, 2017 | 01:59 PM
The rest of the world uses "Busker" rather than "Street Performer". The USA is just about last to recognize these artists whereas it's been a tradition in Europe for centuries. Websites like Busker Central have helped to educate the unknowing. However, we could split the difference and call it the Blueberry Busker Festival.
December 09, 2017 | 01:02 AM
Some readers understand that your trying to have more jobs for people by creating the marijuana plant but statistics show that the most court cases are about guns, drugs, and prostitution or sex slaves.
For prostitution or sex slaves, statistics show that pimps go to truck stops and rest areas for business. I'm not saying it's going to happen for sure just that it's a high possibility.
On top of that, you want to build a legal marijuana plant. Others understand that it'll be beneficial by increasing jobs and that it won't be noticeable. However, drugs have the most court cases. Also, there is a marijuana corporation just north of Imlay City which is 15 minutes away.
All in all, if we include the top three cases in court in one small town, it is not going to look good. Who exactly did they ask about the plant to? What kind of people are they personally? What other way can we get jobs in Capac?
December 08, 2017 | 07:51 PM
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