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Local News Summary - June 3, 2020 Edition

Montmorency County Courthouse reopened to the public June 1 - face masks are required
The Montmorency County Courthouse reopened for business on June 1. The plan for reopening was discussed at the regular May 27 county board meeting where Commissioner Don Edwards said construction workers, officials and employees will be required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

“If you are coughing or have a headache, whatever, you don’t come in the building,” Edwards explained.

Those entering the building must wear a mask, and Edwards suggested plaques in the bathrooms that note when a bathroom was last sanitized. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available at all departments, and counters and doorknobs are to be sanitized, daily. Plexiglass panels to be placed in front of five or six windows are estimated to cost $30 each.

Edwards said the safety precautions should remain in place until the Governor indicates the risks are gone, and Vicki Kundinger, prosecutor, added it should be up to department heads whether some employees can continue to work, remotely.

“The virus isn’t going to go away just because the Governor lifts the Stay at Home,” Kundinger emphasized.

A motion to approve the plan for reopening the courthouse passed with Commissioner David Wagner, who attended the county board meeting, remotely, voting in opposition. The jail is also planning to open for regular business with precautionary measures in place.

Recent heat wave broke records in NE Michigan
The recent heat wave broke temperature records for some cities in Northeast Michigan with the highest temperatures logged on May 26. At 86 degrees, Gaylord tied the record set in 2010, at 90 degrees, Sault Ste. Marie topped the record of 86 degrees set in 2010, and, at 91 degrees, Traverse City surpassed the 89 degrees recorded in 1978. Atlanta hit 91 degrees on the 26th, but there is no data regarding past records for Atlanta temperatures.

“It certainly was quite a bit warmer than usual for this time of year,” said Matt Gillen, meteorologist with the National Weather Services in Gaylord.

After the weekend’s cooler temperatures, including freeze warnings, warm temperatures will resume but will be more tolerable than last week’s spikes. Rain is expected early in the week with temperatures reaching in the high 70s for most of the remainder of the week.

Tax foreclosure redemption deadline extended to June 29
LANSING, MI – On May 28, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-106, which extends the deadline for Michigan residents to pay back taxes and avoid foreclosure on their property during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to June 29, 2020.

“As we slowly and safely begin reopening our economy it’s critical homeowners don’t have to fear losing their home during a global health pandemic,” Governor Whitmer said. “This Executive Order gives homeowners some peace of mind as we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve.”

Executive Order 2020-106, which takes effect immediately, extends the tax foreclosure deadline to June 29, 2020. The deadline was previously extended from March 31 to May 29, 2020.

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