Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 5, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/05/2013



Gov. appoints members to resources panel

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed two members to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

Snyder on Friday named Louise Klarr, of Bloomfield, and reappointed Tim Nichols, of Cadillac, to the seven-member panel.

Klarr is a Republican and Nichols is a Democrat. No more than four members may be from the same party. Their four-year appointments are subject to approval by the state Senate.

The commission sets policies on conserving and managing Michigan's natural and cultural resources such as forests, wildlife and state parks.

Klarr manages a 400-acre forest and lowland area for deer and turkey and owns a small amount of acreage for rotational crops. She replaces Frank Wheatlake.

Nichols is managing partner of Labor-Management Fund Advisors LLC, where he oversees the firm's marketing and business development.

Snyder to give State speech on Jan. 16

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his third State of the State address on Jan. 16 at the state Capitol.

The speech will start at 7 p.m. before a joint session of the Legislature inside the House chamber. The event is a chance for the Republican governor to set an agenda to start the third year of his four-year term.

The address will be broadcast live on most public television and radio stations. It also will be shown live online.

State lawmakers, Supreme Court justices, department heads and community leaders are expected to attend.

New snowplow is coming to Michigan

HOWELL — Michigan is bringing in a new type of snowplow this winter, one that can clear widths up to 25 feet.

The state Department of Transportation says the Tow Plow costs $93,000, and with regular maintenance has an average service life of 30 years. That compares with a 10-year average for a standard plow.

State transportation officials say that by using the Tow Plow, crews can clear both the travel lane and shoulder in one pass, reducing the time needed to plow the freeway during a winter storm.

MDOT says Missouri, Minnesota, Maine, Wisconsin, Utah and Ohio also use Tow Plows.

According to the transportation department, the first Tow Plow in Michigan will be used on Interstate 96 and US-23 in Livingston County starting this month.