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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Walking School Bus

Last night City Council approved the Walking School Bus Program, providing payment of $9 per hour for up to 240 hours to two "Walking School Bus Coordinators." Funding is provided by the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

If you like to work with kids and parents, and you like to walk, this is a great opportunity to make some money doing something you like to do. You must pass a background check. The City is an equal opportunity employer. Contact Mark Slown at City Hall.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Fun

Summer means fun at the beach! Enjoy all of Rogers City's many miles of public shoreline, including smooth walking beaches, rocky areas for fossil hunting, fishing areas, and sandy swimming beaches.

Huron Pines Shoreline Stewardship Workshop

Huron Pines is hosting an exciting evening to learn how to keep our shoreline healthy on Wednesday, July 20 from 5-8pm at the Russell Memorial Park in Millersburg. Spend time learning about shoreline stewardship techniques, including identification of common invasive plants and the benefits of native species. Learn how to help local conservation efforts to keep our area pristine.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Small Town Charm

Jessica Luetzow posted the following comment on the City's Facebook page:  "I was home in Rogers City over the past weekend and I went and walked the historical walking tour of the buildings in Rogers City! It was very cool, I think that the city needs to do more things like that, I like how you are trying to get to that small town charm, I think there are so many other things that Rogers City can do to be a great small northern michigan town!"

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Solar Car Visit

The University of Michigan's national champion solar car, the Quantum, embarks Saturday on a 1,000-mile, four-day "mock race" that will ring Pure Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The Quantum, which is street legal, will cruise along US-23 through Rogers City. Stops in St. Joseph, Ludington, Traverse City, Mackinaw City and Tawas City will simulate the upcoming Australian race route.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Little League Fundraiser

There will be a Little League Fundraiser Hot Dog Lunch tommorow (Wednesday) in the Courthouse Lawn from 11a-1p.  It is a free-will offering for the Junior Girls Softball Team who will be traveling down to Croswell/Lexington for the State Little League Tourney this weekend.

Thanks for the support and please pass the word.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Trash Pickup is Thursday!

Please spread the word: "trash pickup is on Thursday." The contractor, PAC Sanitation, requested that only Thursday be pickup day. Pickup will only move to Friday if a Holiday is on a Thursday, like Thanksgiving. The rest of the time, trash pickup will remain on Thursday. Please put your trash out tonight for pickup in the morning and help spread the word, thank you.

Pretty Yards in Rogers City

Here is another picture of one of hundreds of pretty flower gardens and lovely landscaping all arounf the City of Rogers City.  If you have a picture of one, please share it with me so I can post it here on this blog.  Thanks, and thank God for gardens.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Transportation Available!!!

Presque Isle County Council on Aging (PICCOA) is celebrating 35 years of service to the community. PICCOA offers service in the Rogers City Area on Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.. There is a "fare:" Under 60 years old $3 and over 60 or handicapped $1.50 round trip. Call 989-766-8191 or visit www.piccoa.org

Consumer Confidence Report 20110

2010 Water Quality Report for Rogers City

This report covers the drinking water quality for City of Rogers City for the calendar year 2010.  This information is a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided to you in 2010.  Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards.

Your water comes from three groundwater wells located at 104 Lake St., 198 E. Friedrich and 1242 Forest Ave. The State performed an assessment of our source water in 2003. Well No. 3 was determined to have high susceptibility to contamination.  Wells No. 4 and No. 5 were determined to have moderately high susceptibility to contamination. Copies of the reports are available at City Hall. 

·        Contaminants and their presence in water: Drinking Water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Vulnerability of sub-populations:  Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population.  Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

·        Sources of drinking water:  The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells.  Our water comes from wells.  As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

·        Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
*       Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.
*       Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.
*       Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses.
*       Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
*       Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also, come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which provide the same protection for public health.

Water Quality Data

The table below lists all the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the 2010 calendar year.  The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.  Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 – December 31, 2010.  The State allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year.  All of the data is representative of the water quality, but some are more than one year old.

Terms and abbreviations used below:

·        Action Level (AL):  The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.

·        Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG):  The level of a contaminant in drinking water below, which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

·        Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL):  The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

·        Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL):  The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water.  There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

·        Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG):  The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

·        N/A: not applicable     ND: not detectable at testing limit     ppb: parts per billion or micrograms per liter   ppm: parts per million or milligrams per liter     pCi/l: picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)               RAA: running annual average 

Samples Collected at the Wellhouse:




Our Water
Sample Date
Yes / No
Typical Source of Contaminants
Barium (ppm)
.02 to .03
Discharge of drilling wastes;  erosion of natural deposits
Selenium (ppb)
Erosion of natural deposits; discharge   from mines
Nitrate (ppm)
Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion from natural deposits
Fluoride (ppm)
.7 to 1.6
Erosion of natural deposits



Our Water
Sample Date
Yes / No
Typical Source of Contaminants

Alpha emitters

2.80 **
Erosion of natural deposits

Combined radium
226 / 228 (pCi/L)

1.9 to 2.4
Erosion of natural deposits

** These test results were done only at Well #5


Chemical Contaminants2

Our Water
Sample Date
Yes / No
Typical Source of Contaminants
Sodium (ppm)
   Range = 6 to 11
Ave = 7.6
Erosion of natural deposits

2 Unregulated contaminants are those for which EPA has not established drinking water standards.  Monitoring helps EPA to determine where certain contaminants occur and whether it needs to regulate those contaminants.

       Samples Collected in the Distribution System:

Contaminants Subject to an Action Level

Action Level, MCL, or MRDL

Our Water

Sample Date
Number of
Above AL
Typical Source of Contaminants
Lead (ppb) 3
AL = 15

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits
Copper (ppm) 3
AL = 1.3

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives

3 90 percent of the samples collected were at or below the level reported for our water.

Regulated Chemical Contaminants


Our Water
Sample Date
Yes / No
Typical Source of Contaminants

Total Trihalomethanes (ppb)

MCL = 80
Range = 20 to 41
RAA = 25.9

Disinfection byproducts

Haloacetic Acids (ppb)

MCL = 60
Range = 10 to 24
RAA = 19

Disinfection byproducts

Free Chlorine Residual (ppm)

MRDL = 4.0
Range = .04 to 1.60
RAA = 2.35

Monthly 2010

Disinfectant added to control microbes

About total trihalomethanes:

Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

About lead in drinking water:

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.  Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The City of Rogers City is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.  When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested at your expense. Information on lead in drinking water, test methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Health Effects Language for listed contaminants:

Organic Contaminants:

Chlorine: People who drink water containing Chlorine in excess of the MRDL may experience eye and nose irritation or stomach discomfort, possible anemia.

Haloacetic Acids: Some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years could experience nervous system or liver damage.

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs): Some people who drink water containing TTHM’s in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and have an increased risk of getting cancer.

 Inorganic Contaminants:

 Barium: Some people who drink water containing barium in excess of the MCL over many years could experience an increase in their blood pressure.

 Copper: Copper is an essential nutrient, but some people who drink water containing Copper in excess of the Action Level over a relatively short time could experience gastrointestinal distress. Some people who drink water containing copper in access of the Action Level over many years could suffer liver or kidney damage. People with Wilson’s disease should consult their doctor.

Fluoride: Some people who drink water containing fluoride well in excess of the MCL over many years could get bone disease, including pain and tenderness of the bones.

Lead: Infants and children who drink water containing Lead in excess of the Action Level could experience delays in physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.

Nitrate: Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing Nitrate in excess of the MCL could become seriously ill and, if untreated, die.  Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome.

Selenium: Selenium is an essential nutrient. However, some people who drink water containing selenium in excess of the MCL over many years could experience hair or fingernail losses, numbness in fingers or toes, or problems with their circulation.

Radioactive Contaminants:

Alpha Emitters: Certain minerals are radioactive and emit a form of radiation known as Alpha radiation. Some people who drink water containing these alpha emitters in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Combined Radium 226/228: Some people who drink water containing radium 226/228 in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Monitoring and Reporting Requirements:

The State and EPA require us to test our water on a regular basis to ensure its safety.  We met all the monitoring and reporting requirements for 2010.

We will update this report annually and will keep you informed of any problems that may occur throughout the year as they happen. Copies are available at City Hall located at 193 E. Michigan Ave. This report will not be sent to you.
We invite public participation in decisions that affect drinking water quality. The Rogers City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm.  For more information about your water, or the contents of this report, contact Chuck Kieliszewski at 989-734-2191.  For more information about safe drinking water, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/safewater/.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Right Start in Michigan


The Right Start in Michigan and its Counties – 2011

Michigan Mothers and their Babies: Overview and Trends 2000-2009

As Michigan seeks to revitalize its economy, the well-being of the next generation must be strengthened. This review of the current status of mothers and babies in Michigan and its counties, as measured by nine key indicators, reveals the areas to improve maternal and child health.  The key measures include the percentages of births to teens, to teens already parents, to unmarried women, to women without a high school diploma or GED, to those receiving late or no prenatal care, to those who smoked during pregnancy, as well as the percentages of low-birthweight babies, preterm births, and deliveries covered by Medicaid.

Michigan and the Nation: Michigan mirrors the national averages on most aspects of maternal and infant well-being, but it was

·       BETTER than the national average with significantly lower percentages of new mothers

o   without a high school diploma or a GED (17%) and

o   those who had received late or no prenatal care (5%). 

·       Its worst rankings among the 50 states were for unhealthy births, which elevate their risk of chronic disease, developmental delay, and even death.

o   babies born too soon (31st)  - less than 37 weeks in utero or

o   babies born too small (36th) — less than 5.5 lbs..

·        Its best ranking—19th of the 50 states—was its relatively small share (18%) of teen births to a teen who was already a parent.

MICHIGAN TRENDS: Over the decade between 2000 and 2009 Michigan improved on three of the five indicators where a trend could be calculated.

·       The biggest improvement was the 13 percent decline in teen mothers who were having another baby – dropping from 21 percent to 18 percent of teen births

·       Teen births and preterm births also dropped over the decade.

·       The most dramatic worsening was the 20% increase in births to unmarried women.

·       The percentage of low-birthweight babies weighing less than 5.5 pounds rose slightly.

In 2009 more Michigan babies were born to mothers in economically insecure circumstances than in 2000. Roughly half of Michigan infants were born to low-income mothers without health insurance, and births to unmarried mothers represented roughly 40 percent of all births in 2009. Women unmarried at the birth of their child are likely to remain single parents with the heightened risk of poverty.

The large differences in maternal and infant well-being among Michigan counties generally reflect the economic conditions—mothers and their babies fare better in the more affluent counties. The largest discrepancy on the key indicators among the counties was in the percentage of newborns whose mothers had no high school education or GED: it was eight times higher in Oscoda County than in Livingston County. 

While babies born to women in Michigan’s two largest communities of color—African-American and Hispanic—suffered from higher risk for most adverse circumstances than their white counterparts, births to women in the African American community showed improvement on all five measures where trends could be calculated. Research has shown birth disparities affect early development, school readiness, academic achievement and lifelong potential

POLICY IMPLICATIONS: The findings from this review point to a need for the following:  

·        More robust family support services in an era of such acute economic stress. Critical interventions such as home visiting services and other family supports will be necessary to improve the life chances of children born in adverse circumstances.

·         Improvement in women’s health access: Michigan’s worst rankings on these key measures are for the two critical outcomes for infants: being born too small or too soon.  Both these conditions elevate the risk of developmental delay, chronic disease and even death during infancy.  Infant health is inextricably entwined with that of the mother so policies and programs that improve the health of women before they become pregnant and between pregnancies could increase the likelihood of a healthy birth.

·        Expanded access to family planning: Given the financial pressure on families, access to family planning is essential to address the large percentages of unintended pregnancies among teens and women in their early 20s.  Young women in these age groups need to have the opportunity to complete their education and post-secondary training or education before becoming parents.

·        More access to maternal/infant health services for the Medicaid eligible: Counties with the largest percentages of uninsured low-income women were also among those with the worst overall rankings on maternal and infant well-being. The risk to these women and infants is now further compounded by the lack of available obstetric services at the hospitals in many of these same counties.  The erosion in Medicaid rates for providers is affecting access to health care.

·        A focus on improving maternal and infant health in communities of color: Maternal and infant indicators in communities of color continued to reflect persistently higher levels of risk. These inequities impede Michigan’s economic recovery as these children face risks to their optimum social and cognitive development, academic achievement and eventually employment possibilities