Rep. Lasinski’s Capitol and Community Updates 8-11-17

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hello Friend,

It’s hard to believe that it is already mid-August. I hope you and your families have been enjoying the nice weather and all the extra fun opportunities that our communities provide in the summer. For more activities in the 52nd House District, and an update on my work, please keep reading.

As always, you can always contact me and my staff at (517) 373-0828, by email at DonnaLasinski@house.mi.gov or by visiting my website at RepLasinski.com, with any questions, thoughts, or suggestions.

Coffee Hours

I am hosting a listening tour stop with the Progressive Women’s Caucus on Wednesday, Aug. 16, as part of a statewide listening tour. Please join us to come together and voice your concerns about policies and challenges facing women and families here in Michigan. There will also be opportunities to take action on the issues that matter to you.

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.

Scio Township Hall Board Room,

827 N. Zeeb Road in Ann Arbor

What To Do In HD 52

Dexter Daze

Today and tomorrow (Aug. 11-12) is Dexter Daze! This community event has taken place for 44 years, and offers arts, community engagement, and entertainment. Contact my office to learn more.

National Farmers Market Week

What better time to highlight the great farmers markets in HD 52 than National Farmers Market Week! Here are just some of the farmers markets our district has to offer:

Bushel Basket Market

Chelsea State Bank Parking Lot on the corner of Old U.S. 12 and M-52

Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m.

 

Chelsea Farmers Market

Lower Library Lot along Park Street 

Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Dexter Farmers Market

Alpine Street in Downtown Dexter

Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2-6 p.m.

 

Manchester Farmers Market

Chi-Bro Park

Thursdays from 3:30-7 p.m.

 

Saline Saturday Farmers Market

Downtown on S. Ann Arbor St., half block south of Michigan Ave

Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon

 

Saline Tuesday Farmers Market

Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave. in Saline

Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m.

 

Be sure to check their schedules for changes in the fall. Hope to see you at one soon!

 

Legislative Update

1,4-dioxane

If you live in or near Scio Township, you have almost certainly heard about the plume of 1,4-dioxane, an industrial solvent that has contaminated an area of groundwater underneath parts of Ann Arbor and Scio Township.

As the plume continues to spread, I have been monitoring the situation closely and keeping in contact with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) about improving the state cleanup standards. As you may know, the DEQ has issued an emergency rule on dioxane, and as it is set to expire in October of this year they are looking to establish a new cleanup rule for dioxane based on best available scientific information. This proposed rule amendment will go through the Administrative Rule promulgation process. There will be a public hearing on the rule on Aug. 22. Details are below:

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Constitution Hall

525 West Allegan St. in Lansing

Patriot Conference Room, Atrium, 1-3 p.m.

Click for more info

Please know that I will continue to keep a close watch over this issue and do everything within my power to ensure that our public drinking water remains clean and safe.

Helpful Resources

Getting Ready for Back to School

It’s getting to be that time of year again! Make sure to set time aside to check the start dates and times for your kids returning to school, as well as confirm transportation information they will need. Then you can sit back and enjoy the rest of summer with them! 

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Are you interested in starting a small business? Make sure you use the many resources and tools that the state of Michigan has to offer.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has a wealth of information and helpful guides: www.michiganbusiness.org/start-up/business-assistance/

Once you’ve started your business, they may also be able to help you grow: www.michiganbusiness.org/pmbc/

I encourage you to explore their offerings more as you fulfill your entrepreneurial dreams, create jobs and support Michigan’s economy.

I hope you’ve found this information useful. Please contact my office if we can be of any assistance.