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At tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Peninsula Township Board, the board will recognize Brent Strom in his new position as Lieutenant with the Peninsula Fire Department, which will begin on May 28, 2018.

In a letter to the Town Board, Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff notes that Strom successfully completed the testing process for this position in April. “Brent is a very dedicated and driven individual who spends a lot of his time working to improve the fire department,” says Gilstorff. “Brent’s leadership is shown on a daily basis as he works hard to improve his skills, as well as taking the lead in training of all the fire department members.”

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He adds, “I trust that Brent will continue to work hard to increase the fire department’s ability to provide a high quality of service to the citizens, and I believe that the Peninsula Township Fire Department is a better department because of Brent’s presence.”

The agenda for tonight’s meeting also includes:

  • Approve resolution for new fee schedule for Planning Department
  • Reconsider Floodplain Ordinance language
  • Revisit Michigan Liquor Control Commission Small Winery Licensing
  • Consider Rigan request for Town Board approval relating to Small Winery License

The Rigan request pertains to “1855 Project” and Rigan Estate Vineyards located on Gray Road on the Old Mission Peninsula. In a letter to the Town Board dated April 4, 2018, partner Doug Rigan notes:

“1855 Project sources grapes for wine making, the majority of which are from the Rigan Estate Vineyards located at 1150 Gray Road. The Rigan Estate Vineyards consists of approx. 4 acres of planted vineyard located at 1150 Gray Road, of the 10.28 parent parcel. And approx. 5 acres of planted vineyard of leased land located at 1101 Elmer Drive, of the 10 acre parent parcel. The Rigan Vineyard is 100% owned and managed by the Rigan family.

“1855 Project will manufacture approx… 1500 cases of wine from the above mentioned Grapes with an exclusive agreement at Chateau Chantal Winery.”

To see the packet for tonight’s meeting, visit the Peninsula Township website here. As always, there will be time for citizen comments at the meeting.

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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