Summer Job Training @ the County Parks 2013

Looking for a Summer Job Training Opportunity?

Picture1Lapeer County Community Mental Health (CMH) once again will be partnering with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), Team Work and the Lapeer County Parks to provide a summer job training opportunity for adults 18-65 plus, who are eligible for either CMH services or MRS services.  These jobs are part time at either Torziewski Water Park in Columbiaville or General Squire Park in Dryden.

Eligible persons for the training program will have to be receiving services from either MRS or CMH, if eligible but not currently active with one of these agencies, they will need to apply for services at one of these agencies as soon as possible. Persons must have a physical or mental health disability or a developmental disability for the job training.

Each year it becomes a bigger challenge to recruit all of the potential candidates to fill all of the training positions.  So, we are going to start recruiting early.   If you have an individual that you think is a good match to this training opportunity, please let David Borck know.

To recap, the training positions consist of two categories.  There are grounds keeping positions and concession stand positions.

Picture2The grounds keeping is a labor intensive position, where trainees spend hours at a time out in the sunshine (so be aware of individuals who are taking meds that preclude them from being in the sunshine).  The tasks consist of mowing, weed whipping, emptying trash bins, unloading supplies for the concession stand, etc.  They typically operate power equipment and riding mowers.

The concession stand positions entail waiting on customers and operating the cash register.  There are other duties involved, such as organizing stock, wiping down counter tops, table tops, etc.

Training positions are typically 24 hours per week, but can be less and are occasionally more.  Transportation to the two parks is provided by GLTA at our expense, but the trainees have to have a way to get to Crampton Park each morning to be transported to the parks.  Job coaching is provided by TeamWork, Inc.

We are planning on having an “orientation to the parks program” on March 22nd at 10:30 AM in the Community Room.  So, if you are working with anyone who may be interested in hearing about this employment and training opportunity, please have them attend this orientation.  It will provide them with an overview of the program and allow them the opportunity to ask questions.

The deadline for referrals to the parks program will be April 12th.  Please provide David Borck at CMH (810-667-0500) with the names of any potential candidates by that date.  If you have questions, call David Borck at  810-667-0500 Ext 6858.

There are two ways an individual can get started with Michigan Rehabilitation Services

1.  They can complete on-line orientation (need to print certificate when finished then call Shari Lavery at 810-982-2682 or toll free at 1-877-620-7929),4562,7-124-5453_25392-261140–,00.html

Or  2. For an in-person (group) orientation (held at Mott Community College), they would contact Kelly Sakuta at 1-877-620-7938 at register.

To determine eligibility for services at CMH call The ACCESS Center

Toll Free 1-888-225-4447

Also, the County of Lapeer is looking for certified lifeguards to hire for both parks and they will not be included in the training, and do not have to meet the criteria for the job training program.  So if you know of a college student needing a summer job, encourage them to call.

Confirmed Tornado

On Thursday 03-15-2012 at 6:41PM, Lapeer County 911 received a call from an individual that observed
a rotating funnel cloud make ground contact near German Road in Columbiaville. Lapeer County 911
was notified by the National Weather Service that Lapeer County was under a tornado warning.

Screenshot of the tornado taken from the iPhone app RadarScope.

Lapeer County Sheriffs Investigators discovered that two barns sustained considerable damage with
overturned farm implements immediately near German Road in Columbiaville. The residence was
approximately 500 feet behind a damaged barn. The home owners sought shelter within their basement.
Damage pattern is consistent with rotational force winds. Numerous individuals observed the tornado.
The home owners and numerous horses within a barn were not injured.

There was a void to the southeast for approximately 2 miles before another area of significant damage.
The damage consisted of numerous down-uprooted trees, down power lines, and damage to vehicles. The
damage pattern in this region is consistent with rotational force winds.

A two level residence was completely removed from the foundation (destroyed two car attached garage)
on Carpenter Road in Lapeer. The home owners were within the basement when the house was
separated from the foundation. When the residence and foundation separated, the home owners used
furniture for protection. Numerous individuals reported observing the tornado strike the residence. The
damage pattern to the residence is consistent with rotational force winds.

There was a three mile region that sustained storm damage. The tornado traveled in an east to southeast
direction. There are no reported injuries or deaths associated. Lapeer County Emergency Management
notified the National Weather Service who is expected to survey the damage on Friday 03-16-2012.

UPDATE: On Friday 03-16-2012:
The National Weather Service surveyed the storm damage on Friday 03-16-2012. It was
confirmed that the damage was created by an EF2 tornado (wind speeds between 111 MPH and
135 MPH). The tornado was on the ground for 9 minutes and traveled four to five miles.

Investigator: Jason G. Parks, Detective Sgt

The EF2 Tornado in Oregon Township on March 15th of 2012 is the first confirmed tornado in Lapeer County during the month of March.   It is the third strongest tornado in our county.

1)         EF5 tornado   06-08-1953

2)         EF4 tornado   06-08-1953 (about an hour after the first)

Both these tornado were near Columbiaville and part of the Flint- Beecher Tornado.

Every other recorded tornado was either an EF0 or EF1 until yesterday.

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