Lapeer County 9-1-1 Receives Enbridge Grant

Last week Lapeer County Central Dispatch received a grant of $1,000 from energy company Enbridge. Enbridge owns and operates crude oil and natural gas pipelines throughout the United States and Canada including Lapeer County.

Every year Enbridge provides a training conference and dinner for area’s that are home to parts of their pipeline.

Lapeer County Central Dispatch applied for and was awarded the Enbridge grant. The funds received will be put towards continued 9-1-1 dispatcher training and the purchase of training materials for our Public Awareness & 9-1-1 For Kids program.

Director Martin and Dispatcher Anderson receive the check from Shelly Lliff, the Enbridge Public Awareness Coordinator.


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.

Tornado Spotter Training

2012 Tornado Spotter Training

April 19, 2012, 7 pm
Lapeer East High School
933 S Saginaw St, Lapeer, MI 48446
Pre-Registration open until April 9th.

This training is provided free of charge

Sign up at

Sponsored by:

Lapeer County Office of Emergency Management
Lapeer County Amateur Radio Association
Lapeer County CERT
National Weather Service – White Lake

If you have any questions, please Contact Mary Piorunek at the Emergency Management Office 810-667-0242.

Skywarn Training

Skywarn spotter training sessions are held to train individuals on how to accurately observe such weather
phenomena as floods, hail, wind and its associated da mage, cloud features that lead to tornadoes, and
those cloud features that do not lead to tornadoes.

In addition, topics covered during Skywarn training are:

  • The role of the spotter, the NWS and emergency services;
  • A recap of significant weather events during 2011;
  • The necessary atmospheric conditions for thunderstorm development;
  • Tornadoes;
  • Severe weather safety tips;
  • Severe weather terms used in National Weather Service products;
  • What to report to the National Weather Service; and,
  • How to report information to the National Weather Service.

Skywarn training presentations usually last around two hours, with a scheduled break included.

Skywarn spotters are essential to the National Weather Service, law enforcement and fire officials, and
emergency managers. Among other things, spotters:

  • Provide valuable information on the severity of thunderstorms;
  • Allow downstream communities to understand the severity of thunderstorms moving toward them; and,
  • Allow the National Weather Service to gather information which helps verify the warnings it issues.

Those who volunteer to be Skywarn spotters offer a valuable service. At a minimum, it is asked that Sky-warn volunteers review procedures by attending a Skywarn spotter training session every two years.

Spotter training is open to members of the general pu blic, law enforcement, fire officials, and amateur
radio operators, among others. We look fo rward to your participation in Skywarn!