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General Elections are Fast Approaching!

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The General Election is fast approaching.  Saline City voters will be going to the polls on Tuesday, November 2nd  to vote for three (3) City Councilmembers and the Mayor.   Those candidates who have filed their Nominating Petitions in time to appear on the ballot for Councilmember are:   Dean Benjamin Girbach, Brian Marl, David Rhoads and Jim Roth.  Mayor Gretchen Driskell is running unopposed for the office of Mayor.

The last day to register to vote for the November General Election is Monday, October 4.  You may register at any Secretary of State office, or at Saline City Hall located at 100 N. Harris Street, Saline.  City Hall is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2.   Polling places for city residents are as follows:

Precinct #1                  Liberty School (Gym), 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Road
Precinct #2                  Liberty School (Gym), 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Road
Precinct #3                  First United Methodist Church, 1200 N. Ann Arbor, corner of Woodland

Please check your voter registration card to determine where you should vote; be sure you are in the correct precinct.  If you do not have a voter identification card, or are unsure where you vote, please contact the Clerk’s office prior to election day.

Applications for Absentee Ballots were mailed on August 26th to all registered voters  who requested to be on the City’s permanent absentee voter list.  If you haven’t received your application, or if you need an application for an absentee ballot, please contact the Clerk’s office.

Absentee ballots for the General Election are now available in the Clerk’s officer.  To vote by absentee ballot you must make written application in person at City Hall or by mail.  Applications are also available on the city’s website: Saline City Hall will be open on Saturday, October 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the purpose of issuing absentee ballots.  October 30  is the last day an absentee ballot can be taken out of the Clerk’s office for voting.  On Monday, November 1  an absentee ballot may be applied for and voted in the Clerk’s office up until 4:00 p.m.  Any questions regarding voter registration, where you vote, or application for an absentee ballot should be directed to the City Clerk’s office by calling 429-4907, extensions 2209, 2214 or 2216.

Absentee ballots can be returned at Saline City Hall, by mail, or they can be placed in the City’s drop box located in City Parking Lot #3 ( look for the City’s silver drop box at the north end of

City Parking Lot #3 – behind Comerica Bank – it is identified with the city logo).   All absentee ballots must be received in the Clerk’s office by 8:00 p.m. on Election day in order to be counted.

Saline Summerfest 2010

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The 2010 Saline Summerfest will be held on North & South Ann Arbor Street, East McKay Street, Hall Rd., Bennett St. and many of the adjacent parking lots in downtown Saline. This annual Saline city event starts on August 6, 2010 at 5:00 P.M. until 11:00 P.M. and then again on Saturday August 7, 2010 from 8:00 A.M. until 11:00 P.M.

The first modern day Summerfest was held on North and South Ann Arbor Street in the parking lot behind the Pineapple house. It was great, attendance was up, volunteers were up and people roamed the closed streets downtown. It was so good that there was little or no roam to move on both Friday and Saturday night. The following year and since it has been in the Parking lot behind the Brecon Grille as well as North and South Ann Arbor Street, McKay Street and Hall Road.

Music, Friday nights featured band is 56 Haze and Saturday nights featured band is G-Daddy’s. Also playing on Saturday are Dr. Pocket, the Horse Cave Trio, Loose Dogs Bite, Motor City Outlaws and the New Horizon band.

Food & Refreshments include the Fireman’s Chicken Dinners, Christians Catering Hamburgers, the Saline Lindenberg brats, the Lions club ice cream cones, the Kiwanis Hot Dogs and pretzels from Benny’s Bakery. All are located in the parking lot off South Ann Arbor Street just across the way from the beer and wine tent.

Picnic in the Park was billed as “Saline Family reunion held just before the kid’s went back to school. There was also a Summerfest held uptown with the merchants and as I understand it, sidewalk sales etc usually a week after the Picnic in the park. All this was around 1994, so about 16 years ago. About 5 years ago, with dwindling attendance and volunteer help it was decided to move things downtown.

Adult Entertainment on Friday night is the Rotary Casino night and Saturday night is the Black Jack tournament. Free Trolley rides by the Saline Historic Society learning a little more about the History of Saline. Bingo sponsored by the American Legion will start at 1:30 on Saturday.

Kids can enjoy the Fishing contest Saturday morning, games at Union School, volley ball at the Rec Center, mini car races and the Guitar Hero Tournament. The Teen Block party caps off Saturday evening for those under 21.

Other entertainment includes the Saline Twirlettes, Tea Kwan Do demonstration, and various dance groups performing their routines before an enthusiastic crowd of Saline residents. a limbo contest.

Shopping includes the 40 juried crafters that will be out on South Ann Arbor Street selling their wares. We will also have a dozen vendors with information and or products not considered a craft on the Union School sidewalk.

New this year is “Touch a Truck” where we will be displaying fire engines the DARE car, the armored personal carrier, an ambulance, an 18 wheeler gravel hauler the vacuum truck and a street sweeper.

The 5K race starts at 8:30 A.M. on North Harris Street just north of City Hall. Last year we had 285 runners and we are expecting about 400 this year.

This event is the coordination of the City of Saline, the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, the Saline Downtown Merchants, the Saline Street Machines, many of the local churches, the Saline Fireman, The Saline Historic Society, the service clubs and a large group of Volunteers. All this is made possible by the many generous sponsors who have donated to cover the cost of this event. Stop in and enjoy some food, music and entertainment before returning to another year of School.