Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Welcome to my latest e-newsletter! It continues to be a privilege to represent Northville, Plymouth and eastern Canton, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community in Lansing.
I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made so far this term, but we still have much work to do. I will continue to fight to ensure that every Michigander has access to the tools, resources and opportunities they need to succeed. I encourage you to stay up to date with what’s going on in Lansing and to let me know about the issues that matter to you, so I can continue to best represent the interests of our community.
If there is anything I can do to help you and your family, please do not hesitate to call my office at (517) 373-3816, email me at MattKoleszar@house.mi.gov, or stop by my office in Lansing. You can also catch me on Facebook and Twitter.
State Representative, 20th House District
In this Edition:
Coffee with Koleszar
I hope you can join me for my upcoming virtual coffee chat! I look forward to having an informal conversation with you about the issues facing families in our community.
When: Thursday, May 6, from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/mattkoleszar)
Wayne County is now offering homebound COVID-19 vaccination services for residents. County residents should call the phone number associated with the community in which they live to schedule an in-home vaccination. The program is open to home-bound county residents ages 16 years and older.
Canton Township: (734) 394-5400
Northville: (248) 662-1222
Northville Township: (248) 662-1222
Plymouth: (248) 449-9902
Plymouth Township: (734) 354-3222 or (734) 354-3221
For additional vaccine information, please click here.
Solid Waste Package
On April 22, the Michigan House of Representatives voted on a series of eight solid waste bills to increase recycling, improve planning and reduce nuisances. While I support the overall goal of this package and many of the specific components within it, I did vote ‘no’ on one of the bills.
My sole no vote was in regards to the say communities have in neighboring landfills. This bill would not give Northville Township the ability to properly have a say in what happens with Arbor Hills Landfill. I introduced an amendment that would have given Northville Township that say, but my amendment was not adopted.
As a result, I stood with my constituents in Northville Township and voted no on that bill.
Library in Every School Legislation
Last month, I, along with Reps. Darrin Camilleri and Amos O’Neal, introduced a package of bills (HB 4663–4665) that would require a library staffed by a certified media specialist in every public school in Michigan.
Our students are not going to grow into adults capable of the creative thinking and real-world problem solving needed to tackle the challenges of tomorrow if they’re denied access to something as basic as a library. Michigan’s literacy crisis means looking at the whole picture and fostering student success in and out of the classroom. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing now more than ever the importance of providing our students with both print and electronic resources. Our package is about taking a step back and ensuring we’re truly focused on every aspect of a quality education. Libraries are a key part of that.
These bills have been referred to the House Committee on Education for further consideration.
First 100 Days of the 101st Legislature
Teacher Appreciation Week
From one teacher to another, thank you for everything you do and happy Teacher Appreciation Week! I’m also proud to recognize our April Teachers of the Month, Nicole Hicks from Plymouth-Canton’s West Middle School, and Brittany Cook from Northville’s Ridgewood Elementary. Thank you for the hard work you do day-in and day-out to ensure the bright young minds of our community have the support they need to build a successful future.
Nominate your favorite Northville or Plymouth-Canton educator to be Teacher of the month by filling out a form here.