UM president’s base salary jumps: $823K
Ann Arbor – University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel was granted a 3.5 percent pay raise Thursday by the school’s board of regents.
“We think you are doing a great job,” Regent Andrew Richner told Schlissel, according to a university Twitter account.
With the raise, Schlissel will make a base salary of $823,523, up from $795,675. The regents gave the UM president a 3 percent raise last year.
Schlissel, 59, became UM’s 14th president three years ago.
During the regents’ meeting, Jerry May, vice president for development, told the board that UM raised $476 million as part of the Victors for Michigan campaign in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The campaign, which has 16 months left, surpassed its $4 billion goal in April and had raised $4.24 billion as of Aug. 31.
Worker in Troy dies as saw strikes him in neck
A construction worker working to remove an in-ground pool from a Troy yard died in an accident at the site Wednesday night.
The victim is a 39-yearold Canton Township man, said Sgt. Meghan Lehman of the Troy Police Department.
The man and another worker were on the 600 block of Sylvanwood to remove an in-ground pool.
The victim was using a portable saw. The blades of the saw struck him in his neck.
A neighbor tried to help, but the man was dead by the time medics arrived.
Map updates sought for Great Lakes risks
Detroit — Members of Congress are pushing federal agencies to update maps that provide information about potential environmental risks to the Great Lakes.
The “Environmental Sensitivity Index” maps are maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Some haven’t been revised in more than 20 years.
The maps are detailed guides highlighting vulnerable locations, structures and natural resources near the lakeshores. They’re used during emergencies to protect wildlife habitat, species and structures most likely to be affected by an oil spill or other disaster.
Legislation introduced Thursday in the House and Senate would require NOAA and other agencies to update maps for each coastal area of the Great Lakes and repeat the task every seven years.
Grants offered for business curb appeal
Detroit — Small-business owners in Detroit can apply for matching grants of up to $25,000 through Motor City Re-Store to improve the curb appeal of their shops.
Free information sessions are being offered across the city through Sept. 28.
Motor City Re-Store has about $500,000 available each quarter for the matching grant program. Improvements can include updates to facades, landscaping, murals or public art designs, outdoor dining options and historic preservation efforts.