A Florence Township official will have to look for an alternative source of financial help to address a crumbling roadway in his jurisdiction, as he was turned down for assistance by county officials Tuesday.
For the second time in two months, Florence Township Supervisor Gordon Evilsizor asked the commission for consideration to help replace Constantine Road from Dickinson north to Fairchild roads. A cost estimate he shared was $718,000 for rebuilding the roadway through Florence Township.
Evilsizor said the condition of the roadway is dangerous and motorists are forced to drive in the middle to avoid potholes and blemishes along the edges of the road.
Commission Chairman John Dobberten acknowledged the deteriorating condition of county roads in general. For local units to come in and expect the county to pick up the cost of repairs, however, is “unimaginable,” he said, as the county has hundreds of miles of roadways under its jurisdiction.
Dobberteen said he would encourage the county road commission to increase its annual assessment when it is up for renewal next year, or urge local units of government to follow the lead of the city of Sturgis and offer a millage specifically for road repairs.
A chimney fire is being cited as the source of a blaze that destroyed a house in Mendon Township last week.
Investigators said the conclusion was made after a closer look into the situation and its origin. The fire, which was reported at 11:30 a.m. Friday, destroyed a residence in the 53500 block of Nottawa Road.
One occupant inside the house escaped without injury. No fire personnel were injured in the blaze.
Four Three Rivers residents were treated for injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle accident Saturday in Fabius Township.
According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Samantha Jo Combs attempted to turn left off U.S. 131 and onto North Main Street into the path of a vehicle driven northbound on U.S. 131 by 52-year-old Karen Heerlyn, of Richland.
Combs told investigators she did not see the oncoming vehicle. She and three passengers, Taylor Combs, 15; Pauline Mondol, 17; and Yvonne Heffner, 15, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A 17-year-old passenger in Heerlyn’s vehicle was treated at the scene.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Constantine Monsanto site decided to do its part to raise awareness by hosting “Harvest for a Cure.”
The fundraiser took place in early October at the corn-production site in Constantine. The site designed and sold nearly 1,000 pink, breast-cancer-awareness T-shirts to employees, growers, truck drivers and members of the community.
The effort was deemed a success and raised more than $5,000 for local organizations.
Company officials said they expect a similar fundraiser in 2014.
State police investigators are looking into a situation in Florence Township, where a small-caliber rifle was fired at a residence.
According to a department media release, the homeowner reported two rounds were fired through a living room window, passed through a wall and into a laundry room. One of the two bullets struck a washing machine, the other was lodged in a wall.
The incident was reported at 2 p.m. Saturday by the owner of the residence, located in the 64000 block of Constantine Road.
The St. Joseph County Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is hosting a pair of parenting workshops later this month.
“More 1, 2, 3 Magic” a program for encouraging positive behavior for children ages 2 through 12 years, takes place 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 18.
“Winning at Parenting,” for a humorous approach to discipline, is offered 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 25.
The classes are at the MSU Extension office in Centreville.
Registration is required and may be done by phoning 467-5666.