Three Rivers leaf pick-up

April 9, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Due to November’s earlier-than-expected snowfall, the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will be picking up leaves April 21 only in the city’s Second District.

DPS Director Amy Roth asked Second District residents have their leaves in the street by 7 a.m. on pick-up day. Crews will be completing one pass on every street.

In addition, due to the late November wind storm, department crews will be picking up brush in all districts, also beginning April 21.

As a reminder, Roth said it is a violation of city ordinance to place yard waste or debris in the street or the terrace area at times other than those designated for leaf and/or brush collection. The city’s compost area is at 1015 S. Lincoln Ave. and is open for yard waste drop off.

Road work on South Nottawa Street

April 9, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Brick reconstruction on South Nottawa Street between US-12 and Congress Street began Monday.

The impacted section of South Nottawa Street will be closed to traffic. Vehicles are being detoured to South Maple Street. Homes and businesses in the impacted area, including city parking lots, will be accessible through the majority of the project.

In addition to the South Maple detour, several accommodations are being made for traffic in the project area. Notably, Pleasant Street will be open for two-way traffic and parking will be allowed on the west side of the street in the 100 block of South Monroe Street. There will be no parking in the construction area of South Nottawa Street or on Pleasant Street during the project. A detour map is available on the city’s website,, and Facebook page.

The city received a $470,000 grant from the state for the project. Total project, which is expected to conclude in late July, costs around $770,000 in all.

Closing area garages

April 9, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced it is closing its Colon Township and Three Rivers-area garages. The move means three area foremen, including the Centreville area foreman, will be offered an early-retirement incentive.

The positions will be eliminated effective May 1.

Operations from Colon, Centreville, and Three Rivers garages/districts will be gradually folded into the central facility in Centreville. Christopher Bolt, engineer/manager, said the positions will be replaced by one new director of operations position.

Bolt said the agency in 10 years has seen its share of Michigan Transportation Fund dollars drop from $5.5 million a year to $4.5 million annually.

He said for now, St. Joseph County will retain ownership of the Colon and Three Rivers-area garages. They will come in handy for storage of equipment and materials, and maybe even serve as temporary headquarters for crews working on larger projects in the area, he said.

Meijer looking to build in Sturgis

April 8, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Meijer grocery chain has confirmed it is looking into a new store in Sturgis.

Later this month, the Sturgis Planning Commission will review site plans provided by the store regarding a site at South Centerville Road and West South Street. The location is north of the Sturgis Walmart.

Preliminary plans call for a building just under 200,000-square-feet, though its size is subject to change depending on discussions at the planning commission’s April 15 meeting.

City manager Mike Hughes said departments such as engineering, police and fire will review the plans and offer recommendations based on their evaluations.

The site plan must meet access, zoning and green space requirements set by the city in order to be approved.

Hydrant flushing to begin in TR

April 8, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin its twice-a-year hydrant flushing this upcoming weekend.

Amy Roth, DPS director, said the flushing will start at 11 p.m. Sunday. She said crews expect flushing to continue Sunday through Thursday nights through the end of May.

Each flushing will take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The work will begin in the city’s 4th District, then proceed to the 1st, 2nd and conclude in the 3rd district.

Due to a number of variables, Roth said the department is not able to determine the exact dates it will be in each district.

Roth advises that some rusty water may be experienced during the process.

Sturgis man arrested

April 8, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A Sturgis man faces a number of charges after he led police on a vehicle pursuit over the weekend in Burr Oak Township.

State police officials said Corey Roggow, 33, failed to pull over at 5:25 p.m. Sunday after he was observed not wearing a seatbelt.

Roggow drove a 1989 GMC pickup east on Hackman Road near M-66 then allegedly sped up to 100 miles per hour as he continued on a variety of paved and gravel roads, and failed to stop at two intersections. The pursuit lasted about five miles before Roggow stopped at the intersection of Carpenterson and Kelly roads.

Roggow, however, fled on foot southbound on Carpenterson Road before troopers caught him.

After a search of the vehicle by a MSP canine, Roggow was found in possession of 3.5 grams of methamphetamine. Roggow has been charged with several felonies, including fleeing and eluding, possession of meth, operating under the influence of drugs, driving while license suspended and parole violation.

A passenger, Mendon resident Brian Lowery, is also on parole but was not arrested at this time.

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