The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority is seeking approval for a millage-request renewal in August.
During Thursday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners’ executive committee meeting, CTA director Steve Yorks said the request would ask for renewal of 0.33 mills for a four-year period.
Committee members recommended the request appears before the board during its twice-a-month meeting Tuesday.
After it was established by voter approval in 2007, the millage was renewed by a 2-to-1 margin in 2010 for four years. Yorks said the 0.33 mills this year generated about $622,000 for the countywide transportation service.
The St. Joseph County Road Commission is expected to place a millage renewal before county voters during the August vote, as well.
St. Joseph County officials acknowledged a grant-application request from the sheriff’s department for preliminary-breath-test units.
During Thursday’s executive committee meeting, county administrator Pat Yoder said law enforcement agencies in the county use the PBT units to assist deputies with drivers suspected of being intoxicated or impaired.
Time and usage has resulted in a need for new units.
Committee members agreed to add the matter to Tuesday’s agenda for action by the commission.
The grant would cover the purchase of 42 devices, which are used by the sheriff’s department and distributed to police departments in each of the county’s eight municipalities.
Included in the grant are 28 bags of disposable mouth pieces; each bag contains 250 mouth pieces. Total amount of the purchase is $13,100.
Starting Monday, the city of Three Rivers will partner with Waste Management to provide a one-time removal of items from residential properties.
Items will be picked up by district beginning with the 1st District Monday, 2nd District Tuesday, 3rd District Wednesday and 4th District Thursday.
Items to be picked up should be placed on the terrace area along with regular trash. City clerk Melissa Bliss said Waste Management will pick up regular trash only for its customers. Residents who have large items for the one-time pickup do not have to be Waste Management customers.
The event does not include residents in the downtown area. The downtown area will be provided dumpsters during the Community Pride Day May 10.
A fundraising effort to help establish an exhibit at Three Rivers Public Library is being spearheaded by a pair of Three Rivers men.
Chad Ely and Knute Judsen plan to set up a computer terminal that will feature the full, seven-year archive of Bruce Snook’s River Country Journal.
The website quickly established itself as a legitimate, source of local news from its inception in 2006. After Snook passed last August, however, the status of RCJ had remained in a holding pattern.
Judsen and Ely, who run Geek Genius in Three Rivers and were responsible for building, designing and hosting Snook’s website, said RCJ deserves to be showcased in a place where it can be accessed by the public.
The effort, which will help raise funds for a desk, chair and other accessories, is being organized with the blessing of Snook’s widow, Raeann.
More information about the project can be found at rivercountryjournal.com.
The St. Joseph County Board of Election Canvassers completed a once-every-four-years task Wednesday.
According to state law, every county’s board of election canvassers must complete an inspection of ballot boxes and bags. County Clerk Pattie Bender said the task previously was performed over a two-day period, when she and the four-member board traveled to all 16 townships and the cities of Three Rivers and Sturgis.
This time, Bender and board members set up a check station at the county fairgrounds and representatives from the 18 entities made the trip to Centreville. It was an all-day job, as Bender scheduled each entity in 15-minute increments. But, she said, it’s a relief to have the task out of the way before a May 6 vote.
Bender said the inspection ensures it’s impossible to tamper with ballots. She said the inspections Wednesday yielded no problems.
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.