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Woodburners in the village limits

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Potential action on an ordinance regarding wood-burning furnaces in the village limits could be taken by White Pigeon municipal officials next month.

The issue was discussed at length during Wednesday’s village council meeting, where President Dan Czajkowski said he is eager to see the matter put to rest, no matter what direction the seven-member panel takes.

He said the council will have one of three choices when it votes next month: keep the current ordinance, approve a revised ordinance or ban the outdoor furnaces altogether.

The issue was raised earlier this year, when council member Shireen Cline cited concerns about health risks associated with the wood-fueled burners.

The village’s current ordinance requires the furnaces be 50 feet from any home or business not being heated by the unit. In addition, the smokestack height requirement is 75 percent of the eaves-trough height of the highest building plus two feet.

An ordinance proposed by the village’s attorney allows furnaces to be on property no less than five acres and 300 feet from any other dwelling.

White Pigeon’s next village council meeting is at 7 p.m. May 21.

Improvements for Farmers Market

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The city of Three Rivers has issued a media release indicating a number of improvements are underway at the Three Rivers Farmers Market.

City Clerk Melissa Bliss said a vendor meeting next week will yield more information about the revamped farmers market.

The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Three Rivers City Hall.

Questions about the meeting or the 2014 farmers market may be directed to Bliss at 273-1075, extension 105.

Replacing the village clerk

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A week after firing its village clerk, the Centreville Village Council has discussed options for a replacement, including holding off on filling the position.

Village president Jeff Johnson suggested at last week’s village council meeting that the board takes its time in replacing Terrie Tully.

Tully was fired April 2 from office duties, in part, for a faulty financial budget, village officials said. Since then, Johnson and deputy clerk Rhea Schrader have been performing office duties.

Johnson said he and Schrader had been reviewing financial records and he recommends seeking advice from the Michigan Municipal League on the fund balance.

Trustee Gary McClain advised revamping the entire computer system, making billing and revenue reporting easier.

In the meantime, Mendon Village Manager John Hyden has offered to lend the village a hand until it gets its clerk situation in order.

Hydrant flushing starts Sunday

April 11, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Here’s a reminder from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin its twice-a-year hydrant flushing Sunday night.

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.

Roth said the department is not able to determine the exact dates it will be in each district.

She advises that some rusty water may be experienced during the process and encourages residents to call the DPS office if rust in water continues over a prolonged period.

One-time removal of items from properties

April 10, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

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.

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