Brush cleanup from storm

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

In response to last week’s storm, crews from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin a brush pickup next week.

DPS officials ask that residents place brush on the terrace, not in the street, by 7 a.m. Monday morning. Crews will be making only one pass to collect brush. The pick-up is for storm damage only.

The DPS offers a compost drop-off area at 1015 S. Lincoln Ave. Brush, leaves, grass clippings and garden waste are accepted at the compost area.

Public works crews in Sturgis are in the midst of a special pickup as well. The task started Monday and is expected to be completed today or Thursday.

Public input for decision

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis municipal officials are expected to ask the public for input on whether to sell a piece of park land.

Commissioners this week plan to consider ballot language authorizing the sale of Arthur Carls Park to Burr Oak Tool, Inc. The matter will be discussed at Wednesday’s city commission meeting.

City manager Mike Hughes said Burr Oak Tool has indicated it would like the property for potential future expansion. The land is north of its manufacturing plant on West South Street.

Sturgis’ City Charter requires that any sale of park property be approved by public referendum. In order to be place on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election, the commission must approve ballot language by Aug. 12.

Traffic signal change in Sturgis

July 4, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The city of Sturgis has issued a temporary traffic signal change for the intersection of West West Street and North Centerville Road.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, the traffic signal will be changed to flashing-red mode for West Street and flashing-yellow for Centerville.

The change is being made as an evaluation period for a possible change to the traffic control devices at the intersection. As part of the design process for reconstruction of North Centerville Road, engineers reviewed the need for a traffic signal at the intersection and the appropriate device for current traffic conditions.

Engineers found that traffic flow at the intersection, especially on West Street, does not warrant the current traffic signal. Engineers recommended that the intersection be made a two-way stop and city commissioners approved a temporary traffic control order to determine the impact of such a change.

After a six-week test period, the city commission will consider whether to make a permanent change.

Mutual-aid agreement

June 27, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Members of the Constantine Village Council voted to have the village participate in a 2014 St. Joseph County mutual-aid, police-assistance agreement.

The agreement is a collaboration among the St. Joseph County Sheriff ‘ s Department and agencies from Sturgis, Burr Oak, Centreville, Colon, Constantine, Mendon, Three Rivers and White Pigeon.

Village manager Mark Honeysett said neighboring communities have always lent assistance to one another, formally and informally. The agreement means Constantine may render assistance to any of the participating agencies under certain circumstances.

Honeysett, who also serves as chief of police, said the agreement states the requesting agency does not need to compensate the other responders, as the mutual advantage of the arrangement is adequate compensation, he said.

Parking violations in Constantine

June 26, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A public hearing on parking violations in Constantine is on tap next month, following discussion at a recent Constantine Village Council meeting.

Council members earlier this month discussed imposing stiff fines, including vehicle impoundment, for improper and overtime parking in the business district.

The council set a public hearing for 7:05 p.m. July 21 regarding the issue. Village manager Mark Honeysett said officers do not write many parking citations but a significant percentage of what they do write are not paid promptly, if at all.

He said Department of Public Works employees made numerous complaints about people parking downtown between 2 and 6 a.m., when parking is forbidden and poses a considerable problem when there is a need for snow removal.

Village president could face charges

June 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Centreville’s village president could face charges after his son and son’s girlfriend were arrested earlier this month.

Evidence from a six-week investigation indicates village president Jeff Johnson knew about warrants and drug involvement specific to his son, Jeffrey Charles Johnson, and his son’s girlfriend, Karissa Baltz.

The couple was living in the village president’s home.

Centreville Police Chief Luke Delcourt had spoken with the elder Johnson on three different occasions about the son and girlfriend, according to police. Besides arresting the couple, Delcourt has requested charges against the village president, including harboring a fugitive.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said the investigation into possible charges against Johnson has been turned over to the state police.

Jeffrey Charles Johnson, 42, and Baltz, 39, were arraigned June 13 in St. Joseph County District Court on charges of possession of methamphetamine and credit card/ATM fraud, following a traffic stop June 11.

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