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Former Sturgis Citizen of the Year passes away

June 12, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A former Sturgis Citizen of the Year and one-time city commission member has passed away.

Jo Ellen Oster, 64, passed Tuesday following a bout with cancer. The 1998 Sturgis Citizen of the Year, Oster served at different times as a city commissioner, member of the Downtown Development Authority and the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce.

Her late husband, John, is the namesake of the John E. Oster Award.

Established in 1981 by Jo Ellen Oster, it recognizes a Sturgis Public Schools teacher for teaching excellence and community involvement.

Jo Ellen Oster’s funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis.

Properties to be sold

June 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Four properties will be sold to the Sturgis Neighborhood Program, as the measure was approved last week by the Sturgis City Commission.

The properties are at 210 S. Maple; 400 E. West; 701 S. Orange; and 1502 Sunnyfield.

Collectively, the sale of the four properties totals more than $72,000.

Three of the properties were acquired by the city in 2013 through tax foreclosure and one through a donation program by Wells Fargo. Prices are intended to cover acquisition and holding costs. By state statute, the city cannot profit from the sale of the properties.

Replacing street signs

May 27, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

White Pigeon village officials have agreed to spend about $2,600 to replace damaged and faded street signs.

During Wednesday’s village council meeting, the seven-member panel heard president Dan Czajkowski explain that many of the village’s signs are difficult to read because of their age and years-long effects of the elements. He said it is a matter of safety that the signs be replaced.

The expenditure, which includes school-zone signs, will come from the village’s streets fund.

Update on White Pigeon Days

May 23, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An update on the 2014 White Pigeon Days community celebration was provided during Wednesday’s village council meeting.

Representatives from the White Pigeon Days Committee said a permit for the parade on U.S. 12 has been secured and will take place on opening night, July 11.

Other attractions include a dodge ball tournament, inflatable attractions for the kids, food and crafts vendors, an alumni football game July 12 between White Pigeon and Constantine, and a fireworks show afterward.

Announcement of the village’s citizens of the year will be made June 7 during a library-sponsored music in the park program at Wade Park.

Need more information about woodburners

May 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

White Pigeon village officials have deferred a matter regarding outdoor, wood-burning boilers until more information can be gathered by a council member and zoning official.

A month after village council member Shireen Cline raised health-related concerns about the devices, the panel on Wednesday agreed to have Cline meet with Doug Kuhlman, zoning administrator for the village. The two will review the village’s current ordinance and try to come up with a revised regulation.

Cline said between the council’s April meeting and Wednesday, she has secured additional information about health-related risks the burners pose.

She said the work session with Kuhlman would allow the opportunity to mesh portions of a proposed, revised ordinance with sections of the Michigan DEQ’s outdoor-burning ordinance.

Cline has cited concerns about health risks associated with the wood-fueled burners.

Two incumbents likely to return

April 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two incumbents will likely be returning to the Three Rivers City Commission later this year, while a third will be involved in a contested race.

City clerk Melissa Bliss said an August runoff vote will not be necessary, meaning Second District Commissioner Alison Haigh and Fourth District representative Carolyn McNary will run unopposed in November’s general election.

Incumbent Daryl Griffith, however, will be contested by Matthew Mosher for the at-large post Griffith has occupied for more than 10 years.

All three commission seats are for two-year periods, Bliss said.

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