Tom Lowry will serve two more years as mayor of Three Rivers, as he defeated Larry Nichols in Tuesday’s general election.
Lowry, 57, topped the 58-year-old Nichols, 268 votes to 206. Over the course of two tenures, Lowry has served as mayor for 14 years.
Meanwhile, Linda Gearhart won the commissioner-at-large position Tuesday and will start a two-year term to the seven-member board later this month.
The 65-year-old Gearhart topped Larry Matson, 288 to 164.
Matson, 70, has served on two different occasions as an appointed commissioner.
Commissioners Jared Hoffmaster and Diane Lee Haley-Clay were unopposed for two-year terms.
A write-in candidate for the Sturgis City Commission topped an incumbent during Tuesday’s general election.
Precinct 2 commissioner Karen Stephens fell short in her attempt to serve two more years, as she was beaten by Charles Huber, 39 to 15.
Four other candidates in Sturgis ran unopposed and will return to the nine-member city commission.
Members of the Sturgis City Commission last week approved tax-break requests for three businesses.
The requests for Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificates were granted to Mayer Tool and Engineering, Americraft Carton and Burr Oak Tool.
Mayer Tool’s request was for a 12-year abatement of almost $55,000 on the purchase of new equipment.
Americraft Carton sought $6.2 million was for new equipment and a building expansion.
Meanwhile, Burr Oak Tool’s request is tied in with a three-year expansion project. The company is investing more than $4.9 million in technology, tooling and machining equipment. It is also planning to construct a new building in the Dresser Industrial Park.
Constantine residents north of Locust Street are being advised to expect interruptions in their water service throughout the day today.
Village officials said the anticipated interruption is the result of work on the water main on Broad Street, near the intersection of North Washington. The work is necessary for modifications to the road as a part of the work related to the U.S. 131 Constantine bypass.
Today’s work is scheduled to begin by 8:30 a.m. and municipal officials said there’s a good chance the water will be off for the better part of the day.
In addition, there will likely be a second day this week when water service will be interrupted on the north end. Village manager Mark Honeysett said details will be provided as far in advance as possible.
Constantine village and township plan to reimburse more than $200,000 owed to a former manufacturing plant following a reassessment of its property taxes.
Village officials this week were told Rexam Closure Systems appealed its 2011 tax assessment. The assessment was $11.2 million but reduced to $4.5 million following its appeal. As a result, the village and township owe a total reimbursement of $215,000.
The village-owed portion is in excess of $70,000 and will be paid back in three installments annually starting in January 2014, village manager Mark Honeysett said. Constantine Township has not yet announced its repayment plan.
Rexam, which was the largest employer in Constantine, closed in December 2010.
The Three Rivers City Commission has named Doug Humbert as the new superintendent of the Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The move by Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners came during last week’s city commission meeting.
Humbert replaces James Baker, whose last day is today before joining the wastewater plant operated by the city of Kalamazoo. Humbert is a 10-year employee of the Three Rivers plant and has served most recently as senior operator.
Baker has worked for the city since 2010.