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Sturgis City appoints new members

April 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Longtime Sturgis resident Mark Dvorak was appointed to the Sturgis City Commission Wednesday.

With a seat to the nine-member commission open as a result of Michael Wilson’s move from the city’s Third Precinct, Dvorak received four votes from the commission. Kimberly Wilson received two and Mark Ritter earned one endorsement.

Dvorak will serve until the term expires in November 2016.

Meanwhile, the Constantine Village Council gained a new trustee this week, as Cindy LaFluer was sworn in to the seven-member panel. She will serve out Bob Brewer’s term, which expires in November. Brewer last month resigned for personal reasons.

Replacing LaFleur as village clerk is Justine Cullifer. She, too, was sworn in this week.

Businesses making improvements

April 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Mendon Village Manager John Hyden said the Mendon Downtown Development Authority is offering a $10,000 façade-improvement matching grant.

Any business willing to dress up the front and/or rear of its exterior, make improvements such as new windows or doors, or refresh or upgrade landscaping, is eligible for the matching funds.

He said three business owners have already hired contractors to make upgrades. One plans to paint, and add overhead doors and awnings; the second intends to improve their front entrance and add a small deck; the third is looking at making a new entryway,  reinsulating inside the business and undertaking general improvements to the front and rear of their business.

The Mendon DDA, a 10-member board with one seat currently available, supports 26 businesses from Nottawa Road west to the village’s industrial park.

Woodburners in the village limits

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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 · Comments Off 

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 · Comments Off 

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 · Comments Off 

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.

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