One-time removal of items from properties

April 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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 · Comments Off 

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.

Water-trickle ends

April 7, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Three Rivers Department of Public Services has announced it is ending its suggested water-trickle notice.

Most of the water services that were frozen over the winter months have now thawed, and frost is out of the ground in most areas, DPS officials said.

The suggested measure was noted a month ago.

City has vacancy to fill

March 31, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Sturgis City Commission has a vacancy to fill following a resignation announced last week.

Mike Wilson has moved out of the city’s Third Precinct, making him ineligible to represent the area.

The nine-member board is moving forward with plans to replace Wilson, who was on the commission for more than two years.

Interested parties must submit an application to city clerk Ken Rhodes by noon April 18. Prospective candidates will be interviewed at the commission’s April 23 work session. The chosen applicant will take their seat later that evening during the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Elections changed

March 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The city of Sturgis will move its municipal elections to even-numbered years, following a unanimous vote taken this week by community leaders.

Starting Jan.1, the city will implement the even-year vote, as 2015 will not be an election year. Instead, the next vote to select city commissioners will be decided in 2016.

Consequently, current commissioners whose terms would have expired at the end of 2014 will serve 12 additional months. A public hearing on the matter Wednesday drew no comments.

City Manager Mike Hughes said the measure had been considered for a number of years. The appeal, he said, is an opportunity to improve voter turnout as well as saving money.

A few precincts in Sturgis have consistently seen the lowest voter turnout in the county, and Sturgis officials hope including city commission elections on the ballot with other races – including the presidential in 2016 – will yield a greater number of voters.

Ordinance passed

March 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Three Rivers City Commission last week passed an ordinance related to sidewalk snow removal.

The ordinance calls for the owner of a building or lot adjacent to a paved sidewalk to clear the sidewalk within 72 hours of a measureable snowfall. In addition, the ordinance requires sand or an abrasive to be applied if snow is too hard or if ice has formed on the sidewalk.

City manager Joe Bippus said a team of volunteers will be deployed to aid senior citizens or people who are handicapped and unable to do the clearing on their own.

A number of landlords and residents raised concerns about the ordinance, as the owner of multiple properties may have to hire the help to be done. In addition, there were questions about whose judgment would be cited to whether snowfall accumulation warrants removal, and who decides at what time a snowfall has concluded.

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