City agrees to purchase property

March 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The city of Sturgis has reached an agreement to purchase the Wood Motel and its property.

Located near the high-profile intersection of Chicago and Centerville roads, the parcel is being acquired in part through a community development block grant, according to city manager Mike Hughes.

The city plans to demolish the single-level motel and, according to terms of the grant, leave the property vacant for five years.

The grant will pay 70 percent of the $93,000 asking price for the property, leaving the city on the hook for the balance of $27,900.

Hughes said the city would entertain proposals from prospective businesses interested in purchasing and developing the commercially zoned property.

Snow emergency for Sturgis

March 12, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

With a forecast calling for more than four inches of snowfall, the city of Sturgis has declared a snow emergency.

The measure went into effect at 11 o’clock Tuesday night and will remain in place until routes are cleared between two successive street intersections.

The emergency means parking is prohibited on all city streets in order for plow trucks to safely and effectively remove snow accumulation.

The owners of vehicles parked on the streets while the snow emergency is in effect will be issued a $50 fine and be towed.

Winners of Dancing with the St. Joe County Stars

March 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three Rivers City Manager Joe Bippus and his wife, Cheryl, were crowned the winners of the inaugural Dancing With the St. Joseph County Stars event Friday.

Staged at Glen Oaks Community College’s Nora Hagen Theater, the fundraiser featured six teams. The couples and their respective coaches volunteered their time as part of the fundraiser to benefit the St. Joseph County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Second place went to Matthew and Jessica Mosher of Three Rivers, while Geoff and Stephanie Smith of Sturgis placed third. People’s Choice was bestowed to Constantine-area residents Mark and Marti Brown.

Event organizers said they were pleased with the turnout of more than 200 spectators and sponsors, who combined to help raise more than $4,500 for the Centreville-based agency.

Seeking Citizen of the Year

March 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The village of Centreville has announced it is seeking nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year recipient.

Candidates are typically chosen based on their community standing and involvement. Committee members ask that nominations also include details about organizations, hobbies and other factors to consider in selecting the citizen of the year.

Nominations should be made in writing and delivered to the village office by April 30.

Constantine awarded grant

March 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The village of Constantine was awarded a grant in excess of $240,000 Friday from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

During a ceremony at the village office, municipal leaders accepted the money awarded as part of a Downtown Infrastructure Grant. The $242,000 gift was contingent on an $80,000 match from the village.

Village Manager Mark Honeysett said the funds will help pay for a 34-space parking lot downtown, new lighting and a number of other amenities to enhance Constantine’s downtown area.

Constantine was one of 14 communities in the state to receive grants from the EDC. A total of $7 million was available from the Lansing agency.

Work is expected to start later in the spring and conclude in September.

Concerns about leaving water running

February 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Concerns about the city’s recommendation to leave a trickle of water running as a precaution against frozen pipes were expressed during last week’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting.

Residents Jim Everett and Helen Dettmar asked Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners if residents who adhere to the request would be given a break on their water bills.

City manager Joe Bippus said the billing department would make average adjustments for people who do leave water running. Bippus said people who have either been following or plan to abide by the request should visit the city’s finance department.

Lowry suggested the city consider taking the average of the prior three, four or six billing cycles. He clarified that the city will consider the rate adjustment only if a homeowner has, in fact, left water running and their bill is greater than usual.

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