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.
Three Rivers Fire Department Captain Jeff Bloomfield was recognized last week for his efforts in heading the annual Firefighters for Santa program.
Chief Dan Tomlinson and members of the city commission saluted Bloomfield, as he was presented with a specially designed fire hat that read “Chief Santa.” The presentation was a surprise to Bloomfield, whose wife, Holley, also surprised him by attending the brief ceremony.
Firefighters for Santa allows members of the Three Rivers force to collect and deliver food and clothes to Three Rivers families who have fallen on hard times.
The cause benefitted 91 families during the 2013 Christmas season.
Two vehicles in Mendon Township were burglarized earlier this week.
According to a St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department media release, the breaking-and-entering incidents occurred Sunday or Monday in the 23000 block of South Shore Drive.
A small amount of loose change was taken from a vehicle; a backpack was stolen from the other.
A detour was set up on Pulver Road last week, as crews prepare to replace the Rocky River bridge.
Located between Burlew Road and M-216 in Flowerfield Township, the bridge will be replaced this spring by Allegan County-based Milbocker and Sons. The same company will also be charged with replacing the Floating Bridge Road bridge, also spanning the Rocky River in Flowerfield Township.
The projects’ combined cost is $1.2 million. St. Joseph County Road Commission officials said the Michigan Department of Transportation’s local bridge fund will cover 95 percent of the expense.
Three Rivers city officials have approved the sale of a house that is part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
During last week’s city commission meeting, final approval was given for the sale of the residence at 516 Eighth St. for $86,000.
Mayor Tom Lowry said the sale marks the third residence constructed by the city and sold through the NSP program.
City Manager Joe Bippus indicated the NSP grants have been exhausted, though he was encouraged to stay abreast of any potential grants in the future.
The 2014 Centreville Covered Bridge Days community celebration will remain at its familiar location downtown.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week approved a request from Covered Bridge Days organizers to use the courthouse lawn to stage the annual event.
Approval was given for June 20 through June 22.
In an unrelated matter at last week’s meeting, commissioners gave permission to hire a new juvenile caseworker, as requested by 45th Judicial Court.
The position will be vacated in May with the impending retirement of Deb Sprinkle.