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.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a press release regarding potholes caused by sub-zero temperatures and near-record snowfall.
MDOT officials said weather conditions are leading directly to severe potholes across the state, putting further strain on pavement and the efforts MDOT crews have put forth filling potholes during the various freeze-thaw cycles.
The extreme pothole season on top of this winter’s heavy snowfall is taking its toll on the department’s maintenance budget, MDOT officials said.
The agency’s maintenance budget for this winter is $88 million, based on the five-year winter average. Due to the severe winter weather, it is expecting to exceed that budget by about $40 million.
The public is encouraged to report potholes they find on state roads to a link on the MDOT website.
A Portage woman was cited for failure to yield following a two-vehicle accident Thursday in Florence Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Laura Rothwell, 53, was driving west ion Featherstone Road when she disregarded the stop sign at Lutz Road. Her car struck a southbound vehicle driven by 56-year-old Thomas Pifer of Nottawa.
Rothwell was treated at the scene, while Pifer was not injured. He was cited for driving on a suspended license.
Three long guns, a pistol, video gaming devices and other items were stolen last week from a residence in Mottville Township.
State police said the incident occurred between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Feb. 19 in the 10000 block of James Street.
Police indicated they believe two men were a part of the breaking and entering, and it appears their vehicle headed south on Thomas Road from the location.
An investigation ongoing for several weeks culminated Tuesday with the arrest of three people in the Meijer parking lot in Three Rivers.
Sheriff’s department officials said narcotics investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit said the case involved methamphetamine delivery and production.
Charges include delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors. One of the males also had an outstanding warrant for operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab.
Names, ages and places of residence for the three were not provided in a department media release.