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More candidates for House of Rep.

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A Three Rivers resident has announced his candidacy for the 59th District House of Representatives.

Bob Sills, a former Michigan Senate employee, made the announcement this week.

Sills is a past chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party and serves on its executive committee. He is the recipient of the 2011 Republican Mackinac Conference leadership award for his work in St. Joseph County. Citing his background of working with city and county officials, Sills said he favors the legislature’s effort to restore state revenue sharing to local government.

He has a bachelor of business degree from Western Michigan University.

Sills is the fourth candidate to seek the position currently held by State Rep. Matt Lori. The other candidates are Republicans John Bippus of Three Rivers, Aaron Miller of Sturgis, Roger Rathburn of Three Rivers, and Democrat Mike Moroz of Dowagiac.

Replacing the village clerk

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

Inspection completed

April 10, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Board of Election Canvassers completed a once-every-four-years task Wednesday.

According to state law, every county’s board of election canvassers must complete an inspection of ballot boxes and bags. County Clerk Pattie Bender said the task previously was performed over a two-day period, when she and the four-member board traveled to all 16 townships and the cities of Three Rivers and Sturgis.

This time, Bender and board members set up a check station at the county fairgrounds and representatives from the 18 entities made the trip to Centreville. It was an all-day job, as Bender scheduled each entity in 15-minute increments. But, she said, it’s a relief to have the task out of the way before a May 6 vote.

Bender said the inspection ensures it’s impossible to tamper with ballots. She said the inspections Wednesday yielded no problems.

Closing area garages

April 9, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced it is closing its Colon Township and Three Rivers-area garages. The move means three area foremen, including the Centreville area foreman, will be offered an early-retirement incentive.

The positions will be eliminated effective May 1.

Operations from Colon, Centreville, and Three Rivers garages/districts will be gradually folded into the central facility in Centreville. Christopher Bolt, engineer/manager, said the positions will be replaced by one new director of operations position.

Bolt said the agency in 10 years has seen its share of Michigan Transportation Fund dollars drop from $5.5 million a year to $4.5 million annually.

He said for now, St. Joseph County will retain ownership of the Colon and Three Rivers-area garages. They will come in handy for storage of equipment and materials, and maybe even serve as temporary headquarters for crews working on larger projects in the area, he said.

County Board to meet with county road commission

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has set a time and date for a work session to meet with the county road commission.

The meeting, set for 3 p.m. April 30 at the county courthouse, will center on the road commission’s millage renewal request this year and an update on road conditions in general.

County administrator Pat Yoder said he met with road commission head Christopher Bolt Tuesday and the two agreed the timing of a work session would be prudent.

Bolt later this spring is expected to appear before commissioners with a request for resolution to stage the millage renewal request.

The matter is one of likely a few agenda items slated for the work session.

City has vacancy to fill

March 31, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

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