Two county millage renewal requests and an additional renewal request in White Pigeon Township were approved during Tuesday’s primary election.
The countywide votes saw the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging earn a six-year renewal of three-quarters of a mill. In addition, three-quarters of a mill renewal for six years was granted to the county E-911 central dispatch.
Both renewals, which passed with support from about 75 percent of voters, were for basic operations and will generate about $1.1 million annually for each entity.
Meanwhile, White Pigeon Township Library will continue to receive about $60,000 a year for four years starting in 2013, after voters in its jurisdiction agreed to renew three-tenths of a mill.
The request was approved by a 4-to-1 margin.
Mike King, proprietor of the Weenie Kings push-cart hot dog stand, said he has decided to keep his business in the parking lot at Harding’s grocery store on West Michigan Avenue for the rest of the season.
After the Three Rivers Public Library Board earlier this year evicted King from his five-year location at the Three Rivers Public Library parking lot, King fielded more than half dozen offers from area businesses in Three Rivers and eventually chose to settle at Harding’s, next door to the library.
King said Harding’s manager Matt Bowen has offered the lot with no strings attached. King added that he appreciates being able to work in a location where he feels welcome.
Discussion about whether to grandfather Weenie Kings to the library parking lot is a matter expected to be fielded by the eight-member library board April 24. King said he would like to know he could return to the library if something ends up not working out at Harding’s.
The board’s decision was unpopular with the Three Rivers City Commission, whose members are contemplating whether to remove library board president Sharon Rogers from the position.
A potential change in the leadership of the Three Rivers Public Library Board could be forthcoming.
Mayor Tom Lowry and members of the Three Rivers City Commission on Tuesday discussed the option of removing Sharon Rogers as president of the library board.
Commissioners, however, agreed to wait until after the library board stages its monthly meeting Tuesday next week and see what response, if any, they receive relevant to a letter city manager Joe Bippus sent two weeks ago.
Two decisions by the library board have drawn the attention of Lowry and commissioners. The first centers on the board’s decision to evict the Weenie Kings push-cart hot dog stand from its parking lot.
The second was raised Tuesday by Commissioner Ken Baker. He said the Three Rivers Community Schools bus garage was sent a letter, informing it that buses will no longer be allowed on the library parking lot. The order means a bus that transports students with special needs to the library for a frequent visit will have to drop off and pick up the students at a location off the property, according to Baker.
The fate of where the Weenie Kings push-cart hot dog stand will set up for business in 2012 remains unresolved.
Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners on Tuesday discussed the situation after being told by Weenie Kings proprietor Mike King that the Three Rivers Public Library Board has approved a policy that prohibits commerce from taking place in the library parking lot.
Acting on a recommendation by Commissioner Daryl Griffith, the city commission authorized city manager Joe Bippus to write a letter to the library board, asking the five-member panel to reconsider its policy specific to King.
City commission members agreed that the library board handled the matter poorly.
A reaction to the impending letter could likely be yielded during the library board’s next scheduled meeting, March 27.
The Sturgis District Library has issued a notice advising patrons that it will be closed from Saturday through March 12, as new carpet is being installed.
Library officials said the current carpet is 18 years old and is showing its wear. They said approximately 1.5 million people have patronized the library over the time period.
The children’s room is expected to remain closed a few additional days.
The heating and air conditioning system at Nottawa Township Library will be replaced thanks to a recent grant.
A $25,000 gift from the Robert C. Reinhardt Trust will cover the majority of the cost to replace the 20-year-old units. Bonnie Heflin, library director, said the grant was a welcome gift, as the library will have to pay less than $10,000 of its own money toward the project as a result of the $25,000 offer.
The replacement work will be performed by Colon-based Magic City Heating and Cooling.