Weather causing potholes

February 27, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

Applebee’s donates

February 25, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Three Rivers Applebee’s recently made a financial donation to the Three Rivers Food Site and other area food banks.

Manager Ken Springsteen said the restaurant sold old decorative items online and donated the funds.

The Three Rivers Food Site and the Constantine Food Bank each received $1,276. Springsteen said the effort was a way of thanking Three Rivers for its patronage through the years.

The restaurant recently re-opened following extensive remodeling.

Aldi grocery opens

February 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A line of shoppers formed outside the new Aldi grocery store in advance of its opening Thursday morning.

Located at the southeast corner of U.S. 131 and Broadway Road in front of Home Depot, the new Aldi is the 61st in Michigan.

Company officials said about 95 percent of the 1,400 items inside the 10,000-square-foot store are store-label brands. District manager Ryan Smith said the company’s real estate department chose Three Rivers as the location of its first store in St. Joseph County based on demographics, traffic counts and other factors.

The Three Rivers store, which is staging a two-week, grand-opening special, employs 12 people.

More funds for road maintenance

February 20, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The state Senate has approved the immediate spending of 100-million dollars for “special winter road maintenance” funds. The vote follows concerns from local road commissions who say they’ve already spent most or all of their winter budgets. Not everyone is ready to back the amount of spending however. Both the governor and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville were non committal about the amounts. The spending measure also calls for 115-(m) million dollars to prop up a shortfall in the Health Insurance Claims Assessment program. The bill now goes to the House.  (MRN)

Ceremony for Aldi

February 19, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new Aldi supermarket takes place Thursday morning.

A number of local dignitaries will be on hand for the 9 a.m. event at the new store, 1220 W. Broadway St.

The ribbon-cutting also signifies the official public opening of the store, where product sampling and an on-site sweepstakes will be offered.

Higher minimum wage proposed

February 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Supporters of boosting the hourly minimum wage in Michigan want to put a bigger proposed increase before voters than previously announced, organizers of the effort said Monday. The Raise Michigan campaign said it now wants to raise the minimum wage from $7.40 per hour to $10.10 per hour by January 2017. The campaign previously had submitted proposed ballot language to increase it to $9.50 per hour by January 2016. In a statement, the campaign said there is “strong public support” for the idea. “This proposal gives people who work hard … a better chance to escape poverty, and allows businesses more time to adjust to the proposal,” Raise Michigan said. The Michigan Board of Canvassers plans to review the petition at its meeting Wednesday, the group said. If approved, supporters of Raise Michigan say they plan to collect 258,000 valid signatures from Michigan voters needed to put the proposal on the November ballot. Critics say raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who is up for re-election, has said increasing the wage could have negative consequences. Michigan’s GOP-led Legislature hasn’t embraced the idea of raising the state’s minimum wage above $7.40. A full-time worker making $9.50 per hour earns $19,760 annually — right at the federal poverty level for a family of three this year. A worker making $10.10 per hour over the same time period would earn just more than $21,000 a year. Michigan’s minimum wage is slightly higher than the $7.25 federal minimum.  (AP)

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