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Closing area garages

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.