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Budget talks continue in Colon

Colon municipal officials are debating whether to raise the hourly rate for newly hired police officers. During Tuesday’s village council meeting, interim village manager Tom Tenney said a proposed starting rate of $15 an hour is being considered. The current starting hourly rate is $13. Sgt. Joel Herr said he and chief Mark Brinkert are hoping to get some help …

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Public boat docks in Colon – Discussion continues

Colon’s interim village manager gave an ultimatum Tuesday to the seven-member village council. Tom Tenney said he would give up the post if the council decided to let someone else develop an ordinance regarding docks in public areas. The issue that sparked Tenney’s comment centers on an offer from a group of local residents and business owners who have agreed …

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Sturgis – Candidates sought for second precinct commissioner

Sturgis city commissioners will interview potential candidates for second precinct commissioner at a work session prior to their regular meeting July 25. The successful candidate will be sworn in and seated immediately to fill the position of Ina Taulbee, who resigned June 8. Applications are due by July 19 to the city clerk’s office. Only registered voters in the second precinct are …

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City commission rejects medical marijuana ordinances

Three Rivers City Commission members have rejected a pair of ordinances related to medical marijuana facilities. During Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioner Janell Hart were outvoted by Carolyn McNary, Daryl Griffith, Alison Haigh, Norm Stutesman and Pat Dane on the two ordinances. The proposed ordinances centered on zoning and the operation of medical marijuana facilities within the city …

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Medical marijuana – TR discussion continues

Three Rivers municipal officials later this month are expected to vote on ordinances related to medical marijuana facilities. The impending action comes after Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners conducted a pair of public hearings Tuesday. The proposed ordinances center on the operation and zoning of the facilities within the city limits. The issue drew considerable discussion and a number of …

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Medical marijuana approvals in Constantine

Applications for seven additional medical marijuana facilities were approved Monday by the Constantine Village Council. Permits were approved for: JTD Distribution, a grow facility on Industrial Drive; MBWII, a provisioning center at 135 S. Washington St.; Constantine Products, a grow-and-processing facility at 675 Centreville Road; Constantine Products, a provisioning center at 160 N. Washington St.; and Pure Provisioning, a grow …

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City to remove park fountain decried by some as racist

Officials in Kalamazoo have decided to remove a park fountain featuring a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the Kalamazoo City Commission voted 5 to 1 early Tuesday following a meeting that began Monday night on the future of the Fountain of the Pioneers in Bronson Park. A plan …

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Update from Constantine Village Council

Members of the Constantine Village Council have OK’d applications for five commercial medical-marijuana facilities. Approved earlier this month, the medical-marijuana ordinance states the village may assess an annual fee of no more than $5,000 to help defray administrative and enforcement expenses associated with the operation of the facilities. Applications have been accepted for Herbal Advantage Provisioning to establish a provisioning …

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Centreville Village Council update

The Centreville Village Council last week voted to wait a month before appointing a new member. A board seat has been left vacant with the resignation of Ken Griffith. Three candidates submitted a resident-interest form. They are Brandy Eckert, Harlie Sherman and Thomas Hagerman. Council member Jeff Johnson said all candidates have strong credentials but he moved to  appoint Hagerman. …

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Water rate increase in Centreville

Members of the Centreville Village Council voted recently to raise monthly water rates. A fixed-fee increase of $3.18 plus another $1.55 per 1,000 gallons used. Those figures will increase annually, based on cost of living. A rate comparison done for council members showed their bills increasing between $5 and $10 per month under the new plan. The increase was based on …

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