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Ann Arbor banning sale of tobacco to people younger than 21

Ann Arbor is banning the sale of tobacco to people under 21. City Council voted 9-2 on Thursday to give final approval to an ordinance raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18. It’s joining the Tobacco 21 movement, which has been embraced by other communities in the U.S. The Ann Arbor News reports it …

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$70M for foundation to help Kalamazoo fix budget, cut taxes

Kalamazoo is getting $70 million from philanthropists and others to be used to create a foundation to help solve the city’s budget problems and cut property taxes. The Kalamazoo City Commission decided Thursday to move forward with the idea of creating the Foundation for Excellence. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports city leaders secured donations from Kalamazoo philanthropists William Johnston and William …

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Commission considers renaming park

A community park was suggested to be named in honor of a former member of the Three Rivers City Commission. During last week’s city commission meeting, commissioner Diane Clay suggested a park on Broadway Street near Fourth Street be named in honor of Elbert Foster, who passed away last month following a 10-year battle against sickle cell anemia. Foster was …

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City millage up for renewal in November

A matter regarding streets and sidewalks in Three Rivers will appear before the city’s voters in November. Mayor Tom Lowry and city commission members Tuesday agreed to seek renewal of 3.7 mills. The millage has allowed the city to maintain and improve city streets and sidewalks since it was first approved 15 years ago. If approved, the November request would …

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Several matters before city commission

A public hearing to consider rezoning a property in the 58000 block of U.S. 131 highlights the agenda of today’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting. Other matters before Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners include a public hearing regarding a user-fee ordinance, a bid for the fiscal year 2017 drinking-water chemical bid award, the purchase of a lawn tractor and accessories, …

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Several matters of new business for city commission

Two public hearings and four matters of new business will be fielded by the Three Rivers City Commission this evening. An IFT application for a 10,000-square-foot expansion by Metal Technologies and a zoning amendment to a B-2 Zoning District for light industry will be staged during the public-hearing process. New business to be discussed by the commission features a boundary …

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