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Property to go for sale

Mayor Tom Lowry and members of the Three Rivers City Commission have agreed to place a resolution for the sale of city-owned property on file for 30 days. The property in question is a western portion of the former Essex Wire property on Fourth Street. Union City-based Dove Ag Services is hoping to gain approval for a truck-loading facility and …

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New officers introduced

Four new auxiliary officers were introduced to the Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday. Chief Tom Bringman said over the past 11 months, the five completed 120 hours of training, which included classroom, defensive tactics and firearms. The quartet is comprised of Three Rivers High School graduates Brian Kline and Travis Cain, Caledonia native Gary VanderMei and Kalamazoo resident Shawn Taylor. …

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Lowry to run again

Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry said he plans to seek a second two-year term to the city’s highest elected post. Following Tuesday’s city commission meeting, Lowry said he took out a petition earlier in the day to begin the process of appearing on the November ballot. He will need to secure a minimum number of signatures from registered voters before …

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Concern over parking violations

Three Rivers Police Chief Tom Bringman will instruct officers to beef up enforcement of parking violations around Hoppin Elementary School when classes resume next week. Concern about the issue was raised Tuesday by Three Rivers City Commissioner Daryl Griffith, who said illegally parked cars pose a risk to children who walk home from school or to waiting cars parked legally …

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New water meters in TR

Mayor Tom Lowry and members of the Three Rivers City Commission have authorized an upgrade of residential water meters. City officials estimate more than 1,300 meters will be upgraded in order to make it easier to read water meters and quickly identify leaks. Between installation and materials, the measure will cost just under $330,000. The city has been budgeting for …

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Former village office sold

White Pigeon municipal officials have sold the former village office and adjacent parking lot. The deal was announced last week after the village had previously announced it was accepting bids for the building and property. Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene submitted a $14,000 bid for the parcel, at 118 S. Kalamazoo St. The church, which operates in a building just …

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Sheteron resigns

The Centreville Village Council is one person short after longtime trustee Christine Sheteron turned in her resignation this week. Sheteron, 44, submitted a letter Monday to the village council. In it, she indicated she has no interest in working for what she called a non-working and uncooperative body of elected officials and community members. Sheteron did not elaborate on specific …

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No brush pick-up this spring

Amy Roth, director of the Three Rivers Public Services Department, said the city will not conduct a leaf or brush pickup this spring. Roth issued a reminder that it is against city ordinance to place yard waste or debris in the street or terrace area. Residents must make their own arrangements to dispose of yard waste, limbs and brush, Roth …

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Baker refuses request

Village officials in Centreville agreed this week to dismiss Department of Public Works director Randy Baker following an investigation related to gasoline allegedly taken from the pump designated for municipal vehicles. The vote was made after Baker refused to act on the village’s request last week that he step down from the post. Baker, a Colon resident, is suspected of …

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Flag lowered in honor of Bir

Sturgis officials announced the city flag will be lowered in honor of Sue Bir’s service to the community. Bir, 56, died Wednesday at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was elected Precinct 2 commissioner in November 1989, and also served as vice mayor in 1996. City officials believe she was the first woman to preside over a …

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