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Railroad crossing closure considered in Sturgis

The city of Sturgis has tabled Michigan Department of Transportation’s recommendation to close a North Clay Street railroad crossing on the Michigan Southern Railroad line. The decision was made last month following a public hearing and several months of study by city staff and the Sturgis Planning Commission. Both bodies had recommended closing the North Clay Street crossing. Sturgis Mayor …

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New city commissioner named

Three Rivers City Commission members will welcome a new commissioner aboard the seven-person panel next week. Norm Stutesman was chosen Tuesday to replace Diane Clay as representative of the city’s Third District. Clay had to vacate the seat due to her move to another area of the community. Stutesman, 72, was chosen even though no applications for the position were …

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No applicants for city commission seat

A vacancy on the Three Rivers City Commission remains unfilled, as there were no applicants who filed for the partial-term seat before a Friday deadline last week. City officials said the seat was previously held by Diane Clay, who stepped down Dec. 20 in light of her move to another part of the community. The issue is likely to be …

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City commission looks to fill vacancy

The Three Rivers City Commission has a vacancy to fill in its Third District. The opening comes as a result of Commissioner Diane Clay announcing last week her resignation due to her impending move out-of-district. A six-year board member, Clay will stay on board until after completing next week’s city commission meeting, the commission’s final meeting of the year. The …

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Short agenda for city commission

What appears to be a brief meeting awaits Mayor Tom Lowry and the Three Rivers City Commission this evening. The only items of business appear under the consent agenda. The items include police department monthly report for October, library board minutes of September and October, and change orders related to Broadway Street railroad signalization and sanitary sewer relocation at Metal …

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Village council & city commission results

Membership to four different village councils and one spot on the Sturgis City Commission were decided Tuesday. In Centreville, Gary McClain, Steve Quake, Daniel Merten and Richard Thompson were elected to the board as trustees. Constantine will see Gary Mathers take over as president, and Willie Harder, Cathy Piper and Richard Larrance serve as trustees. Mendon residents selected Kirk Spence, …

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Kalamazoo takes step toward using $70M in private donations

The Kalamazoo City Commission has taken a step toward using roughly $70 million in private donations to help cover city costs. The commission voted 6-1 to approve the memorandum of understanding during a public meeting Monday. The document outlines the agreement between donors and the city as well as each party’s commitment to the Foundation for Excellence. The foundation, introduced …

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City commissioners choose replacement

A lifelong Three Rivers resident has been selected from a field of seven candidates to complete an unexpired term on the Three Rivers City Commission. Pat Dane was the majority’s decision during Tuesday’s meeting to complete the remaining 13 months left on Jared Hoffmaster’s term. Hoffmaster resigned last month in advance of his family’s impending move to Fabius Township. Dane, …

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Several matters before city commission

The purchase of winter salt, cancellation and awarding of a sidewalk contract and a redevelopment agreement at a property at 815 N. Main St. highlight the agenda for this evening’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting. Two other matters of new business and nine items under the consent agenda – including the establishment of trick-or-treat hours – also will be discussed …

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Battle Creek approves regulations for panhandling, loitering

Battle Creek city commissioners have approved ordinances aimed at regulating panhandling and loitering. The proposals outlaw remaining “idly” within 25 feet of an intersection and soliciting money from anyone waiting in line or near building entrances. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports commissioners voted Tuesday on the proposals, which take effect in 10 days. Violations would be considered civil infractions and …

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