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Low voter turnout in Three Rivers

Not surprisingly, a low voter turnout was recorded in three municipalities where elections took place Tuesday. In Three Rivers, about 5 percent of the city’s 5,100 registered voters participated in an uncontested election that saw Mayor Tom Lowry secure an additional two-year term. The 59-year-old Lowry, who has served as mayor of St. Joseph County’s second-largest community for 16 years, …

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Three Rivers voters head to polls

It’s election day and voters in three St. Joseph County communities will head to the polls. In Three Rivers, a newcomer is expected to join three incumbents to the municipality’s seven-member city commission. All four positions are uncontested, meaning 16-year mayor Tom Lowry will oversee the commission for at least two more years. Joining him will be Jared Hoffmaster and …

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Fencing to be allowed in downtown Sturgis

A decision by the Sturgis Planning Commission will allow various types of fencing in the downtown central business district designed to accommodate some new commercial uses. City officials last week said outdoor eating areas, mainly at locations that serve alcohol, must have perimeter fencing to cordon them from general pedestrian traffic. Some commercial fencing also is expected in the area …

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Parks and rec plan among agenda items for City Commission

Three items of new business and a public hearing regarding a parks and recreation master plan are on the agenda for this evening’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting. Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners are expected to discuss the position of city assessor, a DDA investment request and a proposed resolution electing the hard-cap limits on public employer contributions to medical …

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Sports complex among agenda items for City Commission

A request by Three Rivers High School to stage a fireworks display during its football team’s senior night will be up for discussion at tonight’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting. Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners will consider authorizing a permit for the display, scheduled to take place Oct. 16. Also on the agenda is discussion on accepting financial support from …

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Constantine library will be reimbursed

The Constantine Village Council has investigated and validated a claim that the Constantine Township Library has been overcharged on its water-sewer bill since 2007. Village manager Mark Honeysett said the library has two water meters— one for the building and one for lawn sprinklers. The problem centered on water to irrigate the lawn, which ran through both meters, Honeysett noted. …

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