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County commission approves appopriations

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved two annual appropriations Tuesday. Commissioners allocated nearly $290,000, an amount it had budgeted, to the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency to finance a portion of the agency’s annual operations. Financial transfers will be administered quarterly. The motion also squared the annual $1-a-year rent the agency pays to the county for …

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Commissioners revise citizen comment rules

Anyone wishing to address the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners now has one fewer opportunity per meeting. Following brief discussion Tuesday, the five-member panel approved a revision to the rules that spell out protocol at the commissioners’ twice-a-month meetings. A bylaw approved in 1994 that allowed for citizen comment twice a meeting – once near the onset and again …

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County commissioners stick with later start

Despite concerns about the cost for security and an inconvenience for county staff, St. Joseph County commissioners appear likely to stick with a later start time for its twice-a-month meetings. The issue of a 6 p.m. start time was discussed by commissioners during last week’s executive committee meeting after commissioner Kathy Pangle made a motion Jan. 3 to change the …

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County commission holds first meeting of year

A few major issues from 2016 were brought before the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners during their inaugural meeting of 2017 last week. Tuesday’s commission meeting, the first for three of the board’s five members, afforded Jared Hoffmaster and a few other county residents an opportunity to keep some key topics at the forefront. Hoffmaster, a Fabius Township resident, …

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County commission approves 3 grants

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved three grants. The first accepted Tuesday was an $80,000 federal allocation through the Bryne Justice Assistance Program, administered by Michigan State Police. The funds will cover operations, including salary, related to 45th Circuit Court’s DWI/Drug Court program. Next, commissioners approved a $10,000 federal grant bestowed through the Michigan …

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County commission makes board appointments

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week made appointments to the Board of Public Works and the Community Mental Health Board. During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners renewed the appointment of David Miars to a three-year term on the Board of Public Works. His term will expire at the end of 2019. Meanwhile, three people were appointed to the CMH …

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