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Several items on County Commission agenda

Three items of new business are included in what appears to be a short meeting this afternoon by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The five-member panel will discuss the potential renewal of a community-corrections grant, the possible renewal of a cooperative-reimbursement program for Friend of the Court and an agreement for law-enforcement coverage for the village of Centreville. …

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County Commissioners approve grant

An Emergency Management Grant Agreement was recently approved by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The $25,700 in federal dollars was provided through the Michigan State Police and its Emergency Management Homeland Security Division, which had a total of $9 million to allocate nationwide. County administrator Pat Yoder said the funds dedicated to St. Joseph County were renewed from …

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Commissioners approve accepting grant

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved accepting a grant on behalf of the sheriff’s department to fund secondary road patrol. County administrator Pat Yoder said the grant, in excess of $185,000, is awarded through the state police agency’s office of Highway Safety Planning. It covers the cost of two deputies dedicated to patrolling the county’s secondary roads …

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Constantine and Sturgis projects receive grants

Downtown-improvement projects in Constantine and Sturgis got a boost Tuesday, as both received $100,000 from the county’s board of commissioners. The two municipalities were issued the grants from a special DDA fund the county set up a few years ago to support local economic-development projects. County administrator Pat Yoder said the projects were scrutinized and deemed eligible for the funds. …

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Short agenda for county commissioners

A short meeting appears to be on tap for the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this afternoon. Three items of new business will be handled by the board: downtown development authority grants will be considered for the village of Constantine and city of Sturgis, and renewal of a secondary-road-patrol grant is up for discussion. The meeting starts at 5 …

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Commissioners approve budget amendments

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved budget amendments Tuesday to pay for enhanced courthouse security and other improvements. About two-thirds of the $300,000 in amendments will cover expenses related to heightened security through the end of the year. County finance director Joni Smith said the $204,000 cost reflects five-twelfths of the annual cost to implement a variety of security …

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