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Constantine – Sewer rate increase

Members of the Constantine Village Council are closer to approving new rates for its sewer service. A 20-percent increase for all businesses and residences in the village could be in effect once the seven-member council follows due diligence in approving the measure. On deck is a public hearing on the matter, as required by state statute. Village Manager Mark Honeysett …

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Colon Will Increase Water Bills

Residential and commercial water bills in the village of Colon will soon feature a newly added monthly service fee of almost a dollar. Starting in March, the 89-cent-per-month fee will be added to the 630 water customers within the village limits to help generate $6,000 toward a new fire/rescue agreement between the village and township. Colon Township was paying all …

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Goals For Three Rivers

Members of the Three Rivers City Commission last week discussed a few of their goals for 2012. The casual conversation revealed that more directional signs need to be placed around the city. Commissioner Daryl Griffith said so-called wayfinding signs to instruct motorists to key places in the city and fringe areas on its borders should be considered. In addition, Mayor …

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Business Requests Tax Exemption

A Three Rivers-based machine shop and its request for a 50-percent industrial facilities tax exemption will be at the center of a Feb. 21 public hearing. The 6 p.m. hearing for R & H Machine Products was set Tuesday by Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry and members of the city commission. If granted, the 12-year request would be applied to …

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Two Recognized From NOAA

A pair of employees from the Three Rivers Clean Water Plant were recently recognized for their dedication and longevity for reporting weather observations. Twenty-year veteran James Shears and Joseph Madaras, a 15-year employee, were acknowledged with plaques issued by Brentley Lothamer, representing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition, plant director James Baker accepted recognition from Lothamer for Three …

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Website Donation Scam

The City of Three Rivers is warning Scidmore Park supporters about a website donation scam. There are links from Facebook pages to a website not created nor authorized by the city. The illicit website encourages people to send funds to any of three prospective recipients: the City of Three Rivers, Friends of Scidmore Park, or the Three Rivers Area Community …

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No Winter Celebration In Colon

Village officials in Colon have indicated there will not be a Winter Festival this year. After an inaugural winter celebration took place in 2010, the one-day, end-of-January festival did not return for a follow-up in 2011 due to lack of volunteers, according to village president Tom Whitford. The idea of trying it again for 2012 was mulled last fall, but …

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Revival Of The Menards Plan

Three Rivers municipal officials said a home-improvement chain has expressed interest in revisiting its plans to open a store in Three Rivers. Wisconsin-based Menards is contemplating moving forward to build on land it owns on the south side of Broadway Road, just west of Big Lots. The company owns a 59-acre parcel and has had tentative plans for years to …

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American Axle Got Exemption

Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to issue an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption Certificate to American Axle Manufacturing. The measure means the Detroit-based company will continue with its $102 million investment in its Three Rivers plant, where expansion will include a line to create components for a passenger/crossover vehicle being developed and introduced by a …

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Public Hearing Tonight In TR

Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners tonight have scheduled a public hearing on a tax-exemption request being made by American Axle Manufacturing. The company is seeking exemption status on nearly $83 million of a $102 million investment in machinery and building improvements being proposed at its Three Rivers plant. A 12-year exemption is being sought by American Axle, the …

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