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County commission honors 3 members

It was a time of reflection Tuesday in Centreville, as three of the county commission’s five members were honored for their collective 40 years of service to the county at what was their final meeting. Rick Shaffer, Robin Baker and Don Eaton were presented plaques, and a generous amount of kind words from commission chairman Allen Balog and commissioner John …

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Sports complex controversy continues

A public hearing on St. Joseph County’s proposed 2017 fiscal-year budget generated scrutiny toward the county’s board of commissioners Tuesday. The focus of the scorn centered on the proposed $18.1 million general-fund budget and the $2.8 million the board earlier this year agreed to provide toward expenses related to a 17-field sports complex in the Three Rivers area. The proposed …

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County commissioners approve reappointments

St. Joseph County commissioners this week approved the reappointment of Matt Scheske as a member of the county’s Investment Advisory Board. His three-year term will expire at the end of 2019. Scheske is vice president of commercial lending at Sturgis Bank & Trust. Also, commissioners agreed to reappoint four people to the county’s Planning Commission. They are: Warren Atkins of …

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County commissioners recognized by Sturgis Chamber

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners were recognized Tuesday by a representative from the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber executive director Cathi Abbs said the agency staged its annual meeting a few weeks ago. During that event, the chamber board agreed to support special-recognition awards to commissioners Allen Balog, Don Eaton, Robin Baker, Rick Shaffer and …

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Three county employees contracts renewed

The contracts of three county employees were renewed for another year Tuesday. County administrator Pat Yoder, human resources director Teresa Doehring and finance director Joni Smith will receive 2 percent pay raises in 2017, when their respective 12-month contracts take effect Jan. 1. The three have operated on one-year contracts since beginning their employment with the county. Yoder, who joined …

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County budget hearing planned

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this afternoon will stage a public hearing on the county’s 2017 budget. Two other matters of new business appear on the agenda for the 5 o’clock meeting: Economic Development Corporation’s annual report and bids for work related to courthouse entry doors. In addition, commissioners are expected to handle a nomination to the county’s …

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Commissioners to consider energy efficiency upgrades

An effort to boost energy efficiency within the county’s historic courthouse could come with a price tag of almost $30,000. Members of the county board’s executive committee were told Wednesday that Three Rivers-based Brussee/Brady submitted the lower of two bids for a job that includes switching out single-pane windows with thicker replacements. The areas targeted are at the two entrances …

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Commission makes board nominations

Two soon-to-be-former members of the county commission were nominated to separate boards Tuesday over the objections of Commissioner Robin Baker. Don Eaton was appointed to fill an impending vacancy on the Commission on Aging Board, while Rick Shaffer was reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Both terms begin Jan. 1. They will serve in the capacity as citizens at …

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Board approves MSU Extension contract

St. Joseph County commissioners agreed Tuesday to renew for 2017 the board’s contract for services with MSU Extension. Commissioners approved terms of the contract, though, with the exception of language and action related to the extension’s educator position. At the request of Commissioner John Dobberteen, the $39,300 allocation for educator was pulled and the rest of the agreement was subsequently …

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County commissioners make board appointments

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners recently appointed three people to two different boards. Betty Taylor will serve a new term expiring in October 2019 to the Department of Human Services Board. She has served one, three-year term already. Also, two people were appointed to the Workforce Development Board. Allen Balog was re-appointed and will represent the private sector. …

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