Decatur Village Manager Aaron Mitchell goes into great detail to explain the village’s accomplishments during the past year in this week’s Decatur Republican (Feb. 8, 2018) and he gives credit to the entire team, Council and employees, for “hitting the streets every day” to get the job done. Decatur Department of Public Works new additions include a Kubota tractor with a snow blower attachment, a Ford F-250, and a secure fence plus locking gate for the DPW barn. The Police Department restructuring and hiring of Police Chief VanDerWoude, “brought a level of professionalism to the department that has been noticed throughout Decatur,” Mitchell writes. Other 2017 accomplishments Mitchell notes include Red Woolfe Park improvements, a Storm and Waste Water Asset Management Plan, an Employee Compensation Assessment, and Fund Balance increases. “Being stewards of your money is a duty we take very seriously here,” Mitchell concludes.
The City of Hartford is delaying bids for the demolition of the former Huffman’s Home Furnishings building at 1 East Main, reports Jon Bisnett in the Tri-City Record, Feb. 8, 2018 issue. Although the City of Hartford received five bids, only two of the potential contractors attended a recent building walk-through. Questions remain concerning asbestos handling and several adjoining street and sidewalk issues. In another matter Bisnett reports that Hartford’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was the subject of a plan of action presentation by Wightman and Associates to get it running within specifications. Additionally a proposed medical marijuana dispensary is under review by the Planning Commission.
Arlington Township and Lawrence Township are at odds over the cost of fire protection, says Paul Garrod, writing in the Courier-Leader (Feb. 9, 2018). At a recent joint meeting of the two township boards, the 13-year-old agreement under which Lawrence Township provides fire and medical coverage to parts of Arlington Township costs Arlington Township residents too much, Garrod reports Arlington Township Treasurer Phil Pitts as saying. Russ Reynnells, Lawrence Township Board Member, said the annual charge of $32,000 hasn’t increased during all the 13 years despite labor, insurance, and equipment cost increases, Garrod further reports. Their talks will continue.
At the Lawton Village Council’s Jan. 9, 2018 meeting, the Lawton Free Reader Feb., 2018 issue reports community concerns were raised over empty commercial buildings in the Village. The Downtown Development Authority also discussed commercial blight along with talk about banners, a Splash Pad project, and Summerfest.
South Haven City Council gives its approval to a new evening music festival this July 20 and 21, 2018 at Riverfront Park, according to WSJM radio, writing at their website wsjm.com (Feb. 7, 2018). The event, Rhythm on the River, includes a beer garden and will open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. both nights. It joins other events the council approved including Steelheaders Fishing Tournament in May, Art Fair in June, and Blueberry Festival in August. Also, WSJM reports, “Council members last night raved about the success of this past weekend’s Ice Breaker Festival.”
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