01-04-2018 Weather; News and Newsmakers 2017 revisited; Miss & Mr. Coloma 2018 Candidates

SHORELINE COUNTIES ARE IN THE RED… on this chart courtesy of the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids showing many SW Michigan snowfall totals exceeding 24” in many coastal communities along Lake Michigan. Combined with near record temperatures there has been no reprieve as the lake-effect snow continues to accumulate in the Tri-Cities. Following a mild October and November, Christmas week alone accounted for well more than the historical monthly average 18” of December snow throughout the area. Long range forecasts predict more of the same with “warm up” to around 30 degrees scheduled for next weekend while midweek temps fall in the single digits with dangerous wind chill all accompanied by an additional 12” plus of snow. According to extended forecasts the much anticipated “January Thaw” is currently nowhere in sight.

News and Newsmakers of 2017 revisited

By Angela Stair

 In the first weeks of the New Year it is an annual tradition of the Tri-City Record to recall the headline stories of the past year.

 Following the News and Newsmakers feature, the Record will publish noteworthy stories and photos from the Press Box columns of 2017.

 Complete pages of each issue are archived at www.tricityrecord.com. They are also available for viewing on the Coloma Public Library website resources in newspaper archives at colomapubliclibrary.net.

 Continued from last week…

APRIL 13, 2017

$1.7 million left over; Watervliet School District completing more projects with bond proceeds from recent building improvements

Due to the lower cost of projects the Watervliet School Board will be able to complete additional facility improvements with the previous bond proceeds. Superintendent Kevin Schooley told the Board at their April meeting that the staff, facilities committee, and the architectural engineers have reviewed a list of potential projects for the possibility of being included in the bond package and ensuring that they fell within the language of the original bond proposal.

Some of the projects include replacing the gym floors at the North and South Elementary Schools (these are the original floors installed in 1954); an additional cooler for the kitchen area; adding more security cameras in areas needed in the middle and high schools; replacing the old heavy restroom doors for the students at the elementary schools, replacing 11 sinks at the elementary schools (originals); adding another classroom at the high school, upgrading the science labs, replacing additional lighting at the high school for better efficiency; upgrading the boys locker room at the high school; addressing the drainage problem at the North Elementary School; and replacing the exterior doors of the computer labs.

Schooley did address the need for an auxiliary gymnasium. While he doesn’t argue that there is a need, Schooley said that with all of the other priority things needed as well, the district will have to look at other ways to address that issue. The estimated cost of that project alone is $2.1-$2.5 million.


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