04-16-2020 Hartford Twp. fills trustee vacancy; April 21 remains deadline for primary election filin

HAZMAT ON HARTFORD’S MAPLE STREET? No, it’s just the home of former Mayor Dan Danger. Known for their outstanding winter snow sculptures and the spookiest Halloween house in Hartford, Dan and Jane have now turned their talents to put a unique spin on the novel COVID-19 virus with a whimsical and slightly creepy message of “Don’t Let This Happen to You! Stay Home!” (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)

Hartford Twp. fills trustee vacancy

By Jon Bisnett Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Hartford Township officials met briefly, under strict social distancing best practices, on Thursday, April 9 to appoint a successor in light of the unexpected and immediate March resignation of veteran trustee Kurt Dowd.

April 21 remains deadline for primary election filing

By Annette Christie Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has announced that the April 21 candidate deadline for candidate filing has not changed. Benson placed this announcement on her website: “The Bureau of Elections has received inquiries regarding the ability of petition gatherers to collect and submit signature petitions, including candidate with an April 21 filing deadline. As of now, all statutory requirements remain in place. Evaluation of the applicability of statutory deadlines and signature requirements in light of COVID-19 is ongoing, and we will share an update of any changes to requirements and procedures as soon as they are announced.” County Clerk’s are choosing to accommodate the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Safe order which has minimized personnel at many businesses including government offices. The Van Buren County Clerk’s office stated that local clerks are posting contact information at their halls, providing drop boxes, as well as other options for candidates. Some of the candidate packages have been received in the mail. The Clerk’s office will be open on April 21 (the deadline) from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for those who file at the county level and have not yet submitted their paperwork. Clerk Susie Roehm stated, “They must have their forms and security will let them in one at a time. We will not be open that day to conduct any other in-person business.” The Berrien County Clerk has posted on her website that election forms are available on the county clerk’s web page under elections. Visitors to the website can click on Elections 2020 and it will take them to the Secretary of State’s web page (https://www.berriencounty.org/152/County-Clerk) where forms are available. If anyone needs assistance in completing election forms they can call 269-983-7111, ext. 8385 or email elections@berriencounty.org. Candidate filings, precinct delegate filings or campaign finance filings must be notarized prior to being mailed to or placed in the drop box at 811 Port St., St. Joseph (located on the north side of the building). The candidates nearing a term expiration include State Representatives, County Commissioners, County Elected Officials, Township Officials, and others. The candidates will be on the August primary, followed by the November general election. November ballots will also include Presidential candidates.

Grace Christian School auction will be online, April 17 – May 1

Times have been uncertain because of COVID-19. Therefore, Grace Christian School in Watervliet has decided to do their annual fundraising auction online for the first time. Bidding will begin Friday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. and run through Friday, May 1 until 8:00 p.m. Community members must register online to be able to bid, the sooner the better so that approval can be granted. To sign up to participate in the online auction, go to https://www.silentauctionpro.com/signinregisterolb.php?groupId=1347&olbreturn=/bidonlinegrid.php?groupId=1347&ks=1. Enter username and password (twice) and click “Create Login”. On the next page, completely fill in the information, including first and last name, physical address, email address, phone number, and cell phone number. Click “Create Account”. That st