04-26-2018 Parcourse at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet gets new plantings as renovations begin; Hart

Parcourse at Lakeland  Hospital, Watervliet gets new plantings as renovations begin

By Kristy Noack The sun was shining, the weather cool as Lakeland Health Foundation (LHF) board and Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club (PPLRC) members joined forces with students from Watervliet High School to plant four new trees at the Parcourse fitness track. The planting signals the start of the renovation of the course.

PLANTING A FUTURE… Students from Watervliet High School were joined by teachers, Lakeland Watervliet hospital staff, members of Paw Paw Lake Rotary and Community Hospital Foundation board to plant new saplings at the hospital’s Parcourse Friday afternoon.


Students planted trees Friday, April 20 under a bright blue sky. According to PPLRC member Bob Becker, the rotary donated four types of trees for planting. More trees will be planted once the Parcourse renovation is complete later this summer. Becker stated, “This planting effort would not have been possible without the efforts of Mr. Prom’s Earth Science class.” Becker confirmed the PPLRC fulfilled “part of its commitment to plant 22 trees on the grounds of Lakeland Watervliet’s Parcourse campus.” Design plans call for the 1.1-mile gravel walking track located on the grounds of Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet to be replaced by two quarter-mile loops. One loop will feature an asphalt base, ideal for wheelchairs or walkers. The other loop will have a limestone base, giving a softer rebounding platform for walkers and runners. Additional plans include the installation of four exercise stations within each loop. According to the Community Hospital Foundation, “Each station will include different types of professional grade exercise equipment that will offer varying degrees of difficulty for all fitness levels.” The stations may feature a stationary bicycle or pull-up bar. The track is free to use and open to the public seven days a week. Residents, sports teams, patients undergoing rehabilitation at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet, and even the physical education classes at the middle and high schools utilize the Parcourse. The fundraising endeavor undertaken by the hospital foundation board began in August 2017. The foundation set a goal of $125,000 to begin their campaign. Norma Somers, Lakeland Health Foundation board member, commented, “It’s a great story [which] involves a new relationship between Rotary and WHS [by] establishing a mentoring program, trees [being] planted in honor of Earth Day, and the first shovel turned for the Parcourse project, contributing to the health of our community.”

Hartford Planning Comm. recommends secondary marijuana dispensary site

By Jon Bisnett The Monday, April 16 workshop session of the Hartford City Council saw the City’s Planning Commission making a second recommendation to locate the proposed medical marijuana dispensary Med+Leaf at the 306 West Main site adjacent to the Family Dollar store west of Ely Park. The council had few questions for the Med+Leaf owners and will vote on final approval at the next business session Monday, April 23. Guests Hartford Lion Kim Sinclair visited seeking permission and sponsorship for the Annual Strawberry Run. Hartford Blossomtime Royalty came seeking support for the community float. Communications Hartford Lions seek nomination for Citizen of the Year – awarded May 12; brush & leaf pickup May 1 – 11: free rummage weekend May 24 – 26

Police Report Chief Tressa Beltran presented a written report detailing activity of 744 duty hours with five foot patrol hours which included 110 actions for the month of March, resulting in 12 arrests including four felonies. Beltran thanked Officers Lucas & Coleman for making an appearance at Redwood Elementary Celebrity Reading Day. Ordinance Officer Report A written report from Ordinance Officer Jim Coleman listed six property inspections for the month of March. Blight postings for the month totaled 34 violations resulting in 34 follow-ups. Fire Report Chief Rob Harting reported the Hartford Joint Fire Department had a busy month responding to 32 calls in the month of March, including 17 Rescue/ Medical Calls and 10 fires. Harting reported the FEMA Air Pack Grant has yet to distribute any funds and he checks the grant progress daily. Harting described the transition to Pride Care Ambulance as going well. HFD is now running a formal schedule of medical first responders on nights and weekends on a trial basis with good results thus far. Ambulance Report Pride Care Ambulance report showed a total of 14 calls in the month of March; seven Priority I calls had an average response of 8:19 minutes, two Priority II calls response time 5:11 and five Priority III coming in at 10:31 for an overall average response time of 8:39. Commissioners remarked at the exceptionally quick response times and high visibility of Pride Care units in the city as was expected in the new contract. Public Works Superintendent Dan Staunton was present to answer questions. Some cold patching of streets has begun and will continue as weather permits. The city pumped 5.43 million gallons for the month. Wastewater Treatment Plant Plant operator Tom Strand submitted a written report that all State of Michigan reports for the month have been filed. Strand reported routine tasks, with no mention of non-compliant water quality.

Treasurer’s Report Treasurer Pam Shultz presented a written report for the month of March: expenses in the amount of $127,041.22 with nothing remarkable. 1 East Main City Manager Yemi Akinwale reported Pitsch Construction is moving along and despite