05-17-2018 Hartford Schools holds special session for marketing consultation; Medical marijuana sit

Hartford Schools holds special  session for marketing consultation

By Jon Bisnett The Hartford School Board departed from the traditional workshop meeting format on Thursday, May 3 to host a joint meeting to hear an introductory presentation by King Media as to how a community marketing program might benefit the school, city and community at large. King Media

HARTFORD VISIT… Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (right) is greeted by Hartford High School Principal Dave Janicki during his Wednesday morning stop to address students on the Jobs for Michigan Grads program. Looking on (center) is Marian O’Neill, a member of Schuette’s entourage. Read more about the visit to Hartford in next week’s Tri-City Record. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)

Owner Colleen King joined by Marketing Coordinator Amanda VanLente presented a step by step approach to the marketing and rebranding techniques their company employs to reach goals identified by their clients in the interview process. King’s career in media sales led her to create her own firm to provide comprehensive services to her client base which includes many familiar names such as Tabor Hill, Lakeshore High School and the Michigan Association of School Boards. It also includes several state agencies like Michigan Works, Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University. Community marketing Representatives from the City of Hartford and Chamber of Commerce were in attendance. Hartford Township chose to opt out of even the introduction to the possibility of a joint community-wide campaign. King and VanLente were steadfast in the need for a complete buy-in by all components of any given community to sustain a successful marketing effort. They cited challenges faced within the Lakeshore School District and the rebranding strategies they applied to reunite a splintered group of stakeholders into a single forward vision. Following the meeting Mayor Rick Hall commented, “It’s going to take the entire community’s involvement to make such a campaign successful. It’s equally clear that change won’t happen overnight but with persistence in mind I’m optimistic for the future of Hartford.” Superintendent Report Superintendent Andy Hubbard closed the meeting with an update on the ongoing water issues at the Redwood campus saying that the decision to close all schools when the Redwood Gym/Multi-Purpose Room flooded was based on both transportation concerns and the local dynamic that many younger siblings are cared for by their older brothers and sisters. Also since over a third of the district students attend Redwood, the day would not have counted in the eyes of the state. Hubbard planned an appeal to the Michigan Department of Education for a special exemption for the recent day lost. Without such, the last day of school would be Monday, June 18. (Note: That appeal was indeed successful which now makes the final day of school Friday, June 15 with a half day.) Work is still in process to secure a solution on the part of both the architectural firm and construction manager. Hubbard hopes to have the permanent fix completed in the first few weeks of the summer break.

Medical marijuana site discussion will be continued by Watervliet planners Monday

By Annette Christie The Watervliet City Planning Commission will continue their discussion and debate on the subject of medical marijuana at their upcoming meeting on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. At their April meeting the Planning Commission packed City Hall as possible business owners, interested in property in the City of Watervliet, provided information to the public in attendance as well as the Planning Commission. Up until now, city officials have not taken a stand on the subject; however, with interest now in a vacant building it seems appropriate that the Planning Commission should come to some kind of consensus on the subject. While they may make a recommendation one way or the other, the ultimate decision making lies with the City Commission. Mark Smith, owner of The Green Door in Bangor spoke to the audience and the Planning Commission about the process before and after his business opened in December 2017. The Green Door is a provision center, or in a sense, a retail location. He and his business partners are planning on establishing a grow facility in Bangor as well. The question before the Planning Commission is whether or not to allow or “opt-in” for the purposes of having one or more types of businesses approved by law in the State of Michigan regarding medical marijuana. There are five different types of licenses that are allowed by statute: transportation, lab, provision center, grow facility, and processing where they make products like edibles. Municipalities across the state have the choice of opting in to allow these types of businesses in their communities or opting out. The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (common spelling marijuana), a division of the Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has produced an unofficial list of the communities that have opted in for Berrien County: Buchanan, Galien Township, Niles, and the Village of Eau Claire are listed and in Van Buren County: Bangor, Hartford, Porter Township, and the Village of Breedsville are listed. Included in the decision-making authority of the local municipality, also lies the choice of restricting or limiting the types of those businesses and the number. The next Planning Commission will be held on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Watervliet City Hall.

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