Citizens and students saluted by Hartford Lions Club
CITIZEN HONORED… Garry Unrath received the Grant Hitchcock Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by his wife Cindy, named for Lion Grant Hitchcock who was Hartford’s first Citizen of the Year honoree back in 1993. The annual Hitchcock Award presented by the Hartford Lions began in 2006.
STUDENTS HONORED… Hartford Lions award scholar-ships to seniors Paul Chappell, Sandra Perez and Carmen Cavillo at the annual Community Honors celebration, held Saturday, May 20 at Hartford High School.
Bainbridge Township approves maintenance bids
By Angela Stair
The Bainbridge Township meeting of the Board of Trustees was held Monday, May 8. The board attended to unfinished business from last meeting with the selection of which painting estimate and which parking lot estimate to accept.
The township received two proposals that were being considered for the power wash, prep and painting of exterior doors and frames, trim, block and siding of building and power washing the copula. Alsup Painting, Inc. out of St. Joseph bid $6,380. Supreme Finishes, LLC of St. Joseph bid $6,875.
After discussing the two bids, the board approved the Alsup Painting, Inc.
The board also had two bids to consider for the repairs of the parking lot this year. Shembarger Asphalt Sealing, Inc. bid $540 to seal coat the asphalt surface and edge the entire parking area with a professional edger. Arnt Asphalt Sealing Inc. bid $525 to clean and fill approximately 700 feet of major cracks and for an additional $175 would also clean, seal joint between asphalt and concrete and asphalt and building, bringing the total job cost bid to $700.
After discussing the two bids, the township board approved Shembarger Asphalt Sealing, Inc.
Bainbridge Township Board Resolution
Township Clerk Patty Hiler-Molter brought to the board’s attention that the state is launching a new voting system. It includes precinct tabulators, accessible voting devices for use by individuals with disabilities and related Election Management System (EMS) software.
Partial funding for the new voting system will be provided by the state, and will include a combination of Federal Help America Vote Act and state appropriated funds. Local funding obligations were detailed in an attached Election Source quote.
Clerk Hiler-Molter told the board they would get some money back for the old equipment, but did not know how much. She asked the board to pass a resolution to authorize her to submit a grant application to the Secretary of State to purchase the system. After discussing the new system, the board approved the resolution unanimously.
Vandals at the New Hope Cemetery had tipped over some headstones and one was damaged. While inspecting the damage Supervisor Bill Hodge said other repairs were seen that were needed, such as the sign is tipping and needs to be adjusted.
The clerk contacted St. Joseph Monument to come out and look at all the cemeteries and give an estimate of what needs to be done and how much it would cost. She has not heard back from them, so Supervisor Hodge will follow up with the monument company and have a price for the next meeting.
Property owner Grant Hart contacted the township office to see what he had to do to resolve the PUD designation for his property. Clerk Hiler-Molter said it was determined that since he does not need to combine the property divisions for building homes, there was no need to do anything.
Police Report and other business
Deputy Everly of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department presented the report on their activities in Bainbridge Township. He reported a total of 31 complaints worked in the township with ten tickets issued and three arrests made in the month of March. Of those 31 complaints, there were two traffic accidents, one assault, one burglary-forced entry, one family dispute and one death of natural causes.
The board approved the mapping of the Bainbridge Township area for an estimated cost of $600.
They also approved bills in the amount of $27,307.28, payroll in the amount of $7,794.40 and payroll taxes in the amount of $1,706.16 for a total of $36,807.84 expenses in the month of April.
A resident in the audience asked Supervisor Hodge what was being done on fire protection for Bainbridge.
Supervisor Hodge said he would like to make a more permanent commitment, perhaps on a five year basis. This is something he will be looking into. April’s report for Sister Lakes Fire Department stated they had twelve calls with two being in Bainbridge. Both were answered in six minutes. One was a fire alarm and the other was power lines down.
HONORED BY HARTFORD LIONS… Citizen of the Year honors were presented to Ed Dickenson, principal at Red Ar-row Elementary.
HARTFORD LIONS RECOGNIZE ACHIEVEMENT… A second Grant Hitchcock Award was bestowed upon life-long resident Hartford historian Bob Latus. Lisa Kuehnle presented the award to the 81-years-young Latus whose ongoing pursuit of local history has created an amazing archive of the facts, names and places that contributed to the rich history of the community.