05-25-2017 Hagar reviewing proposal for formal bid and purchasing procedures; parks gearing up for s

LAURY WARD HONORED… Hartford High School graduate from the Class of 1972 Laury Ward was recognized for her contribution to Hartford athletics and the sport of softball. Ward, according to HHS Athletic Director Nick Blackmer, “was the driving force in bringing softball back to Hartford” after an absence of many years through the 1960’s. Ward went on to play softball for Michigan State University. In the 1976 NCAA Women’s National Softball Tournament, Ward’s base hit scored the winning run in the championship game, giving MSU the title. Pictured (from the left): Front row – Les-lie Ward, niece; Pam Ward, sister-in-law; Ward; Arelen Ward, mother; and Back row – Rick Ward, brother; and Ron Ward, brother, support Laury as she is recognized on the softball field.

Hagar reviewing proposal for formal bid and purchasing procedures; parks gearing up for summer season

By Jon Bisnett

Hagar Parks are ready for summer visitors with the beaches bound to be crowded, not for a larger attendance, but for a distinct lack of beach sand!

Beth Raiser is a bit flustered in her inaugural year at the post of Hagar Parks Director since she’s starting out the year with a bit less park system than her predecessor. Unusually high Lake Michigan water levels have swallowed a significant amount of what typically would be usable beach. “We just have to work with what Lake Michigan leaves us…” says Raiser. Porta-Johns and trash receptacles are being delivered this week just as unseasonably cool May temperatures are set to turn around and began the annual migration of tourists to the beaches of Hagar Parks.


County Commissioner Dave Vollrath visited briefly to deliver Hagar’s copy of the new 2017 Berrien County Equalization Report. Vollrath also reminded residents that the Berrien County Commission has one more evening meeting scheduled for June 1 at the North Berrien Senior Citizen Center at 6:00 p.m.

Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Crosby delivered a report of only 29 complaints including 11 citations and three arrests logged in the township during the prior month.

Supervisor’s Report

Supervisor Izzy DiMaggio began by briefly outlining a proposal for review by the board in regard to establishing a formal bid and purchasing procedure for the township. “I feel we need to get a system down in writing to assure our residents that our process not only provides complete transparency, but also guarantees a fair and equitable system to get the best value out of each dollar we spend on their behalf.” The matter will be taken up again at the next township meeting.

Clerk’s Report

North Berrien Joint Fire Report

Supervisor DiMaggio briefly described the situation that occurred in regard to the chief candidate turning down the position following the lengthy testing and selection process involving a citizen committee, the fire board and consultants.

DiMaggio has personally recommended that the board go back and take a look at the number two and three finalists. The decision as to how to proceed now lies with the fire board.

Clerk’s Report

Clerk Sarah Cook began her first report as the township’s new clerk by thanking the workers from the May 2 election.

Cook then presented a resolution, subsequently approved, to authorize the application for a grant to provide access to a state-wide funding program for new poll equipment.

Treasurer’s Report

Bills for the month of April in the amount of $37,426.36 were presented by Treasurer Marlene Davis, with nothing remarkable, were approved unanimously.

Parks Department

Beth Raiser was absent on the evening in attendance at the Michigan Townships Association training.

Dale Davis presented tree removal bids on her behalf for work to be done at Hagar Park. A&A Tree Service was low bidder and approved subject to township insurance requirements. Superior Ground Cover of Grand Rapids was approved to provide ground cover for the township’s two playgrounds.

Building Inspector

Andy Ulleg stood in for Inspector Butch Kelly who is away at training and reported $450 in permit revenue for work in the amount of $23,182. Ulleg said things are pretty quiet in terms of construction right now with the exception of the major rehab work on the fruit stand located on M-63 across from DiMaggio’s Restaurant.

Old Business

Trustee Andy Ulleg reported from the planning commission’s ongoing work with consultants Williams & Works to clean up ordinance language. Ulleg says the most recent opinions on the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries indicates that as long as a municipality does nothing to create an ordinance permitting dispensaries, prevailing law would prevent any new dispensaries from opening. W&W will monitor happenings around the state and could recommend revisiting the issue should entrepreneurs attempt lawsuit against communities that do not welcome dispensaries.

New Business

Supervisor DiMaggio spoke positively regarding a recent open house held at the KOA campground and compliment several on the improvements made to the facility.

New Neighborhood Watch signs are in the works. The 24”x30” signs will be installed to specification of the Berrien County Road Commission and are night-time reflective.

Having no other business DiMaggio then adjourned the meeting with the next regular monthly meeting of the Township Board will be held 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 12.

Senior Services

Hartford United Methodist Church

425 E. Main St., Hartford

Monday, May 29 – “CLOSED” to celebrate Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 30 – Coffee & Conversation, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Euchre/Hand & Foot/Dr. J, Foot Doctor, 1:00 p.m.; Computer Help/Knitting & Crocheting, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, June 2 – Coffee & Conversation, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Cards & Games, 1:00 p.m.; Knitting, Crocheting, & Needlework, 1:30 p.m.

All seniors, age 60 and older, residing in Van Buren County are eligible to participate in these programs and activities.

Any questions or comments, please contact Senior Services Paw Paw office at 269-655-8000. Rides are available through Van Buren Public Transit with no less than 24-hour advance notice at (269) 427-7921.


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