RANDALL PARK DONATION… Lisa Cripps-Downey (center) and Lisa Metheny (second from right) of the Berrien Community Foundation presented Coloma DDA members (from the left) Chris Siddon, Art Kutchinski, Chana Kniebes, Sandy Kraemer, and Marsha Hammond with a $5,000 grant to help fund the Randall Park renovation project.
Coloma receives additional funding for Randall Park
By Nancy Albright The Coloma DDA has been awarded $8,500 in grant monies this May to fund continued renovations on Randall Park. On May 28, the Berrien Community Foundation presented the DDA with a check for $5,000 to contribute to the renovation project. “We are pleased and honored to partner with the DDA on Randall Park,” said BCF Program Manager Susan Matheny. “The park is a community treasure and families love it there.” The city will also receive a Heart of Cook grant in the amount of $3,500 on May 30. At the Coloma City Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 28, DDA board member and Mayor Pro-tem Marsha Hammond thanked Bob Howell, and Ken Parrigin and his crew from Asphalt Paving for helping mulch the park. “The park was full of families having fun over the Memorial Day weekend,” said Commissioner Linda Freitag. “Everyone has put their heart and soul into this project and we’re very grateful.” Finance and other business The commission approved the cost of city police services for the next three years in the amount of $305,999.96 (2019-2020), $312,119.95 (2020-2021), and $318,362.34 (2021-2022), which includes an annual cost of living increase of 2%. The three-year agreement takes effect on July 1, 2019. The cost of Coloma Township police services for the next three years will be approximately $20,000. Commissioners voted to override the Hedley Amendment and increase the base property tax rate at a savings of $9,000 for the city. The millage will remain the same as last year and includes the city, the Coloma Public Library and the Berrien County Historical Association. The city will also purchase a new well for site #3 at a cost of $6,825 on the recommendation of Peerless Midwest. The next Fire Board meeting is at Station #2 in Hagar Township, 3061 Coloma Rd., on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., and the topic of blight will be discussed at the next City Ordinance meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at City Hall.