06-06-2019 Hagar Twp. approves fire board trustee and moves forward with kayak launch; You don’t nee

Hagar Twp. approves fire board trustee and moves forward with kayak launch

By Jon Bisnett The Hagar Township Board had a prosperous month with securing the final approval for the kayak launch project two years in the making, and landing an ideal replacement for Izzy DiMaggio’s fire board seat as announced at the May 13 regular board meeting. With all details behind them, the board can turn TJM Contractors loose on the area’s new launch site. It is still hoped that even with delays, the new addition to the Hagar parks could be complete yet this fall. William Ott of Lakewood Point Drive has been appointed to serve on the North Berrien Joint Fire and Rescue Board to represent Hagar Township for a term to run until March of 2022. Ott literally “kills two birds with one stone” for NBJFD with an extensive background in finance and currently is a registered Certified Public Accountant. Supervisor’s Report Supervisor Izzy DiMaggio announced the Drain Commissioner will attend the July 1, 2019 Riverside DDA meeting, 7 p.m., to present a plan to propose increasing the size of the Hampton Road Drain District. The plan will include preliminary costs for a storm drain project to include Hampton Road and Coloma Road areas. Fire Report DiMaggio reported the North Berrien Fire Rescue department responded to 22 calls during the month of April with seven runs in Hagar Township, six in Coloma Charter Township, six in the City of Coloma and three on I-196. Building Inspector Butch Kelly is on the prowl eyeballing several violations of ordinances that will be brought to light in the coming months. Parks Hagar Parks director Beth Raiser reports that the township parks are starting to see some life despite the unseasonable temperatures. Porta-potties and waste barrels will soon be in place ready for visitors. Raiser is still keeping her fingers crossed that despite high lake levels there may be more useable beach than in 2018.

Old business The board approved the bid from TJM Contractors from Hamilton, Michigan to complete the Riverside Park and Kayak Launch, in the amount of $467,106. The estimate from Abonmarche was $464,100, just about as close as it gets. Although three firms initially picked up the bid packet, the sole bid came from TJM Services LLC of Hamilton. The DNR Trust Fund Grant in the amount of $300,000 coupled with a commitment of $164,000 from the Hagar DDA, brings the bid within $3,200 of the original estimate of the near half-million dollar project. TJM has been fully vetted and recommended by Abonmarche, the architect of the project.

Car show to honor veterans during Watervliet Independence Day weekend festival

The 16th annual 4th of July Car Show to honor veterans will take place on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arclight Brewery, 544 N. Main St, Watervliet. The Southwestern Michigan Car Collectors Inc. car show is held each year during the Watervliet Independence Day Celebration. As is tradition, one hundred percent of the $10 registration fee goes to the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Hospital to support veterans. The show is open to all antique, classic, modified or special interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. In addition to showing off their vehicles, participants are eligible to receive dash plaques, door prizes and awards. Sponsors of the car show are Dr. David Moss Chiropractic, Auto Value Parts Stores, Broadwater Maxi Muffler and LeRoy’s Body Shop. For more information email or call: lessue52@comcast.net or 269-463-5260.

You don’t need to be an athlete to use this gym

Some In-Patient Rehabilitation staff members recently tried out equipment at the renovated parcourse, behind Community Hospital, Watervliet. Tammy Yeager, Executive Assistant, commented, “I am excited to use the renovated parcourse, I can go out at lunch time and also walk after work, in a great environment with no mud!” The Hospital Foundation PARCOURSE Committee needs the community’s help! According to Lisa Kuehnle, president of the Foundation, “We’ve come so far, we need that last push.” The PARCOURSE is free to use and open from dawn to dusk, 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. Kuehnle commented, “As an investor in the future of our region, please consider making a ‘tax-deductible’ donation for the PARCOURSE. With 17,302 current residents in the Tri-City Area alone, it’s important that we design an outdoor fitness area that is open seven days a week, from dawn to dusk, and free of charge. We think this PARCOURSE will be a fun way to motivate and encourage people to reach their fitness goals!” The first PARCOURSE loop is almost completed and construction is starting on the second loop—the goal is to be completed by August 1, 2019. The campaign was recently approved by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to receive a matching grant under Public Spaces, Community Places program. If the campaign reaches its online fundraising goal of $35,000 through the crowdfunding site by June 30, the MEDC will match that amount. Donate now and your contribution may be doubled!! Visit www.patronicity.com/parcourse to donate.

Salem Lutheran has guest organist during Sunday service

On Sunday, June 9, as part of their 100th Anniversary, Salem Lutheran Church in Coloma will have Guest Organist Kevin Hildebrand featured at the 9:00 a.m. service. Hildebrand will compose a festival postlude on “Now Thank We All Our God”. A brunch will be served afterward. Everyone is welcome. Salem Lutheran Church is located at 275 Marvin Street.

Lakeland to offer free babysitting class in Benton Harbor

To help adolescents learn how to be safe sitters, Spectrum Health Lakeland will host a free “Babysitting with Confidence” class on Wednesday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club Fettig Youth Campus, located at 600 Nate Wells Sr. Drive in Benton Harbor. Created specifically for adolescents, this course covers a variety of topics intended to give participants the confidence and knowledge for caring for small children, including: Questions to ask before taking a job, expectations of a baby sitter, telephoning in an emergency, home and fire safety, infant and toddler care, first aid and choking, discipline, and food preparation. Participants must be in the fifth grade or be age 11 or older to register. Preregistration is required and class size is limited