DONATION FROM PRIDE CARE AMBULANCE… Hartford Fire First Responders Steven Fry and Brandywine Harting demonstrated the department’s new LUCAS device for township and city officials at their respective meetings this week. The Swedish-made LUCAS chest compression device was provided at no cost to HFD by Pride Care Ambulance, recognizing that local first responders are often first on the scene. The device which carries a $16,000-plus price tag provides precise and continuous chest compressions for cardiac patients during CPR without tying up and physically exhausting the responder. The high-tech electronics incorporate Bluetooth technology to allow adjustments to controls from a special smart-phone app. Chief Robbie Harting says he is pleased to have yet another tool in the bag along with the Automatic Electronic Defibrillators already in service to help provide even better emergency care to area residents and credits Pride Care Ambulance for following through on their commitment to work as partners with the department’s first responders. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)
GOT YOUR DUCK RACE TICKET? WBA Duck Race ticket chairperson Arica Angelo (center back) was out distributing more race tickets Tuesday with special helpers. They are pictured outside the Record office with WBA Festival volunteer (left back) Amy Loshbough, TCR Managing Editor.
Hartford City approves medical marijuana dispensary application 42 page Med+Leaf application now goes to state
By Jon Bisnett It has been well over a year since Med+Leaf began the application process, but at the June 25 business meeting the Hartford City Commission unanimously approved the application paving the way for the first medical marijuana related business within city limits. Doug Von Koenig, senior member of the Med+Leaf ownership team, commented by thanking the Commission for working through the process and reminded them of his personal promise made several months ago to do all in his power to be the “best darned small business” in town. Legal issues with the city’s ordinance over Med+Leaf’s preferred site at 11 West Main, lead eventually to a lease of property at 307 W. Main adjacent to the east end of the Family Dollar store. With local approval secured, Med+Leaf now can submit to the State of Michigan. Alex Von Koenig says the initial application is 42 pages. Current backlog at the state level is in the neighborhood of 4-6 months. Realistically Med+Leaf hopes to open sometime around the end of the year.
It is worth noting that throughout the application process and the prior adoption of the ordinance that allows medical marijuana related businesses, local opposition was minimal. Immediate Past Mayor Ted Johnson and Commissioner Terry Tibbs voiced opposition to any aspect of marijuana related business. Although Tibbs did round out Monday’s unanimous vote, he did make a statement to say, “I want it understood that I still am personally totally against this, but at the same time recognize my duty as commissioner to vote in the affirmative since Med+Leaf has satisfied fully all the requirements of the ordinance as adopted by the city.” Road Commission Public Information Meetings Larry Hummel of the Van Buren County Road Commission visited to promote the 3 mills being sought on the November ballot for Van Buren County road repair. The Van Buren County Road Commission is hosting Public Information Meetings regarding the proposed new road millage on the August 7, 2018 primary ballot. The next meeting will be held at the Van Buren Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw Street, Lawrence on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Communications City Hall closed Wednesday, July 4; last day to register for August Primary is Monday, July 9; Hartford Community Kayak Paddle Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m.; Local Officials Meeting with State Representative Beth Griffin on Monday, July 30 at VBISD Conference Center.
New Business Unanimous approval of Truth in Taxation 2018 Millage Rate: To NOT accept the Headlee Rollback and set millage at 12.140 City Charter, 1.4941 Fire Extra Voted, and 1.7419 Wastewater Extra Voted; Audit Proposal from Hungerford-Nichols not to exceed $19,750; 2017/18 Fiscal Year Budget Amendments as presented. Resolution 2018-006: Accepting 2018-19 Fiscal Year Budget as presented. Having no further business, Mayor Hall adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.