07-27-2017 Hartford Seals Nominations for Mayor and City Commissioners; special meeting set for Augu

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS 4-H KIDS… going to 4-H State shoot at Centerline of Calhoun County, Saturday, July 29, 2017. Pictured are (from the left) Maggie Avery shooting trap, RJ Sinnett shooting trap and Darlene Mattson shooting target archery. Adults going to the state competition but not pictured are archery and rifle leaders Herman Mattson and Julie Holtsclaw, and rifle, trap, muzzleloader and archery lead-ers Keith Kreiger and John An-drasi. Good luck kids!

Hartford Seals Nominations for Mayor and City Commissioners; special meeting set for August 16, to discuss Medic 1 contract

By Nancy Albright

Three Hartford City Council commission seats and the position of Mayor of Hartford will be placed on this year’s November 7 election ballot.

Current Mayor Theodore C. Johnson and current Mayor Pro-Tem Rick Hall, owner and operator of Rick Hall Construction in Hartford, are the nominees for Mayor, and current City Commissioners Dennis Goss and Terry Tibbs are up for reelection to their seats on the council. Hartford resident Helen Sullivan will also appear on the ballot as a candidate for City Commissioner.

Anyone can file a Declaration of Intent form by 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 27 at City Hall to run as a write-in candidate for either Mayor or Commissioner.

Special meeting set to discuss Medic 1

 At the regular meeting of the City Council on July 24, commissioners set a special meeting to discuss retaining Medic 1 as Hartford’s emergency services provider for the upcoming year. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at City Hall.

The City of Hartford met with the Hartford Township Board in May where the group agreed to form a joint committee to help improve Medic 1 service to the Hartford area. As there has been no movement on the part of the township, the council has decided to take action in light of the fact that Hartford is required to give Medic 1 notice six months prior to March 1, 2018 in order to terminate service.

Plans to demolish 1 East Main progress

 The council accepted a bid in the amount of $3,165 from environmental contracting firm DeLisle Associates, Ltd. of Portage, Michigan to assess the amount of asbestos present in the former Huffman Furniture building at 1 East Main Street.

The structure is slated for demolition and the harmful chemical must be removed prior to destroying the building to prevent contamination of the site. The assessment must be submitted to the state before work can begin.

State Representative addresses council

 Michigan State Representative Beth Griffin attended the meeting and told the council that the Van Buren County Road Commission received an additional $700,000 this year for county road improvements.

Hartford City Manager Yemi Akinwale pointed out that those funds are restricted to townships and asked Griffin how the city can obtain a portion of those funds to improve city streets. Griffin told the council that she will meet with the transportation committee and provide Mr. Akinwale with an update.

Griffin will host a coffee hour at City Hall on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. to report on happenings in Lansing and address any questions and concerns of those in attendance.