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08-27-2020 Progress made in move for Hartford Public Library; First marijuana microbusiness applica

MOVING CREW… Volunteers were preparing boxes on Tuesday, Aug. 25 to begin transporting library materials from the upstairs of the Hartford Public Library building at 15 South Franklin Street. Pictured are (from the left): Perry Rowe, Owen Tackitt, Chad Thomas, Sarah Zepik, Patty Schroeder, Don Kruithoff and Ken Willer. Hartford Public Library is in the process of their much anticipated move into their new home at the Arthur and Bonna Vanderlyn Community Center, 12 Church Street, Hartford. A grand opening event will be announced for a later date. (TCR photo by Anna Layer)


Progress made in move for Hartford Public Library

By Anna Layer The stacks inside of Hartford’s new Arthur & Bonna Vanderlyn Community Center and Public Library are starting to fill up as library employees, hired movers, and volunteers began relocating library materials this week. Over 35,000 titles will soon call the newly constructed building at 12 Church Street home. While the distance of the move is just a half mile and a two-minute drive through town, this does not mean the move is simple. The old library building is the former home of Mr. and Mrs. George and Jenny Merriman. When Jenny Merriman eventually passed away, in her will she’d deeded the property next door to her home plus $5,000 in cash to build a new library, but her husband and step-son had another idea: they proposed that the Hartford Ladies’ Association trade the land and cash for Jenny’s existing residence and establish the library there. The 2,600 square foot building itself boasts five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and four fireplaces, and is currently listed for sale at $145,000. The library collection has been cozily housed at this location since 1925, almost one hundred years. Packing up roughly thirteen books per square foot from a building with a multitude of nooks and crannies takes time and effort. Moving all of those packed up boxes down the winding staircase is not only time consuming, but also a physical feat in and of itself. To that end, the opening for the new location has been pushed back from Sept. 3 to Sept. 8, according to the Hartford Public Library’s Facebook page. During the transitional period, library patrons can hold onto their books until the opening date or place them in the drop box at the new location, but no fines will be assessed during the closure. A grand opening event will be announced at a later date. The new building won’t just house books. While visiting, patrons will be able to enjoy new adjustable library shelving for the library collection, 15 public access computers, carpeting and flooring throughout the interior, meeting room furniture and media board, early literacy computers for the children’s room, wired computer tables and charging stations and a high speed color printer/scanner. The Arthur & Bonna Vanderlyn Community Center will also be the new polling precinct location for voters in the city of Hartford, beginning with the general election on November 3. Subscribe to the Tri-City Record… see Page 4 for details or call 463-6397

First marijuana microbusiness application in Michigan slated for City of Hartford

By Anna Layer At Hartford’s City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 24, plans for proposed marijuana microbusiness at 310 Bowie Street were presented and approved. Council members also voted on a resolution to establish license renewal fees for Michigan medical marijuana facilities. Other business included discussion of two different groups planning outdoor events in Hartford in September, a fall festival and a truck pull. Additionally, discussions were held around scheduled demolitions for two more structures on West Main Street. Marijuana microbusiness The proposed marijuana microbusiness would be located at 310 Bowie Street on a one-acre plot split from Hartford Motor Speedway with a separate driveway. Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s rules defines a microbusiness as having up to 150 mature marijuana plants, capability of processing and packaging marijuana, and allows for the sale of marijuana to individuals age twenty-one or over, but not to other marijuana establishments. Additionally, microbusinesses may transfer marijuana to safety compliance facilities for testing. Tim Dibble, owner of Hartford Motor Speedway, would own the property and the building, but the business itself would be conducted by a group coming in from Wisconsin that would lease the space from him. Dibble further explained, “We are actually the first application for a micro-grow in the state of Michigan.” Mayor Rick Hall asked, “What do you think the timeline is for this?” Dibble replied, “They want to be growing by the end of October, so everybody is lined up to get going. The builder, the electrician, the plumber, I mean, we’re going to be trying to fire it off. I wish Van Buren County had a plumbing inspector, that’s going to cost about three weeks of time. We’re trying to use local contractors as much as we can.” Mayor Hall expressed gratitude for that and asked for a roll call vote. The plans were approved 4-1. Marijuana licensing fees Hartford’s City Council also voted to establish nonrefundable renewal fees for Michigan medical marijuana facilities in the amount of $2,500, which must be paid annually by Michigan law. Medical marijuana facilities seeking to renew their licenses must proceed through the same scrutiny and evaluation process as they did for their inaugural permit. September events coming to Hartford J. Curtis Truck Show and Pulls is planning an event at Hartford Motor Speedway during Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 5. This group typically does this show at Van Buren Fairgrounds, but due to the pandemic the fairgrounds are not prepared to support the event. J. Curtis reached out to Hartford Motor Speedway looking to rent the venue for the event. A separate group, Native Engineering & Amusements, is planning some fall festival events that will be family friendly and affordable at the property next to McDonald’s near I-94. This event would take place over multiple weekends and include attractions such as a pumpkin patch, corn maze, scarecrow making contest, and more. The event organizers stressed that the event would be closely monitored to keep the number of people in attendance at any given time under the threshold of what’s allowed right now for outdoor gatherings, and insisted they will keep attractions sanitized routinely. Both events will be subject to all state and county orders and regulations in place on their respective dates. Demolition of buildings on West Main The demolition of two more decrepit buildings on West Main Street in Hartford has begun. The structure at 5 West Main Street was declared condemned and will be demolished mostly by hand. Demolition on 32 and 34 West Main Street has already begun. Mayor Rick Hall expressed a desire to establish a vision going forward for the changing downtown area. “Since our downtown business district old buildings are kind of disappearing in a hurry, I thought we ought to set up some guidelines about what we want the main three blocks to look like.” Reports from officers, boards, and committees Hartford City Clerk, RoxAnn Isbrecht, provided an update on the census response rate. “Our census response rate for the city of Hartford is at 65.4%. The Census Bureau is going to start going door to door.” Additionally, Isbrecht reminded everyone that Hartford City Hall would be closed on Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. Officers with the Hartford City Police Department handled 141 incidences during the month of July. Commissioner Terry Tibbs commended Hartford Police Chief, Tressa Beltran, “I was outside washing my car and Tressa came walking through the neighborhood, which I appreciate.” Mayor Hall added, “I was working on a building downtown Friday and was on foot patrol then.” The Hartford Fire Department handled 77 calls for service during the month of July. Pride Care ambulance service reported 26 calls in July with average response time of 10:07, and only reported one call with an extended response time due to distance. City Manager, Yemi Akinwale, presented a rezoning request for 210 West Main Street to industrial so that a packaging business operated by L-1 Light Industrial can purchase the J&B Auto Body Shop. The Planning Commission will hold a meeting on Sept. 14 regarding this issue. The city of Hartford was selected for a FY 2021 Transportation Economic Development Fund Grant in the amount of $204,000 that would replace the existing water main and adding storm sewer from Linden to Main Street. The council also approved the Red Arrow Highway Water Service Connection Project that would connect water services to homes along Red Arrow Highway east of town. The next regular meeting for the Hartford City Council will be on Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Coloma Schools Events Calendar Monday, August 31 Phase-in approach for a safe return to school. Half Day; Student in kindergarten, eighth and twelfth grades report to school.

Tuesday, September 1 Students from first, fourth, seventh and eleventh grades report to school.

Wednesday, September 2 Students from second, fifth, sixth and tenth grades report to school.

Thursday, September 3 Students from third and ninth grades report to school. Students in the Intermediate and Jr. High schools will participate in remote learning.

Get the most from your 401(k) You won’t see any greeting cards celebrating it, and it’s not likely to be on your calendar, but in just a few weeks, National 401(k) Day will be observed. And this type of recognition may be warranted, too, because 401(k) plans have become key building blocks for a big part of people’s lives – a comfortable retirement. Are you making the most of your 401(k)? Of course, during the past few months, you may have had mixed feelings about your 401(k). After all, at the beginning of the coronavirus, when the financial markets tumbled, the value of your account probably fell significantly, although it has likely regained some ground since the initial drop. Nonetheless, the recent market volatility and its short-term effects on your 401(k) should not unduly influence your decisions about this important retirement account. After all, a 401(k) is truly a long-term vehicle, in every sense – you contribute to it for decades while you’re working, and you can draw on it, along with other sources of income, for decades during your retirement. Consequently, you’ll want to consistently review your account to ensure it is working hard for you. Here are a few suggestions: Get the match. At a minimum, put enough into your 401(k) to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. While employers can set their own rules, a typical match is 50% of what you put in, up to 6% of your salary. So, if you don’t contribute the amount needed to earn the match, you are essentially “leaving money on the table.” (Be aware, though, that some employers have temporarily suspended matching contributions in response to the economic slowdown during the pandemic.) Give yourself regular “raises.” Every time your salary goes up, increase your annual contributions. Most people typically don’t come anywhere near hitting the maximum annual 401(k) contribution limit (which, in 2020, is $19,500, or $26,000 for those 50 or older), and you might not, either, but try to put in as much as you can afford. Not only will you be building tax-deferred resources for retirement, but you’ll be giving yourself a big tax break, because the more you contribute each year, the lower your taxable income (unless you have a Roth 401(k), in which case your contributions aren’t deductible, but your earnings can grow tax-free). Invest for growth. Because your 401(k) is designed to help fund your retirement, which could last 20 years or more, you’ll want to build the biggest account possible. That means you’ll need to include investments designed to provide growth within your 401(k), subject to your personal risk tolerance. Be careful about loans. You can take out loans from your 401(k), but it’s not always a good move. You’ll have to pay yourself back, and if you leave your job, either voluntarily or involuntarily, the repayment may be due at an inconvenient time. (However, as part of the CARES economic stimulus act, many 401(k) loan repayments are being suspended for up to one year.) Furthermore, by taking out money from your account, even temporarily, you can slow its overall growth potential. So, you may want to look for other sources of income before tapping into your 401(k). National 401(k) Day is just that – a day. But by taking the appropriate steps, you can help ensure your own 401(k) gives you many years’ worth of benefits. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

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