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