08-30-2018 Fred & Nancy Boyer celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary; Park plan amendment in Wat

Fred & Nancy Boyer celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary

Fred and Nancy (Lahring) Boyer were married August 31, 1968 at First Baptist Church in Charlotte, Michigan. They reside in Coloma. Fred is a retired middle school teacher and Nancy is a retired public health nurse.

Park plan amendment in Watervliet Twp. future, will seek state grant for soccer field; Board borrows $100,000 from general funds to pay for sewer lift station work

By Annette Christie Future Parks The Watervliet Township Board took action at their Monday, August 20 meeting to move forward with a Parks and Recreation Plan amendment that would include land that the township has acquired since the plan was done. At last month’s meeting the board had just received two quotes for the service of amending the plan and also applying for a soccer development grant. At that time Supervisor Dan Hutchins said that he wasn’t seeking any action in order to give them time to review them. LaGrow Consulting quoted $7,500 to process the paperwork for amending the Parks and Recreation Plan and for the grant application for soccer field development. The amendment is to include the 43-acre parcel donated by the Berrien County Brownfield Authority in late 2017 and the two-acres that the township recently acquired though a purchase deal. The two acres is located right next to the township hall, while the 43 acres is off of Red Arrow Highway near the Industrial Park. The plan for the additional property is for it to become a township park for the public to use. Part of the service LaGrow Consulting is including is a public survey and public hearings regarding the plan. The plan amendment must be finished before February 1, 2019 in order to apply for grant funds during that cycle.

Sewer system report In other business, the board received an update on the sewer system videoing. Bob Lohr told the board that 65% of the system has been examined with only one break in the pipe so far. The system is being cleaned and evaluated as a result of the township receiving a SAW Grant. Lohr said that the repairs cannot be funded with grant funds. The company doing the video work has said that aside from the age of the system it is exceptional. Lohr did note that some roots had to be cleaned out.

The board also passed a resolution to approve borrowing $100,000 from the general fund for the sewer fund to pay the bill from Bulkema. The sewer fund will pay back the general fund no later than five years from the date. The township supervisor, treasurer and clerk will execute the Promissory Note, The funds are for the replacement of four out of six of the lift stations in the sewer system. The next meeting of the Watervliet Township Board is September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Dollar General rebuild site plan gets nod from Hartford Planners and Commissioners; Pride Care Ambulance has sold its Coloma building, seeks to locate  new ambulance garage near I-94 freeway access

By Jon Bisnett With the project architect present to answer any questions at the Hartford City Council business meeting on Monday, August 27, the commissioners gave unanimous approval to the Planning Commission recommendation for the site plan to rebuild the Dollar General store damaged by fire. The reparative construction will occupy the same footprint as before with the addition of an adjacent containment area for trash and recycled corrugated packing material, which had previously been exposed and was determined as the source of the fire. The commissioners expressed their gratitude to Dollar General for choosing to rebuild and remain in the city following their loss. Guests Bill Mears of Pride Care Ambulance visited to update the council that the company has sold their building in Coloma and are actively pursuing a site to build in the Hartford area, with an eye towards close proximity to the expressway. Mears explained that the site will be financed without any financial burden on either City or Township and would ultimately be transferred to municipal in the long term at no cost. Mears noted details on recent response times reports showing three events during which Pride Care was hit with nearly simultaneous calls and one of which the second ambulance actually had a faster response time than the first. “This means that our mobilization plan is working,” said Mears, adding, “The shifting of units from location to location is optimal when this occurs.” Mears went on to report that Pride is also actively recruiting EMTs and has two interviews with individuals interested in locating in the Hartford community with further interest to join the Hartford Fire Department. Commissioners again commented on the great response times, communication and high visibility Pride Care is providing. Communications City Hall will be closed September 3 in observance of Labor Day. Hartford Old Engine & Tractor Parade will be Thursday, August 30 at 6:00 p.m. Minutes & Reports Minutes from the August 20 Workshop and July 23 Business sessions were approved and archived along with July 2018 Departmental Reports. Resolutions & Ordinances Unanimous approval was granted to Resolution 2018-008 – Authorizing the Treasurer and City Manager to sign and manage investment accounts from PNC to Chemical Bank and the second reading of Ordinance 317-18 – Updates 30-year Indiana & Michigan Utility Franchise Agreement. Having no further business, Mayor Rick Hall adjourned the meeting in 7:47 p.m. with the council next slated for the monthly workshop session on Monday, September 17.

Rotary district governor spoke at recent meeting of the Paw Paw Lake Rotary; looks to form “Interact Club” with local schools to involve students in leadership and service

District Governor, Jim Cupper was guest speaker at the Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club. He gave an overview of his goals for this coming year. He spoke about the Rotary Causes: Promoting peace, fighting disease, promoting clean water, saving mothers and children from domestic violence, supporting education and growing local economies. Cupper also talked about growing the Rotary clubs by creating Rotaract clubs which bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. He further spoke about implementing Interact clubs which bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Paw Paw Lake Rotary President, Jordan Ness, is working with Watervliet High School principal to implement an Interact Club at the high school. Paw Paw Lake Rotary meets Wednesday’s at 12 noon at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet.

Rummage Sale fund-raiser at Watervliet Fire Station on Saturday

The Watervliet Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a rummage sale on Saturday, Sep. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire station. Shoppers can expect to find clothes, toys, books and many more great items. Proceeds from the sale are used for the Ladies Auxiliary projects. The fire station is located at 217 W. Pleasant Street in Watervliet.

Public welcome to prayer service for the school year at Coloma United Methodist Church on Tuesday

Community members are invited to an ecumenical hour of prayer for the school district’s teachers, parents, administration, students and community. It will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, from 8 to 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome! Parents, friends, family, siblings; all are welcome! They will have light refreshments near the entrance, and then prayer time will be led by Pastor Chris Beaudoin of Coloma United Methodist Church in the church sanctuary. This is an open invitation to anyone from the community. Coloma United Methodist Church is located at 144 S. Church Street in Coloma.

Learn to live well with heart failure

Lakeland Health will offer “Living Well with Heart Failure,” a free class for community members about congestive heart failure (CHF), a chronic condition characterized by the heart’s inability to meet the blood flow needs of the body. The program will take place on Tuesday, September 11, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Participants will learn to identify common causes and symptoms of heart failure, as well as new daily routines that can dramatically improve one’s quality of life. Preregistration for the class is required; call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

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