10-11-2018 Coloma Lioness receive City Commission support to seek gaming permit; Commissioners appr

Forty years of love Fred and Linda Koenigshof celebrate anniversary October 21

Fred and Linda Koenigshof celebrate 40 years of wedding bliss October 21, 2018. They met at Coloma High School where they had their first date at a “Sadie Hawkins” dance before both attending Western Michigan University. Together, they have built and nurtured their family farm: K&K Farms of Coloma while raising their family. They are business partners, parents, and a wonderful example of a loving partnership to their three children: Erich and Lily of Coloma, Dan and Amy of Coloma, and James and Emily of Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

Coloma Lioness receive City Commission support to seek gaming permit; Commissioners approve pay for ordinance officers, wrangle over setting interview for rental officer

By Maryann Worl Coloma Lioness Sandy Kraemer addressed the City Commission at the meeting on October 8, 2018. The Lioness Club has a night of FUNdraising planned for October 18, 2018. It has just been brought to the attention of the Lioness that they are required to have a gaming permit for this event. The City Commission unanimously voted to give their support. Kraemer states she would also like to compliment the Public Works on an excellent job as she has personally seen their work in action. Retirement Fund The City Commission was asked if the City of Coloma is at the proper level for funding of retirement. Mayor Jim Polashak stated, “We are in good shape.” He referred to a representative of Plante Moran regarding the city audit. Per the representative the city audit came back clean and the city retirement funding balance is at approximately 91% which is very good for a city this size. The audit can be seen on the Michigan Department of Treasury web site. A motion was presented to accept the report and it was unanimously approved. Election staffing Clerk Martha Darling reported on the upcoming elections and states that all workers are in place. Recommendation for payment was made. The motion was presented and unanimously approved. Public Works The City of Coloma provides a dumpster at the Public Works garage for City residents to dispose of yard waste only. Mayor Pro-Temp Marsha Hammond reported that new signage will be appearing regarding the use of the city dumpster. It appears individuals have recently put cement in the dumpster and this is not allowed. The use of the dumpster is a privilege and should not be abused. Along with the new signs, there will be information in the monthly newsletter. Police Report Police Chief Jason Roe addressed the Commission regarding the report given to them. He stated there were 36 City incidents, 65 traffic stops and 62 business checks. He was pleased to report that a major incident regarding a motorcycle stolen from the Hot Spot was recovered. Further good news is things have settled down at the cemetery and there have been no new issues of vandalism. The report was unanimously accepted. Fire Board Commissioner Linda Freitag reminded everyone that there is a Fire Board meeting at Station 1 on November 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. Ordinance officer Rod Burkholder, head of the Public Works Department, and Maureen Saltzman of City Hall has been completing ordinance enforcement duties. Julie Smith motioned that Burkholder and Saltzman receive $50 each per month as compensation for this additional work. This motion was approved by majority with Commissioner Hammond and Mayor Polashak abstaining. Following this, a heated discussion ensued regarding a Rental Inspector. It appears the Mayor has an individual interested in doing rental inspections and would like to meet with the Commissioners at another date to discuss this. After back and forth discussion between the Mayor and Commissioners a motion was presented by Jason Hicks to adjourn the meeting and second by Julie Smith. It was unanimously approved.

Watervliet sports a new downtown clock;  unveiling ceremony Friday at 3 p.m.

By Bob Becker – DDA Chairman This past Thursday, October 4, a new clock was installed in downtown Watervliet. There were a lot of pieces that fell into place to make this happen. First thing was a decision by the City of Watervliet Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to replace a clock that could not economically be repaired. The pedestal clock in front of the Tri-City Village had failed several years ago. The DDA set aside funds to purchase a clock with North Berrien Community Economic Coordinator Chana Kniebes applying for and landing a $3,500 grant through the Michigan Realtors Association to partially offset the cost of the new clock.

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