10-17-2017 Coloma Homecoming; Watervliet City receives good audit; Coloma Library News Baby and Me

COLOMA HOMECOMING ROYALTY… Willie Donald II and Gabby Ezell were crowned as Coloma’s Homecoming King and Queen last Friday night at the football game.


Coloma Homecoming

By Christina Gelder

After a week of school spirit based events, Coloma Community Schools celebrated their homecoming last Friday with a pep rally, parade, football game and more.

Crowned during the football game, the Homecoming King was Willie Donald II, son of Charles and Mary Donald. Homecoming Queen was awarded to Gabby Ezell, daughter of Barbara and Donald Ezell.

The homecoming theme inspired creativity with all classes and was the “Happiest School in the World.” The freshmen used Toy Story and said, “Woody and Buzz would like to welcome you to a galaxy light years away where they will defeat the Eagles.” The sophomore class screamed, “Comets, Inc., scaring our way to victory.” Juniors told the Comets to “Just keep winning! And remember, fish are friends, Eagles are not!” Last but not least the seniors claim that “life under the sea is better than anything the Eagles have up there.”

Juniors were the winners of the float competition but sophomores won the dress-up days and traditional tug of war. The seniors rose victorious in the lip sync contest with a mash up of songs including Boogie Wonderland, Smooth Criminal, Baby Got Back, Hey Y, and Formation.

Watervliet City receives good audit

By Annette Christie

The Watervliet City Commission received their annual audit report at their Tuesday, October 10, 2017 meeting. They received an unmodified opinion, which is the best they can get.  Some discussion was held regarding the audit report and some of the comments in the report.  One commissioner asked about a discrepancy that was noted in the payroll vs. personnel file audit.  The auditor explained that the pay rate in the personnel file did not match the pay and that is why it was noted. Melanie Marvin explained that everyone was getting paid what they should but the documentation to support it may not have been in the file.  She noted that they are all accurate now.

The City Commission approved a permit for a fireworks display as requested by the Watervliet Athletic Boosters.  The display will take place during the Watervliet vs. Coloma football game being held on Friday, October 20.  Kevin Eyerly with RKM Fireworks was present to answer any questions. On the day of the display an inspection will be completed by Fire Chief Jones and Police Chief Sutherland.

The commission reviewed a quote for an air conditioner replacement in City Hall. They were presented a quote in the amount of $4,915.71.   A discussion was held and Mayor Brinker wanted two more competitive bids and wanted to know if it was in the budget. Commissioner Luke Strunk asked about a service plan and wanted to know if they can look at getting a service plan on the air conditioners throughout the facility.  Clerk Dena Yow will follow up getting additional quotes.

Chief Sutherland asked to have carpeting put in the police department. He obtained three quotes and Cortez Flooring was the lowest. The funding was put in the capital projects budget for this year. The City Commission approved the purchase.

Mayor Brinker informed the City Commission that Phil Mills, who served on the Planning Commission, was moving out of the area and would now create a vacancy on that board. Phil Mills resigned because he is moving. There were two applications on file with the city. Commissioner Muth asked that either the city