10-26-2017 Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit Haiden Edelberg family; City of Coloma

WATERVLIET 4-H STRAIGHT SHOOTERS… go check out Coloma Rod and Gun Club’s 3-D archery range! Pic-tured are (from the left): Front Row – Julie Holtsclaw, Darlene Mattson, Maggie Avery and Maddy Swisher; Back Row – Chris Rogers, Aaron Andrasi, Herman Mattson, John Andrasi and Dave Foster! The Straight Shooters 4-H Club was greeted with open arms by Coloma Rod and Gun Club President Dave Foster and Vice President Chris Rogers! They took the Straight Shooters around the course giving them club rules as they went. Maggie, Maddy and Darlene all had a great time as did their leaders and parents. The 4-H kids and leaders agree they will be back next year! They think this is a great opportunity for the 4-H kids to get more exposure to 3-D archery.

Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit Haiden Edelberg family

 Haiden Edelberg is an 8th-grader at Watervliet Middle School, recently diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). She is the daughter of Cory and Regan Edelberg of Watervliet. The spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 4-7 p.m. at North Berrien Fire Rescue, 3061 Coloma Road in Riverside, will benefit her family to help cover medical and travel expenses.

The cost to attend the benefit is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 2 to 10 and free for children under age 2. Orders to go are available.

Auction items are currently being accepted. Please contact Tina Morris at 269-277-1418 or Kim Derrick at 269-408-6352 to donate or for more information.

City of Coloma seeking ordinance officer contract with Sieg Freitag

By Christina Gelder

The Coloma City Commission voted to go forward with hiring an ordinance officer at the Monday, October 23 meeting. Immediately upon opening the subject up Commissioner Julie Smith made a motion to hire Sieg Freitag as ordinance officer. That motion died for lack of a second and the discussion started.

Mayor Jim Polashak said that he thinks a contract needs to be drawn up by the city attorney before further action is taken. He said that they should know what they are agreeing to before voting.

Coloma business owner Tony Bertuca expressed his concerns for how the ordinances were being handled. He said after attending a separate meeting in the prior week he did not think they had determined Sieg Freitag to be the best candidate. The commission maintained that they had made that determination. He also expressed a concern for something said about the ordinance officer working with the City attorney to update ordinances. “I think we look and see how we are going to do that,” said Bertuca, “but that is up to you (the commission).”

Commissioner Smith responded, “We have ordinances. Some of these need to be updated. It would be logical for the ordinance officer to work on that.”

Later on in the meeting Commissioner Jason Hicks clarified that statement saying he believed there was a misunderstanding. He stated that there is an ordinance committee made up of himself, and commissioners Nate Clements and Julie Smith. “We will be the ones updating the ordinances, with the help of the City attorney and ordinance officer.”

Resident Fred Reeves asked the commission whether this would be an armed position. He said that in today’s world someone should not be sent to do the job without some type of protection. He also suggested maybe a letter being sent to all the residents to give them a head’s up that there is a new ordinance officer who will be enforcing the ordinances more diligently than in the past. These are the kind of details the city is still trying to work out.

Eventually a motion was made to offer the position to Sieg Freitag contingent on the acceptance of an employment contract drawn up by the attorney. That motion was made by Commissioner Hicks and seconded by Commissioner Smith. Commissioner Smith added that the attorney should be asked to handle that as soon as possible. The motion passed.

Clean audit opinion

Elizabeth Roose of Plante Moran was at the meeting to go over the city’s annual audit. She started by thanking the commission for the opportunity to serve them and giving credit to Roseann Clements and Maureen Saltzman for their assistance.