10-31-2019 Incumbents unchallenged in November 5, City of Hartford election, one candidate could win

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Incumbents unchallenged in November 5, City of Hartford election, one candidate could win seat with one vote

By Jon Bisnett The November 5 election offers no challenges as four incumbents seek to renew their seats on the Hartford City Council. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Incumbent Rick Hall seeks his second term at the helm as the city’s mayor. Three commissioners run unopposed as well. Terry Tibbs and Helen Sullivan have no challengers for their posts as both seek their second term. Incumbent Dennis Goss chose not to file a petition and following an eleventh-hour filing will be on the ballot as a write-in candidate. Hartford City residents will vote at a new polling site for the first time this year, the His Place Community Center located at 15 Maple Street. The Clerk’s Office at City Hall will be open on Saturday, Nov. 2 to facilitate those wishing to take advantage of new election rules permitting absentee ballots without cause. Any voters with questions regarding any of the recently enacted voting rules should contact the clerk.

TRI-CITIES FIRST PROVISIONING CENTER… Med+Leaf owner Doug VonKoenig, flanked by son Alex VonKoenig and Janel Napier along with the Hartford City Council, holds the official city permit as the final component to opening the area’s first Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center. Janel and Alex will manage the facility located adjacent to the Family Dollar store at 309 West Main Street. Following well over two years of the lengthy process of obtaining licensing, Med+Leaf will open its doors to the public at noon on Saturday, Nov. 2 for a “dry run” with no actual product present for those who wish to tour the new facility and receive general information on Medical Marijuana. The store will hold an official grand opening the following Saturday, Nov. 9, which will be limited to individuals who possess a current Medical Marijuana Card. The over 7,500 registered cardholders in the tri-county area will soon be able to avail themselves to this new conveniently located provisioning center, just a mile from Exit 46 off I-94. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)


Hartford City moves polling site for Nov. 5 election to His Place Community Center

By Jon Bisnett Hartford City Clerk RoxAnn Isbrecht reminded city residents at the Monday, Oct. 28 business session that polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the November 5 city election at the new polling site located at His Place Community Center, 15 Maple Street. Additionally, the Clerk’s Office at City Hall will be open on Saturday, Nov. 2 to facilitate those wishing to take advantage of new election rules permitting absentee ballots without cause. Communications November 18 and December 16 will combine workshop and business sessions for the council due to the holidays. Guests/ public comment Amanda Drew and Charlotte Becker of the United Way of Southwest Michigan visited to update commissioners on activities in the area. The Van Buren County United Way was combined into the SW Michigan non-profit earlier in the year. Judy Loomis of FiftyTwo Sixty Designs presented her proposal for annual holiday decorating of the hall and downtown business district. Minutes & Reports archived Departmental Reports for September and minutes from the October 21 Workshop and September 23 Business meetings were approved and archived. New business Commissioner John Miller led a brief discussion expressing some concerns with the recent Fire Department Financial Audit. No action was taken. Commissioners discussed a request for assistance with the Eagle Scout Project from James Terry, referring same to additional paperwork from the Hartford Lions who are jointly involved in the project. The council tabled a request from Robert Kling for a non-conforming property split at 208 South Pleasant Street, for 90 days. Resolutions and Amendments The council heard the 2nd reading of a further amendment to the Marijuana Ordinance in regard to off-site surveillance video as the city requirement is actually more stringent than the State mandate and not possible due to limited Internet bandwidth available in the city. The revised ordinance lowers the requirement from 90 days off-site to 30 days on-site storage, in line with the State statute and the data l