11-26-2020 Coloma Township authorizes ordinance work; Coloma Students of the Month; Kute Kids; Colom

THIS KUTE KID IS… Josiah B. Sommer, at 12 months old. His mom is Edith Robles. Josiah’s father is Devin Sommer (Fairbanks, AK). Josiah loves dancing to music, favor-ite movie is The Greatest Showman, and always has a smile. His family includes cousin Charlee Sommer (Fairbanks, AK), aunts Kar-la Robles (Hartford), Jacquelyn Sommer & Molly Tipton (Fairbanks, AK) and uncles Agustin Robles (Hartford) and Garrett Sommer (Fairbanks, AK). Josiah’s grandparents are Juanita & Agustin Robles (Hartford) and Jen-nifer & Ryan Tipton (Fairbanks, AK). His great-grandparents are Ma-ria and Antonio Galvãn (Hartford).

Coloma Township authorizes ordinance work, using Municode services costing $10,950 initially

By Annette Christie

Coloma Charter Township Police Chief Wes Smigielski asked the Coloma Township Board at their Wednesday, Nov. 11 meeting to consider using a service to get all their ordinances put in order. He presented a quote from “municode” to codify all the building and zoning ordinances, put them in a format that is searchable, and make them available on line.

The Chief said that some of the ordinances have not been updated since the 60s and suggested that some of them might not even stand up in court in the form of a ticket in their current format. Also included in their service is researching the ordinances, determining inconsistencies, and drafting updates. Smigielski said that what could take staff two years or more to go through all the ordinances, whereby “municode” would take about 10-12 months. The estimated cost for the township to use their services is the initial $10,950 and then $450 a year to maintain the information. The board authorized moving forward with “municode”.

Other business Trustee Bryan Duffield, who also is on the Road Committee told the board that the recent meeting with the Berrien County Road Department was held to review next year’s upcoming work. All of the townships met together virtually with Road Department representatives. As for this year’s work, Duffield said that all the road work that the township wanted completed was finished. He suspected they would get their packet describing next year’s work in a couple of weeks.

Smigielski discussed the ambulance service provided by Pride Care. He has repeated concerns about the service being provided to the township residents. While the township has met with the leadership of Pride Care once, Coloma Township Supervisor Ken Parrigin expressed that he would like to meet with them again to continue engaged conversations. Smigielski eluded that there is currently only one ambulance serving the northern part of the county. The ambulance services are currently being provided at no cost to the township.

Joe Stepich, Watervliet Charter Township Supervisor and their township’s representative on the Paw Paw Lake Improvement Committee, came to the board to discuss the makeup of the committee. There are six members on the committee which are currently made up of two township board members and one from the general population of the township. More and more they have considered that just having one township board member from each township would fit better and the other can be an at-large member, who is an owner of property in the Special Assessment District.

COLOMA HIGH SCHOOL… Students of the Month for November 2020 are: (top left) freshman Ingrid Kublick, (top right) junior Da’Quan Edwards, (bottom left) sophomore Skylar Wolfe, and (bottom right) senior Jonen Bravo. Congratulations and keep up the good work!