11-28-2019 Hartford Redwood Elementary students named to National Elementary Honor Society

Hartford Redwood Elementary students named to National Elementary Honor Society

HONOR STUDENTS… 2019 National Elementary Honor Society members at Hartford’s Redwood Elementary. Pictured are: (from the left) Back row – Sponsor Courtney Whitman, Samantha Quist, Rebecca Johnson, Aubrey Ackerman, Mason Mireles, Lily Goodson, Jose Perales, Melody Bennett, Sponsor Laurie Southworth; Middle row – Christopher Lovell, Ava Mireles, Catherine Morsaw, Gabriel Ruiz Chavez, Sarah Diaz Salinas, and Matias Torres; Front row – Mason Whitman, Ashley Murcia Bocanegra, Kamryn Johnson, Madisyn Elston, Evelyn Barrientos Ortega, Addison Heminger, and Brady Rice. Not available for photo: Gary Wells. Established in 2008 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals recognizes 4th and 5th grade elementary students for academic achievement, personal responsibility, service to the school and community, and demonstrate development of essential leadership skills.

Parks Public Hearing held at Coloma Township meeting

By Annette Christie The first of two public hearings for the Coloma Township Parks & Recreation 5-year plan was held at their November 13, 2019 meeting. Consultant Cindy LaGrow presented the plan and answered any questions of the Township Board and those in attendance. The plan presented was a result of over 160 responses to the parks and recreation survey. The plan includes Coloma Charter Township overall, Helen Street Beach, Washington Park, and the Coloma Township River Park (AEP Paw Paw River launch). The following were requests used to create the plan: Helen Street Park – more picnic tables and shade, eliminating the boat launch to keep it more a neighborhood park, and installing aesthetic improvements with current porta-potty; Washington Park – improvements to lighting dugouts, and the additions of bathrooms, sidewalks and trails, areas for bicycles to be ridden safely, pickleball, benches and grills and requests for parks that are appropriate for older people to use as well; Coloma Township River Park (AEP Canoe/Kayak Launch) – Improve parking areas and install a kayak/canoe launch, aesthetic improvements for porta-potty placement, fishing, and signage. LaGrow said that if something is not in the plan they cannot apply for funds toward those projects. Following the public hearing, the plan will be available at the township hall, city hall, and library. Comments are still welcome for 30 days before the next public hearing. The plan has to be submitted to the State in February. With that, the township board approved a second public hearing at their December meeting. Rochelle Ulleg and Jody Lute with the Coloma Youth Softball Baseball Association commented that there has been great communication between their league and the Parks and Recreation Committee. They noted that one of the things they are considering is a couple of electric scoreboards.

Foreclosed property offered to township The township assessor brought to the board’s attention two properties that the County Treasurer has foreclosed on and is standard procedure, was offering them to the township. Assessor Kevin Kuetchner said that of the two properties, one is landlocked, an unimproved property that has cycled through the tax sales for 30 years. He said he believed that neighboring landowners near the two properties would consider purchasing them. Another parcel, also landlocked, deeded back to the township, has received one bid and he recommended selling that to them. Kuetchner said that the gentleman interested has adjacent property.

Other business Frank LaPeer with Wightman & Associates provided a SAW Grant update to the board. In the executive summary LaPeer said it shows the conclusion of the program identified all their assets, level of service, built a capital improvement program, a fairly detailed financial plan, and an asset plan. The SAW Grant work has been going for about three years.

THESE KUTE KIDS ARE… Kaylee (13) and Ellie (5) Bradshaw of Hartford, showing sisterly love. They are the daughters of Brian and Tina Bradshaw and attend Grace Christian Schoo