12-28-2017 News & Newsmakers of 2017 Revisited; Jannuary-March highlighted

News and Newsmakers of 2017 revisited

By Angela Stair

In this final week of 2017 and the first weeks of the New Year it is an annual tradition of the Tri-City Record to recall the headline stories of this past year.

Following the News and Newsmakers feature, the Record will publish noteworthy stories and photos from the Press Box columns of 2017.

Complete pages of each issue are archived at www.tricityrecord.com. They are also available for viewing on the Coloma Public Library website resources in newspaper archives at colomapubliclibrary.net.

JANUARY 5, 2017

 Bainbridge Township Supervisor Bill Hodge taking County to court over removal from Road Commission seat. “It’s all about due process,” Hodge tells Tri-City Record.

Newly elected Bainbridge Township Supervisor Bill Hodge is taking Berrien County to court over his removal from the Berrien County Road Commission. The Berrien County Board passed a resolution on December 1, 2016 which declared that the position that Hodge filled on the Road Commission was vacant due to the Incompatibility of Office Act (MCL 15.181 et seq).

Hodge declined to comment on the issue to the Tri-City Record, but said to the Editor Karl Bayer, “It’s all about due process. Read the court documents.”

Hodge is asking the Berrien County Trial Court to set aside the resolution removing him from the Road Commission; to be restored to his position of Road Commissioner pending a hearing; to order Berrien County to hold a hearing with proper notice; to award him lost pay, benefits, interest, costs, a reasonable attorney fee and any other relief that the court deems fair.

The hearing on the motion filed by Hodge before Berrien County Trial Court Judge John Donahue was scheduled for January 12, 2017.

On January 20 Berrien County Trial Court Judge John Donahue asked for some court filings as he examines whether Bainbridge Township Supervisor Bill Hodge should be placed back on the Berrien County Road Commission. He denied preliminary injunction, and request for lost pay and related costs. Judge Donahue will entertain filings on the individual sides as to whether or not serving as a township supervisor and a road commissioner are incompatible offices.

OTHER JANUARY NEWS

 Watervliet High School sisters are members of equestrian drill team slated to ride in President Trump’s Inaugural Parade.

City of Coloma extends winter tax deadline to 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 28.

Keeler Township works on ordinance violations; will increase penalties.

Proos supports pro-hunting initiatives; DNR license app bills, ‘Hunter pink’ legislation sent to the governor.

Watervliet City Commission likes School Resource Officer proposal, Mayor wants more funding details.

Street project a nightmare, says Coloma commissioner.

Cassidy Fickett wins dual titles, Miss Coloma and Miss Congeniality; Jacob Sharpe crowned as Mr. Coloma.

Watervliet City commissioner resigns to accept staff position.

Demolition of blighted apartments on Red Arrow underway… once were home to many families for 40 years.

Kaylee Ann Chapin crowned Miss Watervliet; two crowned Co-Mr. Watervliet 2017, Brent Simmons and Hayden Richards.

Decades of service by Hartford icons Daun and Bud Pitcher were recognized during halftime of the Indians & Panthers Coaches vs. Cancer January 13.

Hartford Commission hears plans for Main St. building improvements after citizen seeks action on other city properties.

Arthur Hawkins