12-5-2019 Hartford agrees to PILOT & Municipal Services Agreement; 7 West Hair Design Grand Op

HONORS BAND… Coloma Band students (from the left) Morgan Gruss, Rachael Arnold, and Kayleen Dahlke were selected to participate in the Olivet College Honors Band on November 8, 2019.

MEYER ALL-STAR BAND… Coloma Band student Alice Askren was selected by Meyer Music to represent Coloma in a special event. The Meyer Music All-Star Band performed on November 16, 2019 at Hastings High School.

Hartford agrees to PILOT & Municipal Services Agreement

By Jon Bisnett

Hartford City Commissioners on Monday, November 18 voted to accept a pair of resolutions in regard to ongoing tax appraisal issues with the WODA development company, owners of the Dorrane Greene housing development. A Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) along with a Municipal Services Agreement were approved following another round of litigation at the State of Michigan Tax Tribunal at which WODA again prevailed as they have in the past attempts of property valuation debate.

An annual payment of $35,000 plus 3% of actual rent collected will be paid to the city instead of a traditional property tax bill.

“It’s the best we can do…” commented Mayor Rick Hall in response to Commissioner Terry Tibbs muttering “… a bunch of crooks.” Tibbs and Commissioner Hellen Sullivan protested the measure, both voting in opposition; offering no alternative solution. Sullivan resides in the development.


Board of Review – Dec. 10 – 1:00 p.m.; December 16 combines council workshop and business sessions due to the holiday; City Hall closed Nov. 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving; 18th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade – Dec. 14 – 6:00 p.m.


County Commissioner Mike Chappell brought news of the purchase of three new county vehicles – replacement for the county work crew bus, not to exceed $39,000; a vehicle not to exceed $25,000 for the Detective Unit and another for Narcotics Officers, also not to exceed $25,000.

Commissioners approved a contract with Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health for $30,000 for services to the Drug Treatment Court.

Commissioners accepted a U.S. Department of Justice grant in the amount of $750,000 ove