The Belrockton is well established in this community’s history, but it’s the current use of the historic building that has reignited a spark in the center of town. During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting — during which there was no official city business to conduct — Belding Museum Board member Bruce Feuerstein delivered the annual report on the status of the museum.
A house fire which started early Wednesday afternoon in Grattan Township was quickly extinguished by firefighters from Grattan Township Fire Department with the assistance of firefighters from Cannon Township and Belding. According to Grattan Township Fire Chief Kirk Bride, the cause of the fire at 12221 Belding Road is currently under investigation.
After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s interim city manager beginning Monday. In a 5-0 vote by members of Belding City Council, Brown’s contract to manage the city on an interim basis was approved.
Steps, lanes and a cost of living increase, each offered over a multi-year period. After seven months of negotiations, those four stipulations are the driving force behind the debate over a “fair and competitive” contract for Belding teachers, as was made evident Monday evening.
Bruce Brown is no stranger to managing cities.Now he is expected to bring his knowledge of the industry to this community. During a special Belding City Council meeting Tuesday evening, the council voted 5-0 to nominate Brown for the position of interim city manager.
There appears to be no denying the Belding High School Robotics program, especially on its home turf. On Saturday a total of seven Belding teams, five from the high school and two from Belding Middle School, competed in the third annual Belding High School Robotics Tournament.
The search for an interim city manager for this community has been narrowed to two finalists. On Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council reviewed the resumes of six candidates to fill the city manager vacancy on an interim basis. Former City Manager Meg Mullendore was fired Jan. 20 by a 3-2 vote of the council.
Locked behind a chain-link fence in the very center of town sits an idle piece of property that has become the epicenter of public frustration.
On the surface, the former White Consolidated Industries/Electrolux complex at 100 E. Main St. is ready to be embraced as a public park. But buried beneath that surface — 24 inches, to be exact — is a century-old history of industry, complete with contaminated soil, concrete slabs and, deeper still, contaminated ground water.
The clang of a hammer falling hard to a nail, the screech of a table saw quickly splitting through a piece of wood — that’s the sound of the orchestra of construction taking place at an old but familiar location in this community. Since the summer of 2012, the Driftway Bar and Restaurant has sat empty, eventually foreclosed on and left as a shadow of its former lively self.
After a tense debate, the Belding City Council voted 3-2 to fire their city manager Tuesday night.
Meg Mullendore, who was hired in March 2013, was not present at the city council meeting. She was at home recovering from a recent surgery.