Thanks to a joint grant application between Belding and Greenville, a kayak launch could be coming to Belding. City Manager Bruce Brown told the Belding City Council during a regular council meeting Tuesday evening about a grant application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund the city of Belding will submit jointly with the city of Greenville.
One year ago, a mother of two Belding High School wrestlers sparked a debate about the district’s mascot when she had shirts made depicting the Native American imagery the district had worked for years to move away from.
In the following months, Carmin Barker urged the Belding Area Schools Board of Education to make a choice: Bring back the Redskins in full force or to do away with the mascot entirely in favor of something new.
Soccer and softball players in participating organizations will have use of Central Riverside park and Demorest Field, respectively.
During Tuesday evening’s regular meeting, the Belding City Council approved park use agreements with Wounded Soldier Foundation and Bay Area Soccer Club (BASC) for use of the two city parks.
For the past year, community members, board members, students and staff at Belding Area Schools have been discussing the future of the district’s mascot.
That discussion has come to an end Monday evening with the unanimous vote from the Belding Board of Education to approve the new mascot for Belding Area Schools; the Belding Black Knights.
A bid for lawn care services led to unexpected drama Tuesday evening. During the regular meeting of the Otisco Township Board, the board opened a bid from Borek Services of Smyrna for lawn care services at the township hall, the lot next to the hall, the Otisco Cemetery and the Smyrna Cemetery.
Several local businessmen committed to building business in Belding have come together to revive and revamp the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce. Dan Mitchell, the vice president at the Belding branch of Mercantile Bank of Michigan, is president of the newly revamped board of directors for the Belding Area Chamber. The vice president of the board for the Chamber is Spencer “Pep” Geisen, an associate broker for ReMax.
Long Lake is a pristine, quiet lake in Orleans Township, often a place chosen in the summer time by boaters, skiers, fishermen and swimmers as a great place to enjoy the water. And on Saturday, with temperatures hovering around 25 degrees, and an 8 mph winds coming from the northwest, churning up some whitecap waves, there was one lone person going in the water — by choice.
Another roadblock stands in the way of efforts to rebuild Whites Covered Bridge, which was lost in an early morning blaze in July 2013. According to Tom Byle, president of the Whites Bridge Historical Society and a Kent County Road Commission engineer, the society will need to raise an additional $425,000, which is much more than expected.
City staff are working hard to put together the budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. During a regular meeting of the Belding City Council Tuesday evening, the council had a work session to go over a draft of the budget. Attendees were given the chance to give their two cents about the budget during public comment.
Students at Belding High School thought the assembly they were attending Friday morning was just to hear about new electives to be available to them in the fall. And they did hear about that from Principal Michael Ostrander. He explained to students the way they will sign up for classes for next year and described the advanced placement (AP) classes and high interest electives being added to the curriculum.