Some city parks are in the beginning stages of an extreme makeover. During a public meeting on April 11, the Belding Recreation Advisory Board welcomed two representatives, Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell, from architectural firm SmithGroupJJR in Ann Arbor.
Chandra DeGood positions her body in a half-crouch, as she prepares to heave a disc toward a basket barely visible through the trees. The four other women playing their way through the disc golf course at SMASH park in Belding on Saturday watched quietly as DeGood threw her drive down the fairway and then complimented her on the distance.
Third Wave Coffee has been providing citizens of Belding with their java fixes for two years, seeing success in offering the community an opportunity for in-house roasted coffee beans and excellent customer service. Soon the shop will be expanding its offerings to fresh and natural food options.
The Alvah N. Belding Library is under new management as of Monday. Greenville resident Britney Dillon officially started her tenure as the library’s director with what she playfully referred to as “baptism by fire.”
Be it a sketch from “Saturday Night Live” or a viral YouTube video, all that humor and more can be found locally for one more night at the heart of the Belding band program. The annual Belding High School Band Follies show performed Thursday, and an encore show will be available to take in at 7 p.m. tonight at the Belding High School Auditorium.
Marci Cooper is committed to freeing the city limits of Belding from blight and housing code violations. Blight is defined as an ugly, neglected or rundown condition of an urban area. This can appear in the form of dilapidated out buildings, disabled vehicles in yards or on lots, garbage on porches and houses in general disrepair.
Students at Belding Area Schools may not have to have their school year extended due to excessive snow days. During Tuesday evening’s meeting, the school board voted 6-1 to apply for a waiver from the state superintendent to forgive three more “Act of God” days. Board member Debra Bach voted “no.”
The search to fill the vacancy of superintendent at Belding Area Schools is now down to two candidates after the school district’s board of education narrowed the competition from a pool of six candidates during a special meeting on Saturday. The two finalists are Brent Noskey of Lowell and Wendy Maynard-Somers of Fruitport.
Crosswinds Manor Apartments will be making some hefty improvements over the course of the next two years, thanks to the approval of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program approved by the Belding City Council on Tuesday. Under the PILOT program, housing for low-to-moderate income people qualify for what is essentially a tax break; in lieu of paying taxes, housing developments that meet the requirements agree to pay an annual service charge. The charge amounts to 10 percent of the total rent collected from residents in a full calendar year.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in a 2014 study, determined that an average of one in 68 children between the ages of 3 and 17 in the United States are on the autism spectrum. The Right Door for hope, recovery and wellness, formerly the Ionia County Mental Health Department, is working toward offering behavioral services to more autistic children in the area community by constructing an addition to their facility in Belding.