Bruce Brown will stay on as the Belding city manager until 2019. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council went into closed session for a periodical evaluation of the city manager. After the council went back into open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson announced a two-year extension had been extended and accepted by Brown.
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Steven Thompson, a managing member of the Saranac accounting firm of Biggs, Hausserman, Thompson and Dickinson, talked numbers with the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Dec. 19. During a regular meeting of the board, Thompson gave an audit report for the school district based on the fiscal year ending June 30. According to Thompson, the district received a clean audit opinion, which is the “best type of audit opinion you can get.”
Reserve Deputy Erin Dean of the Kirklin Police Department in Indiana has been with her partner Cinch for nine years. They have been in a variety of situations on the job, including some tense moments with suspects. Dean said she and Cinch have developed a bond so close that she feels like Cinch is part of her family.
’Tis the season for caring and there is no shortage of good deeds at Belding Middle School. Students in Diane Kuhn’s sixth grade class have spent the last 12 school days trying to rack up as many good deeds and kind acts as they could before holiday break, which kicks off on Wednesday.
Middle school students in Belding have been learning a bit more about nutrition during the past several months. Thanks to a grant administered by the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) for $300,000, which is set to serve Kent, Ionia and Montcalm Counties, students in Jennifer DiSpirito’s classes have had visits from Anne King, a nutrition educator with the KISD.
A Belding firefighter was fired Monday morning after allegedly making racist comments on Facebook over the weekend.
Speed limits will remain the same after a split Belding City Council vote Tuesday evening. The council voted to leave speed limits as is on S. Bridge Street just outside the city limits and into city limits in a 3-2 vote. Councilmen Mike Scheid and Bruce Meyers voted “no.”
It was standing room only at the Pere Marquette Depot Tuesday evening as people gathered to express their opinions on a proposed homeless shelter. The Reconnecting Tomorrow Center petitioned the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a special use ordinance to set up a 30-person shelter in the basement of Belding United Methodist Church at 301 Pleasant St. The church property is zoned for single family homes only.
In 2011, Feliciano Paredes, of Belding, was watching the documentary “The Harvest/La Cosecha” directed by U. Roberto Romano, which showcases the struggles migrant children and their families face. “As I was watching it, I was thinking it’s 2011 and we have all this technology people can find anything they want to find,” Paredes said. “You have Yelp and Foursquare, and I thought why can’t there be something for farmworkers, something that’s going to make a really huge impact on a lot of these families.”
A Belding business has been ranked and recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. In its August issue, the magazine rated the top 5,000 fastest growing private companies throughout the nation. Flat River Group was ranked No. 1,672 with a three-year growth of 223 percent.