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.
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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.
A Belding City Council member resigned during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting. Jerry Lallo’s resignation is effective immediately and comes in the wake of his father’s decline in health. Lallo, who was elected in 2013, will be moving to Florida to assist in his father’s care.
Used iPads will soon be for sale to the Belding community. The Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday approved the sale of surplus technology to the committee. No date has yet been set for the sale.
The last formal meeting to rebuild Belding’s clock tower took place in August 2013. On Wednesday evening, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones convened a public meeting to gauge interest in rebuilding the clock tower. There were four people in attendance.
The Belding City Council wants motorists to slow down. The council voted 4-0 on Tuesday, with Councilman Jerome Lallo absent, to approve an order to decrease the speed limit on S. Bridge Street “from the city limits at Flat River Trail into town at M-44,” according to Police Chief Dale Nelson.
A property dispute between residents will be given a chance for private resolution before it returns to the Grattan Township Board. During Monday evening’s meeting, board members discussed what Township Supervisor Frank Force described as a “two-year issue” involving residents Gary Slosser, Curtis Holt and Janise Riney.