To the naked eye, it appears as if a strange phenomenon has overtaken communities, in which children and adults alike have begun wandering aimlessly through city streets. While cycling, running or walking, eyes are glued to phones, and packs of youths can sometimes be spotted huddled around a local library or city park.
Four seats on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education are up for re-election in November.
Three of the seats are for six-year terms that will expire in 2022 and the other seat is for an unexpired four-year term that will expire in 2020.
A Belding resident has been given the Good Neighbor Award.
Maria Robertson, an active member in the community, was presented with the award during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.
The Good Neighbor Award is given to citizens who go above and beyond to invest time and energy into the city of Belding.
During a regular city council meeting Tuesday evening, Otisco Township resident Jeff Hunter stood during public comment to thank City Manager Bruce Brown for the installation of wood chips around the playground equipment at Central Riverside Park.
During a regular meeting Monday evening, the Belding board of education adopted a five year district calendar. The calendar identifies dates for each school year when school will not be in session for at least a winter holiday break and a spring break.
Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.
Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.
Discussions became heated over a construction issue among Otisco Township Board members during Tuesday evening’s meeting.
There is unrest on the board due to a proposed addition for the township hall, and it doesn’t stop there. Some citizens are unhappy with the idea of an addition as well.
During Tuesday evening’s regular meeting, the township board heard an update from Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Lovato about the various calls the department took in the township in June.
Gus Macker has expanded recreational services in Belding from basketball tournaments to events on a city-wide level.
In a partnership with the city of Belding, Gus Macker — which is hosting its Greenville event this weekend — has agreed to serve as the hub for recreation coordination efforts, not only for city-sponsored events but also for private group events.
A Belding City Council appointment to a local board has created some controversy. During Tuesday evening’s meeting, council members approved the appointment of Sharon Carlson of Orleans Township to the recreation advisory board. The problem with the appointment, noted Otisco Township resident Jeff Hunter, is that Carlson does not live within the city limits nor has she lived within the city limits in the last year.