In the rear of his garage, with steady hands and a focused gaze, Milton Rackham can often be found working away, one upholstery repair job at a time. At the age of 90, well beyond the earliest chance to retire, his work keeps him busy, and more importantly, happy and humble.
When Bruce Brown was hired six months ago on an interim basis, his first concern was centered on improving the future for city residents. As of Tuesday evening, the Belding city manager will have at least two more years to focus on that goal.
During Monday’s school board meeting, board members voted 5-0 — with Trustee Doug Lamborne absent — to appoint Terry Boni to fill the vacated seat of Robert Insley, who resigned in July.
Board members also voted 5-1 — with Boni now on the board and Trustee Shannon Hummel voting “no” — to appoint Debra Bach to the second vacant seat which was in the process of being vacated by Board President Tom Humphreys, who announced his resignation in July.
Members of Belding City Council voted Tuesday evening to grant City Manager Bruce Brown another two years on his contract with the city.
Two former Belding Area Schools Board of Education members are officially returning to the board to fill two vacancies.
Should local businesses receive preferential treatment when it comes to being selected for city projects and purchases? That’s the question the Belding City Council was wrestling with at Tuesday’s meeting. City Manager Bruce Brown presented the council with a proposed ordinance that would lend, in most situations, favored status to city businesses.
Life may soon be getting better for some of the city’s four-legged residents, thanks to an initiative to create a dog park somewhere within the municipality.
Ethics, and whether they should be enforced via official ordinance, was the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Belding City Council. City Manager Bruce Brown explained the ordinance under consideration would help “promote transparency and civility” within city government. The ordinance, he said, is similar to similar ordinances that have been adopted by other municipalities across the state.
Twelve years ago, in the confines of the pediatric intensive care unit at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Tara Rackham, just shy of turning two, was clinging to life. Her mother, Sharnel Rackham, sat by her unconscious daughter, holding her little hand close and praying for a recovery.
In a world where negativity, violence and pain are never hard to find, a child is a thing of innocence. Simple, unassuming, beautiful innocence.
But sometimes that innocence is corrupted by neglect or malice or spite. Sometimes it is intentional and sometimes it is accidental. Sometimes it is merely circumstance.