Belding City Council members from left Brad Miller, Bruce Meyers, Mike Scheid and Mayor Ron Gunderson listen as City Manager Bruce Brown talks about the business that is purchasing the Belding Basket Factory building at 131 E. High St. during Tuesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding renews city manager’s contract

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.

From left, Belding Board of Education Secretary, Doug Lamborne, Vice President Debra Bach, Board Member Shannon Hummel, President Timothy Flynn, Member Kate Feuerstein, Treasurer Terry Boni and Member Lary Richmond.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Board of Education organizes for new term

Three people were sworn in on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday evening; although only one of the faces was new to the board.

Terry Boni and Debra Bach were sworn in to start their new terms on the board. A new addition to the board, Kate Feuerstein, was also sworn in to start her term.


IN BRIEF: Belding council approves special event application

During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council approved a special event application for the Belding Beatnik Bazaar and Farmers Market.


Belding begins mascot search

The search is on for the next Belding mascot. Belding Area School has put together an online survey for community members, students and staff, which gives people the chance to submit an idea for the mascot and explain why.


IN BRIEF: Belding board approves prom site

The financial problems that Grand Volute Catering & Event Center in Lowell is experiencing has created a ripple effect that has reached Belding.

Originally, the committee for the prom at Belding High School had planned to hold the prom dance at the Grand Volute. However, given the recent struggles Grand Volute is having financially and with bankruptcy, that site will need to be changed.

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Ionia man to give presentation on iconic MLK speech

The immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream …” live on today as part of the famous speech he delivered during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

What may come as a surprise to some, however, is the fact that King didn’t utter those words until the speech was coming to a close.

A partner from Vredeveld Haefner gave an audit report on the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The accounting firm issued a clean opinion for the city, which is the highest opinion achievable. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding receives clean audit report

The city of Belding was issued a clean audit report. Peter Haefner, a partner with Grand Rapids-based accounting firm Vredeveld Haefner, gave a presentation on the city’s audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, during Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting.

A Virginia-based furniture company is interested in purchasing the vacant Belding Basket Factory building. The Belding City Council heard the first reading of a resolution to rezone the area surrounding 131 E. High St. from a general business district to an industrial district. — Daily News/Emilee

New business shows interest in Belding Basket Factory

A new business is coming to town.

A Virginia-based furniture company has expressed interest in purchasing the Belding Basket Factory at 131 E. High St., a building that currently stands vacant.

Larry Lathrop of Dowagiac is set to begin painting a mural on the wall at the former Electrolux site in Belding in April, weather allowing. It is his hope to finish the project by the Fourth of July.

Belding City Council OKs mural for ‘gathering place’

A gathering place is one step closer to being completed after four years of planning in this city. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a mural on the wall on the Electrolux property near the Alvah N. Belding Library on land that has been dubbed “the gathering place.”


IN BRIEF: Belding council approves signage

Three new signs will be installed in Belding after being given the go-ahead by the City Council on Tuesday evening.