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Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey and Board of Education President Tim Flynn discuss the upcoming election for four vacancies in November during a regular board meeting Monday evening. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Belding school board talks upcoming election, mascot

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.

Maria Robertson, left, receives the Good Neighbor Award from Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones at Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Belding ambassador is a ‘good neighbor’

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.

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IN BRIEF: Central Riverside Park gets mini-makeover

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.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board approves common calendar

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.

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Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

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.

The question of a new addition to the Otisco Township Hall was hotly debated during Tuesday evening’s meeting of the township board. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Board and citizens debate proposed addition to Otisco Township Hall

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.

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IN BRIEF: Ionia County Sheriff’s deputy gives update at township meeting

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.

As Gus Macker Basketball and the city of Belding establish a new partnership, workers with Gus Macker help set up Friday for this weekend’s tournament in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gus Macker partners with Belding for recreational needs

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.

In a decision that caused controversy Tuesday, the Belding City Council reappointed Sharon Carlson, an Orleans Township resident who does not reside in the city limits of Belding, to the Belding Recreation Advisory Board. This action goes against the city’s own charter. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Belding board appointment against city charter, but was there a choice?

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.

Newly appointed Belding City Councilman Brad Miller speaks during his interview with the council at a special meeting on Thursday evening. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Brad Miller to serve on Belding council

It nearly came down to picking a name out of a red solo cup — again. During a special meeting Thursday evening, the Belding City Council appointed Brad Miller to fill a seat vacated by Dennis Cooper on June 5.