Local

Belding resident Dennis Cooper and Belding City Councilman Joe Feuerstein, at left, take part in a clarity/factual review session Wednesday of recall petition language submitted by Cooper against Feuerstein. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding recall language approved

Petitions to recall a Belding city councilman will soon be circulated throughout the community after a second attempt at approving recall language was accepted Wednesday morning. Belding resident Dennis Cooper submitted recall petition language against Councilman Joe Feuerstein on June 5, which was reviewed and approved in a unanimous vote by the Ionia County Election Commission during a clarity/factual review hearing at the Ionia County Courthouse.

Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Looking north down Derby Road is a minefield of potholes and worn-out patch jobs stretches from shoulder to shoulder. With a lack of funding, the number of potholes around the area remains high and causes problems for all drivers.

Emmons, Outman support sales tax increase to fund state’s roads

Rick Outman went to church last Sunday expecting to hear a sermon from his preacher. However, the state representative also received an exhortation from his congregation of constituents about how state legislators adjourned for the summer without reaching an agreement about how to fix the roads.

dnlogo

JUST IN: Ventra Ionia to invest $8.5 million, create up to 144 jobs

Today, the Ionia County Economic Alliance and The Right Place, in partnership with the city of Ionia and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., announced
Ventra Ionia Main LLC, a subsidiary of Ventra Greenwich Holdings Corp., plans to invest up to $8.5 million to expand operations in the city of Ionia.
As a result, Ventra intends to create up to 144 jobs.

From left, Belding City Council members Mike Scheid and Jerry Lallo review documents in regards to the city's 2013-2014 fiscal year budget Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding extends its 4-day work week

Members of Belding City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to accept a budget amendment that added more than $100,000 into the city’s general fund.

Belding Area Schools Finance Director Adrianna Barna, right, delivers a presentation before the Belding Area Schools Board of Education during a public hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget for the district Monday evening.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board adopts budget plans

With the final days of school finally coming to a close for students this week, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education finalized the fourth and final amendment to the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Budget.

Jason Cooper

Belding police officer back on the job

Belding police officer Jason Cooper, who was fired from his job last October, will be reinstated to his position effective next week after an arbitrator ruled in Cooper’s favor. According to Will Keizer, a labor representative for the Police Officers Labor Council, the arbitrator who mediated Cooper’s arbitration hearing against the city of Belding in May officially ruled Monday in Cooper’s favor, effectively returning him to the department.

Employees from Evergreen Skateparks of Portland, Ore. work on the construction of the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

PHOTOS: Leppinks Skate Park in Belding taking shape

Construction has begun on the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding. With more than $70,000 collected through fundraisers and donors, the first phase of the concrete skate park is expected to be completed by July 1.

dnlogo

JUST IN: Belding man dies in 1-car crash

A 40-year-old Belding man was killed Sunday after losing control of his vehicle and striking a tree.

The 2014 graduating class of the West Michigan Virtual School consisted of 46 students from area school districts who received their high school diplomas. — Daily News/Cory Smith

46 students graduate from West Michigan Virtual School

The West Michigan Virtual School continues to grow in its second year, which was made evident Wednesday evening by the successes of 46 students who earned their high school diplomas through the educational institution. The virtual school, which began its local roots in Greenville in September 2012, launched with 17 students, 10 of them graduating last year.

Two residential structures in Belding, which have been condemned for several years, will now be demolished after council members voted 4-0 to approve a contract bid to Rick Anderson Excavating Inc. Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pair of blighted homes to be demolished in Belding

Two homes in violation of the city of Belding’s blight ordinance will be coming down after members of City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to have the homes demolished. In a 4-0 vote, with Councilman Tom Jones absent, council members awarded a demolition to Rick Anderson Excavating Inc. for two homes located at 316 Hanover St. and 914 S. Bridge St.