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From left, Belding City Council members Dennis Cooper, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones and City Manager Meg Mullendore discuss how to proceed with appointing new members of the Zoning Board of Appeals during a work session at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding on Jan. 6. — File photo

Belding Zoning Board of Appeals to be reinstated with new members

Seven months after it was absorbed by the Belding City Council, one of this city’s committees is officially on its way to being reinstated.

Members of Belding City Council met on Jan. 6 for a work session to decide how to proceed with reinstating the five-member Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) through dialog and brainstorming.

Rob Butler, left, and Mike Versluis, sprinkler fitters with Fire Pros of Grand Rapids, work to repair broken pipes that burst due to freezing temperatures in the Covered Village Mall in Belding Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Frozen pipe bursting causes stir at Belding mall

The former Rayborn hardware store has been empty for several years, but even vacant buildings can cause unexpected problems for nearby business owners. That was the case around 9 a.m. Monday when a frozen pipe burst, triggering an alarm that required the attention of the Belding Fire Department.

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4-day work week permanent in Belding

A 16-month trial period that revolved around the number of days worked per week by city employees has now come to a finite conclusion. In a 4-1 vote by members of Belding City Council Tuesday, with councilman Dennis Cooper opposed, city employees will now permanently work a four-day work week, consisting of 10-hour days, working 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Wesco gas station in Belding, located at 105 W. State St., will undergo several months of construction this spring in which the store building will be demolished and rebuilt with a newer facility, along with new gas pumps and expanded parking. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Wesco rebuild project OK’d

With a unanimous vote by council members at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, the Belding Wesco gas station, located at 105 W. State St., will soon be remodeled on a larger parcel with a new store, additional parking and more service pumps.

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B-COR takes on duties of Belding Food Pantry and God’s Kitchen

The Belding Food Pantry of the past is but a shadow of the organization as it stands today.

The face of the pantry has changed dramatically since last spring, mostly due to the efforts spearheaded by Belding resident Julie Rodts.

Members of Belding City Council, from left, Dennis Cooper, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullednore, and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, discuss the Zoning Board of Appeals during the Dec. 16 council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council schedules work session to discuss Zoning Board of Appeals candidates

A city board that was absorbed by the Belding City Council seven months ago appears to be on the path of reinstatement after members of the council voted to schedule a work session. At the Dec. 16 council meeting, council members voted 4-1, with Councilman Dennis Cooper opposed, to schedule a session for Jan. 6, when the council will discuss how to properly evaluate candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

Greenville resident Burton Sly fills up his car at the Admiral gas station on W. Washington St. in Greenville. Sly was able to fill his vehicle at $1.94 a gallon, the cheapest price offered since 2009.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower gas prices are expected to last through 2015

Burton Sly has a regular routine of filling the gas tank of his vehicle every Sunday afternoon to prepare for the work week, a routine that oftentimes digs too deep into his finances.

But in recent weeks, the Greenville resident has had reason to smile at the pump as gas prices nationwide have plummeted.

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Belding council members argue over resolution regarding city attorney

An argument over who has the power to request the city attorney be present at Belding City Council meetings has led to the passing of a new resolution. However, that act has raised concern from a number of residents and some council members.

Members and supports of the Belding Education Association stand together in applause Monday to show support for a “fair contract” between the school district and union members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Board of Education cites budget restraints in lack of raises

Contract disputes are never fun … especially when they drag out. After nearly six months of negotiations, a contract between Belding Area Schools and the Belding Education Association (BEA) remains stagnant after two failed tentative agreements.

Members of Belding City Council, from left, Dennis Cooper, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullednore, and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, discuss agenda items during Tuesday evening's Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Belding council moves forward with Zoning Board of Appeals, city attorney discussions

Members of the Belding City Council approved three resolutions Tuesday evening, but not without some consternation amongst the council and from citizens.