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From left, Councilmen Brad Miller, Mike Scheid, Tom Jones and Mayor Ron Gunderson listen to city attorney Randall Kraker talk about putting a charter amendment on the November ballot for citizens to approve or deny. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding City Council moves forward with charter amendment

A charter amendment will be on the Nov. 8 ballot for voters in the city of Belding.

During a special meeting Monday evening, the City Council voted 5-0 to approve a resolution to put a charter amendment on the ballot for citizens to decide whether to allow nonresidents of the city to serve on the museum, library and recreation advisory boards.

Police officers from the Belding Police Department and Michigan State Police assist a suspect Monday into a Belding police cruiser. The suspect was arrested after he “became irate” at Mercantile Bank in Otisco Township, resulting in the deployment of a Taser gun. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Belding man arrested outside of bank

A 61-year-old Belding man was taken into custody from the Mercantile Bank branch located at the corner of M-44 and M-91 at approximately 9:45 a.m. Monday. Michigan State Police originally took the call but requested officers from the Belding Police Department respond to the scene, as well, as the state trooper was en route from Ionia. Belding police officers were dispatched at approximately 9:22 a.m.

James Miller (Curler), right, and his mother, Marie Miller, are pictured moments after they found out Gerald R. Ford Airport would be providing round-trip airfare through Allegiant Airlines, as well as parking, merchandise and a $100 Visa gift card for a trip to Disney World in Florida. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding man is going to Disney World

James Miller (Curler) is kind of a big deal in Belding.

He enjoys making new friends and visiting old ones. Many people in the community have probably seen him walking up and down Ellis Road waving to the cars passing by.

Otisco Township Board Treasurer Janet Breimayer and Supervisor Paul Reeves listen as a resident gives a statement during Tuesday’s public comment on a proposed addition to the Township Hall. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township Board moves ahead with hall addition despite concerns

Amid cries from some members of the audience to table the discussion, the Otisco Township Board voted 4-0 on Tuesday, with Clerk Lynda Sower absent, to proceed with the construction of an addition to the Township Hall. The Township Hall was packed with nearly 60 people and the meeting lasted more than two hours, the majority of that time involving public comment in favor of and against the addition. The audience was split down the middle on both sides.

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Belding elementary schools to offer daycare

Parents of Ellis Elementary School and Woodview Elementary School students will soon have a daycare option for before and after school. During Monday evening’s regular meeting, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education approved a proposal by Superintendent Brent Noskey to partner with the Lowell YMCA to provide before and after school daycare for students ages 5 to 12. The program will allow students to be dropped off at Ellis as early as 6:30 a.m. and children can stay until 6 p.m.

The Grattan Academy Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to begin a consolidation effort that will close Grattan Elementary School, with all operations moving to the school district’s Eureka Township location, which will serve as a K-12 charter institution. The elementary school has been functioning since 1955. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy gets new name; elementary school building to be closed

After 20 years as a local educational institution, Grattan Academy Charter School is about to undergo two of the largest changes in its history.

During Monday evening’s Board of Directors meeting, board members voted unanimously to drop “Grattan” from the name entirely and to rename the school “Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy” as part of a new branding effort to change the image of the school.

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IN BRIEF: Otisco Township Board approves township hall addition

Amid cries from some members of the audience to table the discussion, the Otisco Township board voted 4-0 Tuesday, with Clerk Lynda Sower absent, to proceed with construction of an addition to the township hall.

Brent Noskey, the new Belding Area Schools superintendent, officially started work on July 1 and has been working ever since to be as effective as possible in his role and reaching out to the community. To that end, he is holding a community wide open house for parents to come and meet him on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding’s new superintendent is having meet-and-greets this week

One month has passed since Superintendent Brent Noskey has taken the helm at Belding Area Schools. As the new school year approaches, Noskey is looking to the future to figure out ways to better the district and the surrounding community. One thing he is planning to do for community outreach is to host two “parent nights” — the first for parents and students already attending Belding schools to meet and talk with him and the second for parents and students attending schools outside of the district but live in Belding.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board approves FFA trip

During a regular meeting Monday evening, the board of education approved a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana for five to seven students to attend the National FFA Convention.

Councilman Tom Jones, left, Mayor Ron Gunderson, and councilman Doug Feehan take notes during Tuesday evening’s regular City Council meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding considers amending charter

Unrest in Belding continues regarding to the appointment of nonresidents to commissions and boards. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Belding City Council discussed that issue and heard comment from several members of the sizable audience.