Patterns in crime can change tremendously over time, and for residents of this community, change has apparently been good. A report released by Safe Choice Security, an alarm and security system company with locations throughout the country, recently named Belding as one of the top 25 Michigan cities with the most improved crime rates.
With heavy snow pouring from the sky and temperatures remaining low enough for it to stick around, Belding employees have had their hands full making the streets drivable. Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Ernie Thomas had just finished repairing one of the city’s plow trucks Thursday afternoon as he and two workers hit the streets to clear the freshly fallen snow. But after traveling four blocks one of the trucks came to a halt and Thomas found himself forced to use the city’s industrial loader to tow the plow truck back to the DPW garage.
The newest member of Belding City Council was officially sworn into office Tuesday evening, and he wasted little time, immediately going to work on city business. Dennis Cooper took his seat for the first time beside his four fellow council members after successfully defeating Joe Feuertstein in a recall election on Nov. 4.
It’s no secret the efforts of students and coaches on the Belding High School robotics team have worked hard to refine the after-school club into a world class program. And now that program is extending its reach with a goal to draw younger students on board with a club that offers the excitement of designing and building robots while competing statewide.
The bridge linking residents to their groceries, restaurants and coveted goods and services in this town has been restored. Since June 23, the Main Street Bridge over the Flat River has been closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic as the deteriorating structure was rebuilt.
The newest face on The Daily News editorial staff is a familiar one. Brad Klosner was a reporter on the Greenville area beat back in 2010. But after about six months on the job here, his wife Becca’s company transferred the Klosners overseas. They returned to West Michigan earlier this year, decided to buy a home in the Greenville area and, last week, he returned to his old job.
Faith Community Christian School Administrator Kim Borgenson wants to inspire kids to read so much she is willing to brave the harsh November weather in order to do it. On Sunday and Monday, Borgenson was camped out in the school parking lot in order to promote National Young Readers Week.
This city manager’s contract is now headed for an extension, but it did not come without disagreement between council members Tuesday evening. Only two weeks removed from postponing a vote on a two-year contract extension, a new motion for a one-year contract was introduced.
More political ads were aired on one West Michigan TV station than anywhere else in the United States, but the majority of voters chose not to go to the polls Tuesday. Just 41 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters participated in the general election, down from almost 44 percent in the 2010 general election and 56 percent in the 2006 general election.
Voters returned 86th District Republican candidate Lisa Posthumus Lyons to her post in Tuesday’s election.
Lyons beat out Democratic challenger Lynn Mason of Otisco Township by a vote of 20,273 to 10,518 with 41 of 41 precincts reporting.