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My Town Greenville: Nominations being accepted for Greenville School Board

My Town Greenville: Nominations being accepted for Greenville School Board

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The Greenville Board of Education is accepting nominations for three members.

The terms for Janet Ralph, Norice Rasmussen and Jim VanderLaan will expire at the end of this year.  Each seat carries a six-year term with it, which begins Jan. 1, 2015.

Nominees must be qualified voters who live in the Greenville School District.  Board members are not paid.

Nominating petitions are available at:

  • Greenville Public Schools Central Services Facility- 1414 Chase Road, Greenville, Michigan
  • Montcalm County Clerk’s Office - 211 W. Main Street, Stanton, MI 48888

Petitions or a $100 filing fee must be submitted to the county clerk’s office by July 22 at 4 p.m.  The new board members will be selected during the general election Nov. 4.

My Town: Skate park opens in Belding

My Town: Skate park opens in Belding

BELDING, Mich.-- A new attraction is open in Belding, just in time for the long holiday weekend.

On July 2, Keven Krieger posted video on the Sk8 Belding Facebook page of the first skateboarders and BMX bicylists using Leppinks Skate Park.  Krieger says the youth were looming around the grounds, so once the skate park was finished, the contractor decided to pull the fence down and let them enjoy the new space.

Leppinks Skate Park is named after the local grocery store.  Krieger says the project was paid for entirely by local donors.  The skate park replaces an old roller hockey rink in Central Riverside Park.  Krieger says the city demolished the rink before Portland, Oregon-based Evergreen Skateparks began designing and building the new grounds in early June.  

My Town Belding: City green lights tennis court and trail deck repairs

My Town Belding: City green lights tennis court and trail deck repairs

BELDING, Mich.—Repairs are coming to the city’s tennis courts and trail observation deck.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, July 1, the Belding City Council approved accepting a $8,248 bid proposal by Scheid Construction for replacing a wood fishing/observation deck along the Flat River at the Silk City Nature Trail.  The deck was damaged and washed off its foundation during the spring flooding in 2013. The damaged dock was swept 20 feet to 30 feet downstream, where it remains.  The city wants the construction company to remove the old deck and salvage as many materials from it as possible to use in the new deck. The contractor has 30 days to begin the project.

The city council also approved a $10,750 bid to repair, paint and re-stripe the city tennis courts.  It’s unclear when work would start on that project.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Determining the future of downtown Belding

My Town: Determining the future of downtown Belding

BELDING, Mich.—What does downtown Belding need?

That’s the question the city’s Downtown Development Authority is asking community members in a survey now available online. The survey focuses on demographics, housing, business, service and amenities. The results will guide the DDA as it develops its plan for downtown.  That plan is due by the end of the summer.  For a link to the online survey, click here.

For more information about the downtown development plan, contact City Clerk Kareen Thomas at kthomas@ci.belding.mi.us  or (616) 794-1900.

My Town Belding: New troubles for Rivertown Bike Week Expo

My Town Belding: New troubles for Rivertown Bike Week Expo

BELDING, Mich.—A motorcycle event that’s expected to attract tens of thousands of bikers to Belding is running into more troubles.

Mark Mensch of the Rivertown Bike Week Expo told the city council this week the event’s presenting sponsor has withdrawn.  Organizers are now looking for other funding solutions, but are still planning on holding the the Bike Week Expo July 17-19, 2015.

The organizers of the expo are part of the same group that began planning Rivertown Bike Week in Grand Rapids in 2010, but had to repeatedly delay the event because of regulations and a lack of sponsors.  They tried moving it to July 2014 in Belding, but ended up postponing the event again after failing to secure venues and sponsorships in time.

My Town Belding: City budget approved

My Town Belding: City budget approved

BELDING, Mich.— Belding's new budget is officially ready to take effect July 1.

City council members officially adopted the budget Tuesday night, after opening the floor to the public.  No community members commented on the budget, which is the first budget in nine years that will not tap into the city's general fund to cover expenses, according to City Manager Meg Mullendore.  To see her entire budget breakdown, click here.

The new budget is set to expire June 30, 2015.