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New cruiser approved for Belding Police

New cruiser approved for Belding Police

BELDING, Mich.—  The Belding Police Department is getting a new set of wheels.

The Belding City Council unanimously approved plans to buy a new police cruiser during its regular meeting last week.   City Manager Meg Mullendore says the vehicle will replace a car that’s reaching the end of its life, with approximately 165,000 miles on its engine.

The new cruiser will be the same make as the current police cruiser, but a newer model. The vehicle will come out of the city’s budget, as planned.

The older vehicle will go into inventory for the next city auction, which has not yet been scheduled.

Belding City Council incumbent ousted

Belding City Council incumbent ousted

BELDING, Mich.— A new face is joining Belding’s city council.

Tuesday night, voters elected challenger Jerome Lallo over incumbent Andrew Belding, 175 votes to 147 votes. Incumbents Mike Scheid and Ron Gunderson will keep their seats, garnering 204 votes and 200 votes respectively.  .

The newly elected/re-elected city council members will serve a five-year term so the city can move its election to an even year.  Current council members will also have their term extended by a year.  After those terms expire, all city council positions will return to four year terms.

For a link to the complete election results, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.

Belding election a showdown for seats in city council

Belding election a showdown for seats in city council

BELDING, Mich.—Should all of Belding’s current city council members remain on the board?

Voters will answer that question Tuesday, November 5.

City Manager Meg Mullendore says Mike Scheid, Ron Gunderson and Andrea Belding are all running to keep their seats.  They face two challengers—Amy Thomas and Jerome Lallo. 

City council terms have been extended a year to five years, so the city can shift its elections to an even year.  Those not up for election will have their term extended by one year as well.  After those terms expire, all city council positions will return to four year terms.

Polls open at 7 a.m.; voting ends at 8 p.m.

'Food for Fines' program returns to Flat River Community Library

'Food for Fines' program returns to Flat River Community Library

GREENVILLE, Mich.—  If you have overdue library books, here’s your chance to clear the fines without shelling out the cash.

The Flat River Community Library’s “Food for Fines” program runs now through November 16.  For each non-perishable food or personal care item a patron brings in, $1 of fines will be cleared from their library account.  There is no limit to the number of items you could donate.

The donated food will go to food pantries within the community. 

Tribute to late friend now a treasure in Belding

Tribute to late friend now a treasure in Belding

BELDING, Mich.—  A park dedicated to the memory of a Belding man is flourishing.

On June 9, 2012, Cody Moore passed away unexpectedly.  Moore loved to play disc golf with his friends and talked about adding a course to Lightning Bend Park in Belding.  After his death, his friends decided to make Moore’s dream their reality.  In October 2012, the group began raising money and planning SMASH Park.  The park’s name is derived from Moore’s nickname, “Smash.”

It took the group 14 days spread over several months to construct the nine hole course.

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Navigate national health care with the 'Smart Choice' workshop October 16

Navigate national health care with the 'Smart Choice' workshop October 16

GREENVILLE, Mich.— A workshop designed to help millions of Americans navigate national health care will take place in Greenville Wednesday, October 16.

A team of extension experts from across the nation developed the program, called Smart Choice Health Insurance. It took two years of research and testing to compile the series of workshops, which are aimed at helping individuals select the best health insurance coverage for their situation.  Participants can learn how to analyze their needs, compare plans and calculate how coverage will affect their budget.  The program offers consumer workbooks in both Spanish and English.