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Month: October 2018

Rush resigns from post as CharlotteRising executive director

CharlotteRising executive director Dillon Rush submitted his resignation to the Charlotte Main Street organization’s board of directors Tuesday, Oct. 16. In an email to the board, Rush stated he has accepted a new position with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), where he will serve as Tri-County Development & Placemaking Manager. Rush’s last day as CharlotteRising executive director is Oct. 26. “I must admit that my head and my heart clashed together strongly during this decision process, as I have cherished and appreciated working with all of you in building something truly remarkable here in Charlotte,” Rush stated in his...

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A last insight into the Potterville conflict

Being that I am in my last couple of weeks of employment with the County Journal, I wanted to give some final thoughts on the most ongoing chain of stories I’ve followed in my two years with the newspaper: the City of Potterville, beginning with the election of four new city council members, to the firing of former city manager, Wanda Darrow. My observation of the Potterville city spectacle started late, relatively speaking, but it was by no means lacking angle, intensity, or tension. From the beginning, when I first interviewed the three newly elected council members of the 2017 election, Duston Twichell, Jennifer Lenneman, and Bruce Kring, I knew I’d touched on something that was not only sensitive, but volatile. The three council members ran as a unit, were elected via write-in ballots, and came in with an agenda to renew the tarnished image of Potterville by cleaning up city council and keeping the city manager in check. However loosely held that agenda may have been, pushing it was a tribal effort, one that would provoke a cascade of debates, arguments, grueling council meetings, legal action, accusations, and public comments and podium grandstanding that were like something out of a reality TV show. Simply put, I knew little to nothing of the backstory and years of tension and drama that had taken place in Potterville. I was curious...

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Potterville Public Schools seeking 1-mill sinking fund

Potterville Public Schools is asking voters to approve a 1-mill sinking fund for 10 years. The district would raise approximately $126,000 annually from 2018 to 2027, based on current property values. The proposal will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. If approved, homeowners with a $50,000 taxable value would pay an additional $50 a year. A Sinking Fund millage is levied on all property located in the school district. Schools can utilize the revenue to pay for projects or repairs that arise. Sinking Funds provide districts with a more cost effective alternative to borrowing through bonds. Sinking Funds do not require interest costs or legal fees. Sinking Funds are audited annually by an independent auditor. All funds received through a Sinking Fund millage are restricted and can only be spent for specific purposes. Potterville Schools plans to utilize the funds for safety and security improvements for the elementary, middle school/high school and child care. All three buildings would receive upgraded security cameras, automated locks, updated locks on classrooms and possibly a panic button system. Instructional technology will be purchased to sustain and increase students’ accessibility to technology. All technology purchased will be placed in the hands of our students. “All of this is intended to provide a physically and emotionally safe learning environment for all of our students and staff,” said Superintendent Kevin Robydek.  “Our intention is...

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City adopts new rules for RV parking

The City of Charlotte recently adopted new rules for recreational vehicle parking that are intended to give property owners more options than before. Up until these changes, RVs were very broadly defined, and limited to legal parking only in the rear yard. The new rules provide for a greater range of legal parking options that include side yards and driveways, subject to certain restrictions. The new rules take effect at the end of October, and also include changes to city regulations on temporary sheds and carports, and eliminate outdated rules about satellite dishes. “All of these things were regulated...

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Orioles take down rival Eaton Rapids, keep playoff hopes alive

The Charlotte High School varsity football team was not ready to relinquish the “Little Brown Jug.” Keeping it out of the hands of their rivals from Eaton Rapids feels too good. Charlotte used a punishing ground attack Friday, Oct. 5 to ensure the jug would remain in Charlotte for at least one more year. Charlotte dropped the Greyounds 45-31 behind quarterback Dominic Ghiardi’s 263-rushing yards. “It is always nice to keep the Jug where it belongs,” CHS varsity head coach Jeff Finney said this week. “This is a game that both schools look forward to every year and a game...

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