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Author: Travis Silvas

Council passes 2019-20 budget, undecided on utility rate increase

The Charlotte City Council adopted its 2019-20 operating budget Monday, June 10. However, there is still much work to be done on capital improvements, such as streets and water and sewer infrastructure in what City Manager Gregg Guetschow said is a pretty bare-bones budget.  Council will resume discussions June 24 on a proposed 22 percent increase to the city’s water and sewer rates. Discussions were tabled June 10 in order for Guetschow and DPW Director Amy Gilson to provide council with potential alternatives to the increase, including phasing an increase in over a two-year period. “The biggest investments we are going to be making, besides streets, are in the utilities area,” Guetschow said. “We need to spend about $1 million per year on infrastructure. That goes along with reconstructing our streets. For example, reconstructing Lovett Street, there’s 1885 water main under there that has to be replaced. There are asset management plans, to make sure we keep our facilities up.” Guetschow said the city has done a good job in managing its assets, but is being forced to be more formal in its planning efforts for water and sewer asset management by state regulations. Mandates from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality make up nearly 20 percent of the utilities budget. “We’ve been warning that it’s time to look at an adjustment to the utility rates,” he said. “We’ve...

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Charlotte author shows the faces of resilience in new book Struggle & Strength

Great stories have their way of finding Sharon Kennedy. It helps, of course, to have a friendly, and inquisitive nature, of which Kennedy certainly possesses.  But more than that, Kennedy has a genuine fascination for those around her, a yearning to celebrate what makes people unique, and the ability to find that thread that connects us all. Kennedy does just that in her latest book, Struggle & Strength, Eight Ordinary Women with Lives Most Unusual. She will share some of her book at a special engagement at AL!VE in Charlotte on Friday, June 21 at 8:30 a.m. “The entire...

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Charlotte Festival Alliance giving Charlotte brand new life

It was only a year ago that the joint marketing committees of Can Do! and CharlotteRising rolled out a new community brand for Charlotte. After an initial splash, the brand and “Charlotte is …” campaign sat slightly dormant. That may change, and soon, starting with Charlotte Celebrates, which takes place over Father’s Day weekend in Charlotte. Charlotte Celebrates was the first festival to jump on board with the new branding campaign in 2018, adopting a new logo for the festival and partnering with the accompanying Charlotte is … billboard campaign. Those efforts will continue with this year’s promotion. Frontier Days also followed suit with a new logo in 2018. A new community organization, loosely formed at this point, has brought all of Charlotte’s festivals together in an effort to increase efficiencies, promotional efforts and overall success of all festivals. Called the Charlotte Festival Alliance, the organization includes representatives from Charlotte Celebrates, the Eaton County Home and Business Expo, Frontier Days, Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, Concerts on the Square, Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Charlotte Bluegrass Festival, Eaton County Fair, Pigpalooza, Windwalker Underground Gallery, and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.  The Festival Alliance met Wednesday, May 29 to discuss the opportunity to better take advantage of the Charlotte brand, and what that could mean for the promotion of the community’s major events. “This is an opportunity to keep who you are...

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Gospel Fest brings main stage to Lake Alliance June 7-9

Clint Dickerson can see the pros and cons of moving the 3rd Annual Potterville Gospel Fest entirely to Lake Alliance Park in Potterville. Excitingly, the move will allow for the headlining acts to rock the main stage Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Dickerson said he is excited for this year’s lineup, which will feature acoustic acts in the “Lounge,” located in the pavilion, throughout the day, followed by performances on the main stage each day. “We try to book acts that are uplifting, and family-oriented,” Dickerson said. “Not everything is Christian. We have some classic rock in...

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Women Giving Together approaches $50,000 in donations given

A single act of generosity, no matter how big or small, can be profoundly impactful, both to giver and receiver. A gathering of women in Eaton County — Women Giving Together — has found just how impactful their generosity can be when their small acts combine to make sizeable donations for local non-profit organizations. In total, Women Giving Together has donated close to $50,000, spread across 13 different Eaton County non-profit organizations. When the group meets next Tuesday, May 21, members expect to surpass the $50,000 mark. “$50,000 is a great milestone for Women Giving Together, but the sky...

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