The Dorr Township Planning Commission Tuesday night polished off some unfinished business by electing officers.
The commission elected them at its July 19 meeting, but Dorr Township Trustee Patty Senneker objected, insisted it was improper for anyone to vote for himself or herself to an officer’s position. This created a problem because only four members were present, so with Chairman Bob Wagner, Vice Chairman Bob Traxler and Secretary Melissa Harding withdrawing votes for themselves, it left only three positive votes on a seven-member commission.
In another display of local government rearing its ugly head and stomping on the freedom and liberties of the local citizens, of all things being debated — trash hauling!
City government should be in the business of providing services (such as water, sewer and city road repair), protection (police and fire), and enforcing local codes and ordinances. Unless it is in the city charter to contract or control “trash haulers,” keep your hands off trash haulers – it’s none of Wayland city government’s business.
It was round two for the continuing controversy swirling around the idea of the City of Wayland going to just one trash hauler.
More than a dozen citizens appeared at the City Council meeting Monday night to add their voices of protest against any move by the city to hire just one refuse disposal service. City Manager Mike Selden earlier this summer said he wanted to seek bids from all trash hauling companies who do business here with an eye toward having the lowest bidder win a contract for all trash hauling in the city.
Smoking tobacco products now will be illegal in Wayland city parks.
The City Council Monday night adopted a resolution prohibiting smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes or any other tobacco in the city park, Rabbit River Park and the skate board park.
Plans are in the works to prohibit smoking in all Wayland city parks.
The main reason for the prohibition, according to the ordinance, is second-hand smoke and the city has the right to forbid use of certain substances on public property.
The Wayland City Council Monday night decided to award the bid for reconstructing and paving Hanlon Court to Weick Brothers Excavating of Hopkins for a higher price than what they had hoped for.
It wasn’t Weick’s fault. The local firm was the only one that bid on the project and it was willing to renegotiate the price after council rejected the original bid. The rejected bid was for $439,291.50 and the one accepted after haggling was $399,582.50.
by Jeff Salisbury
Don’t ask me how I got on his campaign e-mail list, but a link arrived in my in-box recently, which took me to this news brief. But not before I was encouraged to note how well the Michigan economy is rebounding from years of decline before Rick Snyder took office. Here’s the news brief…
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new federal report says Michigan's economy has continued its steady recovery from the Great Recession, growing 2 percent in 2013 and staging a faster comeback than the nation as a whole over a four-year span.
Dennis O. Taylor, RN, BSN, of Green Lake, died Friday, Aug. 15. He was 74.
Dennis loved all of nature and was skilled in wood and rock carvings, rock collecting and shared his love with all who asked. He was proud to be one of the first male RNs in Grand Rapids and ranked top in Illinois State Boards.
While the U.S. hockey team was scoring the greatest sports upset in history over the Russians in 1980, I was learning an important media and political lesson that still holds today.
At my first seminar as editor of a daily newspaper, the people who put on the workshop presented troubling news that between 95 and 98 percent of all incumbents win re-election to congressional seats. Some would say this is because most folks are satisfied with their men and women in Washington and with their counterparts in Lansing.
by Amy Kerr Hardin
It appears Michigan’s municipalities are headed for a rewrite of their political sign ordinances, or court — if the American Civil Liberties Union has its way. This, especially after the U.S. Supreme Court predictably will rule in an upcoming case that such signage is a protected First Amendment right, and not subject to special limitations.
Marjorie Elizabeth Velicky, 77, of Dorr, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.
Marge graduated from Byron Center High School and worked for more than 25 years at McDonald's in Wayland. She was a member of the Dorr American Legion Auxilary, the Moose Lodge, and St. Therese Catholic Church, where she served as an usher.
Marge was a euchre enthusiast and joined games around the area.
Marge married Steve Velicky, Jr on Nov. 9, 1957.