Local Meetings Primer: Three Rivers, St. Joseph County Commissions meeting tonight

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners and the Three Rivers City Commission will both hold regular meetings as planned this evening, Tuesday, March 16.

In lieu of face-to-face meetings, both will be conducted via the Zoom online meeting platform, which is also accessible by telephone. During public comment periods, folks can request an opportunity to speak using the chat function of the online platform, the “raise hand” feature, or by pressing *9 if attending by telephone.

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners (5 p.m.)

The County Commission meets through a Zoom meeting link for anyone who wishes to attend remotely. Attendance requires entry of the access passcode of 592948. For the County meetings, the link and passcode changes for each meeting. It is also possible to phone into the Zoom sessions by dialing 312-626-6799 and entering the meeting’s conference ID code,  836 7408 6946, along with the passcode.

Tonight commissioners are expected to be presented the Friend of the Court’s 2020 Annual Report from William Thistlethwaite, and accept the county drain commission and central dispatch’s annual reports, which were presented at last week’s executive meeting. The commission will also consider renewing agreements for law enforcement services with the Village of Burr Oak and Village of Centreville, as well as the release and termination of restrictive covenants for the Village of Centreville Industrial Park, and a request to use county property for Covered Bridge Days (July 9 & 10) later this year.

Three Rivers City Commission (6 p.m.)

A presentation regarding the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is scheduled for tonight’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting, and as of 9 a.m. Tuesday there were only two business items listed on Tuesday’s agenda. Commissioners will be asked to consider approving a $30,000 sodium bicarbonate purchase from PVS/Nolwood Chemicals, Inc. for city wastewater treatment, and a purchase order in the amount of $89,336.40 with Superior Sweeping for street sweeping services from March 17, 2021 through February 28, 2022.

The meeting can be attended virtually by calling 312-626-6799 or using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/join. When prompted enter the meeting ID number 267-406-2635.

Alek Haak-Frost is executive editor of Watershed Voice.