The Three Rivers City Commission will convene for a regularly meeting Tuesday, August 1 at 6 p.m. at Three Rivers City Hall (333 W. Michigan Ave.). The topics of discussion for the evening will include a resolution to apply for the Community Development Block Grant for the downtown outdoor amphitheater, as well as a recommendation from the planning commission regarding overnight street parking regulations.
The shop will be offering flash tattoos and piercings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as a way for the community to come together and support a woman’s right to choose.
The Three Rivers Artist Guild is set to host “Paint Out the Town” in downtown Three Rivers on Saturday, July 29. A friendly, quick-draw, “plein air” competition, the event allows artists to originate, paint, complete, and frame a piece of art created outdoors in a three-hour time period in one day.
Sturgis City Commissioners heard a presentation regarding the potential construction of a “tiny home village” during a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday evening. The Sturgis Housing Commission has been in discussions with city staff on this project, and are proposing a development of clustered single-family housing at 208 N. Prospect St. The location is currently a vacant parcel owned by the Sturgis Housing Development Corporation.
The Sturgis City Commission Wednesday voted to have city staff develop a proposed ordinance and corresponding ballot language concerning urban chickens within city limits. The decision of whether to allow urban chickens in Sturgis will likely be placed in the hands of city residents in August 2024.
The Sturgis City Commission will meet Wednesday evening at city hall (130 N. Ottawa St.) for a regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. One of the topics to be discussed will be the first reading of a proposed urban chickens ordinance.
Three Rivers City Commissioners received an update Tuesday evening from the Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) regarding the July 7 force main break at the Constantine Street Lift Station. The break spilled approximately 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater from the WWTP at the intersection of Constantine Street and Broadway Street near the St. Joseph River.
The Three Rivers City Commission appointed Bobbi Schoon as the city’s new finance director/treasurer in a unanimous vote Tuesday evening. Currently serving as the Three Rivers Public Library (TRPL) Director, Schoon must now acquire additional municipal accounting skills for her new position, and has already met the prerequisites to be accepted into those training programs.
The Three Rivers City Commission will convene for a regular meeting tonight July 18 at 6 p.m. at Three Rivers City Hall (333 W. Michigan Ave.). Topics for the evening will include the potential appointment of Bobbi Schoon as Finance Director, as well as an update on the recent Constantine sewer main break.
The Three Rivers and Sturgis Champion Force Cheerleading Program (SToRm) recently competed at the State Competition in Grand Rapids where all teams placed within the top four of the state. Both the program’s Division 4 and Division 5.4 teams will go on to compete nationally on July 22.
The third annual Watershed Voice Artist Showcase returns this Saturday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at The Huss Project (1008 8th St.) in Three Rivers. Eleven artists from across the midwest will captivate audiences with live music, poetry, and stand-up comedy. Here is a closer look at the performances and acts set to take the stage Saturday night.
The third annual Art on Main returns to the streets of downtown Three Rivers this Saturday, July 15. Hosted by the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Art on Main will run from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and will feature 21 participating artists, three live musicians, shopping, and a social district.
The Sturgis Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is hosting the second annual MI Art Fest today, Friday, July 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event promises to showcase the work of local artists in the community, and will also feature a classic car cruise-in, 25 art vendors, art demonstrations, and a color walk.
The Sturgis City Commission provided “forward momentum” Wednesday by voting to approve the development of an agreement between Sturgis Hospital and a potential buyer. The current outstanding debt service on bonds issued by the City of Sturgis for improvements to the hospital stands at $8,567,631.25, which is being considered in any deal the hospital might make. The hospital has had extensive negotiations with Asker Corp. and “minimal” discussions with a second, unnamed potential purchaser.
Following weeks of financial struggles, Sturgis Hospital Interim CEO Jeremy Gump spoke to the Sturgis City Commission Wednesday to provide an update on hospital operations, as well as the process of finding an organization to acquire the hospital. Though the hospital continues to function tenuously day-to-day, Gump indicated time is running out for the facility.
No action was taken at the Three Rivers Community Schools (TRCS) Board of Education (BOE) meeting Monday evening in regards to adopting a policy for flags and other displays in Three Rivers classrooms. The BOE chose to table all actions concerning the policy in favor of scheduling a future closed session to discuss recent, “critical” attorney-client information.
The board is set to meet Monday evening at 6 p.m. for a regularly scheduled meeting, as well as a work session devoted solely to the flags and display policy.
Aubrey “Aubs” Barnes, a Rock Island, Illinois native, is an educator, author, poet, community arts facilitator, and the featured artist for Watershed Voice’s third annual Artist Showcase on July 15. For more on his creative process, inspiration, and upcoming performance next week, Watershed Voice interviewed Aubs.