Marijuana consumption lounges will not be coming to a downtown Three Rivers storefront near you, at least not any time soon. The Three Rivers City Commission voted 4-2 against an amendment to the city’s marijuana ordinance Tuesday that would have allowed such an establishment in the central (B-3) business zoning district following a public hearing.

The Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday adopted a resolution to apply for the Michigan Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for its Public Gathering Spaces Initiative (PGSI) to help pay for a downtown outdoor amphitheater on the Portage River. The city is requesting $1,953,445 in CDBG funds along with local funds from the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) budget in the amount of $195,344.50.

Three Rivers city commissioners voted unanimously to censure At-Large Commissioner Lucas Allen at Tuesday’s meeting following Allen’s disruptive and threatening behavior on March 7. A resolution of censure posted on the city’s website states Allen’s conduct damaged the reputation of the City of Three Rivers, and diminished the goodwill between the commission and citizens.

Watershed Voice sent out questionnaires to local candidates running for Three Rivers City Commission, St. Joseph County Commission, Three Rivers Board of Education, and Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees. In the days leading up to the election on Tuesday, November 8, Watershed will publish the questionnaires in the order they are received. Danielle Moreland, who is running as a write-in candidate for Three Rivers At-Large City Commissioner, filled out WSV’s questionnaire. Here are her answers.