The Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday held the first of two scheduled public hearings to discuss proposed amendments to the city code that would allow marijuana facilities within city limits as special exception uses, and get further public input on the matter. Following a lengthy discussion and public comments from a handful of citizens, a thin majority of commissioners expressed support for the proposed changes.
At-Large Three Rivers City Commissioner Clayton Lyczynski will not seek reelection this fall, citing a desire to prioritize time with his daughters who are fast approaching graduation.
Downtown resident Justin Mitchell announced his candidacy for Three Rivers First District City Commissioner this week, marking the first time the seat will be contested since 2009. Mitchell will face incumbent Pat Dane in November.
At the tail end of an hour-long Three Rivers City Commission meeting Tuesday, City Manager Joe Bippus announced City Clerk Melissa Bliss had tendered her resignation.
Three Rivers City Commissioners approved a motion Tuesday to proclaim the city as the “Center of the Universe.”
The Three Rivers City Commission continued a contentious discussion over the sale of the former Carnegie Library building Tuesday.
Following a request by City Attorney J. Patrick O’Malley, Three Rivers City Commissioners voted Monday to retain special counsel regarding two marijuana-related petitions. O’Malley said the firm of Miller Canfield is handling a number of such petitions around the state, which would place permitting marijuana establishments in cities on local November election ballots.
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Three Rivers City Commission passed a resolution in favor of outdoor, café-style sidewalk seating for the Riviera Theatre Bar. The resolution will help the bar obtain a permit from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which oversees and regulates street and sidewalk obstructions on North Main Street. Outdoor seating will allow the bar to reopen after pandemic restrictions forced it to shut down last week.
Three Rivers City Manager Joe Bippus received 312 out of 350 possible points in his annual evaluation conducted by Three Rivers city commissioners, according to documents obtained by Watershed Voice via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.