Despite an uncommon number of contested races on this year’s Three Rivers city ballot, there will be no new faces on the city commission in 2024.
The following is Watershed Voice’s candidate questionnaire for November’s contested Three Rivers City Commission races. We will run all completed questionnaires in the order they’re received prior to Election Day. John Kish filled out our questionnaire, these are his answers.
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 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.
Downtown Three Rivers establishment Useless Creatures Brewing Co. (41 N. Main St.) is seeking approval from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to provide outdoor seating on the sidewalk in front of their location. Three Rivers commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to contribute a letter of support for the brewery’s MDOT application.
The Three Rivers city commission met Tuesday evening for a regularly scheduled meeting. Items on the agenda for the night included a presentation for the 2023 Citizen of the Year, a public hearing for a Special Exception Use (SEU) license for the city’s first marijuana transport facility, and proposed user fee rate increases.
Three Rivers city commissioners received an update from City Manager Joe Bippus Tuesday regarding the city’s search for a new finance director.
First District Commissioner, Third District Commissioner, At-Large Commissioner, and Mayor are all on the ballot this fall, all of which come with two-year terms.
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.
Scott Boling was officially named the Three Rivers Police Department’s chief of police following a 5-1 confirmation vote by the Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday.
Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry and Commissioners Torrey Brown and Pat Dane were sworn in this week during the commission’s organizational meeting on Monday, November 8.
The Three Rivers City Commission approved three special exception use permits for three additional marijuana dispensaries during its regular meeting on Monday, November 1. The city previously granted two SEU permits to two other dispensaries located on either side of US-131.
The unofficial results are in, and according to St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald, Torrey Brown has defeated fellow write-in candidate Lucas Allen by a “wide” margin in the race for Three Rivers at-large city commissioner.
The City of Three Rivers has four items on its ballot today but only one seat is contested, with two write-in candidates vying for at-large city commissioner. Polls at Riverside Church are open until 8 p.m.
Lucas Allen, 42, registered as a write-in candidate for the At-Large City Commissioner race Monday, joining fellow write-in candidate Torrey Brown. The seat is currently held by incumbent Clayton Lyczynski who is not seeking reelection.
The Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday approved two special exception use permits for marijuana dispensaries that will be established along US 131 in Three Rivers.
Downtown Three Rivers resident and First District City Commission candidate Justin Mitchell told Watershed Voice Wednesday he is bowing out of next month’s election for personal reasons.
The Three Rivers City Commission had a discussion about what could prove to be the city’s first marijuana facility during its regular meeting Tuesday