Meeting set August 6 for more information by MITCH HARVATIN Cannon Township officials decided Monday night that they want to hear more about the proposal of putting two non-motorized sidewalks/trails starting at Myers Lake toward Cannon Farms and along M-44 near Bostwick Lake. Both projects would feature poles (railings) and hydrants. The contractor would also design the trail so it doesn’t draw puddles when it rains for a long period of time. The Myers Lake proposal is estimated to cost $12,100. The Bostwick Lake project is estimated to cost around $22,100. Township Clerk Bonnie Blackledge is for the project, but Township Trustee Steve Grimm said, “It’s a lot of money for a straight sidewalk.” Township Supervisor Peter MacGregor stepped in and said that the construction workers “will have to move a green box and a telephone pole.” Blackledge will hold an informational meeting for anyone who would like more information about these two projects on August 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cannon Township offices, 6878 Belding Road. The engineer of the project will also attend the meeting.
July 30 2009
Local playwright Scott Phillips has written his first musical, “Paris on the Brain,” and it will debut at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs this summer. In this musical comedy, Paul is surprised by the reappearance of the woman he loved but left in Paris several months before. The exotic Meena arrives, expecting to marry, and Paul enlists his quarrelsome sisters to help explain the abrupt nuptials to their conservative parents. This engaging musical ranges from hilarious to poignant as three generations adapt to growth and change within the family. Based on a true family story, Phillips wrote the musical with his sister, Jill Phillips, who composed the words and music. A former professional musician, Jill proposed the musical after witnessing the enthusiastic reception given Scott’s first two plays, “Fish and Visitors” and “None Would Be Old.” The audience will delight in this collaboration and empathize with the problems of the family that proudly sings “We put the fun in dysfunctional!” Performances will be August 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and August 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main Street, Cedar Springs.
Rockford City Manager Michael Young said he was pleased to provide the City Council with fair agreements on time for City staff and the police department (see related story on page 1). “Rarely will you hear a city manager say that negotiations were a pleasure to go through. We have an excellent police department and staff who understand what tough times we are going though,” he said to council on Monday, July 20. Young was pleased the agreements were reached in a timely fashion. “You don’t have to look far to see a lot of contracts that weren’t settled on time.” The city employees and police department work on a three-year employment agreement. According to Young, negotiations were not characterized by fighting back and forth as is reported in many such contract settlements. “It wasn’t as if we said yes to everything they asked for,” Young, who negotiated on behalf of the city, commented. “There were things they said no to and there were things I said no to.” Young said one of the biggest decisions was how to compensate city crews who have to come in after a heavy snow and plow the streets. In past years the employee was sent home after their normal number of hours, which they didn’t feel was fair since they had to get up in the middle of the night and operate a 10,000 pound snow truck with no increase in pay from their normal work schedule. Negotiations provided for some overtime when crews have to come in at unusual hours to deal with heavy snowfall. If the employee comes in two nights in a row they will receive two hours of overtime but still be sent home for safety reasons. Steve Jazwiec said he was proud that the City is in a position to offer employees a raise despite trying economic times. Young said the contract was fair. Rockford Mayor Chi Chi Rogers joked Council would give itself a ten percent raise (of nothing).
Lilacs and Apple Blossoms to buy and sell When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. At least that’s the philosophy behind Lilacs and Apple Blossoms, a new consignment shop at 2355 Belmont Center Drive, Suite 100, in Belmont. Owner Amy Sheets said her family construction business was slow over the winter, so she and her husband had more time on their hands than usual. “We decided to help a friend with her estate sale. We sold items on Craigslist, ebay and at flea markets. It worked out so well, she gave our names to a friend, and then to another friend,” Sheets said. The experience inspired Sheets to open up a consignment shop to offer more of that type of service. The Belmont location was a no-brainer for Sheets, whose children attend Chandler Woods Academy. “There is so much here—the park, the trail, ice cream, pizza. All it needed was a consignment shop to round things out,” she said. With a focus on family—family helping to run the business and the desire to help other families buy and sell items—Lilacs and Apple Blossoms opened its doors June 1 of this year. Sheets noted that her three small children help and even contributed with the painting of the store. Family-friendly is consistent with items Lilacs and Apple Blossoms offers for sale. Everyone wears clothes every day and the shop has clothes for men, women and children as well as young adults and infants. Furniture will also be accepted, along with household items. Sheets said the store will host estate sales from time to time and antiques will be offered as they come in. There is a digital photo frame in the store so shoppers can see items for sale that might not fit in the shop. “We will sell anything, within reason,” Sheets laughed. Sheets said her family strongly believes in doing business locally. Furnishings for the store were all purchased from other area businesses or individuals. “We like to help out the little guy,” she said. “We want to keep money in our local area. If we can keep money local, that will help the towns and small businesses.” The store will provide a place for people to take their items for resale as […]
Rockford City Council will discontinue the print edition of the City newsletter, The Outlook. According to City Manager Michael Young, the step is in line with the City’s goal to be more “green” and would also save $6,000 a year for the six newsletters printed. The information would instead be available online. The City would still print a limited number of newsletters for those who ask to have one delivered to their homes. “I don’t know if we don’t hear from people we assume that’s good enough,” commented councilman Rich Moll during the board meeting Monday, July 20. He suggested a notice in the final newsletter, which will be printed this fall, asking people to let the City know if they prefer a printed edition.