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Lake Twp. raises stink over trash collection PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:20
MILLBURY - A new trash collection company in Lake Township is off to a stinky start.
But representatives from the company who attended Tuesday's trustees' meeting said they were committed to better customer service and were addressing all of the complaints.
"It's not been the smoothest or best start," said Paul Rasmusson, senior area manager for Republic Services.
He said drivers and dispatchers are implementing better communication strategies and will work with residents on improving service.
"We apologize again for the missteps at the beginning," Rasmusson said.
After the meeting, Trustee Richard Welling said the complaints about Republic concerned bulk pickup, recycling and service charges and late fees mistakenly put on bills. He had a file folder with several emails from township residents.
Republic Services, Erie, Mich., was awarded a three-year contract last fall to provide solid waste and recycling services to the township. The cost is $12.93 per household and the contract began Jan. 1.
The company is providing bi-weekly recycling with a 96-gallon cart at no charge to customers.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:40
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G. Rapids rejects zoning change PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:18
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GRAND RAPIDS - A local businessman's plan to create additional parking space for his funeral home hit a bump in the road Tuesday.
Brian Habegger, a village resident and owner of Wright-Habegger Funeral Home, requested that two lots near his business be rezoned from residential to commercial.
On Monday, village council unanimously voted down the request for re-zoning for both lots, which are located near the funeral home on Second Street.
Council members did not express specific concerns with Habegger wanting to expand his business, but rather for future use of the commercial property should it be sold.
"I am just concerned about the future and for our future residents," said council member Carolyn Erdody.
Council member Kevin Olman also cited concerns with the process Habegger followed.
Prior to council's vote on the rezoning request, Habegger had torn down the residences on the two lots.
Olman said he would have liked Habegger to go through the re-zoning process first, in addition to other necessary processes, before tearing down the house.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:38
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N.B. hires full-time EMS chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:19
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NORTH BALTIMORE - The village has hired a full-time, interim EMS Chief.
Following a 30-minute executive session on Tuesday, village council approved hiring Eric Larson, current part-time EMS chief, as its interim, full-time chief.
His full-time contract begins May 1 and runs through Dec. 31. He will be paid a $35,000 salary, including benefits.
A total of six candidates applied for the position.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, council:
• approved the planned resignation of Village Administrator Kathy Healy. Effective July 11, Healy will retire. She has 29 years of public service, including the last 7 1/2 years in her capacity with North Baltimore. Prior to her work for the village, she worked for the City of Kenton and as a school teacher.
• approved a $5.25 monthly increase in the minimum sewer payment for utility customers. This increase, effective with the April billing cycle, is being assessed to pay for the second phase of the sewer separation project.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:39
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Breaking down hate PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:15
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Participants rip away paper bricks that was part of a wall of defamatory and offensive terms. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Racially-charged tweets a year ago planted the seeds for an anti-hate initiative that has garnered national attention.
Bowling Green's Not In Our Town held a celebration Tuesday in Olscamp Hall on the Bowling Green State University campus to mark its founding, and to break down a wall of hate made up of pieces of paper containing derogatory names and statements people have encountered.
Arpan Yagnik, a student of Indian descent, said he has been called a "wife beater" because some people believe that all Indian men assault their wives.
Luke Grabski, a transgender student, said hate can also come from within minority groups. His word was "trans-trender," a derogatory term for someone perceived by transgender people as posing as a transgender person.
These and dozens of other slurs were written on paper bricks and pasted on the wall that at the end of the event, participants, who represented the community and the university, ripped down.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:37
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Lake Twp. raises stink over trash collection
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