Belding City Council

Wording of recall attempts against Belding, Keene Twp. officials denied

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In similar action toward other local officials, tense local issues like solar energy and wastewater treatment are causing recalls to be petitioned and reviewed before Ionia County’s Election Commission.

Belding Fire Dept. shows off new equipment

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With dry weather and swimming safety both concerns in the summer, Belding City Council members checked out a pair of new fire department additions on Tuesday: a custom-built new truck and a fire boat.

While the newest fire truck has been up and running for six months now, the new fire boat has only been used for training. Fire Chief Tim Lubitz is thankful and excited to give this equipment some more use.

Summer of recalls

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Signatures filed for Douglass Twp. recall, petitions filed to recall board members in Belding, Keene Twp.

This year will be remembered for the slew of recall efforts against officials in Ionia and Montcalm counties on a variety of topics ranging from wind and solar energy to budget issues to wastewater treatment.

Belding moving forward with wastewater plant

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New $37 million wastewater treatment plant to replace 57-year old lagoon system

After 57 years of utilizing a lagoon system to handle the community’s wastewater, time has caught up with that system of management.

Due to a multitude of problems, ranging from performance issues to mechanical equipment failure and excessive accumulation of biosolids, Belding must now implement an expensive solution to address a situation 60 years in the making.

Belding police chief retiring after 20 years as chief, 49 years in law enforcement

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Having lived out a career in law enforcement for nearly 50 years — the last 20 as the chief of the Belding Police Department — Dale Nelson, 69, is now stepping away from his role to serve and protect, prepared to finally embrace retirement.

During the May 17 meeting of the Belding City Council, Nelson, whose last day will be Thursday, was honored with a special resolution of appreciation presented by Mayor Bruce Meyers, who commended him “for his dedication, enthusiasm and outstanding public service for the past two decades.”

Belding gets grant for park upgrades

Greenville Area Community Foundation awards city $60K for Lightning Bend Park

This city has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) for Lightning Bend Park improvements.

Belding City Manager Jon Stoppels made the announcement at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. 

Belding City Council OKs second utilities rate study

Council also hears about park contaminant cleanup, new spa biz

As the Belding City Council looks toward water and sewer improvements, they unanimously approved a second financial study related to water and sewer rates at Tuesday’s meeting.

Councilman Mike Scheid was absent from the meeting, which lasted less than 30 minutes.

Belding approves application for Beatnik Bazaar

Council hears pushback about special event fees

With an unusually large crowd in attendance, the Belding City Council approved two different events for the city during Tuesday’s meeting.

The actions weren’t taken by council members, however, before some discussion about some related policies and fees for the events. Following the meeting’s business, multiple people in attendance further spoke on some of those policies and fees during public comment.

Belding preparing Memorial Day motorcycle group visit

Come Memorial Day weekend, upward of 1,000 motorcycles are expected to roll through the city of Belding to visit the Denny Craycraft Veterans Freedom Park.

In anticipation of the event, the park committee is in the process of getting a new pavilion placed within the park to give visitors and residents a place to sit and reflect.

Belding City Council considering increases to water, sewer rates

Facing increasing costs for the wastewater treatment plant, building repair and other matters, the Belding City Council is considering increasing some rate and fees.

The City Council on Tuesday discussed the possibility of increasing water and sewer rates, along with certain miscellaneous fees, such as the Community Center rental fee. Councilman Mike Scheid was absent from the meeting.