SPORTS

U-M’s tournament preview See Page 2-D

Zipolite offers laid-back excursion through old-fashioned Mexico See Page 7-D

TRAVEL

The
50
VOL. 28, NO. 12
¢

TOP $ GOLD = FOR $1610 GOLD & SILVER
WE WILL TRY TO BEAT ANY OFFER BY AT LEAST 10% OR MORE!

(734) 433-9900

1170 S. MAIN STREET • CHELSEA

Chelsea Rare Coins

Sell Your Unwanted/ Broken Jewelry Here WE BUY ALL COINS & CURRENCY

1-800-666-0348
Minutes from Ann Arbor I-94 Exit 159

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013 Weave the Web:
Make sure to click on www.heritage.com around the clock for the most in-depth coverage. See most popular stories.... “Willow Run remembers longtime teacher.”

Officials renew dispatch, prisoner lockup contracts
Belleville council renews contracts with Van Buren Township
By Jerry LaVaute
Special Writer

The Belleville City Council unanimously approved a renewal of its contracts with Van Buren Township for emergency dispatch and prisoner lockup services at its regular meeting March 4. The intergovernmental agreement has been in place for several years. Belleville Mayor Kerreen Conley opened the discussion by noting that the proposed 10-page contract was identical to last year’s contract, including the price of $145,600. The price includes $122,900 for Van Buren Township-provided dispatch services for the city, and an additional $22,700 for prisoner lockup services. Councilwoman Kim Tindall took issue with a stipulation in the contract that requires the city to pay to the township any additional actual costs incurred by the township in dispatch or lockup services. Tindall acknowledged that, while the township has not requested additional fees during

the years of the contract, she was uncomfortable with the open-ended nature of the provision. She also said she was concerned whether or not the “I am responding” system, which provides information by township dispatch services to Belleville’s volunteer firefighters, was adequate. Belleville Fire Chief Brian Loranger said that as much information as possible was needed from township dispatchers. Loranger described a hypothetical scenario in which the firefighters were told a female was having difficulty breathing. He said it would be helpful to know the age of the person, as well. He recalled that former Van Buren Township Public Safety Director Carl McClanahan had said that every dispatcher would use the “I am responding” system every time, but that didn’t always occur. Tom Fielder, former mayor and a longtime Belleville resident, said in the past, there was a standing committee of officials from Belleville and Van Buren Township who met regularly to discuss and resolve such issues. Fielder suggested that renewing a regular, ongoing dialogue between the city and the township might a good idea. For its part, the Van Buren Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the intergov-

ernmental agreement at its regular meeting on March 19. Interim VBT Public Safety Director Greg Laurain presented the proposed agreement to the board, who voted without comment among themselves or from the audience. Laurain said that the dispatch agreement was now in its eighth year. In other business, the City Council approved the timetable for the development of the city’s budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The process begins on May 6, when City Manager Diana Kollmeyer presents the proposed budget to the council. It is followed by review sessions in May chaired by council members with each of the city’s departments, and a public hearing June 3, whose desired outcome is council approval of the budget. All meetings are open to the public. The council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Municipal Building, 6 Main St. Meetings are held in the council chambers. Jerry LaVaute is a special writer for Heritage Media. Follow his blogs “Pa’s Blog” and “The Eye of the Storm” at http://jlavaute.blogspot. com. He can be reached at glavaute@gmail. com or call 1-734-740-0062.

Check out our video:
■ ‘Deadliest Catch’ fans meet Capt. Keith at MI Kroger stores

Click on the “jobs” tab on the home page of our h e i t go . c o m websiteror a g edirectly to http://jobs.heritage.com.

Become a Belleville View follower. Click on the Twitter tab on the home page of our website or go directly to http://twitter.com/ BellevilleView.

Join us on Twitter:

The Belleville View is looking for Community Bloggers!
If you live in the greater Belleville area and are interested in writing about local events, news and views or even your own interests and hobbies, please contact Michelle Rogers at mrogers@heritage.com.

The Marketplace:

Local ads are just a hop away at the MIcentral. com marketplace. While you are there, you can check out all the special supplements of Journal Register Co. newspapers in Michigan. Click on “marketplace” on the home page of our website or go directly to www.marketplace.micentral.com.

INDEX
Editorial Page 6-A Death Notices Page 12-A Moving Forward Page 1-C
Photo courtesy of Rawsonville Tech Specs Mary Ellen Vago and Deb Mounsey

Sports

Page 1-D

February’s Student of the Month recipients show off their certificates for demonstrating excellence in art class. In the back row are Aniyah Brown (left), Cajsa Melms, Eric Gonzalez, Art teacher Kim Glime, Shariya Hopkins, Nicole Malone, Sydney Allison andJayden Saad. In the second row are Austin Rupnow (left), Ja’Marre Holmes, C’Ana Grantham, Alex Major, Rylan Saad and Ariana Altizer. In the front row are Brooklyn Jones (left) and Cody Brown. Not pictured are Maggie Osborne, Erionna Warren, Emily Rich, Luke Bodenham, Mannie Terry and Inuyasha Streeter.

News Tip Hotline: 248-745-4613

Rawsonville honors art students of the month
At a recent schoolwide meeting, one Rawsonville Elementary School student from each classroom was honored and presented with an art Student of the Month award. According to Rawsonville Art teacher Kim Glime, these students demonstrated outstanding artistic abilities, both in technique and following the positive behavior instructional support expectations in art class. “I am honored to get the opportunity to highlight the talents of these students,” Glime said. “Their artistic abilities are wonderful and they make very good choices in art class.”
Printed on recycled paper

2013 F-150 Supercrew XLT 4x4
24 month lease. Buy for $30,102 V8, Loaded

New Car Special

Used Car Special
2010 Escape XLT
Ford Certified, Moonroof, Sync

$249 per month. Up to $7,000 in rebates.

$14,995

* A/Z Plan Pricing. 10,500 miles per year. Includes Factory and Renewal Rebate. Requires $2,000 due at signing plus taxes and plates. With Approved Credit. **A/Z Plan Pricing. All rebates to dealer. May require Ford Credit Financing. Plus taxes and fees. May require trade-in.

9800 Belleville Rd Belleville, MI 48111 Exit 190 just off I-94 (734) 697-9161 www.atchinson.net

Some restrictions apply. See dealer for details

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful