Council cuts Apple FestivalPublished 4:07pm Friday, June 29, 2012
Niles City Council contributed $2,200 for Greater Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 3 fireworks display, but removed $2,500 for the 40th annual Apple Festival from its consent agenda Monday night.
The Apple Festival takes place Sept. 22-30, with the Youth Parade on Sept. 22 and the Grande Parade downtown Sept. 29.
“We applaud the decision,” Apple Festival President Craig Crocker said Friday, “but it would sit better with us if the cuts had been across the board. It’s getting tougher and tougher to make ends meet, but we would have returned it” to help the city.
Council June 25 also:
• Canceled a public hearing on vacating part of Union Street by Niles Westside Seventh-day Adventist Church.
• Agreed to write a letter to Niles Community Schools on behalf of the Corwins, whose home on Eagle Street is battered by baseballs from Niles High School.
“It’s not a criminal matter, as (Police Chief Jim Millin) said, “it’s a property liability issue,” Mayor Michael McCauslin said.
• Approved emergency repair of the main breaker at the Front Street substation by Hermann and Goetz of South Bend for $5,655.
• Adopted a request from the Utilities Department for the $4,370 proposal from SCI Alarm of South Bend for purchase and installation of a badge access system for the wastewater treatment plant.
• Accepted a $369 bid from Les Holt for a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria retired from fire department service.
• Revised a Michigan Department of Transportation contract for construction of a storm sewer in the area bordered by Sycamore, Fourth, Main and Front streets. The $4,459 reimbursement relates to the $684,037 Main Streetscape project of March 2003 to April 2005.
• Approved a pole attachment agreement with Great Lakes Comnet of East Lansing for installation of new fiber optic lines from Berrien Springs to South Bend. The Utilities Department’s Electric Division receives annual fees of $9.70 per attachment. Niles has similar agreements with Comcast (1978) and Niles Community Schools (2008).
• Berrien County commissioners June 28 in Hagar Township supported a DHS/FEMA AFG application by Niles Fire Department on behalf of the city and county due by July 6, with the commitment not to exceed $250,000 in required cash matching funds from the county MSP 800MHz Credit Reimbursement Fund. Niles City Council authorized the fire department to apply to replace 911 consoles. Niles will act as grant administrator and fiduciary.