Monthly Archives: July 2017

A Letter from Your President

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your summer. The 4th was wonderful, as always. It was really nice to see so many people around town.  I was privileged to judge the floatilla, what fun that was. If you haven’t come to watch our creative pontoon owners, you really need to do that.

Magic Week will soon be upon us. If you have rooms and you have never opened your home to a magician, please consider doing so. You will make new friends and truly enjoy the opportunity to learn how magic became a part of their lives. Contact Greg Bordner at Abbotts and let him know you are willing. The people who stay at my home are like family now. They are busy doing their own thing while I do mine, but when there is down time we enjoy others company. Sometimes I even learn a trick or two.

There are some new faces in our Village employee group. Matt Barrett began working for the DPW in May, and Dakota Cable joined our Police force in June. Please make sure to make them feel welcome.

We are continuing our search for a new place to move our office to. We will keep you posted.

I will remind you again, if you have free time and are looking for a way to fill it, check with our service organizations. They all do wonderful things for our community and our children. However, like most organizations, their members are aging and the younger people are not joining. So, think about joining.

That’s about it for this time. Enjoy the rest of summer and try to stay cool. We have a wonderful beach for you to take a refreshing dip in.

Diane

Village President

All You Can Eat Fish Fry at the Colon American Legion Friday, July 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Ocean perch will be served and carry-outs will be available starting at 5:00 PM. It will be $9.50 for adults and carry-outs, along with $4.00 for children.

ABBOTT’S MAGIC GET TOGETHER 2017 AUG 2-5 2017 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2nd 2017
9:00AM   ABBOTT’S COLON GOLF CLASSIC with Al the Only
9:00AM   REGISTRATION OPENS at the Abbott Plant
10:00AM  ABBOTT’S DEALERS ROOM OPENS at Elementary School
10:30AM  SUPER SHOWROOM SPECIALS at Elementary School
10:30AM  SLIGHTLY IRREGULAR DISCOUNT BOOK SALE at Elementary
12:00PM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Jania Taylor outside M&M Grill
1:00PM    COLON HISTORICAL MUSEUM OPEN till 4PM
1:30PM    MAGIC SHOW at Abbott Plant with BJ Mallen or Gordon Miller ($5)
2:00PM    COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Joe Bennett outside Berkshire Hathaway
3:00PM    LECTURE – Richard Turner – at the High School (Registration Required)
3:00PM    MAGIC SHOW at Abbott Plant with BJ Mallen or Gordon Miller ($5)
3:00PM    FACE PAINTING till 6PM outside 5 Star Pizza by Carol Hendrix
5:30PM    RIVER LAKE INN MAGIC SHOW & DINNER with Ron Carnell
7:15PM   GREAT AMERICAN SIDE SHOW – till about 7:45PM outside high school
7:45PM   PRESHOW LIVE ORGAN MUSIC – by John Sturk
8:00PM   ABBOTT’S STAGE SHOW – view seating at High School ($20-$25)
Featuring BJ Mallen MCGordon MillerEli PortalaJohn SterliniDan SperryDavid & DaniaJonathan Goodwin
9:00PM    GREAT AMERICAN SIDE SHOW – During show intermission outside high school
10:00PM  ABBOTT’S DEALERS ROOM OPENS at Grade School after show

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3rd 2017
9:00AM  REGISTRATION OPENS at the Abbott Plant
9:30AM  LECTURE – Rob Zabrecki – at the High School (Registration Required)
10:00AM  ABBOTT’S DEALERS ROOM OPENS at Grade School
11:00AM  VENT-O-RAMA at the Abbott Plant (Registration Required)
12:00PM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – John Sturk outside Dawn & Phils
1:00PM  CREATIVITY LECTURE – Friday Evening Performers – at the High School (Registration Required)
1:00PM  COLON HISTORICAL MUSEUM OPEN till 4PM
1:30PM  DEALERS ON PARADE at the Elementary School
1:30PM  MAGIC SHOW at Abbott Plant with BJ Mallen or Gordon Miller ($5)
2:00PM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Joe Bennett outside Curly’s
3:00PM  MAGIC SHOW at Abbott Plant with BJ Mallen or Gordon Miller ($5)
3:00PM  FACE PAINTING till 6PM outside 5 Star Pizza by Carol Hendrix
3:45PM  FAMOUS MAGICIANS GRAVEYARD TOUR ushered by Al the Only
5:00PM  MAGIC AND MORE LIVE – with you hosts John and Tarmara Sterlini ($5)
5:30PM  RIVER LAKE INN MAGIC SHOW & DINNER with Ron Carnell
7:15PM  GREAT AMERICAN SIDE SHOW – till about 7:45PM outside high school
7:45PM  PRESHOW LIVE ORGAN MUSIC – by John Sturk
8:00PM  ABBOTT’S STAGE SHOW – view seating at High School ($20-$25)
Featuring Jeff Bibik MCHarrison GreenbaumGene AndersonPohan HuangJason Hudy
9:00PM   GREAT AMERICAN SIDE SHOW – During show intermission outside high school
10:00PM  ABBOTT’S DEALERS ROOM OPENS at Grade School after show
10:15PM  CURLYS CLOSEUP CONTEST after show

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4th 2017
9:00AM  REGISTRATION OPENS at the Abbott Plant
9:00AM  COLON ARTS & CRAFT FAIR till 4PM
9:30AM  ABBOTT’S STAGE TALENT CONTEST at High School (Registration Required)
10:00AM  ABBOTT’S DEALERS ROOM OPENS at Grade School
11:00AM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Thom Bedlam outside Dawn & Phils
12:00PM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Magic of Trino outside Village Market
12:00PM  ASSISTANT WORKSHOP – hosted by Sterlini Magic
1:00PM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Jonathan LaChance at Craft Fair
1:00PM  LECTURE – Gene Anderson – at the High School (Registration Required)
1:00PM  COLON HISTORICAL MUSEUM OPEN till 4PM
1:30PM  MAGIC SHOW at Abbott Plant with BJ Mallen or Gordon Miller ($5)
2:30PM  ABBOTT’S CLOSEUP SHOW at High School (Registration Required)
Featuring The Close-Up Magic of Richard Turner
3:00PM  MAGIC SHOW at Abbott Plant with BJ Mallen or Gordon Miller ($5)
3:00PM  FACE PAINTING till 6PM outside 5 Star Pizza by Carol Hendrix
4:30PM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Magic of Trino outside Five Star Pizza
5:00PM  MAGICIANS DINNER SPECIAL – At Lutheran Church on Burr Oak Road
5:00PM  MAGIC AND MORE LIVE – with you hosts John and Tarmara Sterlini ($5)
5:30PM  RIVER LAKE INN MAGIC SHOW & DINNER with Ron Carnell
7:15PM  GREAT AMERICAN SIDE SHOW – till about 7:45PM outside high school
7:45PM  PRESHOW LIVE ORGAN MUSIC – by John Sturk
8:00PM  ABBOTT’S STAGE SHOW – view seating at High School ($20-$25)
Featuring Mike Caveney MCTina LenertChris HartMark KornhauserArdan JamesRob Zabrecki
9:00PM  GREAT AMERICAN SIDE SHOW – During show intermission outside high school
9:45PM    FIREWORK SHOW outside High School after show
10:00PM  ABBOTT’S DEALERS ROOM OPENS at Grade School after show
10:30PM  TALENT CONTEST AWARDS at Grade School after show

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH 2017
9:00AM  REGISTRATION OPENS at the Abbott Plant
9:00AM  MAGIC MINISTERS SESSION at Methodist Church (Registration Required)
9:00AM  COLON ARTS & CRAFT FAIR till 4PM
10:00AM  LECTURE – Mark Kornhauser – at Elementary School (Registration Required)
10:00AM  ABBOTT’S DEALERS ROOM OPENS at Grade School
11:00AM  TRIPLE BOOK SIGNING – 3 Book Signings at Elementary School till Noon
11:00AM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Jania Taylor at Craft Fair
11:30AM  MAGIC SHOW at Abbott Plant with BJ Mallen or Gordon Miller ($5)
12:00PM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Thom Bedlam outside American Legion
1:00PM   COLON HISTORICAL MUSEUM OPEN till 4PM
2:00PM   ABBOTTCADABRA BENEFIT MATINEE – view seating at the High School ($10)
Featuring 80 Years of Abbott’s Magic with David Charvet & Company
2:30PM  MAGIC SHOW at Abbott Plant with Dynamike ($5)
3:00PM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS– John Sturk outside Colon Historical Museum
3:00PM  FACE PAINTING till 6PM outside 5 Star Pizza by Carol Hendrix
4:00PM  COLON STREET PERFORMERS – Magic of Trino outside Five Star Pizza
5:00PM  MAGIC AND MORE LIVE – with you hosts John and Tarmara Sterlini ($5)
5:30PM  RIVER LAKE INN MAGIC SHOW & DINNER with Ron Carnell
7:15PM  GREAT AMERICAN SIDE SHOW – till about 7:45PM outside high school
7:45PM  PRESHOW LIVE ORGAN MUSIC – by John Sturk
8:00PM  ABBOTT’S STAGE SHOW – view seating at High School ($20-$25)
Featuring Kalin & Jinger
9:00PM     GREAT AMERICAN SIDE SHOW – During show intermission outside high school
10:00 PM  ABBOTT’S DEALERS ROOM OPENS at Grade School after show
10:30 PM  ABBOTT PERFORMER AWARDS at Grade School after show

 

Listen to “Behind the Lines” Tuesday morning on WMUK on the topic of “The Hidden History of St. Joseph County Michigan.”

From: Kelly Pucci 
Subject: Radio Interview

Message Body:
Listen to "Behind the Lines" Tuesday morning on WMUK on the topic of "The Hidden History of St. Joseph County Michigan."  The book is available at Lowry's Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In the interview I mentioned Colon and the St. Joseph Historical Society as much as I could.

PUBLIC NOTICE

VILLAGE OF COLON

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

JULY 25, 2017 – 7:00 PM

COLON TOWNSHIP LIBRARY – SMITH ROOM

128 S BLACKSTONE AVE., COLON, MI 49040

 

Colon Village President, Diane Downs, has called for a Special Meeting of the Colon Village Council for the purpose of setting goals and objectives for the future of the Village of Colon. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in this special meeting.

 

Tammy Fredenburg

Colon Village Office Manager

COLON VILLAGE COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING – JUNE 13, 2017

COLON VILLAGE HALL

Meeting called to order by President Downs at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Present: S. Craun, D. Delp, E. Doenges, RA Kuhlmann, L. Norton, President D. Downs

Absent: N. Percival – excused

Also Present: Chief Brinkert, T. Fredenburg, M. Haydon, W. Held, J. Henry, Y. Husted, M. McManus, R. Miller, M. Mitchell, M. Partridge – Consumers Energy, K. Pucci, J. Sterlini, A. Staecker, R. Taylor, C. Thornton, M. Voss, J. Weinberg

RA Kuhlmann moved to accept the agenda as presented, second by S. Craun. Carried

President Downs opened the meeting for public comments, no public comments were made.

Consent Agenda with the approval of bills totaling $110,880.93 was motioned by E. Doenges, second by D. Delp. Carried.

Mitchell presented his findings of address concerns along M-86 west of the Village limits. S. Craun moved to have all addresses presented designated as West M-86, second by RA Kuhlmann. Carried.

Weinberg presented the DPW report for the month. He proposed parking lot repair work to be completed. RA Kuhlmann moved to have Tuskins perform the work at a cost not to exceed $750.00, second by S. Craun. Carried.

Chief Brinkert presented his report, he is in need of two computers. S. Craun moved to approve the purchase of two computers from Staples at a cost not to exceed $1,700.00, second by RA Kuhlmann. Carried.

Fredenburg presented her written report.

Mitchell presented his written report.

OLD BUSINESS

Michelle Partridge, Consumers Energy explained the federal mandate regarding streetlight replacement. After discussion, RA Kuhlmann moved to replace the Village’s remaining 47 mercury based streetlights with LED for a cost of $3,949.00, second by D. Delp. Carried.

SAW Grant computer purchase was readdressed. D. Delp moved to purchase two laptop computers from IT Right for a purchase price of $2,408.00, second by S. Craun. Carried.

NEW BUSINESS

The Blight Control Ordinance was discussed. As the Planning Commission is revived, the will need direction and M. Mitchell suggested blight as a first issue for them to address and asked for the Council’s input.

Roxanne Persing sent a letter of interest to be placed on the Planning Commission. RA Kuhlmann moved to appoint Persing to the Planning Commission, seconded by E. Doenges.

Norman & Paulsen sent their proposal for 2016-2017 financial audit services for the amount of $7,650.00. RA Kuhlmann moved to approve the proposal, second by S. Craun. Carried.

Mitchell explained the Miller Road/Blackstone Ave address issue. After discussion it was proposed to have Mitchell contact the affected home owners to get their feedback.

Road closure of N. Blackstone Ave was completed earlier in the year.

Fire agreement impasse with Township was discussed. Council members expressed appreciation for our fire/rescue personnel.

Goal setting meeting dates available are July 18th or July 25th. M. Mitchell will check fire station availability.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Kelly Pucci asked about the relocation of the last Lake Board meeting.

McManus asked about the posting of last month’s minutes.

Motion to adjourn was made by S. Craun, second by RA Kuhlmann. Carried.

Unless otherwise noted all votes are AYE – President Downs, S. Craun, D. Delp, E. Doenges, RA Kuhlmann, L. Norton. ABSENT – N. Percival

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Tammy Fredenburg

Colon Village Office Manager for

Kurt Kuhlmann

Colon Village Clerk/Treasurer

All You Can Eat Fish Fry at the Colon American Legion Friday, July 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Ocean perch will be served. Carryout orders can be taken starting at 5:00 PM. Adults and carry-outs will be available for $9.50 and $4.00 for children ages 5 to 10.

Village of Colon

Village Council Agenda

July 11, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

110 North Blackstone Colon, MI 49040

  1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call & Asking that Cell Phones & Other Electronic Devices be Silenced
  3. Approval of Agenda
  4. Public Comments (3 minutes per person)
  5. Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of Bills & Payroll
    2. Village Minutes of June 13, 2017
    3. Financial Reports
  6. Communications/Petitions/Miscellaneous
    1. Memo to Boards about providing minutes
  7. Monthly Reports
    1. Public Works – Jim Weinberg
    2. Police – Mark Brinkert
    3. Office Manager – Tammy Fredenburg
    4. Village Manager – Michael Mitchell
  8. Unfinished Business
    1. Address Issues – Lisa Kirby of County Land Resource Center
    2. Consumers Energy Streetlight Change Contracts & Resolution
    3. Fire Agreement
  9. New Business
    1. Discussion with Attorney Davis
    2. Appointment of Thornton to Planning Commission
    3. Capital Improvements Program
    4. Water/Sewer Special Assessments
    5. Geotechnical Borings for proposed Village Hall location
  10. Public Comments (3 minutes per person)
  11. Council Comments
  12. Adjournment