NEW BUFFALO — Departmental reports given during the Sept. 19 meeting of the New Buffalo Township Board included good news on the upcoming New Buffalo Township Fire 5K and information on Fire Safety Month and the popularity of summer events.

Fire Chief Jamie Flick reminded board members about several upcoming community events including the 5K on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Township Supervisor Michelle Heit noted that 76 people had signed up for the 5K as of Sept. 19.

“We are very excited about the high level of participation among both runners and sponsors,” she said.

The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. and race-day registration will be available at Seedz Brewery, 16321 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier. The course includes the new non-motorized path along Red Arrow Highway and also winds through Union Pier.

Flick also mentioned the upcoming Apple Cider Century biking event on Sunday, Sept. 25, and Fire Safety Month coming up in October.

During Fire Safety Month, the Fire Department will be distributing free smoke alarms.

“I think it’s important for the community to remember that deaths from fires are more likely to occur in residences and buildings that don’t have smoke detectors” Flick noted.

Lt. Ryan Sullivan of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department reported a busy end of season but nothing “out of the ordinary.” He did comment about the recent vandalism at Whittaker Woods Golf Course.

“A couple of 14-year-old boys riding red and blue 4-wheelers have been seen in the area and are suspected of doing the damage” Sullivan stated.

Township Parks Director Patrick Donnelly said that participation in summer events was high, especially at “Music in the Park” on Wednesdays.

He said that the Splash Pad in Memorial Park also was popular this summer due to many days of warm weather.

Donnelly gave information about the Department’s Halloween Costume Exchange. Costume donations are being collected at the Township Office at 17425 Red Arrow Highway from September 19-26. They will be offered free to the public on September 30 (4-6 PM) and October 1 (9AM-12PM) at the same location.

He said that the results of a 5-year plan survey are expected to be reported in October. The survey (implemented by Abonmarche Consultants) will identify community recreation and open space needs for the New Buffalo Area Recreational Authority – a partnership between the City of New Buffalo, New Buffalo Area Schools, and New Buffalo Township.

In other Sept. 19 business, the New Buffalo Township Board approved:

The MERS (Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan) Resolution, which will reimburse $186,610.97 to the LRSB (Local Revenue Sharing Board.)

The expenditure of $12,653 for the Road Department agreement to put fog seal on Wilson Road.

A Water Department License Stipend of varying amounts to encourage employees of the Department water to obtain appropriate licenses.

Increasing the MERS multiplier from 1.5 percent to 2 percent to benefit Township employees’ retirement fund.

Applying to county for funds to improve area broadband

Granting an Outdoor Assembly permit to Seedz Brewery for their October Fest event to be held on October 1.

Writing a Letter of Intent to The Pokagon Fund asking for matching funds of $360,000 to be used for improving Broadband in the Township.

Using Michigan CLASS (Michigan Cooperative Liquid Assets Securities System) as a depository for the Township.

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