Local Government

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Three city-appointed employees are set to receive bonuses after the Kalamazoo City Commission approved the lump-sum payments Monday. Kalamazoo City Attorney Clyde Robinson, clerk Scott Borling and auditor Ann Veditch will each receive lump-sum bonuses equal to 1 percent of their annual base salary after the Kalamazoo City Commission signed off on the move Monday. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is expected on Tuesday, March 24, to approve the reinstallation of a religious sign in Hager Park. “A concept plan is attached showing the layout of the memorial area to be located west of the picnic building and incorporating the existing boulder and plaque that recognize the Hagers' past land donations,” John Scholtz, director of parks and recreation, wrote to the county board. (Holland Sentinel)

BANGOR - Rejecting legal advice, the Bangor City Council has allowed the town's interim manager to hire a temporary worker who is married to a councilman and employed by a councilwoman. The issue of hiring Pat Bator, wife of Councilman Harold Bator, and employee of Councilwoman Lynne Farmer, has been raised by Councilman Dan Fry. (Herald-Palladium)

Alcohol may soon be allowed at more city facilities for special events if Battle Creek commissioners give final approval of ordinance changes next month. Commissioners unanimously voted at their regular meeting Tuesday to introduce the ordinance, which allows the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on city property with proper permits. It's the first of two steps necessary to put the changes into law. They're expected to vote on adoption of the ordinance at a later meeting. (Battle Creek)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners selected an Illinois-based search firm Tuesday night to assist with the hiring of the county's next administrator. Commissioners voted 8-3 in favor of Gov HR USA, of Northbrook, Ill. Commissioners Kevin Wordelman, D-Kalamazoo, Scott McGraw, R-Portage, and Dale Schugars, R-Portage, voted against the hire. (Kalamazoo Gazette)