Parks plan for Earth DayPublished 2:55pm Thursday, April 8, 2010
By JOHN EBY
On behalf of the Cass County Parks and Recreation Commission, Roseanne Marchetti addressed the Board of Commissioners about attracting close to 1,000 men, women and children to the March 27 Night of 2,000 Eggs at Lawless Park southeast of Vandalia.
“The weather was wonderful,” she said, also crediting Facebook. “We want to thank commissioners who attended and commissioners who helped out.”
The Parks and Recreation Commission’s next event is Earth Day from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, which competes with commissioners’ 19th annual Intergovernmental Forum at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac.
Marchetti also held up a copy of the Edwardsburg Argus to show what “great press” the nighttime Easter egg hunt received.
“I was absolutely astounded” by the turnout at Lawless Park, commented Commissioner Gordon Bickel Sr., R-Porter Township. “When you see 800 to 1,000 people, it’s unheard of. You couldn’t walk a straight line anywhere. It was wonderful.”
Bickel reported that in the last year, the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council fielded “well over 1 million inquiries from all 50 states and 26 foreign countries.”
On the Road Commission, Bickel reported it is receiving a $100,000 grant for M-205 at the intersection with Cassopolis Street nearing Elkhart, Ind.
“They’re also working with MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) on roadwork in Calvin Township for the detour on Calvin Center Road, but also 10 other miles of road in Cass County and with Dowagiac for an engineer trainee. They got a new mower/brusher today that can reach off the road 20 feet. Nothing but good coming from the Road Commission.”
Corey Vincent, originally from Jackson, attended the March 8 City Council meeting with Road Commission Manager Louis Csokasy and Dowagiac Department of Public Services Director Christopher Bolt, the city engineer.
Vincent graduated from Western Michigan University with her civil engineering degree.
Vice Chairman Ron Francis, R-Cassopolis, who attended the Medical Care Facility’s quarterly board meeting, pronounced himself “encouraged by the progress Merri Terborgh and her staff are making in getting the finances in order. Board Chairman Tom Celie makes a great contribution to that board.”
Commissioner David Taylor, D-Edwardsburg, said the Area Agency on Aging audit reflected a $2.65 million fund balance. The tri-county agency is “very, very solid,” he said.
Commissioner Johnie Rodebush, D-Howard Township, reported AAA received a donation of 72 computers when St. Joseph Hospital moved from South Bend to Mishawaka, Ind.
“Grandparents raising grandchildren, they are going to teach them computers for six months. They have, I believe, 170 children whose parents are incarcerated,” Rodebush said. “That was a great gift to the Area Agency on Aging.”
Francis said there is a vacancy for a citizen member on the tri-county, Benton Harbor-based Southwestern Michigan Planning Commission, which meets quarterly.
Interim Administrator Chuck Clarke attended his first commission meeting.
Clarke noted there would be a Tea Party rally outside the 1899 courthouse at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.