Oronoko approves 2 new ordinances

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Two new ordinances governing earth solids and fireworks were approved this week by the Oronoko Township Board.

The two new ordinances were introduced at last month’s board meeting. The new fireworks ordinance brings the township into compliance with state law.

The earth solids ordinance was developed by the township’s planning commission after several months of discussion. A planning commission subcommittee met with local gravel mine owners and operators as they developed the proposed ordinance update.

Changes to the ordinance include new and revised definitions of earth solids, processing, ownership, operating plans and other terms as well as rules regarding grandfathering of existing operations, performance bonds and guarantees required and reclamation plans.

The revised ordinance allows owners and operators to request short-term permit changes such as a short-term expansion of hours. The screening and washing of mined materials could move along with the operation as long as it is not in the line of sight from the first story of nearby homes.

Wendzel to host local coffee hour Monday

COLOMA — State Rep. Pauline Wendzel, R-Watervliet, announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during a morning coffee hour on Monday.

The coffee hour will take place from 10-11 a.m. on Monday at Eddie’s Drive In West, 5036 Paw Paw Lake Rd. in Coloma.

“Hosting coffee hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to people in our community,” Wendzel said in a news release. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they have about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job.”

No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403, or email PaulineWendzel@house.mi.gov.