BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Berrien Springs Village Council is looking for a new member after accepting Jim Allred’s resignation at their meeting Monday night. Allred resigned effective Jan. 1 because he has moved out of the village to nearby Berrien Township.
Allred has served on the council since May 2007, and most recently served as chairman of the public properties and ordinance committee, as well as a member of the joint village-township planning commission. He also has served previously on the council for 17 years, starting in 1976, as well as four years on the Oronoko Township Board.
Allred is the owner of the Allred Funeral Home in Berrien Springs and the Bowerman Funeral Home in Eau Claire. He is a second-generation funeral home director and has operated the Allred Funeral Home since 1976. He bought the Bowerman Funeral Home in 1987.
The village will accept applications for the new council member until early February, then conduct interviews before making a decision. Whoever is appointed will serve until November 2020, when Allred’s current term would have expired.
“We will miss his experience,” Village President Milt Richter said. “He brought a different perspective to the village and was not afraid to state his views. He gave many years of service and dedication to the village. He was honest, straightforward and a gentleman.”
Also on Monday council members approved one item affecting village employees and tabled another.
The issue of whether employees will have to reimburse the village for travel and education costs incurred if they leave employment within one year is still up in the air. What was approved was that employees who have worked for the village for 15 or more years will get one “floating” personal day each year to take whenever they want.
Council members also approved a new capital improvement plan for the village for 2019-24. Richter said the plan helps the council and staff in preparing budgets for the different village departments, and to keep track of what equipment needs to be replaced or what items that need to be repaired.
Richter also announced that the village will partner with the History Center and the Berrien Springs Library to sponsor an old-fashioned ice cream social at the history center on July 4. He said it’s something he wanted to see done for a while.