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Michigan Redistricting Commission Seeking Public Input

Members of the state’s redistricting commission want to hear what residents think about the congressional and legislative maps they’ve drawn. The drafts have been released publicly, the commission on Wednesday held the first of five public hearings to hear comments. Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission Chair Rebecca Szetela told Michigan News Network this week they want feedback about which maps they should ultimately settle on, or if they should make any changes.. ...Read Full Story

Volunteers Sought To Help Remove Flowers Along South Haven Bridge

SHOUT for South Haven is looking for volunteers to help remove flowers from the drawbridge this week. It says the planters need to be emptied ahead of the winter, and the effort will take place this Friday at 10 a.m. Those who stop by to help are asked to bring gloves, protective eye wear, and maybe a narrow trowel or a strong garbage container to dig out and collect the dirt. A city crew will be there to help haul away the dirt.. ...Read Full Story

Legislative Committee Examining Benton Harbor Water Issues

The Michigan Senate Oversight Committee has asked the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy for documents related to lead in the drinking water of Benton Harbor residents. Chair Ed McBroom this week gave EGLE ten days to submit communications from department staff, the governor’s office, and others regarding the situation going back to the start of the Whitmer administration. Lead exceedances in some homes were first discovered in 2018. Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee will hear from EGLE Director Liesl Clark on the issue Thursday. Benton Harbor city officials are also set to speak with the committee.. ...Read Full Story

Water Out In Benton Harbor

Crews are working to restore water service in Benton Harbor after a major line break on Wednesday. A line off Klock Road that serves a majority of the city was affected. Mayor Marcus Muhammad tells us the break is due to old infrastructure. As of about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, it was estimated service would be restored in two to six hours.
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Recall Language Filed Against Benton Harbor Mayor

Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad is facing a recall attempt. The Berrien County Clerk’s office tells us resident Quacy Roberts submitted petition language on Tuesday. It says Muhammad should be recalled for “failing to tell the residents of Benton Harbor that the water was contaminated with lead.” Muhammad and city commissioners first raised the alarm about the problem about three years ago and have talked about it publicly many times. The clerk’s office says the Berrien County Election Commission will now hold a hearing to determine if the language in the petition is clear enough to proceed. From there, there would be a ten day appeal period, and then recall supporters could start to collect signatures. They would need a certain percentage of the number of ballots cast in Benton Harbor in the last gubernatorial election. Muhammad shared a link to a Detroit News article regarding the recall on Facebook, saying “I am going to continue to serve the residents of Benton Harbor and work to resolve this decades old problem until God says different.”. ...Read Full Story

Fries With That Exam? College Profs Asked To Help With Food

From the Associated Press — Michigan State University is short of help and pleading with staff to volunteer in campus dining halls. The Lansing State Journal says MSU’s residential services department has already asked 132 full-time employees to work eight hours a week, but it’s apparently not enough. Vennie Gore, a senior vice president, says evenings and weekends are critical. Devin Silvia is director of undergraduate studies in MSU’s computational math department. He says the request is “astounding.” About 4,000 students typically work in MSU’s dining halls, but only 1,200 were employed at the end of September. Starting pay was recently raised from $12 to $15 an hour.. ...Read Full Story

Woman Facing Charges After Chase In Van Buren County

A 27-year-old Benton Harbor woman is facing charges after a chase with police in Van Buren County this week. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says deputies spotted a vehicle speeding near the Lawrence exit of I-94 around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. They tried to pull it over, but it took off reaching speeds of around 115 miles per hour. After a 15 minute chase, the vehicle became disabled and stopped. The woman who was driving was arrested. There were also several young children found in the vehicle, and they were turned over to family. The driver is now charged with fleeing and eluding, child endangerment, and driving on a suspended license.. ...Read Full Story

Enbridge Temporarily Stops Michigan Pipeline Due To Protests

From the Associated Press — The operator of a Michigan oil pipeline says it temporarily shut down Line 5 after protesters warned Enbridge that they planned to turn an emergency valve. Video posted on social media showed someone with a hard hat and a wrench inside a fenced area Tuesday in Tuscola County, 90 miles north of Detroit. A man outside the fence sang and played an electric guitar. Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy says the incident was a “criminal activity” and not a lawful protest. Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants Line 5 shut down, saying it is a threat to the Great Lakes. Part of it crosses the Straits of Mackinac.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Hopes To Introduce Cures 2.0 This Week

Congressman Fred Upton is hoping to introduce his 21st Century Cures 2.0 legislation this week. It’s the follow up to the 2016 21st Century Cures legislation that aimed to speed up the approval of drugs and medical devices while increasing funding for medical research. He tells WSJM News 2.0 will include a new department called ARPA-H.. ...Read Full Story

Baroda Lake Township Police To Host Women’s Self Defense Classes

The Baroda Lake Township Police Department will be hosting Women’s Self Defense classes through the Rape Aggression Defense systems program. The department says the classes will be held in Bridgman at the Lake Charter Public Safety Building starting Monday, October 25. Follow up sessions will be held October 27 and 28. They are free for any woman age 12 or older. Each session will be four hours long, starting at 5:30 p.m. The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. It’s designed to help any woman have the training she needs to help defend herself. Those who want to attend the Baroda Lake Township Police Department sessions will need to register. To do so, call 269-235-1851.. ...Read Full Story

Volunteers Needed To Distribute Water In Benton Harbor

As bottled water is given to residents of Benton Harbor during an effort to replace lead water service lines around the city, volunteers are needed. The United Way of Southwest Michigan’s Debbie Ramirez tells WSJM News the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency is distributing the water with events each Wednesday and Thursday at its warehouse on Miller Street in Benton Harbor. It’s a challenge to get enough people to help.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Officials Prepare To Find New Health Officer

Now that acting Berrien County Health Officer Courtney Davis has announced her resignation, the immediate question for county leadership becomes how to replace her. Berrien County Administrator Brian Dissette tells WSJM News Davis was serving as both the deputy and acting health officer role. He does say the county has some internal staff that could possibly take over. It will at least be a few weeks before the county has a new health officer. Davis announced her resignation, effective November 3, this week. She said the politics surrounding COVID-19 have made it impossible for her to do her job effectively. Also resigning is health department spokesperson Gillian Conrad. We asked Dissette if they were pressured by the administration or the board of commissioners.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Leaders Talk Water Following Governor’s Visit

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in Benton Harbor Tuesday morning to meet with community leaders and residents as the effort to replace lead water service lines intensifies. She reiterated her administration’s goal to replace 100% of lead service lines in Benton Harbor in 18 months and called on the Legislature to fully fund the cost with an additional $11.4 million allocation. Speaking at a press conference later, Benton Harbor Mayor Pro Tem Duane Seats said a city commission declaration of a state of emergency Monday night will help the mayor take action to solve the problem quickly.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Senate OKs Accounts For Private School Tuition

From the Associated Press — Low- and moderate-income children could qualify for scholarships to attend private schools and to cover educational expenses such as tutoring under bills approved on party-line votes in the Republican-led Michigan Senate. The legislation would let individual and corporate taxpayers claim a credit against their income taxes for donations to nonprofit organizations,
which would send money to eligible students’ accounts. It is likely to be vetoed if it reaches Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Democrats likened the bills to “voucher schemes.” Republicans said the bills would boost educational opportunities for disadvantaged kids and give parents additional choices.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Redistricting Commission Seeking Input On Proposed Maps

From the Associated Press — Members of Michigan’s redistricting commission are urging residents to speak up about draft congressional and legislative maps. The first of five public hearings will be held Wednesday in Detroit. The panel wants feedback on maps it drew collaboratively along with several more proposed by individual commissioners. The voter-created panel is responsible for the once-a-decade redistricting instead of the Legislature, which controlled the process the last two decades. Public meetings also are scheduled for Thursday in Lansing, Friday in Grand Rapids, Monday in Gaylord and October 26 in Flint. People will have 90 seconds to speak, in person or virtually.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Moves To Fund Mental Health Like Physical Health

From the Associated Press — Starting this month, 13 mental health and addiction clinics across Michigan will receive the same Medicaid funding as any other health center in an effort to help bridge the stigmatic and funding divide between mental and physical health. The selected Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics meet high standards of care for those in need of mental health
and addiction services. They will now be fully reimbursed by Medicaid. That is the same as other health care services and instead of relying on grants to supplement costs.. ...Read Full Story

LMC to Hold Campus Tour This Weekend

There will be a campus tour this weekend at Lake Michigan College, and it will be a chance for anyone to see recent improvements that have been made at the Benton Township campus. LMC Director of Admissions Caroline Tubbs tells WSJM News there’s been a variety of work on the campus in recent years.. ...Read Full Story

Nesbitt, Other Lawmakers Opposing Election Proposal

State Senator Aric Nesbitt is calling attention to a proposal that would change how Michigan awards its electors in presidential elections. He’s among a group of 40 House members and 17 senators who have penned an open letter to the people of Michigan against the plan. Nesbitt tells WSJM News the initiative would, if approved, award all of Michigan’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.. ...Read Full Story

Grant Enables Cass County Parks Department To Clear Waterways

The Cass County Parks Department has been able to clear some local waterways of debris thanks to a grant. It says after more than ten years, accumulated fallen trees and other natural debris had made the Dowagiac River waterway impassable to navigate from Arthur Dodd Memorial Park to Pucker Street. Thanks to a $4,000 grant from the Gateway Foundation, kayakers, canoers, and fishermen are now able to float down the river from Dodd Park to Pucker Street with relative ease. The Michigan Gateway Community Foundation is a non-profit organized with a vision to create a strong community. Serving southern Berrien County and all of Cass County, the Foundation says its mission is “Fostering a community of philanthropy, for good, forever.” Cass County Parks Director Scott Wyman says the grant “allowed for a professional team to go in and remove a labyrinth of tangled debris that community volunteers were not able to do.” He thanks the Gateway Foundation.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Business Groups Urge Biden To Reconsider Mandate

From the Associated Press — Michigan business groups are urging President Joe Biden to reconsider a plan to require most workers to get vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 but say, if it is enacted, Governor Gretchen Whitmer should ensure related state rules are no stricter. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and six local chambers raised a host of concerns and questions over the pending
federal mandate Monday. It will apply to all employers with at least 100 employees. Business officials cite the cost and the logistical challenge of checking workers’ vaccination status and test results at a time staffing is limited.. ...Read Full Story

Two Top Officials Resign From Berrien County Health Department

Berrien County Health Department acting health officer Courtney Davis and communications manager Gillian Conrad are resigning. Conrad’s final day at the department will be October 29, while Davis will leave November 3. Davis says the ongoing politicization of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for her to effectively do her job and “serve the community with its health and safety always at the forefront.” Conrad called it a privilege and an honor to serve Berrien County, saying what the health department accomplished during COVID-19 “has been nothing less than extraordinary.” She adds, however, it’s also taken a toll on her mental, emotional, and physical health and she needs to step away.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Inmates Win Right To Kosher Meat, Cheesecake

From the Associated Press — Michigan must serve kosher meat, dairy and cheesecake to prisoners observing the Jewish Sabbath and holidays. An appeals court this week affirmed a decision by a federal judge in Detroit. Two men sued after the Corrections Department in 2013 adopted a vegan religious meal for prisoners of all faiths. Jewish organizations also could no longer send special food for
holidays. The appeals court says those steps put a “substantial burden” on the rights of prisoners who want kosher meat and dairy to practice their Jewish faith. The court analyzed the case under a federal law that protects the exercise of religion in a confined setting.. ...Read Full Story

Road Departments Highlight Cooperative Project

The Berrien County Road Department and the Cass County Road Commission have teamed up to improve local roads. The Berrien County Road Department tells us they’ve embraced cooperation by working on a prime and double sealcoating project in Cass County. The Berrien entity operates, runs, and maintains its own sealcoating crew while the Cass County group operates, runs, and maintains its own asphalt paving crew. Cass inquired if Berrien’s sealcoating crew could work on a prime and double sealcoating project for Nubour Road. The Berrien County Road Department staff worked with their Cass County counterparts to use a limestone aggregate in the operation. The operation took an existing unpaved road, Nubour Road, from gravel to a sealcoat surface. The Berrien County Road Department says the cooperative project helped provided benefit to Cass County drivers, and also enabled Berrien road staff to explore a different aggregate material for future sealcoat projects. The road department released the below video:. ...Read Full Story

Parks Survey Seeks Input From Buchanan Area Residents

A survey has been launched by the Buchanan Area Recreation Board as it works on a joint parks and recreation plan for Buchanan City and Township. The board says the plan will lay out a five year action plan for improving park and recreation facilities and opportunities for the Buchanan community. It’s asking residents to fill out a roughly ten minute survey to offer their thoughts. The survey asks about things ranging from how often they visit the various area parks to what improvements they would like to see to where they would like playground equipment to be installed. We have a link to it at WSJM.com. Buchanan area residents are asked to take the survey by October 31. You can find it right here.. ...Read Full Story

Lazy Ballerina Moving To Larger Tasting Room In Downtown St. Joseph

Lazy Ballerina Winery in St. Joseph is moving its tasting room to a new location that’s just a few doors down from its current location. The St. Joseph City Commission signed off on the move this past week and signaled as much to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. The Lazy Ballerina tasting room will relocate to 321 State Street, at the northeast corner of State and Broad Street. The winery’s Lauren Kniebes tells WSJM News they’ve outgrown their location at 315 State Street.. ...Read Full Story

Body Of 17-Year-Old Found In Benton Harbor Alley

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is investigating after a body was found in an alley on Saturday. It says officers were sent to the 100 Block of Parker Street for a welfare check of a person laying in the alley around 8:45 a.m. The found a 17-year-old male dead “by suspicious means.” The victim was taken to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo for an autopsy and cause of death determination. BHDPS will not be releasing the victim’s name at the family request. Police ask anyone with information to contact them.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Public Safety Receives Fire Safety Award

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety has received the 2021 Leland Gayheart Prevention Award. It says Leland Gayheart was a 23-year-old firefighter who lost his life due to a burn injury in 1991. As a tribute, the Leland Gayheart Prevention Award was created to encourage prevention programs at local fire departments. It’s given out by the the Gayheart family in conjunction with the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center. Benton Harbor Public Safety has been selected for the honor this year thanks to its prevention efforts in the community. It says during 2020, it installed more than 1,100 smoke alarms throughout Benton Harbor in a partnership with MI-Prevention and the Sound-Off Program. In fact, it says Benton Harbor was the number one city in the state for smoke alarms installed in 2020. With residents being quarantined at home due to the pandemic and children home from school, the department had on duty public safety officers install smoke and CO alarms in homes. It also gave away smoke detectors at food drives.. ...Read Full Story

Spectrum Health Lakeland Planning Drug Takeback Day

Spectrum Health Lakeland is working with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department to hold a drug takeback day this month. The hospital says it will be a chance for the community to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs in a safe way. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 near entrance B at the Center for Outpatient Services on Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Spectrum Health Lakeland says medications will be accepted in their original containers or dumped in a zip-lock bag. The drop off day is anonymous and part of the 19th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. Once drugs are collected, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department will oversee their disposal. Residents with unneeded medications are advised to drop them off at a collection event rather than allow them to remain in the medicine cabinet so they don’t wind up in the wrong hands.. ...Read Full Story

Police Looking For Murder Suspect

The Covert Township Police Department is looking for a suspect in a Thursday night shooting death. It’s asking for the public’s help finding 26-year-old Kadeem Adrian Wynter, also known as Reco. He’s described as a Black male, about six foot two and 160 pounds. Wynter is wanted for the murder of Levar Coleman on October 14, 2021. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his location should contact police. 43-year-old Levar Coleman of Covert was shot in the chest during an argument around 8:15 Thursday night at a Marathon gas station on M-140. He died after being taken to a hospital. . ...Read Full Story

Michigan Lawmakers Advance Measure To End ‘Tampon Tax’

From the Associated Press — The elimination of the so-called “tampon tax” in Michigan is gaining traction after multiple introductions over the last five years. The state House advanced legislation with bipartisan support Thursday to eliminate
the 6% sales tax on menstrual products as “luxury items.” At least 20 states have either ended the taxation of such products or never had the tax, according to Period Equity, a legal organization that advocates for making menstrual products tax-exempt. Other Midwestern states that don’t tax such items are Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota.. ...Read Full Story

I&M Offers Tips To Save On Energy Bills This Winter

As the weather cools down, Indiana Michigan Power is reminding everyone of things they can do to save themselves money on energy. Spokesperson Tracy Warner tells WSJM News you can start by having your furnace inspected and checking doors and windows for drafts. Also, think about what temperature you’d like to keep your thermostat on.. ...Read Full Story

COSY Morning Host Paul Layendecker Honored With Chamber Award

The South Haven Chamber of Commerce has honored Mid-West Family’s own Paul Layendecker with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Paul received the honor Thursday night at the chamber’s annual awards dinner as more than 200 chamber members gave him a standing ovation. Paul is the morning host and operations manager for SuperHits 103,7 COSY FM in South Haven. He’s entertained listeners for 25 years and volunteered in the community. The chamber gives its Lifetime Achievement Award to a member who has supported the organization and the South Haven community across many lines and over many years. If you would like to congratulate Paul in person, you can pay him a visit this Saturday at the Family Dollar on Phillips Street in South Haven as he collects personal care items for those in need as part of Project Personal Care.. ...Read Full Story

LMC To Host Forum On 26th Amendment

Lake Michigan College and LMC Votes are planning a lunch and learn event for this month to mark Constitution Day. LMC says students will discuss the 26th Amendment on Wednesday, October 27 at the Todd Center on the Benton Harbor campus. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and listen as Dan Carrick, the district director for state Senator Kim LaSata and Berrien County Commissioner Rayonte Bell give presentations on the importance of the youth vote as related to 26th Amendment. The presentations will be followed by a moderated question and answer session. The 26th Amendment granted the vote to those age 18 and older. The event is open to the public and anyone who wants to attend can register via email. We have the address at our website.. ...Read Full Story

Governor Signs LaSata Bill Easing Rules For Auto Dealerships

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation from state Senator Kim LaSata to ease some of the rules for auto dealerships. LaSata’s office tells us the bill concerns the hours that Class A and B dealerships are required to operate. Current law requires car dealers to be open to customers at least 30 hours per week, 52 weeks a year. Senate Bill 128 would reduce that requirement to 48 weeks per year and remove the hours of operation restrictions for the remaining four weeks of the year. LaSata says the current rules were brought to her attention by a constituent in the 21st Senate District who was unable to give his employees paid time off during last year’s Christmas season because of current state law. She adds her bill would also give dealerships more flexibility in general. LaSata adds the legislation is especially relevant in the current economic climate, where many businesses are having trouble hiring staff to keep their doors open.. ...Read Full Story

Niles Man Charged In Shooting Of State Police Trooper

A Niles man is facing charges after police say he shot a Michigan State Police trooper this month. Berrien County Prosecutor Steve Pierangeli says 24-year-old Isaac Ntabaazi is charged with assault with intent to murder, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting a police officer, and felony firearm for the October 6 incident. The prosecutor says the trooper pulled over a vehicle near the intersection of Ninth Street and Main Street in Niles that evening. Ntabaazi was a passenger in that vehicle. Ntabaazi struggled with the trooper when he was asked to step out of the vehicle and show his hands. Ntabaazi allegedly then shot the trooper in the leg. The trooper returned fire, shooting Ntabaazi in the head. Both were taken to hospitals to be treated. No court dates have yet been scheduled in the case, although Ntabaazi faces up to life in prison on the assault with intent to murder charge.. ...Read Full Story

Four Muskegon County Jail Officers To Stand Trial In Inmate’s Death

From the Associated Press — Four corrections officers in western Michigan have been ordered to stand trial in the 2019 death of a jail inmate who suffered multiple seizures while in a cell. Muskegon County sheriff’s Sergeant David Vanderlaan, and deputies Jeffrey Patterson, Crystal Greve and Jamal Lane are charged with involuntary manslaughter. A county district judge bound them over Thursday for trial following a preliminary examination. Charges were dismissed against a former nurse. In April, Michigan’s attorney general’s office filed charges accusing the five of willful neglect of duty in the death of 39-year-old Paul Bulthouse. MLive.com reports that a medical examiner testified he suffered 18 seizures over 41/2 hours.. ...Read Full Story

Caracal Cat Owner Ticketed, Ordered To Find Them New Home

From the Associated Press — A suburban Detroit woman has been ordered to find another home for her four African caracals after one of the wild cats spent hours on the loose this week. Royal Oak police have issued Elaine Westfall five citations. Westfall told the Detroit Free Press for a story Friday that the cats have to be gone by Monday, though she’s unsure police have the authority to
order her to move them out. At least two of the cats escaped from their enclosure on Wednesday. She used raw meat to lure one back, but the other wasn’t captured until that evening. Native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and India, caracals prey on rodents, other small mammals and birds.. ...Read Full Story

Covert Township Man’s Murder Under Investigation

Covert Township police are investigating a murder. 43-year-old Levar Coleman of Covert was shot in the chest during an argument around 8:15 Thursday night at a Marathon gas station on M-140 and died after being taken to a hospital. Police have not said if they have made an arrest. Anyone with information on the murder is asked to call Covert Township Police at 269-764-8100.. ...Read Full Story

Van Buren County 911 Employees Honored

Four Van Buren County Central Dispatch employees are being honored for their work on August 20 when a teenager shot and killed a man, wounded his wife, and then took his own life on the south pier in South Haven. 9-1-1 shift supervisor Mike Hostetler and dispatchers Christine Mortimer, Tom Bush, and Brooke Smith have been recognized by the Van Buren County 9-1-1 Advisory Board. They processed 78 calls to 9-1-1 over a few minutes, with almost 50 calls also going to Cass County 911. Hostetler utilized live video of the scene the moment the second suspect was shot and before the teen killed himself. The county says their quick, clear, and accurate actions is “evidence of their exemplary performance under the unusual stress of the incident.”. ...Read Full Story

Remains Of Missing 17-Year-Old Believed Found

Remains of a missing 17-year-old are believed to have been found in Hastings Township. A shallow grave was found by Michigan State Police and Hastings police on property based on a witness statement. Lane Roslund’s remains are believed to have been in the grave. He was reported missing on September 21, and an autopsy will be done to determine how he died and to confirm his identity. A 17-year-old Hastings boy has been arrested for open murder and concealing the death of Roslund. His name is not yet being released.. ...Read Full Story

Firewood Quarantine Proposed By MDARD

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is proposing an exterior firewood quarantine to prevent the introduction of unwanted plant pests and diseases into Michigan. The department says public comments need to be made by November 19. More than 140 pests and diseases can be moved by firewood, including Asian long-horned beetle, mountain pine beetle and spotted lanternfly. These pests are not known to exist in Michigan but could be accidently brought into the state by travelers transporting firewood.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Springs To Get USDA Loans For Water Work

Berrien Springs will receive a loan from the USDA to replace more than a mile of watermain along with the associated hydrants, valves, water services, and more. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the over $1.3 million loan is essential to maintaining the integrity of the water distribution system. Berrien Springs will use a second loan of nearly $1.75 million to replace manholes and 7,000 feet of sewer main. These improvements will protect local ground water. The department is giving $27.4 million in loans for modernizing rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in seven rural Michigan communities.. ...Read Full Story