City Council has been working on the budget with city administration and held a public hearing on Monday, June 19th. This is required by law and is a great way to give residents an opportunity to ask questions. Council will consider adoption of the budget at its June 26th meeting, 7pm. The public is welcome.
The DDA (Downtown Development Authority) recently voted to end participation in Michigan Main Street. We have been a part of Michigan Main Street since 2019. I know a lot of people worked very hard to bring this program to Eaton Rapids, but it was no longer financially viable to remain a participant. We learned a lot and feel we can continue to deliver many of the benefits Michigan Main Street provided, without having to financially support a director position. The DDA’s main source of revenue is through captured property taxes in the downtown districts. We believe putting these funds back into the downtown is the best way to promote the DDA. We provide grant funding for exterior façade improvements, sponsor the Farmer’s Market, participate in downtown beautification and will be working on a new incentive program for new business start-ups.
Speaking of the Farmer’s Market, come visit the market on Saturdays from 9am-Noon, located on W. Hamlin Street. Lisa Barna, owner of Black Dog Coffee, is assisting the DDA on running the market this year and has done a fantastic job. There are baked goods, honey, fresh eggs, crafts, and once gardens start, fresh produce will be available. Come check it out!
The 4th of July is right around the corner and as always, Eaton Rapids has planned a fun celebration. Please check the City’s Facebook page and website for more information and schedule. There will also be a Living History, presented by the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, Saturday, July 1st-4th at Howe Memorial Field. This is a great opportunity for kids and adults to learn how soldiers and civilians lived during the Civil War.
Hope you are off to a great summer!
Mayor Pam Colestock