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Resident addresses Sturgis City Commission regarding incidents of speeding

By Dennis Volkert

During public comment Wednesday at the Sturgis City Commission meeting, resident Greg Lomax addressed the board regarding a problem of speeding in areas near the roundabout, Thurston Woods Village and Doyle Community Center. 
He said drivers continue to drive too fast for posted limits and blast car mufflers, at various hours. He inquired when police will enforce speed limits more strictly and begin to issue violations. 
Commissioner Robert Hile asked what times of day it generally occurs. Lomax listed early morning, noon, mid-afternoon and 6-9 p.m. 
Andrew Kuk acknowledged that Lomax has addressed the commission previously about the concern, and city officials will revisit the situation with the public safety department.
During commissioner comments, Hile said he is aware of excess speed on Lakeview Avenue. Commissioner Richard Bir noted speed and noise, drivers running stop signs, in various areas. He mentioned South Street and Nottawa Street, making reference to a “drag strip.”
Also at the meeting Wednesday, commissioners approved a bid from Swarthout Excavating for the 2024 parking lot improvements project, for just over $689,140, and additional services with Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering for $83,800. The board authorized the city manager to sign all necessary documentation. It also includes a contingency budget of $138,400. 
In separate matters, the commission approved two requests connected with Sturges-Young Center for the Arts. One is a bid for stage lighting and sound upgrades at the facility. Improvements to the audio systems within Sturges-Young Auditorium have been a part of the “Road to Restoration” plan and are included in the current fiscal year capital budget. The other is a license agreement between St. Joseph County Intermediate School District and city of Sturgis for use of the kitchen and instructional space by CTE’s culinary arts program. 
Additionally, the board set a public hearing for June 26 to discuss the operational and streets/sidewalks millages. 

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