Nofs supports recognition of Michigan’s responsible corporations

LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, introduced House Resolution 357 designating May 30 “Corporate Citizenship Day” in recognition of the upstanding corporations operating in the state of Michigan.

Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, supported a similar resolution in the Senate and applauded Bizon’s effort to recognize the businesses within the state that are operating at a high standard.

“We should recognize the job creators that focus on sustainability and lead by example to make a positive impact on our communities,” said Nofs. “Michigan has many great companies that are committed to giving back and creating opportunities for the people of Michigan.”

Nofs pointed to Kellogg’s Global Corporate Responsibility Report as an example of a company’s commitment to transparency and philanthropy. Kellogg has a number of food-related programs in Michigan to combat hunger and improve environmental sustainability of agriculture.

A native of Battle Creek, Nofs further noted that Kellogg has been setting the standard for good corporate citizenship for nearly a century. True to its founding ideals, Kellogg is recognized around the world for ethical and sustainable business practices.


Community beautification projects planned for 19th Senate District

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate on Thursday approved the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) grant recommendations for development and acquisition projects in fiscal year 2019. Four of the projects are in Michigan’s 19th Senate District, including public trail expansions and trailhead creation.

“The proposed projects are great upgrades to prioritize our trail systems,” said Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “I want to thank everyone involved in securing these grants and putting them to work to improve the accessibility of our wonderful parks and nature areas.”

The MNRTF provides for natural resource protection and outdoor recreation through yearly project grants. By law, no more than 25 percent of the Trust Fund revenues can be used for development. Therefore, the majority of funding is allocated for acquisition projects. Final grant recommendations are made by the MNRTF Board and must be approved by the state Legislature.


Details of the four grants are below.

Eastern Calhoun – Albion – Iron Belle Trailhead Acquisition — $231,900

Acquisition of a 65-acre parcel of land in Albion Township and ultimately development of the property into a major trailhead and public recreation area for eastern Calhoun County. The trailhead will serve several recreational assets, including the Iron Belle Trail, which is being developed through the city of Albion and then through Albion College’s Equestrian Center before reaching the proposed trailhead location. The proposed trailhead is across the street from public access to the Kalamazoo River.

Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail – South Phase — $290,000

Development to construct approximately 14.5 miles of nonmotorized trail from the Ionia-Kent county line to the north city limits of Lowell and from the south city limits of Lowell to Saranac, where it will connect to the existing Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail. This trail will develop an existing nonmotorized corridor that connects the Ionia River Trail to Fred Meijer ClintonIonia-Shiawassee Trail and contributes to the planned 125-mile trail system between Alma and Owosso.

Albion River Trail Expansion — $255,000

Development of a trail to extend the Albion River Trail system on the west side of the city. This project is part of a larger push by the Calhoun County Trailway Alliance, the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and many others to fill the gaps that exist along the trail systems. This project is part of a larger plan to complete these regional trails. Albion is located at a hub for three major recreational trails in the state: The Iron Belle Trail, the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail, and the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Silk City Nature Trail Gathering Place Connector — $142,300

Development of the new Gathering Place Park in downtown Belding. The project will include a 650-foot extension of the Silk City Nature Trail along the Flat River and connection to the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail, a fishing and wildlife observation deck, interpretive and pathway identification signage, benches and landscaping.



Sen. Nofs introduces bill to create school safety department

LANSING, Mich. Senator Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, introduced a bill Thursday to create a school safety office within the Michigan State Police.

The new agency would work in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education to better facilitate cooperation between schools and local law enforcement agencies.

The department would help create safety plans, train school staff on what to do in case of an emergency and provide a structure to distribute and solicit school safety grant funds.

“Our first responders already do a great job of keeping our communities and our schools safe,” Nofs said. “This new office will make sure all agencies across the state have access to the most current resources and training they need to respond to security issues.”

Senate Bill 982 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.