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Barry County Commissioners Monday officially named the building at 121 Court Street that was the city’s post office and later, its library, and for a time, was just called the community building.

It is now the Cabinet Building.

In discussing what to name the refurbished structure, Commissioner Vivian Conner suggested the name because Barry County is one of 10 “cabinet” counties in Southwest Michigan named after members of then-President  Andrew Jackson’s cabinet. Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Ingram, Jackson, Livingston and Van Buren are the “cabinet” counties.


The commission will hold its committee of the whole meeting in the Cabinet Building on Feb. 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. An open house with light refreshments will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The renovated building now holds the Michigan State University Extension offices, the county IT Department and its equipment and features a large community meeting room.


Also Tuesday, the commission approved the rezoning of property in Section 20 of Hastings Charter Township from Rural Residential to High Density Residential, and appointed Commissioners Dan Parker and Conner to attend Southwest Michigan Region Three meetings.


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