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My Town Coopersville: Safety hazards force historic business to close indefinitely
My Town Coopersville: Safety hazards force historic business to close indefinitely

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A historic business on Eastmanville Street is shut down indefinitely, after a city inspector deemed the building unsafe for occupancy.

The Ottawa County court last week ordered the owner of Tom’s Feed Mill to stay out of the building until meets all safety codes.  It appears the owner heeded the court’s warning; no one answered the phone Monday when WZZM 13 My Town tried contacting the business for comment.

In a statement posted on the city’s website, City Manager Steven Patrick says city employees were alerted to the building’s safety issues last October after a citizen complained the building was unsafe.  According to Patrick, the city’s building inspector found safety violations within the business and gave the owner months to fix the problems.  However, Patrick states that as of last week, the owner had not done anything to resolve the issues.  Patrick says the owner has also not informed city officials of his intent, despite a court order to do so.

Patrick’s statement continues:

“The City doesn’t want the feed mill to close or even have the owner tear the building down.  What the City desires, and now the court, is a safe structure where you and your family can visit without being a personal risk.  If the owner is closing the business, it’s because he has chosen to do so.  The City and the court did not order the owner to close the business.  The court ordered the owner to not occupy the building until it was made safe.”

For additional information, contact City Hall at (616) 997-9731.