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Business destroyed by fire in 2010 now expanding

Business destroyed by fire in 2010 now expanding

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- A Coopersville area business destroyed by fire nearly four years ago is expanding.

DeVries Meats Inc. won approval for its expansion plan from the Polkton Township Board last month.  The planning commission previously green-lighted the project.

In February 2010, a fire gutted DeVries Meats, located at 17685 80th Street.  No employees were injured, valuable inventory was saved, and their stock of nearly 100 hogs in a nearby barn were all rescued. The business has since been rebuilt.

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

SPARTA, Mich.—Employees of ChoiceOne Bank are helping to end hunger in West Michigan, one can at a time.

The Sparta-based bank began a can collecting contest at all of its branches Nov. 11.  Staff and customers at each of the bank’s dozen branches were encouraged to donate 100 cans or more to help families in need during the holidays. Overall, ChoiceOne collected 1,743 canned goods for four area pantries.

 “We value the families in our communities,” said James Bosserd, president and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our families live and grow in a community supporting each other. This contest helps to truly begin to think about the importance of community. It’s a local thing.”

The branch with the most cans was also awarded extra funding to donate to their local pantry.  

New plans for business previously destroyed by fire

New plans for business previously destroyed by fire

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- A Coopersville area business destroyed by fire nearly four years ago has new plans.

DeVries Meats Inc. detailed plans for an addition during the Polkton Township Planning Commission meeting last month. Very few details are listed in the township agenda and an employee did not want to comment on the proposal Wednesday.

In February 2010, a fire gutted DeVries Meats, located at 17685 80th Street.  No employees were injured, valuable inventory was saved, and their stock of nearly 100 hogs in a nearby barn were all rescued. The owner's brother, Mike DeVries, said then that the business would go on.

WZZM 13 has a contacted township officials about the company's new proposal and will provide more information as it becomes available.

Date set for Coopersville's Outhouse 500

Date set for Coopersville's Outhouse 500

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The date is set for an unusual tradition shutting down downtown Coopersville.

The Outhouse 500 will return Feb. 22, 2014.  Right now, the Coopersville Merchants Group is accepting entry registrations. 

Each outhouse entered in the race must have four walls, a roof and a doorway with a crescent moon shape on it.  No glass, motors or riders are allowed.  The team name must be displayed on each side of the outhouse.

Downtown Coopersville wrapped in new lights ahead of holiday

Downtown Coopersville wrapped in new lights ahead of holiday

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Downtown Coopersville is ready for Christmas.

The city recently replaced more than 1,200 bulbs on top of the buildings along Main Street.  Commercial grade lights are also wrapped around all the trees lining the street. Jan Richardson with the Downtown Development Authority said the electrical service has also been revamped so the grid can handle all lights on both sides of the street without tripping the breaker.

The lighting was completed in time for the Coopersville holiday parade, which attracted more entries and spectators than the DDA has seen in recent years.  Richardson says it took many people to pull of such a great parade, including Main Street merchants, the Department of Public Works, the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce and Larry Hard.

New plans for empty downtown building

New plans for empty downtown building

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The former home of a day care facility may soon get new life.

Select Services wants to transform the space at 514 W. Randall St. into its professional offices. Select Services would need a special land use permit to move forward with its plans. The Coopersville Planning Commission is expected to weigh in on that permit request on Wednesday, Dec. 11.    Steven Patrick, planning director for Coopersville, is recommending the permit be granted.

Planning commissioners are also expected to discuss how to better develop that area to complement existing businesses.  Patrick will present some possible options during the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

Water treatment upgrades to come with a higher price tag

Water treatment upgrades to come with a higher price tag

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  The Coopersville City Council is giving the green light to put more money toward a water treatment facility upgrade.

Council members approved taking an additional $28,500 out of the city’s sewer fund to pay for new dechlorination tanks.  The final price tag is expected to be approximately $148,500, all of which will come out of the sewer fund.  City Manager Steven Patrick says the fund balance is more than $900,000, so the additional cost shouldn’t be a problem. 

Patrick plans to sign a contract with Bauer Construction to begin the project this week. He is hopeful work on the tanks will wrap up before January.