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Coopersville Area Public Schools seek Emerald Awards nominations

Coopersville Area Public Schools seek Emerald Awards nominations

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Is there someone who impacts Coopersville Area Schools that you wish you could honor?

Is there someone that is "Living it!" every day, everywhere, being one of the “compassionate citizens who contribute to the global community” for our students? Together we accomplish the CAPS mission statement. We have businesses, organizations, employees and  volunteers that do both small and large things every day, everywhere for this school district, from business discounts, to volunteering in the classroom, to creatively and cost-effectively solving problems. This is your opportunity to acknowledge them. 

Toilet tradition helps pay for new city banners

Toilet tradition helps pay for new city banners

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The Coopersville community can thank a tradition involving toilets for some of the new signs greeting visitors.

City officials say the 30 city banners hanging above the historic downtown area were partly paid for by a group of merchants, with money they raised during the Outhouse 500.  The city also contributed nearly $4,000 to purchasing the new set of 52 banners.

The banners came in two designs; the set hanging above Randall Street feature a train with the message “Coopersville welcomes you.” The other set, located in the historic downtown area, carries the image of a building and the message “Welcome, explore and enjoy.” 

The banners are from a company out of Kalamazoo.   Each one is made out of heavy duty awning material so it can stand up to Michigan’s harsh weather conditions.  The Downtown Development Authority hopes the banners will last for 10 years. 

Manufacturer seeks tax breaks for downtown expansion

Manufacturer seeks tax breaks for downtown expansion

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A public hearing will take place Monday, October 28 for a 12-year tax break request by a manufacturer moving to downtown Coopersville.

Ranger Die, Inc. is in the process of renovating the industrial building located at 1300 W. Randall St.  The $2.1 million project includes purchasing new equipment.  Leo Rapp, president of the company that is leasing the property to Ranger Die, says the move and expansion will lead to approximately 15 new high-skill, high-paying jobs over the next two years. The company anticipates moving into the finished space around November 1.

A hearing is also planned for Reeves Plastics, LLC, which is also requesting an industrial tax break for new equipment it purchased.  The city council meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Coopersville manufacturer to add more workers

Coopersville manufacturer to add more workers

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Keyser's Port City Racing is expanding. 

During the city council meeting Monday, October 14, owner Scott Keyser plans to present his request for a tax break for more than $641,000 in manufacturing equipment the Coopersville racing parts manufacturer bought this year.  In a memo sent to the city clerk, Keyser says the new equipment will keep more of the company's production process in house, leading to eight new jobs at the facility, located at 540 Danforth St. 

Approximately 75 percent of annual sales by Keyser's Port City Racing come from parts built in Coopersville.  The remaining 25 percent is from items sold out of its warehouse. 

Drivers beware: Water main project means detours

Drivers beware: Water main project means detours

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Drivers beware:  construction is underway to replace an aging water main in downtown Coopersville.

The project began Monday, October 7.  The south lane of West Randall Street will be closed until work is finished, likely on November 17.  At some point during the project, the intersection of 64th Avenue and W. Randall will be temporarily closed as well.

Around July 1, City Manager Steven Patrick said crews were upgrading a booster station to increase water pressure when the pipeline at 64th and West Randall Street burst. Patrick says the city planned to replace the entire water main while reconstructing West Randall Street next year. However, the planning commission agreed to move up the water main project to this year, in light of the recent problems.

City officials say access to local businesses will not be affected during the project.

 

Fall Clean-Up Day October 4

Fall Clean-Up Day October 4

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Homeowners looking to clear out some space this fall will get some help from Allied Waste-Republic Services this week.

The waste disposal company will be picking up unwanted items outside the homes of city residents on Friday, October 4.  The Fall Clean-Up Day offer is only available to city residents; businesses and residents of Timberline Estates and Meadow Green condominiums are not eligible.

Allied Waste-Republic Services will not pick up the following items:

  • Vehicle parts
  • Tires
  • Hazardous chemicals/liquids
  • Building materials
  • Paint
  • Railroad ties
  • Concrete
  • Yard waste

For more information, call Allied Waste-Republic Services at 1 (877) 698-7274.

Scarecrows take over historic downtown Coopersville

Scarecrows take over historic downtown Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Scarecrows are taking over Main Street in historic downtown Coopersville.

The first of dozens of scarecrows are expected to appear along the thoroughfare Saturday, September 28.  Organizer Duane Young says he hopes to have 30 to 40 scarecrows on every tree and post by October 5.   Businesses are putting together the scarecrows, which will be voted on by the public.   To cast your vote, visit Daniel’s Hair Salon or the Coopersville Farm Museum and bring a canned good with you.  All of the canned food collected will go to Coopersville Cares to help feed families in need.

The scarecrows will be up through October 31.  If you would like to donate supplies to help build them, email Young at duaneandamyyoung@yahoo.com.