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Local business prepares to move into its own space

Local business prepares to move into its own space

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A local business is getting ready to move into its own space.

Towne and Country Investment Services has been operating out of leased space at the local State Farm Insurance office, located on West Randall Street.  But that will soon change, as owner Kim Obetts moves her business to a new space about 500 feet away, at 670 W. Randall St.  

Obetts presented her plan to construct the new office to the Coopersville planning commission on September 15.  She told commissioners that all trees on the property will be preserved and her business will employ two full-time workers. 

Coopersville considers sewer ordinance amendment as company expands

Coopersville considers sewer ordinance amendment as company expands

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Coopersville city council will consider changes to the city’s sewer ordinance, as the parent company of Continental Dairy Facilities expands.

City officials say Fair Oaks Farms is adding a second production line at the facility to produce “Core Power,” nutritionally enhanced milk.    The increased production is expected to lead to higher levels of waste water discharge at the plant.  

Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Steve Luke is expected to present a proposed amendment to the current city ordinance during the council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m.  Monday, September 23.  Any permit revision costs will be covered by Continental Dairy.

New sign ordinance approved for Coopersville

New sign ordinance approved for Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  A new sign ordinance will soon take effect in Coopersville.

During its regular meeting September 9, the city council unanimously approved an updated sign ordinance, pending one amendment.  Officials must alter the regulations for real estate signs, allowing larger dimensions of up to eight square feet and 5.5 feet in height.

The final amended sign ordinance will be published September 14.  It will take effect September 24.  People who violate the ordinance will receive a notice, giving them 10 to 15 days to comply; after that, they may be issued a ticket.

Prepare for construction: Water main project slated for October

Prepare for construction: Water main project slated for October

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council has picked a contractor to replace a water main that burst in July.

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.

On Monday, September 9, the Coopersville city council approved awarding the project to McCormick Sand, Inc.  The Twin Lake-based company placed the lowest bid for the work, at $276,102.

Crews are expected to begin replacing the water main the first week of October.  The work should wrap up around November 30, 2013.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

Some West Michigan shoes are making the rounds on celebrities’ feet.

On August 3, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson posed with his wife Korie while sporting a pair of wooden shoes specially created by Nelis’ Dutch Village. The Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned the business to create two pairs of shoes for the A&E stars as part of a thank you gift basket for participating in a VIP event organized by the Zeeland non-profit, Winning at Home and the Berlin Raceway in Marne.  The shoes feature the logo of Duck Commander, which is owned and operated by the Robertson family.  An employee of Discover Holland says Willie put the shoes on his feet almost immediately and posed for pictures.  Duck Commander employee Justin Martin took home the other pair.  

Goodwill opens Coopersville store

Goodwill opens Coopersville store

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Goodwill store in Coopersville is now open to the public.

Goodwill Stores celebrated the opening of its 16th retail store and donation center on Friday, August 16.  The new 6,500 square foot facility employs 15 people.

“We’ve been wanting to open a store in the Coopersville community for some time now,” said Goodwill Retail Director James Cherney. “We think we finally found the perfect location. The chamber, neighboring businesses and the Coopersville community have been very supportive and welcoming.”

The Coopersville Goodwill is located at 1141 West Randal St.