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My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three Ottawa County parks will welcome some four-legged landscapers next month.

The Ottawa County Parks Department is bringing in goats to combat invasive plant species.  The goats will be released at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville, Eastmanville Bayou in Allendale and Riverside Park in Grand Haven in May.  Parks officials say eating plants instead of grain is healthier for goats, and the animals like to eat graze on woody, shrub-like plants including poison ivy, which is in abundance at the parks. The Ottawa County Parks Department says repeated use of grazing goats has been shown to eliminate 90 percent of invasive, woody plants over three years.

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.

My Town: Ottawa County seedling sale deadline April 4

My Town: Ottawa County seedling sale deadline April 4

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Time is running out to get in your order during the Ottawa Conservation District’s annual tree seedling sale fundraiser.

This year the OCD is offering seven types of conifers, six types of deciduous trees, eight types of shrubs and other plants.  Community members can also order books, bird and bat houses, plant products and wildlife repellents. You can find the order form here.

The goal of the Ottawa Conservation District is distribute native plants to help with reforestation, windbreaks, wildlife habitats and to prevent erosion.

All orders must be placed by April 4.  Seedlings will be distributed Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reender’s Blueberry Farm in West Olive.  For additional information, contact Becky Huttenga at becky.huttenga@macd.org or (616) 846-8770 ext. 5.

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Monday night, the Coopersville City Council is expected to weigh in on a plan to fund a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville.

The North Bank Trail would be an 18-mile pathway that would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail.  Crockery Township is asking for the City of Coopersville’s support in seeking project funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the city council approve a resolution supporting the trust fund application, saying the trail would offer economic benefits.

Road budgets broken by long, harsh West Michigan winter

Road budgets broken by long, harsh West Michigan winter

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—The West Michigan winter is carrying on, even though the Ottawa County Road Commission budget has dried up.

The road commission says $2.6 million was budgeted for winter-related work on roads, but more than $3.4 million has already been spent this year. The Michigan Department of Transportation has also had its budget blown by the extreme winter conditions.  MDOT had budgeted $1.3 million for winter maintenance of state highways in Ottawa County; so far it’s already spent more than $1.7 million.

The Ottawa County Road Commission will review its budget plan in April and likely cut back some planned road improvement projects and other maintenance activities to balanace the budget.

My Town Coopersville: Public hearing Feb. 24 for trail grant

My Town Coopersville: Public hearing Feb. 24 for trail grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The community is invited to weigh in on Ottawa County’s plans to apply for a grant for two Ottawa County trails.

The Ottawa County Planning Commission is considering applying for a Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Development grants for the North bank Trail in Crockery Township and the Spoonville Trail in Ottawa County.

The public hearing will take place during the planning commission’s meeting Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. inside Crockery Township Hall, 17431 112th Ave., Nunica.

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.