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New banners to welcome visitors downtown

New banners to welcome visitors downtown

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--   New banners will soon welcome visitors to downtown Coopersville.

City officials have approved purchasing dozens of new banners to grace the posts at the city gateway and historic downtown.  There are two types of banners; one version will be featured on Main Street, the other will be posted on Randall Street.

City Manager Steven Patrick says funding for the banners came out of the Downtown Development Authority budget.

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 Summerfest to return with a new name

Coopersville Summerfest to return with a new name

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville Summerfest will return next year under a new name.

The week-long event will be called Del Shannon Days.  The Rotary of Coopersville will be sponsoring the event, after donating $10,000 to the Coopersville NEO Forum and $4,000 to the Del Shannon Scholarship Fund from the Rotary-run Del Shannon Car Show.  According to the Coopersville Summerfest Facebook page, the Rotary has donated a total of $61,200 to both groups over the past four years because of the car show’s success.  Kate Terpstra with the Del Shannon Car Show says the event is in its 24th year, and each year it grows.  On average, they estimate 75,000 turn out for the main event, with 600 vehicles on display.   

Duane Young will help organizers coordinate the week long community events.  Del Shannon Days 2014 will take place August 4 through August 9.

Teacher sues MEA over union requirement

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- If she doesn't pay her union dues, a kindergarten teacher says the Michigan Education Association is threatening to turn her over to a collection agency and ruin her credit.

Miriam Chanski, 24, says she informed the MEA in May she was quitting the teachers union, didn't want their representation, and would no longer be paying dues.

"At that point, I thought I was finished and I was out of the union," said Chanski. But in July, Chanski says she received a letter stating there was more to the process of opting out of the union.

"It surprised me that there would be more to the process-- I had not heard anything else," said Chanski.

Now the dispute has erupted into a legal battle because union leaders say the Coopersville kindergarten teacher didn't file the correct paperwork at the proper time meaning she will be in the union for at least another year.

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. 

Comstock Park shuts out Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE (WZZM) -- The Comstock Park Panthers remain undefeated after a 56-0 win over O-K Blue opponent Coopersville.

With Sparta's loss to Allendale, the Panthers have sole possession of first place in the O-K Blue.

With two more wins, Comstock Park will have its first perfect regular season since 1983.

 

Fire damages pole barn in Tallmadge Township

Fire damages pole barn in Tallmadge Township

TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Smoke filled the sky over Tallmadge Township Friday afternoon, as firefighters battled a pole barn fire.

The flames were spotted around 1:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Luce Street near Fenske Street SW.  According to police scanner traffic, three fire departments were called in to battle the flames, including the Marne Fire Department, Allendale Fire Department and Walker Fire Department.

It’s unclear what sparked the fire, which destroyed the pole barn.