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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.

Historic train may soon have permanent home in Coopersville

Historic train may soon have permanent home in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  A historic train engine and tender car donated to Coopersville & Marne Railway may soon have a permanent home.

During its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority is expected to discuss whether to place the Benjamin F. Cooper in a pocket park west of the railway building at 306 Main Street.  The locomotive would be kept under a canopy with a color scheme matching the nearby clock tower.

The Benjamin F. Cooper was previously named the John Engler.  The locomotive spent several years at Union Station, along U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids before it was loaded back onto the tracks in Coopersville last month. The train was donated by Colliers International, which owns Union Station.

Permanent home for historic train delayed

Permanent home for historic train delayed

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Coopersville city officials are delaying their decision on a permanent home for the historic train engine and tender car donated to Coopersville & Marne Railway.

During its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority tabled a decision on whether to place the Benjamin F. Cooper in a pocket park at 306 Main St.  Under the proposal, the locomotive would be kept under a canopy with a color scheme matching the nearby clock tower.  However during Tuesday's meeting, some officials voiced concerns as to whether the pocket park will be the best location, as well as the actual size of the canopy in relationship to the park.

Coopersville & Marne Railway will look at other possible locations for the locomotive; the DDA may revisit the issue during its next meeting November 12.

The Benjamin F.

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.