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Downtown Development Authority considers future of TIFA

Downtown Development Authority considers future of TIFA

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Downtown Development Authority is assessing whether it should keep its Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA) district.

During its meeting August 13, the DDA began taking the first step toward determining if the TIFA district should be renewed when its contract expires June 2015.  

The DDA TIFA uses library and county tax revenue legally withheld from the government to fund projects aimed at revitalizing downtown.  DDA Director Steve Patrick says TIFAs were created a while back for cities that could not afford infrastructure improvements needed to attract and retain businesses. 

Patrick says Coopersville’s DDA TIFA is responsible for numerous projects, including transforming the North Parking Lot from a gravel mud hole to a paved, landscaped spot, complete with a pavilion.  The DDA TIFA also funded renovations to Main Street, adding sidewalks and revamping the water and sewer systems.

Motorcyclist injured in Ottawa County freeway crash

Nunica, Mich. (WZZM) - A man is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash on Interstate 96 in Ottawa County.

According to authorities, the accident happened around 3 a.m. Thursday near Nunica. Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies say the man hit a construction barrel as he was headed down the freeway.

The waiting game continues for changes to city eyesore

The waiting game continues for changes to city eyesore

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The wait for renovations to a city eyesore will continue.

Tuesday night, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority was hoping for an update on plans to transform 306 Main St.

Ottawa Co. Road Comm. forced to cut costs

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County's Road Commission is facing new budget requirements in order to continue operating.  On Tuesday, the county board decided to require the independent road commission to cut costs, instead of eliminating the department and taking control of its services.

County leaders say the road commission has mismanaged its budget by spending too much on employee benefits and not enough on the roads. The county board will review the road commission's progress on cutting spending in July.

"It's an enormous expense to the road commission and the taxpayers and that's something we're going to ask them to revisit and to look at and see how can they get those numbers down, because when there's more money going to employee benefits, there's less money going to fix the roads," says Shannon Felgner, an Ottawa County spokeswoman.

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents will have one last chance to weigh in on who should handle county roads Tuesday, August 13.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the responsibility of county roads and public utilities.  Michigan is the only state to still have road commissions.  Last month, the Board of Commissioners released nearly a year’s worth of research and findings by The Road Commission Task Force.  The task force’s three proposed plans include:

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Two injured in aggressive driving incident

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) --  Witnesses say an aggressive driver sparked a crash that injured a 42-year-old Middleville man and a child.

The accident happened at 3:45 p.m. Sunday on eastbound I-96, near the 17 mile marker in Polkton Township.  Witnesses say the driver of a black BMW was driving aggressively and merged into the path of a pickup truck towing a camper trailer. The pickup truck driver lost control trying to avoid the car and rolled off the road.

The pickup truck driver and one of four children in the vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries.   The driver's wife, who was also in the vehicle, was not injured.