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Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited West Michigan earlier this month as Ottawa County  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eastmanville Farm Park.

As part of the event, roughly 150 people were treated to a picnic of food grown exclusively in Ottawa County.  Visitors also explored the historical park and listened to an address by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.   A bus tour also took visitors to four farms verified by the Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, including Bowerman Blueberries, H&H Turkey, Sietsema Farms and Countryside Greenhouse.

Break-in duo may be connected to other crimes

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WZZM) - Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies say two Holland Township men arrested after a break-in at an Allendale restaurant may be responsible for other business break-ins.

Investigators say someone noticed a broken window at the Hungry Howies on Lake Michigan Drive around 1:30 a.m. Monday.  Deputies arrested both suspects in Coopersville a short time later.

The 18-year-old and 19-year-old suspects are being interviewed about similar business break-ins and may face additional charges.

Their names will be released after their arraignments.  We'll have more information when it becomes available.

 

Hunter Safety Class Time

Hunter Safety Class Time

It’s that time of year again and people are lining up to take a Hunter Safety Course to be prepared for hunting this fall.

Marne Conservation Club at 1719 Johnson Street in Marne, MI is offering this class that is limited to 24 students. Classes begin on August 22nd and run through the 24th. Students must attend all three classes to earn their hunter’s safety certificate. Classes on Thursday & Friday run from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday, 8am to Noon.

Registration available by contacting Bill Walters, 616-583-1968 or Harold Montgomery at 616-942-7784.

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.