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Despite national trend, winter weather a boom for local dealership


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Automakers are blaming the cold weather for weaker sales numbers last month. Historically, January is already the weakest month of the year for car sales.

The manager at Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick in Coopersville says despite the national sales numbers, the winter weather is one of the reasons their sales have gone up.

"You'd be surprised, we've actually had a lot of customers who got in accidents, whose vehicles got totaled out these last two months. They've came in and gotten new vehicles from us," Mason Maurer explained.

He says used vehicles are selling the best right now and customers looking at SUVs and other durable vehicles for the rough road conditions.


My Town Coopersville: Council to consider new recreational living restrictions

My Town Coopersville: Council to consider new recreational living restrictions

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council Monday night will consider new restrictions on living in recreational vehicles within the city limits.

The proposed ordinance amendment was created after neighborhood complaints about people living in recreational vehicles and tents for months on end.  The ordinance targets people that primarily live outside a main home with no water or sewer service.

The ordinance restricts living in travel trailers, pickup campers or coaches, motorized dwellings, tent trailers, boats and boat trailers, tent structures and trailers not in recreational zoning districts to no longer than five days during a 30 day period. The amendment also limits the length of time recreational equipment can be connected to electricity in residential zoning districts to five days within a 30 day period. Under the amendment, recreational equipment cannot be connected to sanitary sewer facilities.

Coopersville family evacuated after ice strikes gas meter


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A family in Coopersville evacuated their home Friday morning after a chunk of ice fell from their roof, striking their gas meter.

It happened on Watson Street between Spring Street and Division Street. The family evacuated safely.

Scanner traffic indicated that the family could hear the gas line hissing after the break.

No one was injured in the incident.


My Town Coopersville: Heavy snow likely to blame for roof collapse on fair grounds

My Town Coopersville: Heavy snow likely to blame for roof collapse on fair grounds

MARNE, Mich.-- Heavy snow is likely to blame for a roof collapse at the Berlin Fair Grounds.

Kathy Perrin, a member of the 4H Club says she drove past the beef barn Wednesday, Feb. 19 and noticed the roof had collapsed.  WZZM 13 has left messages at the Berlin Fair office for additional information about the roof collapse.

The Berlin Fair Grounds is located at 2008 Berlin Fair Dr. in Marne.  The venue is home to the Berlin Fair, which is scheduled for June 16 through June 20, 2014.

Residents asked to adopt a fire hydrant and potentially save lives

Residents asked to adopt a fire hydrant and potentially save lives

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—   The City of Coopersville is asking community members to do a little extra digging in the snow to help avoid a potentially deadly situation.

 Kim Grupa Ayers, the assistant to the city manager, says Coopersville is home to more than 250 hydrants, and some have been buried by the heavy snows.  Ayers says the city doesn’t have enough staff to keep up with clearing hydrants, but it’s important there is access, since the time it takes to find and tap a hydrant can mean the difference between life and death during a fire.

The city is asking residents to adopt a nearby fire hydrant and help keep it clear.  It's a request Alpine Township is also making of its residents, citing slippery roads and frozen hose lines as other winter hindrances for firefighters battling flames.  The Township's website reads: "Please do your part to keep you and your neighbors safe by clearing hydrants of snow."

Ottawa County Road Commission closing in on maxing winter budget

Ottawa County Road Commission closing in on maxing winter budget

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—  Before this weekend’s storm,  the Ottawa County Road Commission says it was already over 70 percent through its budget for the entire winter season.

That budget pays for clearing, sanding and salting roads.  During a typical year, the County Road Commission will use about 20,000 to 25,000 tons of salt and 14,000 to 18,000 tons of sand, leading to a bill that can total $2 million- $3 million annually.  As of Jan. 10, 2014, the Ottawa County Road Commission already blew through $1.85 million of its $2.6 million budget.  The cost of salt isn’t helping; the Road Commission says the price per ton has nearly doubled since 2003.

During winter, the Ottawa County Road Commission operates 62 snow plows out of four garages located in Coopersville, Grand Haven Township, Hudsonville and Holland Township.  It can take the team up to three days to clear all Ottawa County roads after a typical snow storm.

 

City water rate decrease up for discussion Jan. 27

City water rate decrease up for discussion Jan. 27

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council is expected to discuss whether to pass along a slight price drop in Ottawa County water rates to customers.

The water rate dropped approximately $0.05 per 1,000 gallons beginning Jan. 1.  City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending water rates remain the same for customers so the city can set aside additional funding for future maintenance projects and upgrades as needed.  However, the city council is not expected to take action on the proposal.

Patrick is also recommending the city purchase a backup pump in case the booster pump on 64th Avenue at W. Randall Street fails.  Patrick says if the emergency arose, the $5,005 price tag of a backup pump is relatively low when compared to how long it could take to provide water to the nearby homes and businesses that need it.

The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.