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Teen and two pets escape house fire

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A 14-year-old boy and two pets were able to escape a house fire Tuesday morning.

The fire happened in the home in the 2900 block of Truman, just north of Conklin, around 10:00am.

A neighbor driving by the home noticed a fire on the deck of the house.  The fire went up the back of the home, into the attic, and spread to the rest of the home.  The fire may have started with coals and ashes from a fire that were not disposed of properly.

The neighbor was able to alert the boy of the fire and help him get out.

The home suffered significant damage.


Renovations planned for Coopersville City Hall

Renovations planned for Coopersville City Hall

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville City Hall may soon change.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the proposed renovations would include installing a large window in the lobby area. Visitors would also be able to take care of typical tasks in the lobby area, cutting down on wait times.  Patrick says the city is also considering installing a door buzzer for those with confidential issues that require more one-on-one time, fostering a more private atmosphere while increasing security.

City Hall will remain open during the renovation process.  Patrick hopes to get the window installed by January; he’d like to have renovations completed by the end of April 2014.  Funding for the project would come from the city’s general fund; Patrick says the city has already set aside some money for the renovation project.

Coopersville City Hall is located at 289 Danforth St.  Patrick says decades ago, the building was home to the city’s library.

UPDATE: Randall Street expected to reopen by Tuesday

UPDATE: Randall Street expected to reopen by Tuesday

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--It opened for the weekend, but West Randall Street is closed once again.

Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick says crews plan to finish repaving the roadway by Tuesday, weather permitting.  The road should reopen to traffic by Wednesday. Drivers will still have access to all downtown businesses during the final stage of the project, which began October 7 with crews replacing the water main.

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,  after the pipeline burst during a planned water pressure increase earlier this year.

Be a Santa for a Senior

(WZZM) - The Christmas holidays are about a month away right now and that means holiday shopping is about to begin.

There are some senior citizens who may not get anything because they are in need or they are alone. A program in West Michigan hopes to change it.

It's called Be a Santa for a Senior and it's done by Home Instead Senior Care.

MaryBeth Barkeley, the Community Service Representative with the organization talks more about it. Click on the video link to watch the segment.

Click here to learn more about how to get involved in the program. Click here to learn more about Home Instead Senior Care.

Barnaby's Alternative 5

What: Tanglefoot 22
Where:Tanglefoot Building, GR
When:Friday 5-10p, Sunday noon-5p
Cost: Free admission

What: Grand Valley Turkey Trot
Where: GVSU
When:Sat 10a
Cost:$22 Friday/ $27 Day of

What: Shipshewana on the Road
Where: DeltaPlex
When: Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5
Cost: $4

What: EGR Library Used Book Sale
Where: EGR Library
When: Sat 9-4, Sun 1-4
Cost: Free

What: Cacao Roasting & Chocolate Class
Where: Downtown Market
When: Friday 6-8:30p
Cost: $45

Railway leaders narrow search for locomotive's new home

Railway leaders narrow search for locomotive's new home

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Coopersville & Marne Railway Board of Directors is narrowing the search for where to put a donated locomotive.

The Railway Board of Directors met Wednesday night to discuss a permanent home for the Benjamin F. Cooper.  The group originally planned to move the locomotive to a pocket park near the depot, but some community members were concerned the size of the historic train engine would overwhelm the space.

 Coopersville & Marne Railway President Jeff Du Pilka says of the six alternative sites under consideration, a space between the Farm Museum and Coopersville Historical Society seems to be the most popular one.  Du Pilka says the board is looking for a place that’s accessible for people who want to take photographs near the landmark.  The spot should also be highly visible to deter vandalism.

Planning commission green lights road commission move

Planning commission green lights road commission move

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Ottawa County Road Commission’s proposal to move its headquarters to Coopersville is moving forward.

The road commission wants to move its operations to 475 68th Avenue in about five to seven years.  Monday night, the Coopersville Planning Commission approved a special land use permit for the proposed project.  Only two people living near the lot attended the meeting to ask that a tree line buffering any potential noise remain intact.\

The planning commission’s approval comes with conditions; the road commission must come up with a preliminary site plan within two years.  If the planning commission approves of the plan, the special land permit will be extended for another five years.  Before that five year extension is up, the road commission will have to submit a final plan for construction.