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New sign ordinance approved for Coopersville

New sign ordinance approved for Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  A new sign ordinance will soon take effect in Coopersville.

During its regular meeting September 9, the city council unanimously approved an updated sign ordinance, pending one amendment.  Officials must alter the regulations for real estate signs, allowing larger dimensions of up to eight square feet and 5.5 feet in height.

The final amended sign ordinance will be published September 14.  It will take effect September 24.  People who violate the ordinance will receive a notice, giving them 10 to 15 days to comply; after that, they may be issued a ticket.

Prepare for construction: Water main project slated for October

Prepare for construction: Water main project slated for October

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council has picked a contractor to replace a water main that burst in July.

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.

On Monday, September 9, the Coopersville city council approved awarding the project to McCormick Sand, Inc.  The Twin Lake-based company placed the lowest bid for the work, at $276,102.

Crews are expected to begin replacing the water main the first week of October.  The work should wrap up around November 30, 2013.

Coopersville DDA meeting cancelled; public still invited to share concerns

Coopersville DDA meeting cancelled; public still invited to share concerns

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The city of Coopersville is cancelling its Downtown Development Authority meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 10.

City Manager Steven Patrick says there are no significant agenda items up for discussion at this time.  Patrick says he and DDA Marketing Director Jan Richardson are working on several proposed projects, including banners along Randall and Main streets, new lights for the city Christmas wreaths and a long-term maintenance plan for the downtown area, but not enough progress has been made to share with the board at this time.

Although the DDA meeting is cancelled, Patrick says he and Richardson will be available Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. to meet with anyone who has concerns about downtown Coopersville.  For more information, contact Patrick at (616) 997-9731.

Spring Lake 35, Coopersville 6

COOPERSVILLE (WZZM) -- The Spring Lake Lakers started the 2013 season with an impressive win in Coopersville, beating the Broncos, 35-6.

Mark Williamson, Charlie Warber and Martin Ingalis scored the first three touchdowns of the game. Williamson scored from 50 yards out, Ingalis from 43.

The Lakers scored the first 35 points of the game before Coopersville scored late.

Affordable land shortage a 'crisis' for dairy farmers

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's dairy industry is growing and WZZM 13 is taking a closer look at the tight competition for farmland.

Dairy farmer Randy Tenbrink will eventually hand off the family farm to his daughter, Mary.  However, for now, he's passing along advice about the changing industry. 

"There is a problem with everybody trying to expand," says Tenbrink.

Tenbrink says small or middle-sized farms like his are having trouble expanding, when many times larger farms offer more money for the same land.

"Buying land is getting harder and we definitely feel the competition of larger farms being able to pay more than we can," says Tenbrink.

"We're probably going to have to get bigger in order to support two families, but having that crisis, if you will, with the land it concerns me," says Marty Costigan, Tenbrink's daughter.

Sign ordinance amendment delayed

Sign ordinance amendment delayed

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—An amendment to Coopersville’s sign ordinance is being delayed.

During its regular meeting August 26, the Coopersville city council reviewed the proposed sign ordinance amendment.  City council members identified about ten items within the ordinance that should be reconsidered or defined further, including sign sizes and what a banner consists of.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the revised ordinance amendment will likely reappear on the city council agenda again next month.

Mayor to honor rescuers who saved girl's life

Mayor to honor rescuers who saved girl's life

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—On Monday, Mayor Kenneth Bush is expected to honor an Ottawa County deputy who helped save a teenager’s life.

On July 23 around 5:40 p.m., a 14-year-old girl suffered a seizure on the soccer field of Coopersville Public Schools.  Deputy Chris Reuwer was first to arrive on scene and found the girl was not breathing.  He began administering CPR with the help of Coopersville Rescue Squad 471 members Jason Karell, Joshua Swart, Patti Eldred, Adam Sherman and Erica Acton.  When the girl did not respond, Reuwer grabbed the automated external defibrillator from his patrol vehicle and shocked her heart once.  The rescue team then continued CPR until the girl’s pulse returned.  She was breathing on her own as she was taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

 On July 29, the 14-year-old girl was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.