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Proposed Marijuana ordinance on the city agenda for July 15

Proposed Marijuana ordinance on the city agenda for July 15

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Planning Commission is expected to take up a proposed medical marijuana ordinance during its meeting Monday, July 15.

A public hearing about the issue will be held before the commission takes any action. 

Coopersville officials have been extending the city’s moratorium on Michigan’s medical marijuana law for years.  City attorney Crystal Morgan recently drafted the ordinance for the Planning Commission to review.

The Planning Commission is also expected to review a final draft of the city’s new sign ordinance.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Coopersville City Hall, located at 289 Danforth St. 

Coopersville City Council considers waste water facility upgrade

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council is considering a change to the dechlorination process at the city’s waste water treatment plant.

A couple years ago, the city finished a $9 million plant upgrade. Now City Manager Steven Patrick says the city is considering replacing 55 gallon storage containers used for dechlorination with a 5,000 gallon drum.  The larger container would mean the city would pay less in transportation costs to fill the drum.  The replacement would cost about $120,000, which would come out of the waste water treatment fund.

Patrick says if the council moves forward with project, it would likely happen before winter.

School is over, but the need for blood donations is not

School is over, but the need for blood donations is not

Now that school is out, the need for blood donations is even greater.

High school and college students donate about 20 percent of the blood collected through the American Red Cross, so the organization is anticipating a drop in donations this summer.

“Just because summer is here, it doesn’t mean donating blood is on vacation, too,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross. “You might find there’s a lot of fun to be had in donating blood, or even sponsoring a blood drive of your own.”

The American Red Cross’ Great Lakes Blood Service Region must collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals.

Water main break could move up downtown renovations

Water main break could move up downtown renovations

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Coopersville City Council may consider moving up improvements to a downtown water main during their regular meeting Monday, July 8.

City Manager Steven Patrick says he plans to discuss a water main break at 64th and West Randall Street that happened about a week ago.

Fireworks at business may have burned down house

TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The owners of a former fireworks business say fireworks they set off near their old location may have sparked a fire at a neighboring house.

It happened Thursday on Ironwood road in Tallmadge Township.

The owners of Ottawa Fireworks, which has been closed since last year, stopped by earlier in the day to pick up some items.

They set off some mortars and other fireworks behind a vacant house that sits on the property.  There is no electricity or natural gas connected to the house, so they suspect a spark from fireworks smoldering on the back porch grew into a fire.

We shot a few fireworks off in the back, kind of saying goodbye, because this is the first year in 30 years we haven't been open here," says Ron Barstow, the building owner.

A firefighter on the way to a different call was the first person to notice smoke coming out of the building.  He was able to alert his collegues.

Ottawa County emergency tests Friday, July 5

Ottawa County emergency tests Friday, July 5

Ottawa County’s monthly siren test will take place Friday, July 5 at noon.

Dispatchers want to remind the community that as part of the test, sirens will sound for one to two minutes.  The monthly siren tests will take place the first Friday of each month through November.

In addition to this month’s test, the Ottawa County Emergency Operations Center will test the WCET cable ticker system in Hudsonville.

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

If you live in the Allendale or Park township area and have a dog, you may be getting a visit from an Ottawa County official in the next few weeks. They are canvassing the areas for unlicensed dogs.

Having your dog licensed assures it will be returned to you should it ever become lost. It is very simple to obtain a license in person at many government offices, on line or at many veterinarians. Cost for a license can run from $10 to $70.

Households with unlicensed dogs will be given information on how to obtain a license that includes proof of a current rabies shot and proof of spaying or neutering. Those who do not obtain a license run the risk of being issued a ticket. Having a license that can be identified eliminates the need for your dog to end up going to the animal shelter, should they become lost.

Funds from licensing help with shelter costs provided by the Harbor Humane Society.