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Coopersville to consider replacing marijuana moratorium with ordinance

Coopersville to consider replacing marijuana moratorium with ordinance

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—After extending a moratorium on Michigan’s medical marijuana law for years, Coopersville city commissioners are getting ready to consider a proposed ordinance involving medical marijuana.

During their meeting May 20, city attorney Crystal Morgan updated the planning commission on changes to and lawsuits involving state and federal medical marijuana laws.  Morgan will be preparing a draft ordinance for the City and planning commission to review. 

City Clerk Kimberly Borgman says the proposed ordinance may be reviewed by planning commissioners as soon as July 15.

New Goodwill store to open in Coopersville

New Goodwill store to open in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A storefront that’s been home to a variety of businesses is now getting a Goodwill store.

The Coopersville city clerk says Goodwill Industries is on schedule to open its newest store at 1141 and 1145 W. Randall.  The plaza, which previously housed a nail salon, tanning salon, real estate office and a Curves fitness center, is owned by Skyway Development.

Before Goodwill can move in, developers plan to add an awning so visitors can drop off donations in all weather conditions.  On May 20, the Coopersville Planning Commission approved the proposed renovations, as long as the parking lot was also upgraded and the proper inspections conducted. Signs for the Goodwill store must still be approved by city officials.

The new store is expected to employ ten people and should open in mid-August.

Man ejected in rollover crash in Marne

MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) - The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department believes alcohol caused a rollover crash in Marne Saturday evening.

The crash happened just before 6:30 p.m. on Berlin Fair Drive near 24th Avenue. Authorities say the driver of the car, a man in his 20's, was driving to fast and lost control of his vehicle.
The man was ejected from car, but suffered only non-life-threatening injuries.

Berlin Fair Drive was closed for a few hours as the authorities cleared the intersection.

Maintenance work may lead to lower water pressure at your home

Maintenance work may lead to lower water pressure at your home

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—If you’ve noticed lower water pressure at your home this week, there’s a reason.

The City of Coopersville is conducting high pressure water testing this week.  People living in the southwest quadrant of the city may be affected as employees conduct maintenance work on booster station pumps. Affected areas may include O’Malley Drive, Conran Drive, West Randall Street, 64th Avenue south of Randall and much of 68th Avenue.

The work should wrap up June 28.

Continual false fire alarms could cost business and home owners

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. — Business and home owners would have to pay up for multiple false fire alarms, under a proposed amendment to a Coopersville city ordinance.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the proposal is up for discussion during the city council meeting July 8.  The amendment is being proposed by the Fire Authority, which serves Coopersville and Polkton Township.  The revised ordinance would allow the Fire Authority to recoup costs from false fire alarms by charging owners of businesses and homes they constantly have to visit.

Coopersville’s Mayor, who is also on the Fire Authority board, brought up the proposal during Monday’s city council meeting. 

During the June 24 meeting, city council members also approved a 2013-2014 union contract, granting a 1.5% pay increase for union employees.

Ottawa County posts helpful Website

Ottawa County posts helpful Website

Ottawa County has launched a new website available to the public that is accessible without going through the county’s main website. Information such as road closings, reporting potholes, meetings or construction projects are posted.

The new website can be accessed at www.ottawacorc.com

President declares disaster following spring floods

(WZZM)-- President Obama is declaring a disaster in 16 Michigan counties because of severe spring flooding.

The declaration frees up federal funding for eligible governments and non-profit organizations to repair damages caused by flooding from April 16 to May 14. Allegan County, Ionia County, Kent County, Muskegon County, Newaygo County and Ottawa County are all included in the disaster declaration. The flooding caused more than $3 million in damages to public property in Ottawa County alone.