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Locomotive relocated to Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - The train engine and tender car, the John Engler, have a new home Wednesday morning.

The locomotive has been along US-131 for several years at Union Station.  It was picked up by crews Tuesday and this morning was loaded back onto the tracks in Coopersville.

The train was donated by Colliers International, the owners of Union Station, to the Coopersville & Marne Railway.

I-96 construction worker falls 15 feet

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A construction worker was hurt Tuesday after he fell from an I-96 overpass.

It happened around 4 p.m. as the man was working with concrete and lost his footing on the 120th Avenue bridge.

Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies say the 47-year-old Grant man fell about 15 feet onto a sandy area.

He was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Made in Michigan: Victory Electronic Cigarettes

NUNICA, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a revolutionary product that's been lighting up news headlines around the country; Electronic cigarettes. WZZM 13 is taking a closer look at a West Michigan company that's one of the top players in the up and coming industry.

Brent Willis isn't blowing smoke when he says his product is helping to electrify a new industry.

"It actually isn't smoke, it's water vapor," says Willis, chief executive officer of Victory Electronic Cigarettes. "Cigarettes have like 4,000 chemicals in it and these only have four ingredients."

Willis has a personal reason to push for the healthier option.

"My dad died of smoking," says Willis. "When I was with him the day he died, he had to sneak out and have another cigarette."

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.