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Man injured in Coopersville zip-line accident

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man was injured Tuesday evening in a zip-line accident.

Around 6:30 p.m. witnesses tell WZZM 13 a man fell from a platform on Main Street near the Coopersville & Marne Railway train in the Coopersville business district.

The man was not wearing a harness. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

According to Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce website, the zip-line was set up as a temporary attraction from Tuesday through Sunday. 

Church eyes shuttered elementary school

Church eyes shuttered elementary school

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Superintendent of Kenowa Hills Public Schools says new plans may be forming for another shuttered elementary school.

Superintendent Gerald Hopkins says a church is considering buying Marne Elementary to keep it in the community.  Hopkins says the church has been eyeing the property for about six to eight months now.

Marne and Fairview elementary schools closed in 2010 because of declining enrollment. In August 2012, Wright Township officials offered to buy Marne Elementary for $1, but the school board rejected the deal.

The Salvation Army has an agreement with Kenowa Hills to possibly purchase Fairview Elementary for $500,000 and transform it into a service center.

Coopersville City Council approves city manager pay raise

Coopersville City Council approves city manager pay raise

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville’s city manager is getting a pay raise.

In a 6-1 vote July 22, the Coopersville City Council approved a 4% pay hike for City Manager Steven Patrick.  The only nay vote came from council member Larry Crandle.  The city council also voted to extend Patrick’s contract after holding a 30 minute closed session to review his performance.

Patrick has served as city manager for more than a decade.

Welding spark causes barn fire

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Ottawa County man who restores antique cars says a welding spark likely caused a fire that destroyed a barn.

The fire started around 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 9700 block of State Road.

The man tells WZZM 13 he noticed flames reaching above the barn's roof 10 minutes after welding. The fast-moving flames nearly spread to a nearby house, melting vinyl siding.

Fire crews from Crockery Township, Coopersville, and Ferrysburg responded to the fire, which took about 10 minutes to extinguish.

No one was hurt.

Medical marijuana dispensaries now banned in Coopersville

Medical marijuana dispensaries now banned in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Medical marijuana dispensaries are officially prohibited in Coopersville.

During their regular meeting Monday, city council members approved a new medical marijuana ordinance banning dispensaries within the city limits. People who violate the ordinance may be charged with a misdemeanor and face 93 days in jail and/or a fine of $500.

Coopersville has been operating under a medical marijuana moratorium since Michigan voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 2008, because stipulations to the law were not clear.

The new measure will take effect as early as August 1.

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents are encouraged to weigh in on plans to handle county roads Tuesday, July 23.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the responsibility of county roads and public utilities.  Michigan is the only state to still have road commissions.  Last week, the Board of Commissioners released nearly a year’s worth of research and findings by The Road Commission Task Force.  The task force’s three proposed plans include:

Waste water treatment facility upgrade gets the green light

Waste water treatment facility upgrade gets the green light

COOPERSVILE, Mich.—A $120,000 upgrade to Coopersville’s waste water treatment facility is moving forward.

On July 15, city officials approved plans to automate the city’s dechlorination process by replacing the city’s current 55 gallon storage containers with a 5,000 gallon drum. The project will be paid for using the city’s waste water treatment fund.

City officials have already met with engineers to finalize plans for the project.  The City is expected to begin the project bidding process within the next couple weeks.