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Coopersville, Walker company receive state funds


LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - A Walker company and the City of Coopersville have both received state support for new economic development projects.

Nearly $350 million was doled out from the state Tuesday. The new investments are expected to bring nearly 900 jobs to the state.

In Walker, Challenge Mfg. Company, LLC will be building a 400,000 square foot facility in Pontiac and is expected to create 450 new jobs. Challenge received $1 million in March of 2013 and exceeded in created 180 jobs ahead of schedule, so now needs to expand. The funding will keep the expansion in Michigan instead of moving to Ontario. To apply for jobs with Challenge, go to http://challenge-mfg.com/careers/

My Town Coopersville: Tax break approved for expanding manufacturer

My Town Coopersville: Tax break approved for expanding manufacturer

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A manufacturer looking to expand is getting financial relief from the City of Coopersville.

Last week, the city council approved  Aggressive Tool & Die's request for a tax break extension of 12 years on $1.62 million in property purchases.  The manufacturer, which works primarily with the automotive industry, is adding 15,000 square feet to its 20,000 square foot facility at 728 Main Street. Aggressive Tool & Die also expects to hire additional workers in the coming years.

My Town Coopersville: Approved budget includes $282K deficit

My Town Coopersville: Approved budget includes $282K deficit

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- The Coopersville City Council has approved a modified budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The budget approved during the May 12 city council meeting puts the city approximately $282,145 in the red, but City Manager Steven Patrick says the general fund can cover the deficit.

The budget estimates include an approximate $360,626 deficit for the Street Fund, while the Sewer Fund is expected to have a $13,056 surplus and the Water Fund would have an estimated $62,518 surplus.

To see the entire budget plan, click here.

My Town Coopersville: City to install security gates to deter thieves

My Town Coopersville: City to install security gates to deter thieves

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville city council members  have approved plans to install security gates around the Department of Public Works, after another break-in at the site.

City Manager Steven Patrick says someone recently stole more than $1,000 worth of parts for guard rails that were to be installed at the waste water treatment plant. It’s unclear when the crime took place, but Patrick suspects it happened within the past month.  Patrick says the city is filing a claim with its insurance company to cover the cost of the stolen parts, but the city must still meet its deductible.

Patrick says the DPW garage has been broken into in years’ past; thieves then took equipment worth more than $5,000.

The new security plans call for installing fencing on three sides of the building and including electronic key access at one entryway.  The project cost will come out of the city’s general budget. 

My Town: City council to consider tax breaks for expanding company

My Town: City council to consider tax breaks for expanding company

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—On Monday, May 12, the Coopersville City Council will consider a manufacturer’s request for an expansion tax break.

 Aggressive Tool & Die  is applying for a 12-year Industrial Facilities Tax exemption on $1.62 million in property purchases.  Last month, the planning commission approved the manufacturer’s plans to add to its 20,000 square foot facility to expand operations.  The company is currently located at 728 Main Street.

Monday night’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

My Town: Funeral Saturday for cousins killed in crash

My Town: Funeral Saturday for cousins killed in crash

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich.—Two cousins killed in a May 3 crash will be laid to rest this weekend.

Roman Aguilar-Emmons, 18, and 22-year-old Michael Jonathan Aguilar were killed when the SUV they were passengers in ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck on 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.   Roman was a senior at Grandville High School, a school that’s already mourning the deaths of  hockey captain Ryan Fischer and Alyssa Arends, 15.   He planned to join the police academy after graduation.

Michael was a graduate of Coopersville High School.  Both men leave behind their parents, and numerous siblings, nephews and nieces.

Funeral services for Michael and Roman will be held Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene in Wyoming.  

My Town Coopersville: City to consider stepping up security after DPW thefts

My Town Coopersville: City to consider stepping up security after DPW thefts

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville city council members Monday night  will consider  adding security gates around the Department of Public Works, after another break-in at the site.

City Manager Steven Patrick says someone recently stole more than $1,000 worth of parts for guard rails that were to be installed at the waste water treatment plant.  He says the DPW garage has been broken into in the past; thieves then took equipment worth more than $5,000.

Patrick is calling on the Coopersville city council to consider studying and eventually constructing gates on the facility’s north and south ends to deter thieves and prevent crimes that cost taxpayers money.