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My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—Voters may soon decide whether to renew a millage for the North Ottawa Council on Aging.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the Ferrysburg City Council will discuss and possibly vote on whether to add the proposed renewal to the August 5 ballot.  The proposal is for .2500 mills from 2015 through 2024.

The North Ottawa Council on Aging provides resources and support to seniors living in North Ottawa County.  Service areas include Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Allendale, Coopersville and Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Polk, Chester, Wright and Crockery townships.    

Monday’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Ferrysburg City Hall, located at 17290 Roosevelt Road.

Embezzlement spans at least six year, ending in November.


COOPERSVILLE (WZZM) - The ex-office manager at a Coopersville machine shop has been ordered to stand trial for embezzling more than $100,000 from the family-run business.

Rhonda Jimenez of Muskegon siphoned an estimated $500,000 from Philip's Machining, Inc. over a six-year period, court documents show. She was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Hudsonville District Court. If convicted, Jimenez faces up to 20 years in prison.

"It's been very trying and emotionally draining to have someone that close betray you like that,'' company owner Jim Pleune said. "She was a very trusted person and was here for 14 years. We're all in shock.''

Philip's Machining, 80 Mason Drive in Coopersville, started in 1987 with a handful of workers, Pleune said. It makes parts for West Michigan manufacturers and has 17 full-time employees.

My Town Coopersville: Amended vehicle sales ordinance to take effect April 2

My Town Coopersville: Amended vehicle sales ordinance to take effect April 2

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  A new set of restrictions on personal vehicle sales will take effect next week.

During its regular meeting last week, the Coopersville City Council approved Ordinance 457, which restricts vehicle sales to 30 days unless a special land use permit is obtained. The ordinance also restricts vehicles from being sold along the side of streets or highways, and requires the vehicle be displayed on the vehicle owner’s property.

City Clerk Kim Borgman says the amended ordinance will take effect April 2.

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

My Town: Sams Joint restaurants closing; memorabilia auctions planned

My Town: Sams Joint restaurants closing; memorabilia auctions planned

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The owner of Sams Joint restaurant is closing his remaining restaurants.

Sam Bravata plans to auction off all of the vintage and collectable items that decorate the four restaurants online, beginning Tuesday, March 25.  The first auction on Orbitbid.com will feature more than 600 items from the Sam’s Joint in Coopersville.  Subsequent online auctions will include memorabilia from the Middleville, Plainwell and Norton Shores restaurants.

Bravata opened the first of his nine Sam’s Joint restaurants in Caledonia in 1977.  The collectibles he used to decorate each restaurant came from all around the state of Michigan.

My Town Coopersville: Summertime farmers market saved

My Town Coopersville: Summertime farmers market saved

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Farm Museum is saving a summertime tradition.

On Jan. 14, the Downtown Development Authority voted to skip organizing the farmers market this year.  The DDA said it didn’t get enough response when it moved the weekly event  to the Veteran's Park area. 

Around the time of the vote, the DDA also approached the Coopersville Farm Museum to see if it would like to take on the farmers market.  Within the last month, the Farm Museum decided to move forward with organizing the market.

Kate Landon with the Coopersville Farm Museum says the farmers market will be every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting May 7 and running through October.  Landon says the Farm Museum will also hold a farmers market on the last Saturday of each month.  The event will take place in the Farm Museum’s parking lot, at 375 Main Street.

My Town Coopersville: Recreational living restrictions now in effect

My Town Coopersville: Recreational living restrictions now in effect

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— New restrictions to living in recreational vehicles within the city limits are now in place.

Coopersville's amended ordinance No. 456 takes effect March 19.  The new guidelines  were created after neighborhood complaints about people living in recreational vehicles and tents for months on end.  The ordinance targets people that primarily live outside a main home with no water or sewer service.

The ordinance restricts living in travel trailers, pickup campers or coaches, motorized dwellings, tent trailers, boats and boat trailers, tent structures and trailers in residentially zoned areas to no longer than 14 days during a 30 day period. The amendment also limits the length of time recreational equipment can be connected to electricity in residential areas to 14 days within a 30 day period. Under the amendment, recreational equipment cannot be connected to sanitary sewer facilities.