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My Town Coopersville: Planning commissioner to temporarily hold onto seat

My Town Coopersville: Planning commissioner to temporarily hold onto seat

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A planning commissioner whose reappointment was not backed by the city council will hold onto his post, for now.

In a memo sent to the city council after its June 23 meeting, City Manager Steven Patrick chastises council members for not at least temporarily reappointing Justin Longstreth, who had moved out of the district.  Patrick points out there is nothing in the city charter requiring planning commissioners to be a resident of Coopersville, and the city council owes the highest level of service it can provide to the businesses and developers who pay $200 to go before the planning commission.

During its regular meeting July 14, the city council approved Patrick’s recommendation to reappoint Longstreth to the planning commission until his replacement can be found.

Driver in hospital after crash flips Bobcat in Marne


MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One man is in the hospital after crashing his SUV into a construction vehicle early Tuesday morning.

It happened around 1:20 near the corner of 8th Avenue and Country Lane. That's just southeast of Marne. Police say they think the distracted driver did not notice crews doing overnight patching work and crashed into a Bobcat, which was being loaded onto a trailer at the time.

The Bobcat partially flipped, however no one was inside when it happened. No construction workers were hurt.

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The driver was transported to a Grand Rapids hospital. There's no word at this point on how severe that man's injuries were.


Victim, wrong-way driver identified in I-96 crash


WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County deputies have identified the victim killed in Thursday evening's fiery wrong-way crash on I-96.

William Alfred Foster, 52, of Wyoming was driving eastbound around 7:45 p.m. when his vehicle was struck by a SUV that was headed westbound on the opposite side of the interstate.

Foster's minivan burst into flames, killing him at the scene.

Investigators say Foster was working as a courier for a Grand Rapids bank at the time of the crash. His minivan was traveling behind a vehicle towing a boat, which pulled over to miss the oncoming vehicle; witnesses said Foster had no time to react.

My Town Coopersville: DDA to consider property purchase

My Town Coopersville: DDA to consider property purchase

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The City of Coopersville may soon have a new piece of property to carry out city programs.

In a memo sent to Downtown Development Authority members,  DDA Director Steven Patrick says the undisclosed property would “enhance a variety of services and events the City and the DDA have supported over the years.”  Patrick hopes to enlist the help of two or three DDA members to develop a proposal for the property within the next six to eight weeks.

The DDA’s regular meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 inside Coopersville City Hall.

Gas line break closes 64th Ave. in Coopersville


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One business has been evacuated and an intersection closed following a natural gas line break.

Ottawa County authorities say a construction crew severed the line around 8:45 a.m. Friday along 64th Avenue. The road is closed between Randall and Main Street.

Utility crews were on the scene working to repair the problem.

Berlin Fair this week


MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) - One of Michigan's oldest fairs kicks off Monday in Marne. Families can check out agriculture and craft shows while catching a ride or a show throughout each day of the week long festival.

The Berlin Fair takes place June 16-21 at the same location as the Berlin Raceway. Click here for a list of activities, and click the attached video for a preview of some of the events.

WZZM 13 is a proud sponsor of the Berlin Fair, and on Monday, ride wristbands will be discounted to $13 per person.


My Town Coopersville: Growing manufacturer requests tax breaks

My Town Coopersville: Growing manufacturer requests tax breaks

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Community members are invited to weigh in on a growing manufacturer's request for tax breaks.

The Coopersville City Council will consider the request by Keyser's Port City Racing during its regular meeting June 9.  Port City Racing is requesting a 12 year Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption on more than $787,000 worth of equipment.

City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the approval of the tax break, given Port City's continued involvement in the community and growing workforce.  In October, owner Scott Keyser requested a tax break on new equipment, leading to eight new jobs at the facility, located at 540 Danforth St.

Approximately 75 percent of annual sales by Keyser's Port City Racing come from parts built in Coopersville.  The remaining 25 percent is from items sold out of its warehouse. 

Monday's meeting begins at 7 p.m.