Our network

Public Spaces

My Town Coopersville: County honors Continental Dairy for exporting feat

My Town Coopersville: County honors Continental Dairy for exporting feat

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville company will be honored Tuesday for being Michigan’s top agricultural exporter.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners will recognize Continental Dairy’s accomplishments with a proclamation during the regular commission meeting at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26.  Commissioner Greg DeJong says the public meeting will give the community an opportunity to thank Continental Dairy for choosing Ottawa County and the city of Coopersville for its headquarters. 

Coopersville Mayor Lloyd and City Manager Steven Patrick are expected to attend the tribute, which will take place at the Fillmore Complex.

My Town Coopersville: The roads you may want to avoid this summer

My Town Coopersville: The roads you may want to avoid this summer

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Drivers beware: the Coopersville city manager says improvements to five area streets should be complete by Oct. 31.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the road projects include Ann Street from Cleveland to Henry streets; Henry Street from East to Center streets; Center Street from Main to Spring streets; Ironwood Drive from East Randall Street to 48th  Avenue and Park Street. 

Patrick says each roadway will be milled and repaved with 1.5 inches of asphalt.  It’s unclear what roads will be repaired first.  The city previously set aside money in its budget for the road projects.

My Town Coopersville: Used book sale benefit deemed a success

My Town Coopersville: Used book sale benefit deemed a success

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Organizers of last weekend’s book sale at Coopersville Area District Library are calling the event a success.

The Friends of the Coopersville Area District Library collected $2,000 during the sale, which ran Aug. 7-9. The group says the money will go toward purchasing special collections and funding special projects at the library.

The Friends donated children’s books that did not sell to the Rotary Reading Bus.

My Town Coopersville: Another break-in attempt reported as city adds security fence

My Town Coopersville: Another break-in attempt reported as city adds security fence

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Work is underway to improve security at the Department of Public Works garage, just as the city handles yet another break-in attempt at the site.

City Manager Steven Patrick says earlier this month, someone tried to break the door knob at the garage but failed.  The city’s recreation building did experience a break-in, but Patrick believes the suspect was just looking for a place to spend the night, as nothing of value was taken.

The city is adding a gate and fence around the DPW site to prevent thieves from driving off with city property.  That project is expected to be finished within the next couple weeks, if the weather cooperates.  However, the security measures only prevent vehicles from entering, not thieves who walk onto the property.  Patrick expects the city will need to further upgrade security at the site in the future.

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town Coopersville: Waste water treatment plant may soon handle larger loads

My Town Coopersville: Waste water treatment plant may soon handle larger loads

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- City council members will consider amending an ordinance next week to allow the waste water treatment plant to handle a larger load.

City Manager Steven Patrick says a recent study indicates the city's upgraded system can treat more waste water, which may be necessary for expanding businesses like Continental Dairy.  Patrick says setting a new limit may also prove worthwhile if another business invests in the city.

The city council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28.