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Prepare for construction: Water main project slated for October

Prepare for construction: Water main project slated for October

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council has picked a contractor to replace a water main that burst in July.

Around July 1, City Manager Steven Patrick said crews were upgrading a booster station to increase water pressure when the pipeline at 64th and West Randall Street burst. Patrick says the city planned to replace the entire water main while reconstructing West Randall Street next year. However, the planning commission agreed to move up the water main project to this year, in light of the recent problems.

On Monday, September 9, the Coopersville city council approved awarding the project to McCormick Sand, Inc.  The Twin Lake-based company placed the lowest bid for the work, at $276,102.

Crews are expected to begin replacing the water main the first week of October.  The work should wrap up around November 30, 2013.

Coopersville DDA meeting cancelled; public still invited to share concerns

Coopersville DDA meeting cancelled; public still invited to share concerns

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The city of Coopersville is cancelling its Downtown Development Authority meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 10.

City Manager Steven Patrick says there are no significant agenda items up for discussion at this time.  Patrick says he and DDA Marketing Director Jan Richardson are working on several proposed projects, including banners along Randall and Main streets, new lights for the city Christmas wreaths and a long-term maintenance plan for the downtown area, but not enough progress has been made to share with the board at this time.

Although the DDA meeting is cancelled, Patrick says he and Richardson will be available Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. to meet with anyone who has concerns about downtown Coopersville.  For more information, contact Patrick at (616) 997-9731.

Sign ordinance amendment delayed

Sign ordinance amendment delayed

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—An amendment to Coopersville’s sign ordinance is being delayed.

During its regular meeting August 26, the Coopersville city council reviewed the proposed sign ordinance amendment.  City council members identified about ten items within the ordinance that should be reconsidered or defined further, including sign sizes and what a banner consists of.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the revised ordinance amendment will likely reappear on the city council agenda again next month.

Polkton Township breaks down 2014 budget expectations

Polkton Township breaks down 2014 budget expectations

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Township board members will meet Thursday, August 22 to review the future of Polkton Township’s finances.

Township officials do not expect any cuts or changes to the 2014 budget as a result of lack of funds. Thursday’s gathering is expected to be the first of a series of meetings about the budget. Township officials hope to have a plan in place by November, in time for the new fiscal year, which begins January 2014.

The 2014 budget preview meeting will take place at Polkton Charter Township Hall, located at 6900 Arthur Street, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The meeting is open to the public.

The waiting game continues for changes to city eyesore

The waiting game continues for changes to city eyesore

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The wait for renovations to a city eyesore will continue.

Tuesday night, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority was hoping for an update on plans to transform 306 Main St.

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents will have one last chance to weigh in on who should handle county roads Tuesday, August 13.

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 month, 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:

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.