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Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents are encouraged to weigh in on plans to handle county roads Tuesday, July 23.

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 week, 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:

City officials speed up schedule for replacing downtown water main

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The Coopersville Planning Commission is speeding up the schedule for replacing a downtown water main.

Around July 1, City Manager Steven Patrick says 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,  planning commission members are considering moving up the water main project to this year, in light of the recent problems.

Proposed medical marijuana ordinance heads to city council

Proposed medical marijuana ordinance heads to city council

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A proposed medical marijuana ordinance for the City of Coopersville is heading to the city council for consideration.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the planning commission recommended the proposed measure during its July 15 meeting.  The city council will take up the proposed ordinance during its July 22 meeting. 

Coopersville has been operating under a medical marijuana moratorium since Michigan voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 2008, since stipulations to the law were not clear.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Water main break could move up downtown renovations

Water main break could move up downtown renovations

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Coopersville City Council may consider moving up improvements to a downtown water main during their regular meeting Monday, July 8.

City Manager Steven Patrick says he plans to discuss a water main break at 64th and West Randall Street that happened about a week ago.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Lineup unveiled for free summer concert series

Lineup unveiled for free summer concert series

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  The Coopersville Area Arts Council is announcing the lineup for this year’s summer concert series.

The free performances begin July 11 with the classic rock band, Kwik Fix.  On July 18, Wyatt and Shari Knapp will take the stage, providing, classic rock, country, folk and pop music.  The concert on July 25 will feature Delbert Walling and Haley Smith, who perform country, blues and folk music.  And on August 1, the Coopersville Alumni Alley Cats Jazz Band will wow the crowd.

The summer concerts will take place at Veteran’s Park, located on 254 W. Randall St. Concert goers should bring their own chair. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved to Coopersville Farm Museum, located at 375 Main St.

The concerts are free, but visitors are encouraged to make a donation to the Coopersville Area Arts Council.