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My Town Coopersville: Approved budget includes $282K deficit

My Town Coopersville: Approved budget includes $282K deficit

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- The Coopersville City Council has approved a modified budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The budget approved during the May 12 city council meeting puts the city approximately $282,145 in the red, but City Manager Steven Patrick says the general fund can cover the deficit.

The budget estimates include an approximate $360,626 deficit for the Street Fund, while the Sewer Fund is expected to have a $13,056 surplus and the Water Fund would have an estimated $62,518 surplus.

To see the entire budget plan, click here.

My Town Coopersville: City Hall closed Thursday for office upgrades

My Town Coopersville: City Hall closed Thursday for office upgrades

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)—Coopersville City Hall will be closed to the public Thursday, as construction crews renovate the city offices.

City Manager Steven Patrick says work on City Hall started last week.  Thursday, crews will be finishing adding a service window near the administrative offices’ main door, as well as rearranging furniture and rewiring computer servers.

Patrick says the new service window is meant to provide faster service for residents who need to pay water bills, taxes or get licenses.  Customers who need additional help will be buzzed in through the administrative offices’ door, providing an extra layer of security for city employees.

The project is expected to cost approximately $23,000, which is coming out of the city’s general fund.  Patrick says the bulk of the work should be finished late Friday.

My Town Coopersville: Congressman Huizenga to hold roundtable April 16

My Town Coopersville: Congressman Huizenga to hold roundtable April 16

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. -- The Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a roundtable with US Congressman Huizenga Wednesday, April 16 at 4 p.m in the Community Services Building.

All are invited to come and talk with your U.S. Congressman.

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three Ottawa County parks will welcome some four-legged landscapers next month.

The Ottawa County Parks Department is bringing in goats to combat invasive plant species.  The goats will be released at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville, Eastmanville Bayou in Allendale and Riverside Park in Grand Haven in May.  Parks officials say eating plants instead of grain is healthier for goats, and the animals like to eat graze on woody, shrub-like plants including poison ivy, which is in abundance at the parks. The Ottawa County Parks Department says repeated use of grazing goats has been shown to eliminate 90 percent of invasive, woody plants over three years.

My Town Coopersville: Date set for West Randall Street resconstruction

My Town Coopersville: Date set for West Randall Street resconstruction

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A plan to renovate a Coopersville thoroughfare is one step closer to reality.

The Downtown Development Authority is working with the Michigan Department of Transportation to iron out the details of the West Randall Street Reconstruction Project.    The project will include adding sidewalks and irrigation and power outlets so landscaping is adequately watered and lighted.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin the week after Del Shannon Days.  If all goes well, the project should be complete by mid-October.

My Town Coopersville: City awarded grant to map water lines

My Town Coopersville: City awarded grant to map water lines

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The City of Coopersville is getting some help to track trouble spots in its stormwater and wastewater systems.

Out of 600 applicants statewide, the city was selected through a lottery process for a Stormwater Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) grant.  The city requested $934,047 for a $1 million project to map its stormwater and wastewater infrastructure using GPS.  The project will help city crews know exactly where trouble spots are, helping with long-term planning and budgeting.

The project includes equipping the city with a Geographic Information System that will be accessible in-house and via city issued laptops.  Crews out in the field will then have access to the data when they are out, speeding up processes of searching for trouble spots.

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.