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My Town Coopersville: Longtime DDA member resigning

My Town Coopersville: Longtime DDA member resigning

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Downtown Development Authority will soon begin the search for a new board member.

Sharon Reeves is resigning from her post.  She has served on the DDA board since November 2007.  In a message to other DDA members, DDA Director Steven Patrick said she “added a valuable and unique perspective to the board’s business and her contribution will be missed.”

The board is expected to formally accept Reeves’ resignation during its regular meeting Tuesday, April 8.

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.

My Town Coopersville: Amended vehicle sales ordinance to take effect April 2

My Town Coopersville: Amended vehicle sales ordinance to take effect April 2

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  A new set of restrictions on personal vehicle sales will take effect next week.

During its regular meeting last week, the Coopersville City Council approved Ordinance 457, which restricts vehicle sales to 30 days unless a special land use permit is obtained. The ordinance also restricts vehicles from being sold along the side of streets or highways, and requires the vehicle be displayed on the vehicle owner’s property.

City Clerk Kim Borgman says the amended ordinance will take effect April 2.

My Town Coopersville: Free financial workshop April 3

My Town Coopersville: Free financial workshop April 3

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Money doesn’t grow on trees, but the Michigan State University Extension is willing to help you grow your financial future.

MSU’s Extension office will hold a the workshop, “PlanYour Financial Future” April 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Coopersville Area District Library.  The presentation will focus on how to pay down debt and use credit wisely.

The program is free but registration is required.  To register, call (616) 336-3212 or email Jinnifer Ortquist at ortquistj@anr.msu.edu.

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Monday night, the Coopersville City Council is expected to weigh in on a plan to fund a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville.

The North Bank Trail would be an 18-mile pathway that would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail.  Crockery Township is asking for the City of Coopersville’s support in seeking project funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the city council approve a resolution supporting the trust fund application, saying the trail would offer economic benefits.

My Town Coopersville: Recreational living restrictions now in effect

My Town Coopersville: Recreational living restrictions now in effect

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— New restrictions to living in recreational vehicles within the city limits are now in place.

Coopersville's amended ordinance No. 456 takes effect March 19.  The new guidelines  were created after neighborhood complaints about people living in recreational vehicles and tents for months on end.  The ordinance targets people that primarily live outside a main home with no water or sewer service.

The ordinance restricts living in travel trailers, pickup campers or coaches, motorized dwellings, tent trailers, boats and boat trailers, tent structures and trailers in residentially zoned areas to no longer than 14 days during a 30 day period. The amendment also limits the length of time recreational equipment can be connected to electricity in residential areas to 14 days within a 30 day period. Under the amendment, recreational equipment cannot be connected to sanitary sewer facilities.

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.”