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Free showing of 'The Lone Ranger' Dec. 17

Free showing of 'The Lone Ranger' Dec. 17

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—“The Lone Ranger” is coming to Coopersville Area District Library.

The movie, starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer  and Helena Bonham Carter, will premiere Dec. 17—the same day it’s released on DVD. 

Tuesday’s Premier Movie Night is sponsored by Coopersville Sportsman’s Club.  The free showing begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Downtown Coopersville wrapped in new lights ahead of holiday

Downtown Coopersville wrapped in new lights ahead of holiday

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Downtown Coopersville is ready for Christmas.

The city recently replaced more than 1,200 bulbs on top of the buildings along Main Street.  Commercial grade lights are also wrapped around all the trees lining the street. Jan Richardson with the Downtown Development Authority said the electrical service has also been revamped so the grid can handle all lights on both sides of the street without tripping the breaker.

The lighting was completed in time for the Coopersville holiday parade, which attracted more entries and spectators than the DDA has seen in recent years.  Richardson says it took many people to pull of such a great parade, including Main Street merchants, the Department of Public Works, the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce and Larry Hard.

New plans for empty downtown building

New plans for empty downtown building

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The former home of a day care facility may soon get new life.

Select Services wants to transform the space at 514 W. Randall St. into its professional offices. Select Services would need a special land use permit to move forward with its plans. The Coopersville Planning Commission is expected to weigh in on that permit request on Wednesday, Dec. 11.    Steven Patrick, planning director for Coopersville, is recommending the permit be granted.

Planning commissioners are also expected to discuss how to better develop that area to complement existing businesses.  Patrick will present some possible options during the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

Water treatment upgrades to come with a higher price tag

Water treatment upgrades to come with a higher price tag

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  The Coopersville City Council is giving the green light to put more money toward a water treatment facility upgrade.

Council members approved taking an additional $28,500 out of the city’s sewer fund to pay for new dechlorination tanks.  The final price tag is expected to be approximately $148,500, all of which will come out of the sewer fund.  City Manager Steven Patrick says the fund balance is more than $900,000, so the additional cost shouldn’t be a problem. 

Patrick plans to sign a contract with Bauer Construction to begin the project this week. He is hopeful work on the tanks will wrap up before January.

Renovations planned for Coopersville City Hall

Renovations planned for Coopersville City Hall

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville City Hall may soon change.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the proposed renovations would include installing a large window in the lobby area. Visitors would also be able to take care of typical tasks in the lobby area, cutting down on wait times.  Patrick says the city is also considering installing a door buzzer for those with confidential issues that require more one-on-one time, fostering a more private atmosphere while increasing security.

City Hall will remain open during the renovation process.  Patrick hopes to get the window installed by January; he’d like to have renovations completed by the end of April 2014.  Funding for the project would come from the city’s general fund; Patrick says the city has already set aside some money for the renovation project.

Coopersville City Hall is located at 289 Danforth St.  Patrick says decades ago, the building was home to the city’s library.

UPDATE: Randall Street expected to reopen by Tuesday

UPDATE: Randall Street expected to reopen by Tuesday

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--It opened for the weekend, but West Randall Street is closed once again.

Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick says crews plan to finish repaving the roadway by Tuesday, weather permitting.  The road should reopen to traffic by Wednesday. Drivers will still have access to all downtown businesses during the final stage of the project, which began October 7 with crews replacing the water main.

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,  after the pipeline burst during a planned water pressure increase earlier this year.

Railway leaders narrow search for locomotive's new home

Railway leaders narrow search for locomotive's new home

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Coopersville & Marne Railway Board of Directors is narrowing the search for where to put a donated locomotive.

The Railway Board of Directors met Wednesday night to discuss a permanent home for the Benjamin F. Cooper.  The group originally planned to move the locomotive to a pocket park near the depot, but some community members were concerned the size of the historic train engine would overwhelm the space.

 Coopersville & Marne Railway President Jeff Du Pilka says of the six alternative sites under consideration, a space between the Farm Museum and Coopersville Historical Society seems to be the most popular one.  Du Pilka says the board is looking for a place that’s accessible for people who want to take photographs near the landmark.  The spot should also be highly visible to deter vandalism.