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Planning commission green lights road commission move

Planning commission green lights road commission move

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Ottawa County Road Commission’s proposal to move its headquarters to Coopersville is moving forward.

The road commission wants to move its operations to 475 68th Avenue in about five to seven years.  Monday night, the Coopersville Planning Commission approved a special land use permit for the proposed project.  Only two people living near the lot attended the meeting to ask that a tree line buffering any potential noise remain intact.\

The planning commission’s approval comes with conditions; the road commission must come up with a preliminary site plan within two years.  If the planning commission approves of the plan, the special land permit will be extended for another five years.  Before that five year extension is up, the road commission will have to submit a final plan for construction.

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  An Ottawa County group in charge of protecting and enhancing the area’s resources is looking for residents interested in joining its board of directors.

The Ottawa County Conservation District is led by a five person panel.  Each member must be nominated then elected.   Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Ottawa County.  Those wishing to run for the March 4, 2014 election must submit a completed nominating petition by January 3, 2014.  Petitions can be picked up from the district office at 16731 Ferris St. in Grand Haven or by contacting Betty Huttenga at becky.huttenga@macd.org or (616) 846-8770 extension 5.

Mayoral switch to take place Monday

Mayoral switch to take place Monday

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A changing of the guard in Coopersville is set to happen Monday night.

Outgoing Mayor Ken Bush is switching offices with new mayor, Rodney Lloyd.  Lloyd ran unopposed in the November 5 election; voters elected Bush to one of three open city council seats.

Lloyd, Bush,  and re-elected city council members Joel Meintsma and Mary Fisher will be sworn in during the 7 p.m. meeting.   Each will serve a four year term.

Four people vying for three seats in November 5 election

Four people vying for three seats in November 5 election

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Coopersville's city council could have a new face, if Dan Cooke gets his way.

Cooke is running against incumbents Marilyn Fisher, Kenneth Bush and Joel Meintsma for city council. Three seats are open; each member will serve a four year term.

The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

New banners to welcome visitors downtown

New banners to welcome visitors downtown

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--   New banners will soon welcome visitors to downtown Coopersville.

City officials have approved purchasing dozens of new banners to grace the posts at the city gateway and historic downtown.  There are two types of banners; one version will be featured on Main Street, the other will be posted on Randall Street.

City Manager Steven Patrick says funding for the banners came out of the Downtown Development Authority budget.

Ottawa County road crew adds new workers

Ottawa County road crew adds new workers

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Some new faces are now on the team dedicated to making sure Ottawa County’s roads are safe and drivable.

Zack Porter and Andy Szotko now work in the Ottawa County Road Commission’s Coopersville garage.  Porter previously worked in concrete construction and tree service.  He is married with two children and lives in the Coopersville area.  Szotko drove trucks and operated equipment at Dykema Excavators.  He lives in Conklin.

Two men have also joined the Road Commission’s Hudsonville garage.  Randy Stellema previously worked for Kentwood Excavating, operating a variety of equipment, installing underground pipes and building roads.  He is married with four children and lives in the Jenison Area. Brandon DeHaan previously worked for J&R Trucking for eight years.  He is married with four children and lives in the Zeeland area.