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New tribute to be added to Veterans Park

New tribute to be added to Veterans Park

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—   A new tribute to fallen veterans will soon be installed at Veterans Park in Coopersville.

During their regular meeting October 10, city council members approved accepting a plaque listing six Medal of Honor recipients from Ottawa County. 

The plaque was paid for through donations raised by local VFW posts and community members.  The tribute will be installed on the opposite side of the park’s existing monument.

Hydrant checks spark warning for residents

Hydrant checks spark warning for residents

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  The water will be flowing through Coopersville this month, as city workers perform maintenance checks on hydrants.

The work is necessary to ensure hydrants are running correctly in case of a fire emergency.  However, since turning the water valves and flushing the hydrants may loosen rust within the water lines, residents are advised to run their water afterward to avoid iron stains on their laundry.

The hydrant checks are expected to run through November.

Coopersville-Polkton Area Fire Department looking for firefighter

Coopersville-Polkton Area Fire Department looking for firefighter

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville-Polkton Area Fire Department is looking for another firefighter.

Qualified candidates have a high school degree or equivalent, have a valid driver’s license and are 18 years or older.    You can find a link to the application here.  Completed applications can be dropped off at Coopersville City Hall, located at 289 Danforth St. and should be addressed to Fire Chief Scott Schoolcraft.

Historic train may soon have permanent home in Coopersville

Historic train may soon have permanent home in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  A historic train engine and tender car donated to Coopersville & Marne Railway may soon have a permanent home.

During its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority is expected to discuss whether to place the Benjamin F. Cooper in a pocket park west of the railway building at 306 Main Street.  The locomotive would be kept under a canopy with a color scheme matching the nearby clock tower.

The Benjamin F. Cooper was previously named the John Engler.  The locomotive spent several years at Union Station, along U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids before it was loaded back onto the tracks in Coopersville last month. The train was donated by Colliers International, which owns Union Station.

Permanent home for historic train delayed

Permanent home for historic train delayed

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Coopersville city officials are delaying their decision on a permanent home for the historic train engine and tender car donated to Coopersville & Marne Railway.

During its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority tabled a decision on whether to place the Benjamin F. Cooper in a pocket park at 306 Main St.  Under the proposal, the locomotive would be kept under a canopy with a color scheme matching the nearby clock tower.  However during Tuesday's meeting, some officials voiced concerns as to whether the pocket park will be the best location, as well as the actual size of the canopy in relationship to the park.

Coopersville & Marne Railway will look at other possible locations for the locomotive; the DDA may revisit the issue during its next meeting November 12.

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Scarecrows take over historic downtown Coopersville

Scarecrows take over historic downtown Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Scarecrows are taking over Main Street in historic downtown Coopersville.

The first of dozens of scarecrows are expected to appear along the thoroughfare Saturday, September 28.  Organizer Duane Young says he hopes to have 30 to 40 scarecrows on every tree and post by October 5.   Businesses are putting together the scarecrows, which will be voted on by the public.   To cast your vote, visit Daniel’s Hair Salon or the Coopersville Farm Museum and bring a canned good with you.  All of the canned food collected will go to Coopersville Cares to help feed families in need.

The scarecrows will be up through October 31.  If you would like to donate supplies to help build them, email Young at duaneandamyyoung@yahoo.com.

New sign ordinance approved for Coopersville

New sign ordinance approved for Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  A new sign ordinance will soon take effect in Coopersville.

During its regular meeting September 9, the city council unanimously approved an updated sign ordinance, pending one amendment.  Officials must alter the regulations for real estate signs, allowing larger dimensions of up to eight square feet and 5.5 feet in height.

The final amended sign ordinance will be published September 14.  It will take effect September 24.  People who violate the ordinance will receive a notice, giving them 10 to 15 days to comply; after that, they may be issued a ticket.