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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.

Coopersville Summerfest to return with a new name

Coopersville Summerfest to return with a new name

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville Summerfest will return next year under a new name.

The week-long event will be called Del Shannon Days.  The Rotary of Coopersville will be sponsoring the event, after donating $10,000 to the Coopersville NEO Forum and $4,000 to the Del Shannon Scholarship Fund from the Rotary-run Del Shannon Car Show.  According to the Coopersville Summerfest Facebook page, the Rotary has donated a total of $61,200 to both groups over the past four years because of the car show’s success.  Kate Terpstra with the Del Shannon Car Show says the event is in its 24th year, and each year it grows.  On average, they estimate 75,000 turn out for the main event, with 600 vehicles on display.   

Duane Young will help organizers coordinate the week long community events.  Del Shannon Days 2014 will take place August 4 through August 9.

Coopersville manufacturer to add more workers

Coopersville manufacturer to add more workers

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Keyser's Port City Racing is expanding. 

During the city council meeting Monday, October 14, owner Scott Keyser plans to present his request for a tax break for more than $641,000 in manufacturing equipment the Coopersville racing parts manufacturer bought this year.  In a memo sent to the city clerk, Keyser says the new equipment will keep more of the company's production process in house, leading to eight new jobs at the facility, located at 540 Danforth St. 

Approximately 75 percent of annual sales by Keyser's Port City Racing come from parts built in Coopersville.  The remaining 25 percent is from items sold out of its warehouse. 

Drivers beware: Water main project means detours

Drivers beware: Water main project means detours

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Drivers beware:  construction is underway to replace an aging water main in downtown Coopersville.

The project began Monday, October 7.  The south lane of West Randall Street will be closed until work is finished, likely on November 17.  At some point during the project, the intersection of 64th Avenue and W. Randall will be temporarily closed as well.

Around July 1, City Manager Steven Patrick said crews were upgrading a booster station to increase water pressure when the pipeline at 64th and West Randall Street burst. 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, in light of the recent problems.

City officials say access to local businesses will not be affected during the project.

 

Famous Pumpkin Train returns September 28-29

Famous Pumpkin Train returns September 28-29

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Fall is here, which means the return of the Famous Pumpkin Train.

Families are invited to join the Famous Pumpkin, Scarecow and Little Grow aboard the Coopersville/Marne train as they sing and tell jokes during the 90 minute round-trip.  The train will also be decked out for the fall harvest.  After the ride, children are invited to visit a pumpkin patch near the tracks to pick out their own locally grown pumpkin.

The Famous Pumpkin train will be running September 28 and September 29.  For ticket information and times, visit the Coopersville & Marne Railway Company’s website here.

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents will have one last chance to weigh in on who should handle county roads Tuesday, August 13.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the responsibility of county roads and public utilities.  Michigan is the only state to still have road commissions.  Last month, the Board of Commissioners released nearly a year’s worth of research and findings by The Road Commission Task Force.  The task force’s three proposed plans include:

ChoiceOne Bank backs Coopersville tradition

ChoiceOne Bank backs Coopersville tradition

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank is throwing its support behind a Coopersville tradition.

The bank announced Friday that it will donate $1,000 to the 23rd annual Del Shannon Car Show, held August 9-10.

About 800 vehicles from every decade will line historic Main Street during the car show, which is named after rock and roll sensation and Coopersville native Del Shannon. The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a cruise through downtown.  The car show is expected to attract up to 80,000 people downtown.