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My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

Community contest underway to name township's newest park

Community contest underway to name township's newest park

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Plainfield Township is turning to the community to help rename one of its newest parks.

The Township’s 10 Mile Park is located south of 10 Mile Road between U.S. 131 and the City of Rockford.  Once it’s complete, the park will feature a BMX bicycling track, mountain biking trails, an indoor archery range, two soccer fields, basketball courts and a sledding hill.  Additionally, the park shares an entrance with the new Art Van Sports Complex, which will feature eight tournament quality baseball/softball fields and the Miracle Field- a custom-built rubber surface baseball facility for athletes with special needs.

With all these new features, the park needs a new name and logo.  All name submissions should include “Plainfield”.  Organizers are also encouraging people to incorporate some of the park’s activities into the logo.

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My Town Sparta: Two developments approved; hundreds of jobs expected

My Town Sparta: Two developments approved; hundreds of jobs expected

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Two developments that would bring approximately 200 new jobs to Algoma Township have been given the green light.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18,  the Algoma Township Planning Commission approved the site plans for a senior living complex at 2951 10 Mile Road and a manufacturing facility at 10095 Northland Drive. 

The housing development is being spearheaded by Edmund London & Associates from Southfield.  They plan to transform an outlot near Meijer into a community for seniors.

Dykema LP is the developer of the manufacturing facility, which will cut steel for the tool and die industry.

Planning Commission Chairman Tyler Lecceadone says construction on both developments would start when the weather breaks and if all necessary permits are approved.

Conservation group wants to clean up remnants of Childsdale Dam

Conservation group wants to clean up remnants of Childsdale Dam

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—An environmental group is asking for township support to clean up the remnants of an old dam.

In September 1986, storms dumped up to 13 inches of rain on West Michigan, leading to rising floodwaters that destroyed three dams, including the Childsdale dam.  The dam south of Rockford gave way at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 12, sending flood waters and chunks of concrete down the Rogue River toward the village of Belmont. The dam was never rebuilt, but some of the debris remains in the river.

Now, nearly 28 years later, the Schrems West Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited wants to clean up remaining dam debris in the Rogue River and improve the habitat for fish and wildlife.  Josh Zuiderveen of Streamworks, LLC presented the proposed project to the Plainfield Township Board Tuesday, Feb.

Cannon Township searching for new board member

Cannon Township searching for new board member

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Cannon Township is looking for another trustee to join the Cannon Township Board.

Those interested must be a registered voter who lives in Cannon Township.  Applicants must also be available for regular meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Resumes/applications are due before Thursday, Feb. 13 and can be submitted by emailing bonnies@cannontwp.org or by mail to:

Bonnie Blackledge

Cannon Township Clerk

6878 Belding Road NE

Rockford, MI 49341

 

Cannon Township holding Master Plan meeting Feb. 6

Cannon Township holding Master Plan meeting Feb. 6

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Cannon Township Planning Commission will hold a special meeting next week to discuss revisions to the community’s Master Plan.

 The meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6.  It will be open to the public.

The Planning Commission will likely review surveys from residents and landowners about the township Master Plan.  Participants have until Jan. 31 to respond to the survey, which is available online here.