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Cannon Township eyes improvements to Bostwick Lake Park

Cannon Township eyes improvements to Bostwick Lake Park

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Cannon Township will apply for a grant to improve Bostwick Lake Park.

During its regular meeting Jan. 13, the Township Board approved applying for a $45,000 grant to improve accessibility and add parking, decking and shrubs and flowers to the grounds.  The project would also include modifying the staircase leading to the park so there are switchbacks.  Township Supervisor Steve Grimm says the switchbacks would improve safety, since the current straight staircase could lead to a long fall.

The entire project is expected to cost between $90,000 and $95,000.  The remaining expense will be split between the Township’s recreation and general funds.  If the grant is approved, work would likely start in 2015.

Meijer redevelopment plan approved by Township

Meijer redevelopment plan approved by Township

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A plan to allow a senior living area near the Meijer on 10 Mile Road has the green light.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Algoma Township Board approved the proposal, with some modifications-- any signs for the development will only be allowed on outlots, not along 10 Mile Road, and  restaurant facilities added to the outlots cannot be drive-through, but can have a drive-up feature for takeout.

The plan previously approved by the planning commission called for redividing the plot owned by Meijer to nine units and redefining uses for the back parcels to allow for future senior housing. The planning commission recommended deleting language which did not allow for restaurants with drive-through facilities and restricting access to 10 Mile Road for two of the units.  Both units would need internal drives.

Cannon Township extends ban on fracking

Cannon Township extends ban on fracking

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Cannon Township’s moratorium on fracking will remain in place for now.

During its regular meeting Jan. 13, the Township Board approved extending the ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, for a period not exceeding six months.  The moratorium will remain in place for that time or until amendments are passed to current ordinances, limiting fracking within the township.

Township Supervisor Steve Grimm says the fracking moratorium took effect last May.  He believes the measure may be the first fracking moratorium in the state that legally abides by state law.

Grimm says the township took on the fracking issue after being approached by conservationists concerned about how the process could impact area aquifers.  Grimm says the township has so far faced no opposition.

Meijer redevelopment proposal moves forward

Meijer redevelopment proposal moves forward

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A plan to allow a senior living area near the Meijer on 10 Mile Road will go before the Algoma Township Board Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The plan calls for re-dividing the plot owned by Meijer to eight to nine units and redefining uses for the back parcels to allow for senior housing in the future.

In December, the Algoma Township Planning Commission approved recommending the proposed development changes to the Algoma Township Board.  The planning commission’s recommendation also included deleting language which did not allow for restaurants with drive-through facilities and restricting access to 10 Mile Road for two of the units.  Both units would need internal drives.

The Algoma Township Board meeting next week will begin at 7 p.m.

Kent County Board of Commissioners begins narrowing commissioner search

Kent County Board of Commissioners begins narrowing commissioner search

 LOWELL, Mich.—  Kent County officials say 13 people have applied to replace a Kent County Commissioner accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl.

Gary Rolls resigned from his District 4 seat Jan. 1.  In a statement released the previous month, Rolls said he would use his time to prepare for trial to “prove my absolute and complete innocence.”

The county is looking for someone to finish out his term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014. District 4 represents Lowell, Cannon Township, Grattan Township, Oakfield Township and Vergennes Township. Eligible candidates must be from one of those communities.

"We are fortunate to have received so many applications for this position," said Dan Koorndyk, chairman of the board of commissioners.

Kent County begins search for comissioner replacement

Kent County begins search for comissioner replacement

LOWELL, Mich.—The search is on to find someone to replace a Kent County Commissioner accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl.

Gary Rolls submitted his resignation from his District 4 seat Dec. 12. In a statement released that day, Rolls said he would use his time to prepare for trial to “prove my absolute and complete innocence.”

Rolls’ resignation officially takes effect Jan. 1. The county is looking for someone to finish out his term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014. District 4 represents Lowell, Cannon Township, Grattan Township, Oakfield Township and Vergennes Township. Eligible candidates must be from one of those communities.

The person elected to Rolls’ seat should expect to attend four meetings a month. The position is part time with an annual salary of $20,500 and benefits. The deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 6. Those interested in applying should submit a resume and cover letter to:

Office of the Board of Commissioners

United Methodist Church of the Dunes to Present Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

DEC. 17, 2013, GRAND HAVEN, MICH.—United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMCD), at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven, will present its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services on Dec. 24 at 7 and 11 p.m. The general public is invited to attend free of charge. The theme for both services will be “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” by Hal H. Hopson. Featured will be readings and scriptural lessons of faith, along with the following musical numbers: • O Come All Ye Faithful • The God of Abr’am Praise • Lo, How a Rose • There is no Rose • Good Christian Friends, Rejoice • Angels We Have Heard on High • Joy to the World The 7 p.m. event is a “Family Service.” The UMCD Youth and Children’s Choirs, plus chimers and bell ringers will be featured. The 11 p.m. event will feature the UMCD Bells of Glory and Chancel Choirs. “The 11 p.m. candlelight service is more of a contemplative and reflective service,” said Jean Schuitman, director of music and organist at UMCD.