Coopersville may not have the same quantity of projects as Grand Rapids, Holland, or Muskegon, but I believe what we do here, with our limited manpower and financial resources, we hold our own against any local government in terms of quality of performance and timely response time. I don’t state that lightly. We get a lot done - not only this year but also in previous years. Our team across the various city departments are performing at a high level and I thank them so very, very much.
Our council meeting Monday has a very sparse agenda; must still be summer I guess. The Consent Agenda of course has a few items we’re accustomed to viewing. Looks as if the weather forecast will have us back into the mid-seventies with sunny skies, so have a fantastic weekend and as always, be safe out there.
Have you noticed the DDA billboard on west bound I-96 just past Fruit Ridge in Walker? If you have, you’ll probably will notice a change in the next two weeks. If you haven’t noticed the billboard, please make an attempt to do so as the design will change slightly to improve visibility and messaging. We will also have “time” on a few electronic billboards located in the Grand Rapids Metro area with one specifically near Fifth Third Ball Park. The purpose of these billboards is to make more people aware of the investment in our DDA and our downtown, attributes of the community, so that ultimately more investment will take place to enhance economic vitality.
Water Project Phase I
The city met with Prein&Newhof this week and later I had a discussion with Ottawa County on a couple of issues. It does appear at this time a new booster station building will need to be constructed for a host of reasons. Believe or not, we are inching closer and closer to defining the last aspect of the project. As always please contact me if you require further detail.
Downtown Pocket Park
Serious site preparation is underway with much underground work in process. We’ve had some surprises lying in wait all these many years to be unearthed. Some examples were a couple of enormous concrete foundations/footings from a possible structure that burned down many, many decades ago. Additional smaller chunks of concrete, a log/stump, and other lesser stuff. By-the-way, the fence we leased for the Del Shannon Car Show is proving to be an asset afterwards as well. The fence is keeping debris within the confines of the site as well as its unattractive look.
UPDATED: Road and Sidewalk Construction
Crews will be resurfacing and re-striping roads around the city beginning August 1.
- 8/21 - 9/1: Sidewalks on the north side of Main Street between 221 Main and East Street will be removed and replaced between. Notices have been delivered directly to affected residents in addition to general notices via social media.
- 8/23 - 8/24: Road patching will occur on the following streets with no road closures: First Street, Ann Street, East Street, East Randall, Spring Street, Roberts Court.
- 10/7 – 10/9: O’Malley Drive (between 68th Avenue & River) will be closed during resurfacing with posted detours; local traffic will be guided by flag crews.
Further updates will be provided on the city’s Facebook page and website. Any questions, please call city hall at 616-997-9731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your patience while we make the city shine!
REPEAT: Muskegon Waste Water Treatment Plant Option
Engineers from Prein&Newhof met with city staff this week to review the proposed route of the sewer forcemain from Coopersville to the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System. The distance is slightly over 19 miles with a few segments of route needing to be finalized. The meeting was to discuss the route but other questions were discussed and will be revisited at the appropriate time. As new information becomes available, and is sharable, I will keep members of this council informed. Please contact me if you have comments or require answers to questions.
REPEAT - Master Plan Update: Jonathan Seyferth
The updated Final Master Plan was adopted by the City on July 24, 2017. Both the full Master Plan and the Executive Summary can be found here: http://www.cityofcoopersville.com/masterplan.html
REPEAT: 2017-2018 Fiscal Year
Beginning July 1, 2017, the City of Coopersville began its new fiscal year. The city’s web site has the 2017-2018 Budget, the Annual Financial Report, and a simple dashboard of how the 2017-2018 tax dollars are being utilized for citizen and property owners to review. I encourage all citizens, business owners, and students to visit the website and learn more of the details of how our local government operates and how taxpayers’ dollars support that effort.