It’s a delicate balance between maintaining the unique flavor and nuance of a community with managing the inevitable growth that simultaneously comes with that. In other words, the very elements that generated the attraction for residents and business owners to locate in Coopersville in the first place can be in jeopardy without a plan to manage the impact of that growth. And that’s exactly what the city’s new Master Plan 2035 was designed to accomplish and I believe that goal was achieved.
I want to thank the Planning Commission Chairman Ross Conran and Planning Commission members, Planning Director Jonathan Seyferth, the consultant, and the participation and involvement of our citizens in the creation of our new Master Plan. It was a long and laborious effort by all and it’s a testament to the resolve of our volunteers and city staff; well done. The document is on the website for those that have yet to review its contents.
Monday night, we have a few interesting agenda items to study and take action on if Council so desires. Have a great meeting and an even greater weekend. Be safe out!
Downtown Pocket Park
It’s finally happening; the downtown Pocket Park project will begin in earnest Monday July 24th. This project has been in limbo for the past few years mainly of funding challenges. Those challenges have been resolved, the bids are in, and the project awarded by the DDA Board. In the next few weeks and months updates will be provided by this office and notifications on Facebook and the city’s website.
Crews will be resurfacing and re-striping roads around the city beginning August 1. The roads will be closed during resurfacing with posted detours; local traffic will be guided by flag crews. Here is the schedule for closures and construction:
- 64th Avenue (between Randall & Cleveland) – 8/1 - 8/4
- Randall Street (between Ironwood & Eastmanville) – 8/3 - 8/4
- Watson Street (between Main & Division) – 8/16 - 8/17
- O’Malley Drive (between 68th Avenue & River) – 9/5 - 9/8
Road patching will occur on the following streets on 8/23 - 8/24 with no road closures: First Street, Ann Street, East Street, East Randall, Spring Street, Roberts Court.
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!
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.
Water Project Phase I
Next week the city is meeting with relevant parties to finalize the details of the project which now includes constructing a new booster station building in Allendale as retrofitting the existing facility is impractical and will create additional challenges and new costs. Details will be provided in an upcoming council workshop once costs are recalculated. As always please contact me if you required further detail.
Muskegon Waste Water Treatment Plant Option
Again, nothing major to report at this time other than we had a meeting last week with Fairlife, CDF, Muskegon County, and of course Jonathan Seyferth and myself. Financial options were discussed and presented by representatives from Muskegon County that included bonding scenarios and possible grants. 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.