Monday night, September 12, we start off with a workshop at 6:00 P.M. to bring everyone up to speed on the WWTP upgrades and the Water Project Phase I projects. This meeting is important as I will be seeking guidance and approval on new project configurations later at the council meeting. At our council meeting, we also have a number of significant items to discuss from the bids we received for the 64th Avenue Sidewalk project to formalizing the status of the DPW Supervisor. Until then, continue to enjoy the remaining days of summer. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments regarding this memo and the council agenda.
The MEDC offered a proposal to relevant parties, which in turn was turned down for substantive reasons. It is difficult to discuss the WWTP upgrades without delving into the macro view of economic development incentives by the State of Michigan and how it prioritizes economic opportunities, so I won’t. Instead I will reiterate from what our workshop will reveal, is that Coopersville at this time is on its own to provide an economic development and a financial plan to continue to serve the businesses and residents alike in Coopersville…and that is what we will do.
Water Project Phase I
Again, as with the WWTP upgrade, the scope of the project will have to be revised due to financial considerations in context of limited financial assistance from state agencies. The only item of certainty from where I stand is that action must be taken relatively soon, and that action will have to come from us.
I thank you council members for approving the various road projects that were recently competed. I thank you Bryan Buist for coordinating the contractors, and I thank you residents and business owners for your patience as we improved several roads in our city. Randall, Center, Ottawa and 48th Avenue look great! A little here, a little there and suddenly the city begins to sparkle. Obviously we have a couple of more streets to complete before winter but we’re making progress.
Grove Street Park
If you haven’t already done so, please visit Grove Street Park. The field has been regraded and seeded. It looks great and once again it’s one more step to making the community as a whole look better. Of course, the overall condition of the field will make for safer play but it also makes for better aesthetics. Nicely done!