By now, members of council already know the extent that Rotary contributes to the myriad organizations, projects, and programs in the city. But this memo is also for individuals that may not know the extent of their involvement. Rotary has contributed significantly to the Library and to NEO Forum, to name but two in the city. But the mission of Coopersville’s Rotary Club, and its clubs throughout this country and the world is to eradicate polio from the face of the planet. There were years where we were close, but the battle continues to defeat this tragic disease. Our own Rotary Club in Coopersville is a part of that effort.
Have a safe and happy weekend!
Ironwood Guard Rail Replacement
As most of you have noticed, this project has been completed. What a nice job! Hopefully no one will test the guard rail’s integrity any time soon.
Hydrant Re-painting Project
Notice has gone out to residents that the City will be repainting 75 hydrants throughout the city starting the week of August 10. Hydrants will be sandblasted and primed first, so there will be a time when a number of hydrants will be white. Once that step is completed, the hydrants will be painted safety red. The project is expected to wrap up in early September.
Dedicated Sewer Main – Lift Station
Progress continues on this project and construction is on track. No major issues and no major delays to report at this time.
Second River Crossing Water Project Phase I
Work continues on finalizing the last few details of the design. We’re in consultations with the engineers at Prein & Newhof and have had progress meeting(s) with our Polkton, Allendale, and Ottawa County partners. The costs are being finalized so we can focus in on how we want to fund the project. At this time it looks like renewing an existing bond will be the best option. My goal is to still start work next summer or fall.
WWTP Project Phase II
I’m continuing to have more discussions on possible sources of funding for this project. As stated before the issues are complex and constructing an alliance of financial partners is proving to be challenging. Further meetings are planned so that more understanding of the reasons for this project become clear to ALL potential partners. This is truly a unique economic story we have in Coopersville with Continental Dairy (CDF) and Fairlife. Not everyone knows the details and the impact CDF and Fairlife have had regionally and at the state level. The challenge is to get everyone up to speed on the facts and the future economic development that will take place once the project is completed.
West Randall Street Reconstruction Project
Concrete is going down this week on the south side. So far the project is on track for scheduled completion. Regular updates are going out via the city’s website and Facebook page. To the best of my knowledge the project is on schedule at this time. Please let me know if you have concerns or would like additional information as the project is underway.