This weekend is the celebration of Del Shannon in the form of the Del Shannon Days that also has Kids Fest, The Del Shannon Show, the Car Show, Beer Tent, Rotary Pancake Breakfast, Craft Show, and much more. The Rotary Club has promised once again to bring many activities to our fair city and if the past is a barometer of the future, it will be GREAT! See you all there.
Our council meeting has a couple of items for us to discuss with the new Fire Station being of the most interest. Remember we have a workshop Monday on various financial options for the city on the fire station. Ian Koffler, bonding attorney, will be present to offer additional information and support. Have an excellent weekend and as always, BE SAFE OUT THERE!
As stated a couple of weeks ago a workshop will be scheduled to discuss the final design of the booster station upgrade and its costs. However, we’re still waiting on the results of a meeting to resolve a couple of issues with Allendale regarding possible partnering on the new building and another booster station. Still somewhat in flux but nearing closer to a conclusion. As always please contact me if you require further detail.
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
Downtown Pocket Park
As you may have noticed, the Pocket Park construction is well underway. We’ve had a bit of a delay due to Consumers Energy scheduling issues in some transformer work. That is my diplomatic explanation for now. However, our electrician and contractor have devised a way to continue work at the site, despite this situation. This week is Del Shannon Days so construction fencing has been erected to minimize the dirt and dust from settling on those beautiful autos on display August 12, 2017. Real work will commence on Monday.
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:
- 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.
Inside Track: Brutus Unleashes Client Potential
Enclosed in your Council Info is an article from the Grand Rapids Business Journal on Renwick Brutus. I’ve included the story because of how positive Mr. Brutus is, and has been, regardless of what he had to overcome. It’s a lesson that I believe needs revisiting from time-to-time. It’s another reminder that life can be challenging, difficult, and sad at time. However, life can be something else as well and regardless of our personally perceived lives, other individuals may have far more intense trials to overcome. Hope you enjoy the articles.