Dedicated Sewer Main Project
The final easement to lay pipe on the south side of I-96 on property owned by Ottawa County Landfill is essentially complete. The process was much more time consuming and complicated than I could have imagined. I have never been involved in an easement of such detail as this one. Regardless, the contractors should not be delayed when they are ready to lay pipe on the south of the highway.
As was mentioned in the last memo, please block out the evening of March 26 for Celebrate Coopersville at West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters, Service Trades Union Hall beginning at 6:00 P.M. For those that have not attended in the past, this evening of celebration honors volunteers and raises funds for the NorthEast Ottawa (NEO) Forum, which provides counseling services, education, support and resources to youth and their families in order to reduce substance abuse, violence, juvenile delinquency, and other risky behaviors. The NEO Forum is a great collaboration between the School, Sheriff Department, and City.
The Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the Community Expo. Executive Director Rose Zainea-Wieten says “This is your opportunity to share with the community the Who, What, Where and When of your business! I have heard many times what does that business do? Where do they ship to? How many employees do they have? What is their product? Where can we get it? What are their hours? What is on their menu? Do they run specials?...”
In the past, the city has participated by having a laptop with relevant information about the city with elected and appointed officials available to answer questions and shake hands. Monday I will ask under City Manager Comments if the council is interested in participating again.
On March 3, 2015, Keri Rogers (City Treasurer) and I will once again be interviewed, or should I say questioned, on the financial health of the City of Coopersville. Fitch usually has done their homework, which is extensive, on the economic activity of the city and county, the projected five-year revenue and expenditures of the city, management, and other relevant issues that ultimately determine the city’s bond rating. The past number of years has been more favorable for the city than past years. Keri and I will do our best and when the results come in we will report their findings.