The last couple of weeks we’ve had mechanical and electrical issues with our blower motors at the WWTP. The consequences of not overcoming those challenges could have been disastrous for the functioning of that plant. Through the collective efforts of many, especially Pat Bursley, John Barthels, and the rest of the crew, all three motors and blowers are up and running again. We have a dedicated and resourceful team out there, and we are all very fortunate for that and the daily success that occurs on behalf of the city. Nicely done!
I had an unscheduled visit at the DPW site the other day and noticed ALL the vehicles were parked outside. I walked in and noticed the entire floor of the garage had been washed including the steel barrier posts to remove the winter salt; this was done without prompting. Just about every day, the hot asphalt trailer has been used to fill the ever increasing cracks and pot holes that are born from winter’s freeze. The dump/snow plow trucks are clean and waxed along with the various pickup trucks used throughout the city. This shows a sincere respect for the property that has been purchased by the taxpayers of Coopersville. Bryan, Pat, Jeremy, and Steve have become a very GOOD team. Nicely done.
Every day, and I mean every day, I witness the professional, creative, and smart service performed by our administrative staff. The eclectic, complex, unique, and routine issues the staff deals with from walk-ins to telephone requests makes me proud, makes me smile to part of an organization which, for the vast majority of the time, works as a dedicated team and has each other’s back. I wish the community at large knew how fortunate and how lucky they are to have these individuals in place. Thank you all and nicely done!
The expectations of city department heads and their staffs have increased noticeably in the past many months. Most employees push themselves and have a sense of pride about their own work and the work done by their fellow employees. I don’t write these words lightly. This year all the employees were asked to nominate an Employee of the Year to honor at Celebrate Coopersville. I don’t exaggerate when I say that it will be a tough decision in recognizing a single employee as there are many worthy individuals that have earned that honor. It will be tough because residents and business owners have personally thanked me for the professional performance of a number of our employees from all the departments. Feel very proud of our employees, I know I do.
Water Project Phase I
I’ve instructed Prein&Newhof to prepare a proposal to begin the design and engineering for the 60th Avenue booster station. I received the proposal this afternoon but I’m not including in this packet until I review the details myself and with the Utility Advisory Committee. As clarification and a reminder, the proposal to inspect the 16 inch water main under the Grand River is no longer being considered for a variety of reasons. As always please contact me if you have any questions on this project or components of the project.
WWTP Project Phase II
I have received some preliminary numbers from Ottawa County regarding the Grand Rapids option on their proposal to accept waste from Coopersville. I had a number of questions that still need to be researched and answered. As always, I will keep council and the Utility Advisory Committee updated as more information becomes available.
A friendly reminder that Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 PM our annual Celebrate Coopersville event will take place at Plumbers Hall; hopefully all of you have made your reservations for a great evening of fun, food, and celebration.
City staff and supervisors are finishing up their individual budget requests, including capital expenditures. We’re going to have our first council/staff budget workshop March 28th at 6:00 PM in the training room. This workshop will be more of a review of Draft A and where our total projected revenues and expenditures will likely fall. There will be brief discussions on certain capital expenditures and what needs to be done and what project or purchases could wait. More on this subject will be forthcoming.