City Council Update, January 12, 2015
There is nothing new or significant to report on Phase I of the second river crossing project at this time. The holidays have slowed the process somewhat. There will be more activity in the next few weeks and when that occurs I will keep you updated as always.
Dedicated Sewer Main Project
As many of you have probably noticed the dedicated sewer main project is being staged as this memo is being written. “Parts and pieces” are being delivered and stored at the end of River Street. 64th Avenue south of Randall is being prepped for work to commence soon, if not now.
GRBJ: Economic Outlook Rosy for West Michigan
The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently posted an article discussing the economic outlook for West Michigan. I’ve noted this article for several reasons: The first reason is that the City of Coopersville is a vital part of the West Michigan economy. Much attention is given to Continental Dairy Facilities and fairlife, but we’ve had other successes such as Aggressive Tool & Die’s expansion, Bekins Appliance adding a new facility in Coopersville, Flextronics continued success, and other successes in commercial and health related developments.
The second reason the article is included is to understand the positive impact of growth outside of Coopersville such as Grand Rapids. Birgit Klohs from the Right Place Inc. stated in the article, “If we don’t compete as a region globally, we don’t compete. We have to work together. We have to be able to market our airport here and we have to be able to market the port in Muskegon, which is a deep –water port…This is what makes us stronger…” We as a region need each township, city, and county to be successful and to be engaged in economic development to make us stronger not just for each municipality but for the region as a whole.
We have to remember that we have residents here in Coopersville that work in Holland, Muskegon, and Grand Rapids. We also have residents from other communities that commute to Coopersville for their employment as well. When it comes to economic development and economic growth political borders have become less defined. Investment in one community often benefits other communities in some fashion or another.
For those that did not know Steve Luke, our WWTP Supervisor, had back surgery just before Christmas. Please wish him well and a safe and speedy recovery. Any one that has had back issues and/or back surgery can relate to what Steve is going through.