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My Town Plainfield: Hyser River Museum prepares to reopen for the season

My Town Plainfield: Hyser River Museum prepares to reopen for the season

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Explore the Hyser Rivers Museum for free during its annual open house next month.

The event is Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This year’s open house theme is “Past Times”, so the event will feature pastimes enjoyed by Americans years ago.

The annual open house is being hosted by  the Plainfield Township Historical Preservation Committee.

My Town: Plainfield Township manufacturer to double workforce

My Town: Plainfield Township manufacturer to double workforce

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Plainfield Township manufacturer is getting a tax break to expand its business.

Last week, the Plainfield Township Board unanimously approved a three-year tax abatement for Preferred Tool and Die to purchase $664,685 worth of new equipment for its facility a 5400 West River Drive.   The company tells the township the new equipment will allow it to double its workforce to eight employees.

Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the township welcomes the opportunity to help a local business grow and succeed.

Van Wyngarden says the township policy has a two-step policy for industrial tax abatements, to ensure businesses follow through on their promised investment while providing an opportunity for extended benefits.  The Township will first grant a three-year abatement; the business then may request a five-year extension.

My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up

My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The Plainfield Township Board is poised to financially back an environmental group's plan to clean up the remnants of an old dam.

In September 1986, storms dumped up to 13 inches of rain on West Michigan, leading to rising floodwaters that destroyed three dams, including the Childsdale dam.  The dam south of Rockford gave way at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 12, sending flood waters and chunks of concrete down the Rogue River toward the village of Belmont. The dam was never rebuilt, but some of the debris remains in the river.

Now, nearly 28 years later, the Schrems West Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited wants to clean up remaining dam debris in the Rogue River and improve the habitat for fish and wildlife.  Josh Zuiderveen of Streamworks, LLC presented the proposed project to the Board last month, as part of a county coldwater habitat project.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town Plainfield Township: Housing development plan deadline extended

My Town Plainfield Township: Housing development plan deadline extended

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The developer behind a neighborhood slated for Georgia Street and Eastern Avenue is getting more time to complete his plan.

During its regular meeting March 3, the Plainfield Township Board approved giving Bolt & Hunefeld Builders until Feb. 11, 2016 to build the project/infrastructure for Eastern Meadows.

The development was approved by the township in July 2007, but then ran into delays.  The developer was granted a two-year extension three previous times.  The developer recently requested another extension for the project, blaming the down economy for delaying work.

The township approved the extension to prevent the developer from starting the entire process over from the beginning.  Community Development Director Bill Fischer also said there appears to be no downside to extending the life of the project, which will fit well within the existing neighborhood. 

My Town Plainfield Township: Senior Center gets new transportation

My Town Plainfield Township: Senior Center gets new transportation

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Senior citizens have a new way to get around in Plainfield Township.

During its regular meeting March 3, the Plainfield Township Board approved purchasing a shuttle bus for the Plainfield Senior & Community Center. The 2013 Eldorado National bus can carry up to 29 passengers.  Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the bus is being paid for with a $20,000 Community Development Block Grand and $35,000 in donations to the Center. The bus will be owned by the township, but maintained by Northview Public Schools through additional donations to the Senior & Community Center.

Van Wyngarden says the purchase is a great example of separate government organizations working together to provide cost effective services that meet the needs of the community.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.