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Community contest underway to name township's newest park

Community contest underway to name township's newest park

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Plainfield Township is turning to the community to help rename one of its newest parks.

The Township’s 10 Mile Park is located south of 10 Mile Road between U.S. 131 and the City of Rockford.  Once it’s complete, the park will feature a BMX bicycling track, mountain biking trails, an indoor archery range, two soccer fields, basketball courts and a sledding hill.  Additionally, the park shares an entrance with the new Art Van Sports Complex, which will feature eight tournament quality baseball/softball fields and the Miracle Field- a custom-built rubber surface baseball facility for athletes with special needs.

With all these new features, the park needs a new name and logo.  All name submissions should include “Plainfield”.  Organizers are also encouraging people to incorporate some of the park’s activities into the logo.

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My Town Plainfield: Township to get new tool to clear snow

My Town Plainfield: Township to get new tool to clear snow

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the township board has approved purchasing a new John Deer 3520 Compact Utility Tractor to replace the township’s old tractor.

Van Wyngarden says the tractor finally gave out trying to remove snow this winter.  The township had planned on replacing the tractor later this year, but it died early so they needed to move up the purchase.

Van Wyngarden says the tractor is coming from an area dealership, so it should be delivered to the township shortly.

Conservation group wants to clean up remnants of Childsdale Dam

Conservation group wants to clean up remnants of Childsdale Dam

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—An environmental group is asking for township support 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 Plainfield Township Board Tuesday, Feb.

My Town Plainfield: Mounting snow speeds up need for new township equipment

My Town Plainfield: Mounting snow speeds up need for new township equipment

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The extremely snowy winter is taking a toll on Plainfield Township’s staff and equipment.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18, the Plainfield Township Board will consider purchasing a new John Deer 3520 Compact Utility Tractor to replace the township’s old tractor.  Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the tractor finally gave out trying to remove snow this winter.  The township had planned on replacing the tractor later this year, but it gave out early so now they need to move up the purchase.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Repairs planned to Kroes water tank

Repairs planned to Kroes water tank

PLAINFIELD, Mich.--   The Kroes water tank may soon get a new coat of paint.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18, the Plainfield Township Board is expected to approve a bid from MC Sandblasting of Newaygo to paint and repair the Kroes water tank and 5 Mile ground reservoir.  The work is expected to cost $124,150.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Township supervisor names potential planning commission addition

Township supervisor names potential planning commission addition

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—An empty seat on the Plainfield Township Planning Commission may soon be filled.

Township Supervisor Jay Spencer is recommending Kerwin Keen be appointed to the position, John Walsh be added to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Andrew Visser serve as an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  The Plainfield Township Board will consider approving his recommendation during its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. 

Under Michigan law, it is the responsibility of the Township Supervisor to appoint a citizen to the position, and the Board must confirm it.  

Additions planned for DW Richardson Park

Additions planned for DW Richardson Park

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—Some additions are coming to DW Richardson Park.

During its regular meeting Feb. 3, the Plainfield Township Board approved accepting a plan from Straight Line Fence to add two fences between the park fields.  The project is expected to cost $6,760, with the Northview Little League picking up $5,000 of the cost.  The township will pay the remaining $1.760.

Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the fence work will likely be delayed until spring arrives.  He says the goal is to have both fences up for the start of the Little League season.