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Crash takes out traffic light at Plainfield Avenue

Crash takes out traffic light at Plainfield Avenue

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Slick roads are likely to blame for the crash that took out a traffic light in Plainfield Township Tuesday afternoon.

The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. at Plainfield and Jupiter avenues.  Kent County dispatchers say an SUV hit the pole, knocking out the light.  Drivers are asked to treat that intersection as a four way stop.

Numerous slide-offs and crashes have been reported across West Michigan due to a winter storm, including two pileups in Algoma Township and Coopersville. 

Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   The new Ambulance Consortium in Kent County is growing.

Grand Rapids, Grandville, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming and Rockford have already voted to form the consortium.  Plainfield Township is also considering joining.

The Ambulance Consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Kent County communities have been working on the partnership since 2010.  

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The standards for ambulances running in East Grand Rapids may soon change.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the city commission approved joining an ambulance consortium with other Kent County communities.  The consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids currently works with AMR Ambulance, but the city does not have a contract with the company. 

City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Plainfield Avenue project earns national honors

Plainfield Avenue project earns national honors

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Michigan Department of Transportation)-- The Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has selected a project in the city of Grand Rapids as an example of how public agencies and the private sector can effectively work together to accomplish green initiatives.

A paper on the project was presented this week at the institute's second Green Streets, Highways and Development (GSHD) Conference in Austin, Texas. Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Grant Coordinator Mike Smith and Grand Rapids Engineer Breese Stam are making the presentation.

Auto parts supplier hiring more workers as industry rebounds

Auto parts supplier hiring more workers as industry rebounds

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Plainfield Township based auto parts supplier is looking to hire dozens of new employees.

Gill Industries plans to add 50 more workers to its local operations within the next 90 days to help build parts for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and GMC Acadia.

"The automotive industry is humming now, and our approach to developing innovative products has enabled Gill to win new business," says Frank Jesensek, Director of Operations. "These positions will extend from skilled maintenance and robotic technicians to quality control to entry level assembly positions."

Gill Industries recently invested $2 million into new state-of-the-art equipment for the work.  The company is based at 5271 Plainfield Ave. NE but also has locations in Mexico, Europe and Asia.

Free child ID cards and child safety seat check June 8

Free child ID cards and child safety seat check June 8

Michigan State Police will be inspecting and teaching proper child car seat installation June 8, as part of  the Kids Care Event at K&M Dodge.

Families who attend the free safety event can also ahve their child fingerprinted for safety and peace of mind. Free child ID cards will also be provided.

The Kids Care Event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  in conjunction with the Mopar Muscle Show.The Muscle Show has a $10 vehicle entry fee that benefits Kids Food Basket.  Public admission is free so come see cool cars and trucks, get some good food, have lots of fun and protect your children at the same time!

 K&M Dodge is located at 4100 Plainfield Avenue.  For more information about the child safety event or to register your vehicle in the Mopar Muscle Show, contact Tim Noyes at (616) 363-9011 or  tnoyes@kmdodge.com.