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My Town Plainfield: Avoid a roof collapse and clear off the ice and snow

My Town Plainfield: Avoid a roof collapse and clear off the ice and snow

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—The Plainfield Township Fire Department is encouraging home and business owners to remove snow from their roofs now to avoid a potential roof collapse.

In an advisory sent Friday morning, the fire department states:

“Over the past 36 hours, there have been many reports of roof collapses or buildings with potential structural damage from the weight of snow and ice loads on roofs.  In many instances, homes and businesses have been evacuated as a result of collapses or safety concerns resulting from indications of structural weaknesses.  The current severe roof load conditions are the result of the recent prolonged cold weather and repeated snowstorms. Short periods of rain that will get absorbed in the snowpack on roofs will make matters even worse.  Compounding the situation is the short-term weather forecast of potentially more snowstorms in the next week.”

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.

Two homes set for demolition in Plainfield Township

Two homes set for demolition in Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Two homes in Plainfield Township may soon be reduced to rubble.

During a special meeting Thursday, Jan. 9, the Township Board is expected to approve a bid from River City Excavating to demolish the buildings on 4646 Abrigador Trail NE and 4337 Willow Drive.  The project is expected to cost approximately $14,200.

Both properties, which are located  along the Grand River, were purchased by the township as part of the FEMA Hazard Mitigation program grant program.  The township plans to keep the land undeveloped, as it is prone to flooding.

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. 

Plainfield Township up for flood grant from FEMA

Plainfield Township up for flood grant from FEMA

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The federal government is ready to reimburse Plainfield Township for April’s costly flooding.

During its regular meeting November 4, the Plainfield Township Board is expected to approve a grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which will pay the township $2,359.50 for emergency service work and building inspections it made during the floods.

The April floods caused $10 million in damage in Kent County, damaging homes from Plainfield Township all the way to Lowell.  The flooding sparked new interested in a FEMA program Plainfield Township offers, which allows homeowners to sell their flood damaged properties to the township at 75 percent the market value. So far the township has purchased at least ten properties through the program, which began in 2008.