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My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town: Proposed millage increase would lead to new library and community center

My Town: Proposed millage increase would lead to new library and community center

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Should Georgetown Township borrow up to $19 million for community upgrades?

That’s the question voters will answer during the Aug. 5 election.  The proposal would raise township property taxes .83 mills to pay for the upgrades, which would include building a new library, senior/community center and farmer’s market, downsizing township offices, improving park amenities, ad adding a bike path along Rush Creek connecting to 8th Avenue Park.  The millage increase would equate to approximately $63 per year in taxes for a home valued at $150,000.

For additional information about the millage proposal, visit the Georgetown Township’s website here.

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (Kent District Library)-- On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Kent District Library residents will vote on a 1.28 mills ballot proposal to provide funding for KDL for 10 years.

The 1.28 millage rate consists of a renewal of the 0.88 mills levy, which has been in place since 2000 and expires at the end of 2014, and an additional 0.4 mills. The Kent District Library property tax millage provides 90% of the funding for services offered at 18 branch locations and online, including all library materials, technology, staff and programs.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Ottawa County park adds bugs to its workforce

My Town: Ottawa County park adds bugs to its workforce

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—While many Michiganders are trying to repel bugs this summertime, the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department is welcoming thousands of weevils to the waters of Grand River Park.

The weevils are being used to attack the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil, which has spread across the park’s small lake.  Biological experts from Michigan State University say the aquatic plant can impact fish habitats and deter recreational activities on the water.  Ottawa County Parks says weevils are safer and more effective than chemicals in attacking milfoil, and park visitors will likely never realize their presence.

The parks and recreation department recently began using goats to curb invasive plants at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville and Riverside Park in Grand Haven.

My Town: Splash pad open and parade planned for Memorial Day

My Town: Splash pad open and parade planned for Memorial Day

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. –  The Memorial Day weekend is here, which means the splash pad is ready for visitors.

The Maplewood Park splash pad opened for the season at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22.  The splash pad will be open to visitors through the weekend, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as next weekend.  Township officials say the water attraction will be open daily with an attendant beginning June 5.   Admission is free.

Georgetown Township will mark Memorial Day with a parade beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, March 26.  The procession will wind down Baldwin Street, from 20th Avenue to Cottonwood Drive.  A Memorial Day ceremony will take place inside Georgetown Township Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.