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My Town: Vendors needed for upcoming Hudsonville events

My Town: Vendors needed for upcoming Hudsonville events

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.-  Vendors, vendors vendors- that’s what the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for as three events return for the year.

First up is the Hudsonville Showcase, promoting businesses and organizations within the community.  Organizers still have a few vendor spots available for the April 12 event.  Visitors will sample test and browse local products and services while enjoying free activities, giveaways, games and door prizes.  The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hudsonville High School. 

The Hudsonville Farmer’s Market returns in a few months, but now is the time to sign up to share your produce. And artists are needed for Hudsonville’s Art in the Park event, which will be June 12.

 Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should contact Michelle Fare at mfare@hudsonville.org or call (616) 669-0200 ext. 1411 for more information.

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

My Town: Baldwin Street development ideas sought

My Town: Baldwin Street development ideas sought

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.— What should happen to 200 Baldwin Street?

The Georgetown Township Board is turning to the community for answers.  The board will hold the first of two public forums for ideas to develop the space on March 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Community members can also weigh in on long term plans for the community's senior center and library.

A second forum will take place April 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

People who cannot make the forums are encouraged to provide their input by mail or email.  For more information, visit the Georgetown Township website here.

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.

My Town: Georgetown Township looking for development ideas

My Town: Georgetown Township looking for development ideas

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Georgetown Township Board is looking for ideas to develop 200 Baldwin Street, as well as the community’s senior center and library.

The board will be holding public forums to gather ideas for long term plans starting next month.  The forums are March 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and April 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

People who cannot make the forums are encouraged to provide their input by mail or email.  For more information, visit the Georgetown Township website here.

My Town Grandville: Ottawa Avenue parking may soon change

My Town Grandville: Ottawa Avenue parking may soon change

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The Grandville City Council Monday night is expected to set the public hearing for changes to a portion of Ottawa Avenue.

The city is considering giving up rights to the west side of Ottawa Avenue, between White Street and the C & O Railroad to Land & Company, which owns the building along that section of the road.  Land & Company would then have the rights to add street sparking to that 24-foot section of the street.  The city would own the other side of the street, which would not have parking.  City Clerk Mary Meines says the city has been working on making this change for a few years, to help ease issues with traffic, plowing and maintenance.

The public hearing will likely be scheduled for Monday, March 24 at 7:15 p.m.

My Town Hudsonville: Share your ideas for Hudsonville's parks

My Town Hudsonville: Share your ideas for Hudsonville's parks

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—What does Hudsonville’s parks system need?

That’s the question the Parks and Recreation Committee hopes to answer, with the help of the community.   The committee has released a public survey to help determine the city’s recreation plan for the next five years. The director of planning and zoning says the findings will be used to prioritize projects within the park system.

People who take the survey do not need to be a resident of Hudsonville. The first 50 people to supply their email address on the survey will receive a gift. You can find the survey here.