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My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection

My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich.—A new traffic light now hangs over the intersection where two men lost their lives earlier this summer.

Don and Annette Watters this week spotted crews installing the signal over 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive in Stanwood. It’s the same intersection where an SUV collided with a pickup truck May 3, killing 18-year-old Roman Aguilar-Emmons and 22-year-old Michael Jonathan Aguilar.  The wreckage is long gone, but a makeshift memorial for the men still stands nearby.

Aetna Township Clerk Delores Berringer says the light was installed  on a temporary basis because of a nearby highway overpass construction project.  MDOT spokesman John Richard says crews are working on the first bridge slide project in the state at U.S. 131 and 3 Mile, so traffic needed to be rerouted onto 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.  MDOT crews began installing a  second temporary light at Jefferson Road near the U.S. 131 exit to downtown Morley Friday.

My Town Grandville: New road project means more detours for drivers

My Town Grandville: New road project means more detours for drivers

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Expect more detours in Grandville starting Monday, July 14, as a new construction project begins.

Through Aug. 29, crews will be grinding down and resurfacing Canal Avenue, as well as replacing sanitary sewers and upgrading sidewalk ramps.  The work means through traffic will be prohibited from using Canal Avenue between 40th Street and Chicago Drive.  Detours on 40th Street, Wilson Avenue and Chicago Drive will be posted.  Drivers should also avoid 36th Street between Fairlanes and Canal avenues, which will be closed to through traffic.  Access to local homes and businesses will be maintained.

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District is looking to add to its team of bus drivers.

Kent ISD will be holding a bus driver job fair July 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 positions are available, covering nearly a dozen school districts, including:

  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grandville Public Schools
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Sparta Area Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  •  Kent ISD Special Education

 The job fair will take place at the Kent ISD’s Educational Service Center, located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids. Candidates must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a drug test and criminal background check.

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: West Michigan Flight Academy Fly-In June 7

My Town: West Michigan Flight Academy Fly-In June 7

JENISON, Mich.—From the road to the sky, there will be something for everyone during the West Michigan Flight Academy’s celebration this Saturday, June 7.

EAA Chapter 145 will provide free airplane rides to children ages 7 to 17.  The Misty Blues, an all-women parachute team, will also perform.  Visitors can also check out a car show and airplane display while enjoying music, raffles and door prizes.  A steak and eggs breakfast will also be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the event will go toward airplane fuel and maintenance costs for the West Michigan Flight Academy.  The event also serves as a way to raise awareness about the academy, which has served approximately 900 students.

My Town: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

My Town: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

KENT COUNTY, Mich.— State lawmakers are coming to the rescue of drivers trying to dodge a plethora of potholes this year.

The legislature Wednesday approved $215 million in emergency road funding,  including $115 million for priority projects and $100 million to assist with maintainence needed due to the harsh winter.    

“The additional funding is much needed to combat the brutal winter we experienced this year and to start to reverse the toll it took on Michigan’s roadways,” said Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker.  “The investment in local roads will help to limit the expenses associated with car repairs due to poor road conditions.”

The emergency funding includes nearly $1.9 million to maintain and fix Kent County’s roads.  That includes more than $235,000 for the following communities: