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My Town: Sparta Education Foundation Board openings

My Town: Sparta Education Foundation Board openings
SPARTA, Mich.-- The Sparta Education Foundation is looking to add to its board.The Sparta Education Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 to help provide educational opportunities for students and staff, which are beyond the normal operating budget of the school district.

My Town Sparta: Search begins for new village manager

My Town Sparta: Search begins for new village manager

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta is looking for a new village manager.

After three years of serving the village, former manager Martin Super stepped down from the post on March 28 to focus on his family’s business in southwest Michigan.

The village is accepting applications for the position until May 16.  For additional information, visit the Michigan Municipal League’s website.

My Town: Sparta Recreation Park plan final public hearing April 3

My Town: Sparta Recreation Park plan final public hearing April 3

SPARTA, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to come out one last time to comment on the master plan for the Sparta Recreation Park project on Thursday, April 3.

The Sparta Recreation Authority hopes to finalize the park's master plan that night, clearning the way to begin creating construction documents and start accepting bids for work.

The Sparta Recreation Park and Sports Complex is located on North State Street and will include trails, restrooms, and athletic fields. Village officials would like to begin construction in late 2014 or early 2015. For more information, visit the Sparta Area Recreation Association’s website.

Thursday’s public hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sparta Township Meeting Room, located at 160 E. Division in Sparta.  If you cannot attend, written questions or comments can be sent to:

DDA Director

156 E. Division

My Town: Company to relocate to new Algoma Township facility

My Town: Company to relocate to new Algoma Township facility

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Howard City contractor may soon be moving to Algoma Township.

Tuesday night, the Algoma Township Planning Commission is expected to vote on a site plan for a new building by Elston-Richards, Inc.  The company says the 4,800-square-foot facility would be leased to Hillard Electric, which plans to relocate from Howard City to Algoma Township.  The building would be located at 4099 Cedar Commercial Drive and include office and warehouse space.

In a letter to the Planning Commission, Elston-Richards President John Holmes says the facility will be built with the option of future expansions, adding up to 2,400 square feet.

Tuesday night’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

My Town Sparta: Date set for Community Action Clean Up Day

My Town Sparta: Date set for Community Action Clean Up Day

SPARTA, Mich.—Spring is just three days away, which means now is the time to get ready to clean up.

Sparta will hold its Community Action Clean Up Day Saturday, April 26.  Volunteers are needed to clean up park areas, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Those who pitch in should dress to work outdoors and on the creek banks throughout Sparta.

For additional information, call (616) 887-2454.

My Town: St. Patty’s Scavenger Hunt on March 16

My Town: St. Patty’s Scavenger Hunt on March 16

KENT CITY, Mich.-- Guest of all ages are welcome to visit the Howard Christensen Nature Center for a St. Patty's Scavenger Hunt.

The hunt begins at 2:30 p.m., rain or shine.  The first three people to finish will recieve a prize.  If there is a tie, a coin toss will decide the winner.

The event is free, but participants are encouraged to donate $5.  For rules and a list of scavenger items, visit  www.lilyfrogpad.com or call (616) 675-3158.

Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Drive NE in Kent City.

 

My Town Sparta: Public hearing March 31 for park development funding

My Town Sparta: Public hearing March 31 for park development funding

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to weigh in on plans to develop a new park east of the Rogue River.

Using funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Algoma Township purchased a piece of property at 10371 Edgerton Ave., north of 12 Mile Road and named it Rivers Edge Park.   A new driveway has already been constructed on the property.Township Supervisor Dennis Hoemke says the township is now looking at how to develop the park into a natural space for the community, padding handicap accessible walkways and a couple of overlook sites for fishing the Rogue River.  Hoemke says the land is primarily wetland, so it will largely remain a nature preserve. 

A public hearing to discuss a grant application for developing the park will take place Tuesday, March 31 at 10 a.m. People who cannot make it to the hearing can submit written comments during regular business hours at the Township offices, located at 10531 Algoma Ave.