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My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town: Algoma Township to address expiring fire millage

My Town: Algoma Township to address expiring fire millage

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Algoma Township fire millage is set to expire soon.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, March 11, the Township Board will begin discussions about whether to renew the millage or find a funding alternative.  Algoma Township Clerk Judy Bigney says the community has relied on the fire millage for many years to fund operations of the Algoma Township Fire Department.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

My Town Sparta: Algoma Township millage proposal hearing March 11

My Town Sparta: Algoma Township millage proposal hearing March 11

SPARTA, Mich.-- Algoma Township community members are encouraged to weigh in on a proposed property tax millage rate during a public hearing Tuesday, March 11.

 The proposed property tax millage would support the township's budget  for April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015.  A copy of the budget is available at the Algoma Township Hall.  

The hearing will take place at 7 p.m. inside Algoma Township Hall, located at 10530 Algoma Ave. NE.  

 

My Town Sparta: Two developments approved; hundreds of jobs expected

My Town Sparta: Two developments approved; hundreds of jobs expected

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Two developments that would bring approximately 200 new jobs to Algoma Township have been given the green light.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18,  the Algoma Township Planning Commission approved the site plans for a senior living complex at 2951 10 Mile Road and a manufacturing facility at 10095 Northland Drive. 

The housing development is being spearheaded by Edmund London & Associates from Southfield.  They plan to transform an outlot near Meijer into a community for seniors.

Dykema LP is the developer of the manufacturing facility, which will cut steel for the tool and die industry.

Planning Commission Chairman Tyler Lecceadone says construction on both developments would start when the weather breaks and if all necessary permits are approved.

My Town Sparta: Algoma Township proceeds with park development project

My Town Sparta: Algoma Township proceeds with park development project

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Algoma Township is working on developing a plan for a new park east of the Rogue River.

Using funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Algoma Township purchased a piece of property along Edgerton Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road and named it River's 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. 

Hoemke says the township hopes to have a plan for the park in place within the next few months to apply for grants to fund the work.

Public hearing over sign ordinance Feb. 18

Public hearing over sign ordinance Feb. 18

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Algoma Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next week to discuss potential changes to the township’s sign ordinance.

The proposed amendment would allow for certain limited changes to a commercial district sign for gasoline.

The public hearing will take place Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. inside the Algoma Township Hall, located at 10531 Algoma Ave.  Concerned residents who cannot make it to the meeting can send their comments by mail to the Township Hall ahead of the hearing.

Sparta Community Development Block Grant hearing Feb. 10

Sparta Community Development Block Grant hearing Feb. 10

SPARTA, Mich.—The community is invited to weigh in on how Sparta should use its Community Development Block Grant during the village council meeting Feb. 10.

The village is expected to approve using some of the funds for a first response vehicle. The Sparta Village Council will also discuss pay raises for its part-time police department.

Monday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. inside the Sparta Township Chamber.