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Dates set and registration open for Downtown Sparta Farmer's Market

Dates set and registration open for Downtown Sparta Farmer's Market

SPARTA, Mich.--- As more snow continues to fall on West Michigan, the Sparta Chamber of Commerce is looking ahead to spring.

The Chamber says registration is now officially open for the Downtown Sparta Farmer’s Market.   The market will open June 11 and run through Sept. 24, 2014.  Hours will be 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For registration and further instructions, visit the Chamber of Commerce website here.

Algoma Township Fire Department to seek training facility grant

Algoma Township Fire Department to seek training facility grant

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Algoma Township Fire Department will file for a grant to complete its training facility.

During the Township Board meeting Jan. 14, Fire Chief Guerra presented plans to request $7,000 in grant money.  The funding would be used for the building’s exterior, a smoke simulator and drag dummies.

The Township board unanimously approved the application. 

Meijer redevelopment plan approved by Township

Meijer redevelopment plan approved by Township

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A plan to allow a senior living area near the Meijer on 10 Mile Road has the green light.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Algoma Township Board approved the proposal, with some modifications-- any signs for the development will only be allowed on outlots, not along 10 Mile Road, and  restaurant facilities added to the outlots cannot be drive-through, but can have a drive-up feature for takeout.

The plan previously approved by the planning commission called for redividing the plot owned by Meijer to nine units and redefining uses for the back parcels to allow for future senior housing. The planning commission recommended deleting language which did not allow for restaurants with drive-through facilities and restricting access to 10 Mile Road for two of the units.  Both units would need internal drives.

Village approves new snow-clearing vehicle

Village approves new snow-clearing vehicle

SPARTA, Mich.—The village of Sparta is getting a new truck to help clear roads.

During their regular meeting Jan. 13, village council members approved purchasing a new dump truck to replace the city’s aging vehicle, which is from 1985.  The new vehicle will help with salting and plowing the roads, as well as other needs throughout the year.   The village is also considering purchasing a side wing plow to help with clearing snow.

The truck is expected to cost approximately $140,000.  The purchase was already factored into the budget.

Sparta council to detail community projects Jan. 13

Sparta council to detail community projects Jan. 13

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Village Council will detail plans for community grant money during its meeting Jan. 13.

The council is expected to approve resolutions supporting giving grant money to four community nonprofit organizations, purchasing a vehicle for the fire department and buying park equipment.   The grant money would go to Arbor Circle, the Hope Network and Senior Neighbors.  Village Manager Martin Super says the village is also considering purchasing a gator for the fire department because Sparta needs a small vehicle for special events.  The rest of the funding would go toward buying equipment for the Sparta Sports Park on North State Street, including bleachers, benches and trash cans.

If the resolutions are approved, the village will fire paperwork with Kent County for funding the projects.  The county would reimburse the village for project expenses.

Sparta council to consider stricter snow-clearing rules

Sparta council to consider stricter snow-clearing rules

SPARTA, Mich.—   People living in Sparta may soon have less time to clear the snow from their sidewalks and nearby hydrants.

On Monday, Jan. 13, the village council will review a proposed ordinance amendment changing the way residents are notified to clear snow.  Village Manager Martin Super says under the current ordinance, ticketing a resident for failing to remove snow from nearby sidewalks can take up to a month.  Under the proposed amendment, the entire process would take four to five days.

Super says the changes include allowing the village to mail a warning to residents to clean up the snow.  Property owners would then have 48 hours to clean up the sidewalks and any nearby hydrants.  If they fail to do so, they could get a citation. The amendment also empowers the fire department to give notices and write up citations for snow-covered sidewalks and hydrants.

Algoma Township sets hearing for grant project ideas

Algoma Township sets hearing for grant project ideas

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—What projects should Algoma Township fund this year?

That’s the question the township plans to address during a special public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.  The township is looking for potential projects to fund under the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities Program.  The total amount of funding for this program year will be discussed as well as the variety of projects eligible under the program, and previously funded project.

For more information about the grant public hearing, contact Algoma Township Supervisor Dennis Hoemke at (616) 866-1583.  The hearing will be held at Algoma Township Hall, located at 10531 Algoma Avenue NE .