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April 21, 2014
The high fatality rate in bicycle accidents in West Michigan has prompted the state to use a federal grant to set up a three-year bicycle safety education program in the greater Grand Rapids area. Read More
Frank Peterson, a native of Flint, is the Port City’s first new city manager in 19 years.
Don’t ever try to suggest to the new city manager that Muskegon is just a gritty Rust Belt town, a former industrial center down on its luck and struggling to stay alive — like, say, Flint. Read More
The SS Badger owners face stiff penalties from EPA if coal ash is dumped overboard after 2014.
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Lake Michigan Carferry Inc., owners of the S.S. Badger in Ludington, have announced that installation of the first phase of a new combustion control technology will be completed before the start of the 2014 sailing season May 16. Read More
Recurring concerns about farmland preservation led to the proposal.
An agribusiness “community work group,” similar to the one set up by Kent County a couple of years ago to study collaboration and potential consolidation of local governments, has been proposed by the Board of Commissioners’ Executive Committee. Read More
The ballot question, set for final review May 8, would raise it to 0.50 mills.
A committee of the Kent County Board of Commissioners has approved proposed language for the August primary election ballot that would renew the senior services millage at 0.50 mills. The wording of the ballot proposal now goes to the full commission May 8. Read More
The Grand Rapids comptroller objected on legal reasons but was overruled.
A financial agreement between the city of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has been approved by the city commission, despite objections by city comptroller Sara Vander Werff. Read More
Consumers Energy seeks to buy more green electricity from organic waste material.
CMS Energy Corp. in Jackson has announced its intention to buy back more electricity generated by anaerobic digestion of farm animal manure, sewage and other types of organic waste material. Read More