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Cascade Township Board Deliberates Issuance of a liquor license

by Bill Caousins, Cascade Charter Township Manager
from http://cascadetwp.com/

The Cascade Township Board (Thursday night) discussed the method by which a liquor license would be issued in the Township.  Cascade qualified for an additional license as a result of the 13% increase in population reported in the 2010 Census.  

A request for applications resulted in three entities showing interest in the license:  Osaka Shushi restaurant planning to move into the building that housed Carlos O'kellys on 28th Street, Drury Hotels planning to construct a hotel on the site of the former Knights Inn on 28th Street, and the existing Euro-Bistro on 28th Street near Thornhills.

The Board determined that they needed to define their process a bit more to be able to allocate the license that would maximize the economic development opportunities for the Township.  

Cascade Manager's Blog - Presidential Primary Election Tuesday

From: http://cascadetwp.com/

The Presidential Primary Election is set for next Tuesday, February 28th (7am - 8pm).  All Cascade Precincts will be open  and staffed.  Ballots for both major parties will be available for you to use.  You will be required to identify the party you wish to vote for.  

The Republican candidates are:
Fred Karger
Ron Paul
Rick Perry
Buddy Roemer
Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum
Michelle Bachmann
Herman Cain
Newt Gringrich
Jon Huntsman
Gary Johnson

The Democratic candidate is Barack Obama (Uncommitted is also a chioce).  

Cascade Manager's Blog - Township Board Meeting February 8th

Cascade Manager's Blog - Township Board Meeting February 8th

From: http://cascadetwp.com/

The Township Board was unsual in that three of the seven Board members were away from the Township and asked to be excused from the meeting.  Absences rarely occur; thankfully, the agenda was light last night.

The board approved the monthly reports from the Fire and Treasurer's department.  They also approved a request for a repair of the storm drain basin in the street at 3528 and 3517 Goodwood Drive.  This area has become covered with water and ice most of the winrter due to the basin not operating properly.  the $75,000 repair (township pays 1/2) will be done this summer.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:41pm

Cascade Charter Township Manager's Blog - Board Meeting January 25th

The Township Board, in a 30-minute meeting last night, approved the following items:

  • Continue to provide $400,000 from the General Fund annually to the Fire Fund as resolved by the Board in 2004.
  • Continue to pay-off the unfunded mandate in MERS (employee retirement fund) over a 28-year period.
  • Resolve to support the Kent County Road Commission in its efforts to obtain Federal funding for road improvements in the 52nd & Kraft area (upgrade the road to a Class A road).
  • Abandon a short portion of the Patterson Drain (unused) east of Kraft (north of 28th St) to provide for development of the site (future Goodwill Store).
  • Receive the monthly update from staff on the Strategic Plan.

New Ada Township Trustee

New Ada Township Trustee

From: http://adatownshipmi.com/

We have a new Ada Township Trustee. With the resignation of Mischelle Systma came the appointment of Paul LeBlanc, from a field of 24 applicants. Paul will complete the four year term that ends in November of 2012.

As Principal and Co-founder of LSL Planning, Inc., Paul has served as a Community Planning Consultant to dozens of townships, cities and counties across the U.S., and has also served as an Expert Witness in zoning litigation throughout Michigan. He is proficient in land use planning, zoning, downtown planning and corridor studies.

Paul is a former member of the Kentwood Planning Commission. He is also Past President of the Conservancy Neighborhood Association, and former Board Member of the Family Outreach Center.

Breakfast with Congressman Amash

Breakfast with Congressman Amash

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast with Congressman Justin Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd District.  The breakfast is scheduled on Monday, December 12 from 7:30am – 9:30am at the Hilton Hotel at 4747 28th Street SE.  The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  To register go to  www.grandrapids.org/congressional-breakfast  or call 616-771-0303.   


The 3rd Congressional District covers Barry and Ionia counties and most of Kent County.  Amash serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  He is a Republican from Cascade Township.

Vote on millage rate expected next week for Grand Rapids Township

Vote on millage rate expected next week for Grand Rapids Township

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The decade-long tradition of Grand Rapids Township taxing its residents below the allowed law is expected to continue.

Township officials say they expect to maintain the current millage levy -- 1.599 mills -- when they vote on setting the rate at their next meeting.

The 1.599 mills, which has been in place since 2000, is lower than the 1.6632 mills levies in 1997.

The Township Board could levy up to 1.8023 mills by law.

Township officials say they credit sound fiscal policy for being able to keep the tax rate low.

Raising the tax rate to the allowed maximum would generate about $150,000 extra dollars in township revenue, according to Board members.

That, added to the allowed 1-percent assessment fee, could amount to more than $400,000 annually.

Over the past decade, that adds up to about $4 million dollars that the Township could have collected from its residents but it chose not to.