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Public hearing for Cascade Township 2014 budget Dec. 11

Public hearing for Cascade Township 2014 budget Dec. 11

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Community members are invited to weigh in on the proposed 2014 budget for Cascade Township during the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The public hearing regarding the budget will take place before the board will consider a resolution adopting the budget.  A replacement vehicle for the township buildings and grounds department is also up for consideration.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Cascade Library located at 2870 Jacksmith SE.

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council has some new faces at its helm.

During the Dec. 5 meeting, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Steve Keply and Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga officially joined the GVMC Board of Directors.  All three men were elected in November and selected by city members to serve on the panel.

Ada Township Supervisor George Haga and Sand Lake Village Trustee Roger Towsley also took the oath of office.  They represent the first two communities to join GVMC since 2007. The Board of Directors also recently approved accepting Lowell Township as a member. 

The GVMC is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

Tinsel Treats & Trolleys take over Ada December 6

Tinsel Treats & Trolleys take over Ada December 6

ADA, Mich.—  Christmas will come early to Ada with Tinsel Treats & Trolleys Friday, December 6.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with the annual lighting ceremony at Ada’s historic covered bridge.  Visitors can also enjoy listening to carolers, trolley rides and specials at area businesses from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  Santa is also expected to stop by.

The holiday celebration will continue Saturday with Ada’s annual Christmas Parade.  The parade kicks off at 11 a.m., winding down Thornapple River Drive.  Visitors are invited to the fire department to enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and photos with Santa, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, visit the Ada Business Association’s website here.

Cascade Township approves road closures for 2014 race

Cascade Township approves road closures for 2014 race

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  The Grand Rapids Triathlon will return next year, and so will the road closures.

During its regular meeting November 20, the Cascade Township Board approved shutting down a portion of Thornapple River Drive, Grachen Street, Mountain Ash Street, Hurley Street, Peace Street, Orange Avenue and Orange Court from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 8.

Tris4Health says the Grand Rapids Triathlon 2014 will stretch from Cascade to Ada Township and Lowell Township.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Kids’ Food Basket, which provides sack suppers to thousands of children each day.

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

Residents call for moratorium to block tower construction

Residents call for moratorium to block tower construction

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—People living near the site for a proposed 150 foot cell phone tower are taking another step to try to block the project at 6390 Knapp St.

Planning Director James Ferro says on Monday, community members filed a request with the township to put a moratorium on building permits for cell phone service providers.  The Ada Township Board is  expected to weigh in on the request during its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. November 25.

AT&T recently applied for a building permit for the site, after the township’s 120 day hold on building permits passed.  The Ada Township Board enacted the hold so AT&T could try striking a deal with Forest Hills Eastern to install the tower on the school’s campus; however, no deal was reached in that time period.

Hearing for proposed apartment complex near Walmart Wednesday

CASCADE TOWNSHP, Mich.—Community members are invited to weigh in on proposal to create a new apartment complex north of Walmart.

During its regular meeting Wednesday, November 20, the Cascade Township Board will consider whether to rezone approximately 15 acres of land along Charlevoix Drive SE to allow for an 89 unit apartment complex.  The board will also consider adopting a new planned unit development ordinance.

Wednesday’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Cascade Township Library’s Wisner Center, located at 2870 Jacksmith SE.