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Proposed site for cell phone tower to remain untouched

Proposed site for cell phone tower to remain untouched

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A parcel of land in Ada Township that may soon contain a cell phone tower will remain untouched for now.

During its regular meeting August 26, the Ada Township Board unanimously agreed to not disturb the property located at 6390 Knapp St.  The parcel is one of two locations being considered for AT&T’s proposed tower.  The other location is on the campus of Forest Hills Eastern. 

During the August meeting, the board also approved a 120 day hold on any building permits for the 150 foot tower, until the township, school district and area homeowners can agree on the best possible location for the tower.

Construction nears completion at Roselle Park

Construction nears completion at Roselle Park

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Another stage of construction at Roselle Park is nearing completion.

Workers are expected to finish improvements to the playground area around the silos within a few weeks.  They already completed a new parking area and entrance earlier this summer. The new entryway is located off Grand River Drive NE, directly across from the Michigan Street Entrance.

Roselle Park, located at 1010 Grand River Dr. NE, features 240 acres of nature preserve with a paved main trail. A river outlook and canoe landing are being planned for the space, as well as an environmentally friendly portable toilet.  The park space was formerly home to the Ada Beef Company.

Redesigning Ada: Community workshops begin September 3

Redesigning Ada: Community workshops begin September 3

ADA , Mich.—Community members are invited to help determine a new design for the Village of Ada.

Amway purchased the Thornapple River Shopping Center  and surrounding properties last winter.  Now the corporation is teaming up with the Ada Township Downtown Development Authority to call on the community to generate ideas for redeveloping the space.

The design process will begin with a public presentation 7 p.m. on September 3, at Community Church, located at 7239 Thornapple River Dr.  For more information about the project, visit www.envisionada.com

Ada Park may soon expand

Ada Park may soon expand

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Visitors to Ada Park may soon enjoy even longer trails.

In a 7-0 vote Monday, the township board approved purchasing a property adjacent to the back of Ada Park.  The back portion of the parcel, located at 980 Buttrick, contains wetlands which the Township plans to preserve.  The Township is also considering extending existing park footpaths onto the property.

The Township is buying the 3.2 acre property for $95,000, but the total comes to about $105,000 when closing costs and necessary survey work is included.    The parcel contains an older farmhouse, storage shed and a two-vehicle detached garage.  The Township has no plans for the buildings yet; a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment must be completed first.

Township sets up timetable for debated cell phone tower

Township sets up timetable for debated cell phone tower

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—AT&T should soon know where it will be allowed to build a much-debated cell phone tower.

Ada Township Clerk Susan Burton says on August 12, the township board unanimously approved a resolution in support of allowing AT&T to install antennas on an existing water tower on East Forest Hills campus, near Pettis and Knapp.  The water tower is operated by the Township, but owned by the school district, so school leaders must sign off on the proposal first.  If the district turns down the project, the Township will allow AT&T to build its 130-foot cell phone tower at Egypt Valley and Knapp.  However, as a condition of the project, AT&T must wait until mid-November for the school district’s decision before obtaining a construction permit from the Township.

Members vote on whether to allow Village and Township to leave Metro Council

Members vote on whether to allow Village and Township to leave Metro Council

Two communities are trying to leave the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council.

Right now, members of the Metro Council are voting on whether to allow Sparta and Sparta Township to withdraw and Ada Township to join the group. Sparta officials say the city council decided to withdraw from the Metro Council about a year and a half ago. 

If all the changes are approved, 33 counties, cities, townships and villages will be members of the Metro Council, which is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

The director of Kent District Library (KDL) reviewed the organization’s performance during the East Grand Rapids City Commission meeting August 5.

According to the annual report, patrons checked out about 6.1 million books from KDL in 2012; that’s about half a million fewer than the prior year. However, the report indicates digital book checkouts nearly doubled during that same time period to 370,914.

Based on the report, KDL saw declines in total check-outs, branch visitors and library program attendance in 2012.  However, computer log-ins and summer reading club participation rose.   While KDL’s total expenditures were higher than library revenue, the fund balance covered the $107,521 difference.

Kent District Library operates 18 branches throughout Kent County, serving more than 350,000 people.