Local leaders talk what’s going on in the community

By Ryan Schlehuber "Scoop" • Last Updated 10:07 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012

GREENVILLE — Local officials gathered Thursday for the monthly Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) meeting.

Each one addressed local happening and updated the group on what is going on at their business.


City Manager George Bosanic and Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden updated the group about growth and expansion in the city.

Van Wyngarden said new businesses will be opening within a matter of weeks, such as Tim Hortons and 57 Brew Pub and Bistro.

He said the expansion of the waste water treatment plant is almost finished.

“We have been seeing a lot of growth,” Van Wyngarden said.

Bosanic agreed and noted more homeowners are starting money back into the homes.

“We have had a lot of folks investing in homes,” Bosanic said.

He also updated the group on the city’s stance with the Mersen USA annexation process, and commented on the fact that United Solar Ovonic is still up for sale.

“It’s big money,” Bosanic said. “It’s a tough situation.”


Commissioner John Johansen talked of Leadership Montcalm and the fact there were 25 classmates this year to learn about the county.

“We had 25 classmates and 25 evaluations turned in,” Johansen said, noting that does not usually happen.

He also reminded the guests that the Nov. 6 election is coming up very shortly.

Commissioner Tom Lindeman talked of medication drop-off points in Montcalm County, and the county’s obesity rate.

He said people need to education them selves and children on how to keep healthy.


Yolanda Lewis of Consumers Energy briefed the group on proposal three and clarified issues with commercials on TV. She said currently, Michigan is working toward the goal of 10 percent of renewable energy by 2015.

“We should continue to reach that goal and go from there,” Lewis said, and added it should not be in the constitution because it will be harder to change if it needed.

Other visitors at Thursday’s meeting included The Daily News, Greenville Public Schools, Montcalm Community College, Chemical Bank, Greenville Planning Commission, Land Use Committee, West Michigan Virtual Schools and Spectrum Health United Hospital.

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