The Greenville Planning Commission tabled a decision Thursday on a request to rezone an area that is part of a planned use development (PUD) district to residential while commissioners look into potential impact on the zone’s residents and obtain a legal review.
It’s been longer than two decades since Montcalm Township residents have heard the wailing of a siren warning them of severe weather in the area. Now township officials have committed to wiring the township with several signals by purchasing the first one.
For 17 years, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) West Central Michigan has provided a private medical setting to assist and treat victims of sexual assault and now the Grand Rapids-based organization has branched those services out to Montcalm County. Beginning in April of last year, the program offers victims highly trained nurse examiners and victim advocates to provide recently victimized women with physical exams as well as someone to talk to.
The Eureka Township Board has proposed a $783,000 budget for the 2014 fiscal year, a budget slightly thinner than the current year but including a small raise for administration and some board members.
A local economic development group has become as stagnant or more so than the local economy it’s trying to help. The Montcalm Alliance hasn’t met in months. The group has suffered a net loss of almost $20,000 in the past year and incurred a debt of $6,750 to cover operational shortfalls. The current membership list hasn’t been updated online since 2010 and the website (montcalmalliance.com) and Facebook page haven’t been updated since 2011.
Students will continue to be able to pursue foreign language studies at Greenville Public Schools thanks to some new textbooks. The school board voted 6-0 at Monday night’s meeting to purchase five student textbooks and one teacher’s textbook for use in Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish classes.
This city is hoping to be awarded a potential $2 million storm and wastewater grant to help identify conditions of water and sanitary sewer systems and outline a longterm plan for repairs and upkeep. On Monday, the Greenville City Council approved the submission of an application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which awards the grant.
Tickets for the 14th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops concert go on sale Monday and organizers say the event will once again leave the crowd in awe. “I think it’s something people look forward to each year. It’s a wonderful event,” said Steven Day, chairman of the Education Foundation of Greenville, which puts on the event. “It’s a nice way to kick off the holiday season.”
Hundreds of area residents were able to rub elbows with business owners and their staff members as more than 50 businesses were present during the Greenville Expo 2013, held Wednesday at Greenville High School. “That’s a really good aspect of (the expo), I think,” said Mary Mitchell, who attended the event. “We get to meet people we don’t know.”
This city has reached a tentative agreement in a United Solar Ovonic bankruptcy case. A bankruptcy trustee representing the failed manufacturer and its parent company, Electric Conversion Devices, sought reimbursements on paid taxes and the payments of remaining grant money the city awarded the company in 2006 for opening up shop in Greenville.