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My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- A special election is being held May 6 for three Plainfield Township school systems:  Comstock Park, Northview and Rockford public schools.

Comstock Park Public Schools Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein said, “We are asking voters to renew our... sinking fund millage for another ten years on May 6.  This important source of special revenue helps the district make annual repairs and meet ongoing maintenance needs without taking funds from our operational classroom budget.” 

Ebenstein added, “We have an outstanding supportive community that takes great pride in our grounds and facilities, and we are seeking their assistance in helping maintain the facilities we have.”

My Town Alpine Township: Master plan open house March 31

My Town Alpine Township: Master plan open house March 31

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Alpine Charter Township)--Alpine Township needs your help in updating the community’s Master Plan.

The Master Plan lays out the vision for the community’s desired future and outlines the policies and steps to get there. The Township needs to hear your thoughts and ideas about what you would like for your community’s future.

To receive your input, the Alpine Township Planning Commission will host open houses at the Township Center, 5255 Alpine Avenue, NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321 on Monday, March 31, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Planning commissioners and staff will be on hand to answer questions and take comments. Stop by for a bit, let us know what you think and help guide the direction of your community!

For any questions, please call the Planning Director, Sue Becker at 784-9090.

An additional Master Plan open house is scheduled for April 22, from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

My Town Alpine Township: Master plan open houses March 19 and March 31

My Town Alpine Township: Master plan open houses March 19 and March 31

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Alpine Charter Township)--Alpine Township needs your help in updating the community’s Master Plan.

The Master Plan lays out the vision for the community’s desired future and outlines the policies and steps to get there. The Township needs to hear your thoughts and ideas about what you would like for your community’s future.

To receive your input, the Alpine Township Planning Commission will host open houses at the Township Center, 5255 Alpine Avenue, NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321 on Wednesday, March 19 and Monday, March 31, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Planning commissioners and staff will be on hand to answer questions and take comments. Stop by for a bit, let us know what you think and help guide the direction of your community!

For any questions, please call the Planning Director, Sue Becker at 784-9090.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Comstock Park: Schools look to voters to keep 'Sinking Fund' alive

My Town Comstock Park: Schools look to voters to keep 'Sinking Fund' alive

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—With February elections over, the focus now for many school districts is May.

On Tuesday, May 6, Comstock Park Public Schools will ask voters to renew the district’s current “Sinking Fund” for another ten years.  The Sinking Fund can only be used for expenses on buildings, facilities and grounds.    Without the Sinking Fund, these annual maintenance costs would come from the district’s General Fund, which normally covers student programs, staff and services.

The Sinking Fund has previously helped cover roofs, parking lots, sidewalks, windows, doors, lockers, carpet, landscaping upkeep, gym floor refinishing and athletic field improvements.

My Town Comstock Park: New banners, planters planned for downtown

My Town Comstock Park: New banners, planters planned for downtown

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— New banners and pots filled with flowers will line the streets of downtown Comstock Park by early summer.

Jay Spencer says the Downtown Development Authority is working with Victory Signs in designing approximately 30 banners that will adorn the street lights along West River Drive and around the park in Comstock Park.  The banners will highlight Comstock Park. Additionally, the DDA plans to order 20 more planters to fill with flowers this year.  That’s in addition to the 10 flower planters it had out last year.