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My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Voters renew millages for Comstock Park and Northview Schools

My Town: Voters renew millages for Comstock Park and Northview Schools

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A fund that pays for repairing facilities and purchasing property for Comstock Park Public Schools  will continue on for another decade.

In a 591-237 vote Tuesday, voters approved renewing a 0.9984 millage that would go toward the district's Building and Site Sinking Fund.  The renewal means the owner of a home with a taxable valuation of $100,000 can expect to pay $99.84 per year.

Tuesday night, voters also approved renewing a millage for Northview Public Schools' Building and Site Sinking Fund for another ten years.  The proposal passed overwhelmingly- 1,425 votes to 521 votes. The rate is limited to 1.2056 mills, or approximately $120.56 per home with a taxable valuation of $100,00. Funding will go toward school property purchases and construction and upkeep of schools.

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town Alpine Township: Master Plan open house April 22

My Town Alpine Township: Master Plan open house April 22

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 a final open house at the Township Center, 5255 Alpine Avenue, NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321 on April 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 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: 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.