City signs staging area contract
The Cedar Springs City Council signed the staging area grant/contract document at its last regular meeting on June 10. The Michigan DNRE Trust fund gave the city a grant of $100,000 to construct the staging area for the White Pine Trail just west of Second Street, between Maple and Elm. Earlier this year the city tore down an old building there that had been used for coal storage.
The building and property was donated to the city of Cedar Springs for a staging area by the Gust family, with the stipulation that a memorial structure of some type be created for their mother, Clara Gust, 88.
City manager Christine burns said construction on the staging area should be completed by fall.
Overnight parking in public lots
Residents who have a problem with enough parking at their home may get some relief. The city of Cedar Springs is considering lifting the ban on overnight parking in public lots in the wintertime. Currently, people cannot park in public lots from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 1. The council voted 5-2 to have City Manager Christine Burns draft an ordinance regarding the issue. Voting against was Christine Fahl and Ronny Merlington.
City gives raises
The city of Cedar Springs gave raises averaging 2.3 percent to city workers effective July 1 with the new budget. Last year workers went without raises due to revenue sharing cuts, and police officers took five furlough days.
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Construction has started on Veteran’s Memorial Park at the corner of Oak and Main Street. The dedication is scheduled for July 4th at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend. The park is being constructed with all volunteer labor and donations. If you’d like to donate, contact Dan Brown at 292-8767 or City Manager Chris Burns at 696-1330.