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Library votes for city to own new library

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I recently attended a special meeting of the Cedar Springs Library Board where they voted unanimously to request that the City own the new library after it is built. I am grateful for the board’s diligence, vision, and faith that not only would our community recognize the value of a new library but actively embrace it. I am also grateful for the considerable supports the CBDT has provided both financially and in creative problem solving. As a member of the City Council, I am looking forward to partnering with both the Library Board and the CBDT as we move toward construction. This process has been a testimony to the countless people who have patiently and tenaciously strived to realize a dream for this community that now spans decades. I am confident that our new library will be an asset to this community for generations to come. I truly believe the most important gift we can give our children is access to knowledge. This library exemplifies that gift. I want to thank all those involved for putting in the hard work to make this happen.

Sincerely,

Pam Conley, City of Cedar Springs

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“In-kind services”

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Dear Editor,

In answer to Kathy Bremmer’s letter regarding to Cedar Springs’ “in-kind services” contributed to the Red Flannel Festival. To keep it short and sweet: a few years before the Red Flannel Festival/Cedar Springs blow-up took place, all the Festival policing and cleanup was furnished, free of charge, by the Village/City. It was the municipality’s part in the production of the celebration.

The Festival benefits the City and the City benefits the Festival. The Red Flannel history includes them BOTH and because the city is a beneficiary of the event it is appropriate that they should make a contribution to the celebration.

Dorothy Bishop, 

Past Director of the Red Flannel Festival and 

68-year resident of Cedar Springs and environs.  

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Is Council putting RFF needs before the community’s needs?

 

Dear Editor,

Councilor Powell’s remarks at a recent council meeting made it glaringly obvious that she believes the recent election has given this council license to put the Red Flannel Festival’s needs before those of our community as a whole.

Being a festival supporter in one’s private life should not translate into giving lobbyist-like preference to them as a member of council.  A recent FOIA of councilors’ messages regarding the festival revealed that:

Councilors have insisted on a timeline for business that fits the festival’s needs over the direction of our Manager.

Councilor Clark assured the festival president that members of the committee—Clark, Nixon, and Conley—were willing to do whatever was necessary to fulfill their demands over the good of the taxpayers: “From our meeting last  week we are prepared to cover work and expenses with a  broad brush.  We  need to determine the best ‘’in-kind –service”, historical/cultural  authorization (state) or other state authorized means (DDA, Brownfield, etc.) to meet the spending for a ‘public purpose’ requirement.  We will do  it.” 

Charges for police coverage have historically been paid by the RFF until this year, after Councilor Conley’s request to waive those costs for 2014. The original charges were $2,531.78, of which $869.95 was refunded on 12/15/2014. That not being satisfactory, the council voted, in April, to refund the full amount—leaving taxpayers footing the bill.

Sheriff Department’s cost estimates alone for this year are upwards to $6000.00. These estimates could go higher depending on the needs of the festival. Estimated future costs to taxpayers for the entire event could end up being $11,000.00 or more because of the “agreement” approved by the council that fundamentally gave away the store. The city is now required to do most of the work that volunteers did last year and we are paying for it.

A few years ago taxpayers had an opportunity to support festivals through a millage. The answer was a resounding NO. It seems this council has usurped taxpayers’ wishes and are using methods bordering on misfeasance to back their own personal interests.

Added to the facts above, when a council member, attending a business seminar with surrounding area officials, shows up wearing a Red Flannel sweatshirt and handing out the Festival’s advertising items, Cedar Springs has a serious problem with its representation.

Kathryn Bremmer, City of Cedar Springs

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Coverage of recently adopted service agreement left out a few vital details

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Dear Editor,

If it’s true that “any town’s history is only as good as its local newspaper,” then that newspaper has the responsibility to be totally neutral, complete and factual in its reporting. Coverage of a recently adopted service agreement between the City and the Red Flannel Festival left out a few vital details that could negatively impact taxpayers.

Potential legal ramifications to the City:

1. References to a prior agreement in the document have not being properly identified,

2. City services that will be provided have not been clearly specified,

3. No cost containment provisions for what the city could be required to spend for future festivals are included, 

4. The terms of nullifying the agreement are nearly impossible to meet and possibly unenforceable,

5. The Council ignored legal council’s concerns about these issues,

6. The Council ignored the Manager’s recommendations to follow legal council’s advice.

Additionally:

1. The City was forced to remove all Red Flannel logos by the Festival Board,

2. The cost to taxpayers for this dispute has been thousands of dollars,

3. The former Council had no choice but to create an individual and unique logo for the city to use on its vehicles, letterhead, etc.

4. Use of the Red Flannel Festival’s logo benefits and promotes one nonprofit over other local nonprofits,

5. It is not the city’s job to provide “long term sustainability” for festivals, rather, it is the Chamber of Commerce’s job to promote the city and all of its businesses.

The last local election vividly demonstrated the electorate’s lack of awareness of the true story surrounding the logo, the ousting of good public servants and the personal agenda mindset of the current council. Cedar Springs is more than a logo and with several new businesses coming to town we are moving forward. Just because a person challenges the actions of the RFF doesn’t mean they hate our red flannel history but that is the divisive message that has been promoted the last few years; it needs to stop!  Congratulations to Councilor Perry Hopkins for voting against the service agreement.  It takes a strong person to do the right thing in the face of such irresponsible behavior.

Kathryn A. Bremmer, City of Cedar Springs

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Legislators need to represent the people

The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.


 

Dear Editor,

Since our legislators don’t seem to consider our roads a priority, I suggest that instead of worrying about drawing new voting districts lines, the legislators should pass a new law that all Michigan residents be represented by the first letter of their last name. Alphabetically—imagine that. We, as Michigan residents, would be represented instead of money and politics being represented.

Anybody?

Sincerely, 

Betty Towns, City of Cedar Springs

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We just want our stuff back

 

To the Grave Robbers:  Elmwood Cemetary- Cedar Springs

How dare you take our shepherds hook and lantern that had about $8.00 worth of coins in it. We put those items on his final resting place and you had the nerve to go there and take them off his grave. Do you know that he served 20 years in the Navy just so you could have your freedom. So how do you show your respect? You steal items his family and friends had placed there in remembrance of him. We just want our stuff back. We know you have probably already spent the money and are enjoying the other items at your house. We just hope you know that the coins were from his Navy buddies, who put them there to show their respect and honor to him. This will haunt you for the rest of your life.

From the family of Terrance A Gage II

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Business owners: fix your potholes

 

I would like to suggest to local business owners and managers that they get together and do something about the potholes in their parking lots before they lose a lot of business. Menards happens to have pothole patch on sale this week! Only $9.99 for a 50 lb bag. I’m sure you can find something similar locally if driving to Grand Rapids is an inconvenience. I know some of my friends are avoiding some businesses completely for fear of damaging their cars. If you are waiting for the property owner to take care of it, you might be in for a long wait unfortunately.

Helen Hoornstra, City of Cedar Springs

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Enjoyed April Fools paper

 

Dear Editor,

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed last week’s [the March 26] paper. I was so bummed when I read the front page about the Post turning shopper. Then I got a good laugh at the article—love the professional kite flying comments and the “no profits” line. The article was great!

Kay Ransom

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We need term limits

Lee Hamilton is the last person to offer objective arguments against term limits on Congress. (The Cedar Springs Post, January 22, 2014.) He fed at the public trough for 34 years and could not possibly remember what the average American is going through to feed, clothe and educate a family. What has Harry Reid done to help, for example?

Term limits are needed so there will eventually be elected to Congress enough legislators with the courage to punish the IRS abusers, imprison government officials hiding the facts of the border patrol agent’s death, make public the real reason we lost four Americans, including an ambassador, at Benghazi.

We need legislators with the courage to no O.K. spending bills that include $400 hammers and all the other wasting of tax dollars so many in Congress feel is necessary in order to be reelected term after term. Term limits would allow a legislator the freedom to act in the best interest of their constituents and not worry about if it would lose votes.

And to suggest that long term legislators have the “…ability to legislate effectively and oversee the government responsibly…” would be laughable if it wasn’t so distant from reality.

 

Sincerely, 

Kenn Hildebrand, Newaygo

 

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Note of appreciation

Dear Editor,

I would like to say how much I enjoy the Post. I especially enjoy Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche. It is always interesting, informative, and I can learn new things every week. His knowledge of the natural world is outstanding.

 

Sincerely,

Joyce Hosmer, Howard City


Post Scripts NOTICE: The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

 

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