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Brush fire burns out of control


Wind caused this fire to burn out of control last week. Post photos by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Dry and windy conditions caused a brush fire to spread out of control behind a home in Nelson Township last week. 

Cedar Springs Fire was called to the scene behind a home on 18 Mile, just to the east of Hillcrest Community Church, on Friday, March 23. 

According to Fire Chief Marty Fraser, when the fire began to spread, the homeowner attempted to put it out but could not get it under control. Approximately two acres was burned. 

The fire department got it knocked downand then went over the hot spots.

The Michigan DNR had a burning ban out for northern Michigan, and most of the fire departments in the lower peninsula also had a burning ban on for the dry, windy conditions. Anyone in the lower peninsula who wants to burn brush needs to call their local fire department to get a burn permit prior to burning.

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An unsightly mess


 

Shaner Ave. (Nelson Township) between 17 and 18 Mile Roads has recently been turned into an unsightly mess. The mess is not only in the ditches along the road, but also left on the properties of current residents. Consumers Energy and the Kent County Road Commission came through with heavy equipment and cut a long wide path of trees and brush. This ugly defacing of Shaner was done most recklessly and without regard for the properties on which their work was done. Several property owners have lost large trees, which now lay on their properties in large hunks or piles. Heavy equipment was used to mow down brush and topple trees. In some of the areas where work was done, a lot of debris was left. Tree trunks and uprooted trees lay on the wide swath of loose and lumpy mounds of water-soaked soil that was also dug up. Pieces of shredded brush lay on the narrow shoulder of the road, being a hazard for bikers, walker, and joggers. Ditches were damaged where the heavy equipment went on and off the road, which will result in water backing up into residents’ yards when it rains, if the ditches aren’t repaired. This all was done to accommodate the development project, White Pine Ridge, now in progress on Shaner and 18 Mile Roads. We residents on Shaner appear to have to deal with the ugly side of progress at work. In the beginning, Nelson Township officials appeared to believe that the condominium development would give something back to the community. So far it has only been costly for the Township, particularly in attorney’s fees. This is only the beginning of many adverse effects that the development will have on residents along Shaner and 18 Mile Roads. I ask: will it be progress or progressive devastation to a peaceful quiet and uncrowded rural community?

Mary Stidham, Nelson Township

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Development causing problems


 

Nelson Township has not yet granted Allen Edwin Homes its request for the rezoning of the property located at 6500 18 Mile Road for the building of an OSPUD development. However, building of the first unit has begun.

Woes and hazards for motorists driving on Shaner and 18 Mile Roads came on the first day (August 24) with the arrival of the developer’s construction equipment and hauling rigs. The area where the construction was taking place was a field with soft ground and no driveway to get to the actual building site. One semi driver chose to park his rig behind the stop sign on Shaner’s southeast corner, blocking all clear vision for drivers needing to get on or off either of the roads. Other smaller vehicles parked on the narrow road shoulder in front of the stop sign. One accident took place in the intersection, while the vehicles parked were in the clear vision area. On September 8, a more hazardous situation came about when double tandem rigs hauled in tons of dirt up Shaner to the building site. This time the haulers used the eastbound lane of 18 Mile to back up their rigs, in order to turn around to get southbound on Shaner. The northbound lane of Shaner was used for parking the loads while the dirt was being unloaded. This activity lasted from early in the morning that day until around 2:30 p.m. This is only a sample of what is to come if the developer gets the request for rezoning and the rest of the building starts.

On September 21, Allen Edwin Homes will present yet another new plan for its condominium site to the Nelson Planning Commission. This proposed development has already raised several legitimate concerns with residents living nearby, and others not so close. Some of these concerns seem to have fallen by the wayside where the Township Board and Planning Commission are concerned. For instance: increased traffic, well water contamination, well water supply, and the other impacts that a development of such density will have on current property owners/taxpayers. The amount of time that the Township has spent on it should be a strong indication that what Homes wants to do on the property isn’t compatible to the location.

Mary L. Stidham, Nelson Township

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Man crosses centerline, causes crash


Two men were injured in this crash in Nelson Twp. Photo courtesy S. Harrison.

Two men were injured in this crash in Nelson Twp. Photo courtesy S. Harrison.

Two Cedar Springs men were sent to the hospital Tuesday morning, July 5, after a crash near 18 Mile and Ritchie.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Michael Minnie, 25, of Nelson Township, was driving westbound on 18 Mile Road, in a 2000 Nissan Maxima, about 6:50 a.m. when he crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound Dodge Dakota truck.

The driver of the truck, Peter Frazine, 40, of Nelson Township, was pinned inside of his vehicle. He was transported to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance, with a fractured femur and internal injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the car was found unconscious, and sent to Butterworth Hospital with lacerations. Police reported he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Motorcycle accident sends one to hospital


 

Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ron Kimbrough and Deputy Scott Abbatoy look at the motorcycle involved in the accident Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ron Kimbrough and Deputy Scott Abbatoy look at the motorcycle involved in the accident Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Gowen man was injured Monday when he dumped his motorcycle while traveling on the curve on 18 Mile, just south of Fieldstone Meadows.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Scott Abbatoy, the 58-year-old man was traveling toward Cedar Springs, on 18 Mile, when his foot got stuck under the brake, and he tipped the bike. He was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a head injury, as well as lacerations on his hands. He was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A man and woman who were out doing home inspections stopped at the scene when they saw the victim on his hands and knees, with his head bleeding. They let him sit in their vehicle to wait for police and the ambulance. “If you see someone like that, you can’t just drive by,” said the woman. “If it was my dad, I’d want to someone to stop.”

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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