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Solon moves into new township hall


N-Solon-Township-hallBy Judy Reed

 

It’s been a long time coming, but Solon Township finally has their new township hall at 15185 Algoma, between 18 and 19 Mile.

They moved from their old hall on 19 Mile at the end of May.

“It’s not completely finished but we’re getting there,” said Solon Supervisor Bob Ellick.

The township approved the building of the 6,000 square-foot hall with community room in the fall of 2011. The building has 4,000 square feet of offices, a 2,000 square-foot community room, in floor boiler heat, 2×6 exterior sidewalls, about four inches of spray foam insulation, a brick exterior, steel roof, LED lighting which operates automatically, some heated sidewalks, plenty of handicap parking, and a security system with cameras that can be viewed remotely.

They will be renting out the community room to residents, but not until after their open house, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 from 1-4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Ellick estimates the total of the building will be between $860,000 and $880,000.

 

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Bicyclist hit by car


Two bicyclists were injured Monday evening when a car struck one of them from behind on 13 Mile Road in Algoma Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident happened about 7:44 p.m. just west of Algoma Ave. When deputies arrived on scene, one victim complained of minor injuries, and the other was unconscious and seriously injured. The bicyclists were reportedly traveling westbound on the shoulder of 13 Mile, when the car, also traveling westbound, struck the rear victim and threw him in the air over the rider in front of him. Deputies believe the victim’s bike then struck rider in front.

The driver of the car, Brian Craig Lindsey Jr., 26, of Sparta, reported that the sun obstructed his vision and he did not see the bicyclists.

Algoma Fire and Rescue treated both victims at the scene. The victim that was struck, Kenneth Alan Ring, 38, of Algoma Township, was transported to Butterworth Hospital with serious injuries.

 

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Three injured in crash


Three people were sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after a crash in Solon Township.

The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the intersection of 18 Mile and Algoma Avenue.

According to Sgt. Loughlin of the Kent County Sheriff Department, a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old woman, from Wayland, was traveling eastbound on 18 Mile, when she either didn’t stop at the stop sign at Algoma Avenue, or pulled out in front a vehicle traveling southbound on Algoma. The impact sent the two cars rolling into a field at the southeast corner of the intersection. The woman’s car landed on its top, and she was pinned in. The other car, which held a 46-year-old man and his 55-year-old wife, both from Cedar Springs, and a small dog, landed on its side.

Solon Fire and Rescue called Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue for assistance, and they both worked on freeing the passengers. The Wayland woman was sent to Butterworth with serious injuries. The husband and wife were also sent to the hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. The dog did not want to come out of the car, but firefighters were soon able to coax him out. He appeared shaky, but uninjured.

 

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Home Invasions on the rise across the county


The Kent County Sheriff Department reported late last week that there have been many home break-ins throughout Kent County recently.
Many have occurred in rural areas where homes are not close together. Daytime home break-ins have occurred everywhere: Algoma, Cannonsburg, Lowell and Byron Townships. Break-ins occur at all times of day, in any season and in all neighborhoods.
The KCSD asks resident to please be aware of, and report, any suspicious persons or vehicles. When possible, write down license plate numbers.
They advise you to protect your home by being discrete. Don’t advertise your items of value. Keep valuables out of plain sight of doors and windows. If you are throwing away boxes or bags that depict valuable items such as TVs, computers or jewelry, make sure they fit in you trash or recycling can. Cut or shred as much information as possible.
Keep all exterior doors and windows locked. Make sure your home is well lit. Keep criminals guessing as to whether or not you are home. Utilize interior lights and, if possible, different lights through-out the home when you are not home.
Keep an eye on your neighbor’s house as well and report anything out of the ordinary.
To report any crimes or suspicious activity, call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 632-6100 or 911.

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Should horse barn be torn down?


Dear Editor,
I’d like to say thanks to the Post for the coverage of stories in Solon Township, including the article in the July 21 edition about the Solon Township Board decision on July 12 to table action on the proposed removal of the huge horse barn on Algoma Avenue.

Since attending the July 12 meeting, I have spoken to dozens of Solon Township residents who feel that the barn should remain, be maintained and utilized.

I would encourage Solon Township residents to stop by the barn at 15185 Algoma, walk around and through it, and then show up on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the board meeting at the Solon Township Hall and let the board know what your thoughts are on this matter.

Thanks,
Len Allington, Solon Township resident

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Burn baby burn


Photo by R. Kompstra

Smoke was in the air Saturday as flames surged through the roof, but it was nothing to be alarmed about. The fire was planned, and was due to a practice burn that Algoma and Courtland Fire Departments participated in at the corner of Algoma and 15 Mile Road. Thanks to Rebecca Klompstra for letting us use one of her photos!

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