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City to vote on police contract Thursday night


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The Cedar Springs City Council will vote Thursday evening on whether to contract with the Kent County Sheriff Department for police services.

Both the Kent County Corporate Counsel and the City Attorney approved the form of the draft agreement.

According to City Manager Thad Taylor, the agreement covers the specifics the City asked for, including hiring their full-time officers, and leaving them in the Cedar Springs unit. “They didn’t use the word ‘guaranteed’ but they are basically saying, ‘if you meet the criteria, we’ll hire you.’ They are accelerating the hiring process for them and they won’t have to go up against 400 other officers.”

Under the contract, Cedar Springs would have police coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They would supply one sergeant five days a week, eight hours a day, to supervise deputies. One deputy would patrol each eight-hour shift. Shifts would begin and end at the Cedar Springs Police Department. A Lieutenant at the Kent County Sheriff Department would help oversee the Cedar Springs unit.

Officers will still respond to calls for unlocking vehicles, private property accidents, and for any other reason a person calls requesting for a police officer.

One thing that did not come out quite as estimated was the cost savings. Initially, the cost savings were estimated at $100,000 to $120,000. In the agreement presented to the City, expenses used were estimated using actual Byron Township billing, and an estimated 6 percent inflationary factor. This brought the savings down to $57,809. However, Chief Deputy Michele Young wrote that she thinks they could still realize a savings of $111, 176 by changing the way some of the costs are calculated. She will be on hand Thursday evening to help explain that to the City Council.

Taylor said that he had spoken to Chief Deputy Young, and that the lower savings was a worst-case scenario. “She has shared some more realistic costs, and I have full confidence she will explain it,” said Taylor. “It’s made more difficult to estimate because they are on a calendar budget year (January through December) and ours starts in July.”

If Cedar Springs transfers equipment (such as vehicles, weapons, radar units, etc.) to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they will face no allocation costs in the initial five-year agreement, but they will in subsequent terms. “That’s a pretty standard accounting practice,” noted Taylor.

The agreement can be rescinded anytime with 60-day notice by either party.

The City Council meets Thursday evening, October 9, at City Hall. Workshop at 6:15, and meeting at 7 p.m.

You can download the agenda packet, which includes a copy of the contract at the city’s website www.cityofcedarsprings.org. Click on meetings, then 2014 council documents, and scroll down to 10-09-2014 and click on agenda packet.

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Founders Day fun in Cedar Springs


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Signal Trip, a local band, was one of the performances.

 

The second annual Founders Day weekend, put on by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce last weekend, had a little something for all ages, and helped everyone know just a little bit more about the history of Cedar Springs.

It kicked off with a children’s street fair under tent at Main and Ash Streets Friday from 4-7 p.m., with balloons, carnival games, animals, face painting, story time, a magician, a model train set, and loads of fun. The event was put on by Double K Farms and 4H.

On Saturday, March 29, kids gathered at the library for pioneer storytime and did pioneer crafts; the Cedar Springs Historical Museum was also open for tours. The tent was reopened from 4 to 10 for free concerts by two area bands, and good food and local craft beer and hard cider was available to purchase.

Children enjoyed the petting zoo at the Founder’s Day Celebration

Children enjoyed the petting zoo at the Founder’s Day Celebration

Matthew McQueen shows off his crafts he made at the Library.

Matthew McQueen shows off his crafts he made at the Library.

Chamber president Shawn Kiphart was pleased with the turnout. “It was double that of last year,” he noted. “But we still have room to grow.”

He said he had positive feedback from the events at the library and museum, and that the children’s street fair would become a permanent addition to the event. “Next year they will have more time to plan for it,” he said.

One thing that added to the comfort level this year was that the tent was enclosed and actually felt heated. “It really made a big difference,” he said.

Kiphart noted that they are always looking for new ideas, and would welcome other community groups to join them in planning for Founders Day next year. “If anyone has an event they would like to do, it doesn’t have to be on Main Street. We would put it under our umbrella and get the advertising out for it,” he said.

You can reach Kiphart at shawnkiphart@csacoc.com or (616) 773-5126.

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Out of the Attic


Main Street in Cedar Springs during the blizzard of 1978

Main Street in Cedar Springs during the blizzard of 1978

Tired of the snow?

If you think it’s bad right now, look at the result of the blizzard of 1978. This is what Main Street in Cedar Springs looked like, and many snowpiles across the area lingered til March. It kind of feels like that now, doesn’t it? Many are tired of the snow and ice and frigid temperatures. A couple of days in the 30s and 40s last week gave us hope that spring is right around the corner, but the return of sub-zero temps, more snow, and the forecast from WOOD-TV’s Bill Steffen has all but dashed those hopes. He says we are looking the rest of March to be colder than normal. In one of his updates last week, he said maybe Cedar Springs should start making some green flannels. If only we could, Bill! Thanks to Ed Bremmer for the photograph.

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City needs a leader with common sense


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. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

 

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Dear Editor,

I have lived around the Red Flannel Town for 80 years now, and was a resident of the city around 30 years in that time span. I have no voting power now, so maybe I can look at the machinations going on more objectively.

I do not know the council members personally and Mr. Truesdale slightly. When reading his letters to the public in prior editions of the Post, my reaction? Wow! What a great thing to keep the citizens informed, regardless!

Cedar Springs needs a leader with plain old common sense. I’m not a common sense type of person, but have enough wisdom to realize that to run a successful city, business, or anything, common sense is a requisite of great value.

Mr. Truesdale would have made a very, very good Mayor. He is honest and blessed with common sense.

Council take heed of one comment in the meeting and have no more of “underhanded dealings and slipping things in at the last minute.” This is not the most ethical way of business.

There was a comment as a reason for not voting for Mr. Truesdale. The reason came from a piece of gossip: “Mr. Truesdale didn’t believe women should be on the council.” It does give one pause. That’s a good reason?

To the mayor and council members, for the good of the city, everyone stop the pettiness. Please!

 

Alice Powell, 

Solon Township

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Bus trip to ArtPrize


Do you want a fun way to see ArtPrize without the hassle of driving around to all the locations, dealing with crowds, and finding parking spots that do not require a lot of walking? There is now an opportunity for just that by taking an ArtPrize bus tour!

The tour takes place on Thursday, September 27, and begins with the motorcoach leaving at 8:15 a.m. from Cedar Springs. The tour will guide you to many of the ArtPrize exhibits and get you around without the hassle. Included in the day’s activities are admission into the Grand Rapids Art Museum before opening to the public that day, admission to the Frederick Meijer Gardens, lunch at the Pearl Street Grille, a souvenir, a water bottle and an ArtPrize guidebook from the day and more. This will be a great new way to experience ArtPrize, so get registered today as space is limited. The cost is only $75 and includes all these great things. The deadline for registration is September 17, so don’t waste a minute!

This is just one of the many offerings through the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department. If you like travel, there is also Virtual Travel Adventure shows and other bus trips are in the planning stages. Please check out these an other programs by logging onto the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation website at www.csaparksandrec.com. You can register for these programs in person at the Cedar Spring Public Schools district office (a.k.a Hilltop building) at 204 E. Muskegon. The parks and recreation office is located on the 3rd floor. For other information or questions, please feel free to call the office Monday-Wednesay from 8:30am-3:00pm at 696-7320 or email the director anytime at director@csaparksandre.com.

 

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Read to ride


PreK-8th Graders can earn two tickets to ride the carnival rides during the Red Flannel Festival by reading books.

The rules are simple. Pick up a log at the Cedar Springs Public Library on the corner of Cherry and Second St. Read 3 hours and get your parent or teacher to initial and get a coupon for a free carnival ride or a bag of popcorn during Red Flannel Days. Read 6 hours and get 2 coupons.

Cash in your log during open hours at the CS Library until Red Flannel Day. Logs are redeemable on Red Flannel Day from 10am-2pm at the Friends Book Sale on Main Street across from the Kent Theatre.

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roger on main streetArmageddon

Don’t know why, but the political convention season always makes me think about Armageddon. And, speaking of that…

Time after time, various folks have predicted the end of the world. The Millennium was one of the biggies, prediction-wise. Oops…not even the world’s computer programs came to an end. (Remember all those so-called “millennium bugs”?) So far, every day has gone by with a tomorrow to follow.

The latest prediction I’ve personally heard about is for December 21, 2012. Give credit for this one to the ancient Mayans and some imaginative moderns.

It goes like this: Events of 2012 are based on the ending date of the ancient Mayan Long Count Calendar. This is thought to end on December 21, 2012, signaling, of course, the end of days for real. Predictions of devastation and destruction abound. Some believe it wise to prepare for doomsday.

Considering the record of past predictions, I suggest planning on a cup of coffee and a good TV rerun show on December 21. If we’re wrong, all of us will be in the same boat, anyway. In my opinion, it’s likely to be just another ho-hum.

Just to make sure we don’t get too bored, the Mayan calendar worked in another end-of-times possibility 25,000 years from now.

Cure story

A man goes into a drug store and asks the pharmacist if he can give him something for the hiccups. The pharmacist promptly reaches out and slaps the man’s face.

“What the heck did you do that for?” yells the man.

“Well, you don’t have the hiccups anymore do you?” answers the pharmacist.

The man says, “No, I don’t, you dummy… But my wife out in the car still does!”

Taste story

When the store manager returned from lunch, he noticed his clerk’s hand was bandaged, but before he could ask about the bandage, the clerk had some very good news for him.

“Guess what, sir?” said the clerk. “I finally sold that terrible, ugly suit we’ve had so long!”

“Do you mean that repulsive pink-and-blue double-breasted thing?” asked the manager.

“That’s the one!”

“ Well, great!” said the manager. “I thought we’d never get rid of that monstrosity. It had to be the ugliest suit we’ve ever had. But tell me, why is your hand bandaged?”

“Oh,” the clerk replied, “after I sold the guy that suit, his seeing-eye dog bit me.”

Court story

A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter the judge gave the panel: “An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a compromising position.”

During her interview, the jury candidate remarked, “During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband compromising with our next-door neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him.”

She wasn’t selected for the jury.

 

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Deer accidents in city


Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent recently shared some car crash statistics for the year with the Cedar Springs City Council, and noted two accidents in the last month involving deer.
“Like all areas of Kent County, we are not immune from car/deer crashes,” he wrote.
Officer Chad Tucker responded to a crash with injuries involving a deer on November 13at 6 p.m. on W. Muskegon at 7th Street, and another car/deer crash on November 15 at 6:44 p.m. on E. Muskegon just east of Marie Street.
The Cedar Springs Police had responded to a total of 81 vehicle accidents as of early December, with 22 of them occurring in the 425 area with Solon Township.

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Spook-tacular success


A spooky witch at the Post handed out candy to little ghouls and goblins Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

Balmy weather brought out kids of all ages to enjoy the annual Cedar Springs Main Street Spook-tacular put on by area businesses and non-profits Monday evening, October 31. There were spooky stories, carnival games, trunk-or-treat, a giant slide, cider and donuts, and lots of candy handed out by area businesses. A big thanks to the area businesses for organizing and underwriting the event.

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Chinese students visit Cedar Springs


Submitted by Shellie Bauer

On Monday, July 11, 24 students and two chaperones arrived in Cedar Springs from the city of Chongqing, China for a two-week cultural exchange.

The city of Chongqing is situated in the southern part of China and has over 30,000,000 people. They were amazed at our small town.

The two weeks consisted of English class in the morning, followed by activities in the afternoon. The students all stayed with host families that were from Cedar Springs and the surrounding area. Many students shared that they attended middle school five days a week, for 10 hours each day, so they really enjoyed the interaction they had with their host family and with each other. China has a “one child” policy so they also enjoyed having siblings.

The students commented on the friendliness of the people and were amazed at the smiling faces they saw. Many people asked them where they were from.

The activities included Mac Dune Rides, a trip to Country Dairy (which some will not forget), shopping, a White Caps baseball game, several picnics, a sports day with a brief golf lesson at Cedar Chase, a scavenger hunt, and a family softball game.

Families and students shared with the group the fun they had together in the short time they were in Cedar Springs. Many of us hate to see them leave. We know we may never see them again. We’re reminded of the quote that says, “You can meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes those people you can’t forget. Those are your friends.”

Our lives have become richer because of our friends from the other side of the world!

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