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Nelson Township Library millage request


The November 4, 2014 General Election ballot for Nelson Township voters will include a request for the Nelson Township Library operating millage to be restored to the original .5 mills which was approved in 1987.  Since 1987, the effect of the Headlee Amendment has reduced the levy to .3940 mills.  The November ballot request is asking for an additional .1068 mills to bring the levy back to the original ½ mill.

Since the construction of the new library in 2007, operating expenses have continued to rise and millage receipts have diminished.  The 2014-15 budget for the library was set at $51,400.00. Expenses for the building include utilities, insurance, custodial services, grounds maintenance and miscellaneous items.

The reduced millage of 0.3940 mills generates $46,600.00 annually. Approval of the requested additional 0.1068 mills will add $12,718.00 to the dedicated library operating funds. At present, the shortage comes out of the township general fund. If passed, property owners will pay 11 cents per thousand dollars of taxable value or $11 on a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

In August, Kent County voters approved a millage request by the Kent District Library. This money provides librarians, programs, books and magazines in both print and audio, music, videos, programs, computers and internet access, plus more. The townships in turn must provide a facility for the library to operate in and like KDL, our funds have remained flat while our costs have increased.

Please vote YES on November 4.

Dorothy Bishop, Nelson Township

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Spring cleanups start soon


By Judy Reed

 

SPR-Spring-clean-upsAs the weather warms up and residents begin to spring clean, some municipalities are offering drop off sites to help get rid of the clutter. Check out the list below to see when it’s offered in your area.

Algoma Township: Spring cleanup days are Wednesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 26. Dumpsters will be available at the township hall at 10531 Algoma Ave. Hours will be Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m to 3 p.m. No shovel offs or loose trash allowed. No liquids, no hazardous waste (no paint, oil, fuel, gasoline etc.) No brush or yard waste, no cement.

All tires must be cut in half, propane and fuel oil tanks must be cut in half. Fencing must be folded or rolled up. Barrels must have one end open or be full of holes. Will also collect E-Waste at the same location (cell phones, computers, TVs, stereos, speakers, etc.). Call the township for more info 866-1583.

City of Cedar Springs: The city will collect E-waste on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the Earth Day cleanup. A dumpster will be located behind City Hall and manned by Rotarians. Bring all your electronic waste for disposal such as computers, monitors, keyboards, cell phones, radios, stereos, laptops, VCRs, TVs, modems, power cords, etc. Almost any electronic item, working or non-working, with a cord or battery, will be accepted. Computer hard drives will be wiped and destroyed.

The annual brush pickup will be Monday, April 28. Please have brush out by 6:00 a.m. and neatly stacked as close to the curb as possible. No brush larger than six inches, tree removals or stumps will be picked up. They will make one pass through town.

There is no longer a spring trash cleanup date. Check with your waste hauler for pickup.

Also note that the city will be flushing City hydrants on April 25. To avoid staining laundry, allow water to run until clear before washing white or light colored clothing.

Courtland Township: No spring cleanup, they have a fall cleanup in September.

Nelson Township/Sand Lake: Spring cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5th and Cherry Streets, near the water tower in Sand Lake. We accept appliances, sheet metal, auto parts and engines (liquid drained), aluminum and copper wire, fencing (flattened and folded), mattresses, furniture, carpeting, clothing, glass, etc. No garbage please. No hazardous or toxic waste. No yard clippings or brush. No shovel offs of shingles and drywall. Will also collect E-Waste and metal at the same location. Please call the township for more info at 636-5332.

Sand Lake: Sand Lake will have a brush only pickup April 17-25. Pile brush along side of the road. See Nelson Township (above) for regular spring cleanup.

Solon Township: Spring cleanup dates have been set for two consecutive Saturdays, May 3 and May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 15185 Algoma. One 5×8 trailer with 48-inch sides or one pickup box per household. All items should be boxed or bagged, 45 pounds maximum. Tires must be cut in four pieces, car or light truck only, limit four. Appliances such as washers, dryers, etc. will be accepted, but not appliances that used Freon  or other toxic chemicals. Call township for more info at 696-1718.

Spencer Township: Call township for info at 984-0035.

 

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Family homeless after fire


Photo by J. Reed

Photo by J. Reed

Photo by Marty Fraser

Photo by Marty Fraser

A fire that started in a garage destroyed a two-story home in Nelson Township last weekend that had recently been remodeled.

According to Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser, the call came in at 12:38 a.m. Saturday, February 1, at a home at 7788 19 Mile Road, between Myers Lake Avenue and Pine Lake Rd. “The family woke up when they heard a noise in the garage and couple of explosions,” explained Fraser. “They were probably the tires on the minivan and a small car.” Both cars were destroyed in the fire.

Fraser said the first unit arrived at the home of Karl and Kathy Hanes to find the structure well involved and the occupants outside. Home at the time was the mother and four teenagers.

Assisting at the scene was the Sand Lake, Spencer, Courtland and Oakfield Fire Departments. “It took approximately two hours to knock the bulk of the fire down, and about 1-1/2 to 2 hours to knock down hot spots. We were on the scene a total of six hours,” explained Fraser.

The home was a total loss. Fraser said that the interior of the home was compromised so they had to attack the fire strictly from the outside. The cause was undetermined.

The family does have insurance, and the Red Cross put them up temporarily in one of their Red Cross houses. Anyone who would like to help the Hanes family, should contact the Red Cross.

 

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Man sentenced in crash that killed 2-year-old


John Gilbert Heeringa

John Gilbert Heeringa

A Howard City man was ordered to spend 20 days in jail and two years on probation as the result of an accident that killed a two-year-old boy.

John Gilbert Heeringa was sentenced Friday, January 10 on the charge of moving violation causing death, a misdemeanor.

The crash occurred in Nelson Township on June 25. Paula Zuniga, 33, was traveling westbound on 17 Mile in a red Ford Explorer with her three children about 10:15 a.m., when the gray Ford F150 that Heeringa was driving northbound on Myers Lake Avenue ran the stop sign and hit Zuniga’s vehicle. Two-year-old Oscar was ejected from his car seat and died at the scene. Three-year-old Alex Salgado was transported to the hospital with serious head injuries, and both one-year-old Gretta Salgado and Paula Zuniga were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Heeringa may have been distracted by his dog, which was in the cab of the truck.

 

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Murder victim found in Nelson Township


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Steven Carl Day

Steven Carl Day

The Kent County Sheriff Department is looking for a backpack and some missing clothing that belongs to a murder victim found in Nelson Township.

A man driving on 16 Mile Road near Myers Lake Avenue saw what he thought was a dead deer in the snow off the side of the road Wednesday morning, December 18. After a closer look, he discovered it was a body.

An autopsy done on the body by the Kent County Medical Examiner’s office on Thursday, December 19, determined the cause of death as a homicide.

The Kent County Sheriff Department identified the victim as Steven Carl Day, 54, of Grand Rapids.

Police said the Day was last seen on video surveillance wearing a backpack. Both the backpack and some of his clothes are missing, and police said the items may have been dumped or thrown from a car.

FileFour_1744FileThree_1744Two suspects were initially arrested in the murder and lodged at the Kent County Jail, but they were later released when the Kent County Prosecutor declined to press charges.

Detectives are asking for anyone with information on a found backpack, clothing or Steven Day’s activities just prior to the homicide call Det. Justin DeBoode, Kent County Sheriff Department, at 616-632-6130 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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Driver falls asleep; hits oncoming car


The driver of this car fell asleep and hit an oncoming vehicle the evening of July 4.

The driver of this car fell asleep and hit an oncoming vehicle the evening of July 4.

Police and fire and rescue responded to the scene of a two-car head-on collision in Nelson Township shortly before midnight on Thursday, July 4.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a young male driver traveling westbound on 17 Mile, between Shaner and Ritchie, dozed off and hit an oncoming vehicle. According to police at the scene, the occupants of the cars suffered minor injuries and would not be transported to the hospital. Cedar Springs Police and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Toddler dies in crash


AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.  Post photo by L. Allen.

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.
Post photo by L. Allen.

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.  This red Ford Explorer was carrying three children when it was hit Tuesday by a Ford F150. One of the children was ejected from his car seat and died of his injuries.  Post photo by J. Reed.

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.
This red Ford Explorer was carrying three children when it was hit Tuesday by a Ford F150. One of the children was ejected from his car seat and died of his injuries.
Post photo by J. Reed.

A crash in Nelson Township Tuesday morning took the life of a 2-1/2 year-old boy and sent several others to the hospital.

According to Sgt. Eric Rakow, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, a Ford  F150 truck was heading northbound on Myers Lake Avenue about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, June 25, when the driver ran the stop sign at 17 Mile and hit a westbound red Ford Explorer carrying a Cedar Springs mother and her three children.

One of the children, Oscar Zuniga, age 2, was ejected from his car seat and died at the scene. Another child, three-year-old Alex Salgado, was taken to the hospital by AeroMed with serious head injuries. One-year-old Gretta Salgado and the driver, Paula Zuniga, 33, were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All were from Cedar Springs.

N-Fatal-truckThe driver of the F-150, John Heeringa, 65, of Howard City, was being transported by family to be checked out.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident, which is still under investigation.

The Kent County Sheriff Department was assisted by the Cedar Springs Police Department, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Courtland Fire and Rescue, AeroMed, and Rockford Ambulance.

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Spring cleanups start soon


By Judy Reed

 

As the weather warms up and residents begin to spring clean, some municipalities are offering drop off sites to help get rid of the clutter. Check out the list below to see when it’s offered in your area.

Algoma Township: Spring cleanup days are Wednesday, April 25, through Saturday, April 28. Dumpsters will be available at the township hall at 10531 Algoma Ave. Hours will be Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m to 3 p.m. No shovel offs or loose trash allowed. No liquids, no hazardous waste (no paint, oil, fuel, gasoline etc.) No brush or yard waste, no cement.

All tires must be cut in half, propane and fuel oil tanks must be cut in half. Fencing must be folded or rolled up. Barrels must have one end open or be full of holes. Will also collect E-Waste at the same location (cell phones, computers, TVs, stereos, speakers, etc.). Call the township for more info 866-1583.

City of Cedar Springs: The city will collect E-waste on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the Earth Day cleanup. A dumpster will be located behind City Hall. Bring all your electronic waste for disposal such as computers, monitors, keyboards, cell phones, radios, stereos, laptops, VCRs, modems, power cords, etc. The trailer will be there until 3 p.m. No TVs or big box appliances will be accepted. TVs may be brought to Comprenew at 629 Ionia SW in Grand Rapids for recycling. A fee will be charged per TV.

The annual brush pickup will be Monday April 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please have brush out by 6:00 a.m. and neatly stacked as close to the curb as possible. No brush larger than six inches, tree removals or stumps will be picked up. They will make one pass through town. Final fall pickup is September 24. There is no longer a spring trash cleanup date, since Duncan Disposal, the city’s preferred waste hauler, does that for residents.

The Department of Public Works will be flushing the City’s hydrants on Friday, April 27, 2012 and September 21, 2012. In most cases, hydrants are flushed during the night-time when water demand is at its lowest

Please remember to let your faucet run clear before doing any white or light colored laundry to avoid staining your laundry. Please contact DPW Director Roger Belknap at 616.696.1330 X 108 should you have any questions.

Courtland Township: No spring cleanup, they have a fall cleanup.

Nelson Township/Sand Lake: Spring cleanup days are Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents should bring trash to the water tower in Sand Lake. New this year is a charge of $15 for mattresses and $15 for box springs. Proof of residency required with a tax bill or voter registration AND a driver’s license. Will also collect E-Waste at the same location. Please call the township for more info at 636-5332.

Oakfield Township: No cleanup scheduled.

Sand Lake: See Nelson Township.

Solon Township: Spring cleanup dates have been set for two consecutive Saturdays, May 5 and May 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old horse farm, 15185 Algoma. Proof of residency required. Must be residents—not just landowners. One 5×8 trailer with 48-inch sides or one pickup box per household. All items should be boxed or bagged, 45 pounds maximum. Tires must be cut in four pieces, car or light truck only, limit four. Appliances such as washers, dryers, etc. will be accepted, but not appliances that used Freon. Call township for more info  at 696-1718.

Spencer Township: Call township for info at 984-0035.

 

 

 

 

 

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Woman killed in two-car crash


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Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a crash that killed a 74-year-old Howard City woman Monday in Nelson Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 6:17 p.m. on Pine Lake Avenue, just north of 21 Mile Rd. Police said Todd Matthew Urbanski, 39, of Nelson Township, was southbound on Pine Lake in a 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora, when he lost control and crossed into the path of a 1996 GMC Safari van traveling north on Pine Lake. The driver of the van, Lorraine Jean Bradford, 74, of Howard City, was pronounced dead at the scene. Urbanski was found lying in the roadway with minor cuts and abrasions, and transported to Butterworth Hospital.

Roads had become icy, but police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was the Michigan State Police, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Sand Lake Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance.

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Old postcard shows Main Street


By Judy Reed

When cleaning out his great-grandmother’s house after her death, Keith Coalter, of Nelson Township, said they came up with an interesting find—a postcard sent to her with an old-time picture of Cedar Springs on the front.

His great-grandmother, Mrs. Herman (Pauline) W. Grey, was from this area, but living in Grand Rapids at the time the postcard was mailed to her from someone named “Wanda.” It was postmarked Greenville, with a date of October 28, 1950, and carried a one-cent George Washington stamp. “Wanda” was thanking Mrs. Grey for telling her about the death of a mutual friend.

The postcard photo appears to be a picture of Main Street in the early 1900s. Off to the left there is a couple with the woman wearing a long dress, and one of the early cars is parked on the left side of the street.

Craig Cole brought in the same postcard as part of a collection. His postcard was not hand-colored, however, but a sepia-toned card. The message was signed by someone named “Sam,” and addressed to his parents, J.H. Echelberger, in Tustin, Michigan, announcing that they had a new boy, born at 5 a.m. May 23. It was postmarked Cedar Springs, and the year looks to be about 1915. The last number is illegible.

If you have an old photo you’d like to send us, email it to news@cedarspringspost.com, or drop it off in our office at 36 E. Maple St.

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