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Distribution wire burns, causes power outage


Scorched pavement in the Family Farm and Home parking lot.

Burn damage to the concrete from the downed electrical wire.

Yellow tape reading “high voltage” cordoning off the scene.

By Judy Reed

Arcing and sparking. Burned wire. Scorched concrete and asphalt. Yellow tape reading “high voltage” cordoning off the scene. That was the scene at Family Farm Home on Tuesday morning after a power line came down in the parking lot at 11:20 a.m. in front of the store and knocked out power to almost 5,600 customers in the greater Cedar Springs area.

A couple of readers said it looked like a fireworks display. Kent County Sheriff Deputy Todd Frank said it sounded like someone welding. He was sitting in his patrol car typing up a crash report that had occurred on 17 Mile near Independent Bank when he heard the sound. “I thought, ‘who the heck would be welding over there?’” he said. “I quickly drove over and saw the arcing and sparking, and the wire falling down.”

Deputy Frank said that the wire came down into the plants in the front of the building and burned holes in the concrete.

“It’s lucky no one got hurt. There were people coming out of the store,” he explained. “It’s a good thing I was here. Some people wanted to drive over the wires to leave. We had people exit through the back of the store.”

Both the CS Fire Department and Consumers Energy responded to the scene.

According to Roger Morgenstern, with Consumers Energy, a distribution wire came down and burned up. “The substation knew something was wrong and did its job and tripped off,” he explained. “We’re still investigating but it may have been the improper operation of equipment connecting the (higher voltage) substation to the downstream distribution wires that you saw burned up,” he told the Post.

Morgenstern said that 4,121 customers were restored at 12:59 p.m. after the problem was found. The remaining 1,472 customers, mostly west of White Creek, were restored by 2:09 p.m., after a new wire was put up.

This was the third widespread power outage in the area since March that was not due to a storm. On March 6, a turkey flew into a power line near Algoma Ave, and in the beginning of May, a squirrel got into the Cedar Springs substation and caused an outage.

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New high school parking lot


As I drove in to the newly repaved High School today, I felt so grateful for the generosity of our community in making this happen. The passage of the sinking fund in 2012 allowed this major improvement to become a reality. This summer, the school was able to use these dollars to resurface the high school gym as well as improve the overall flow of traffic at the high school. We were able to add more parking spaces and eliminate the potholes too numerous to count. Without the support of voters in passing the sinking fund, this would not be possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Brook Nichols, school board President

 

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High School parking lot construction to begin


*N-High school parking lot reconstructionTaxpayers to Cedar Springs Public Schools will see the result of some of the sinking fund money collected when the school begins reconstruction on the Cedar Springs High School parking lot and drop off loop at the end of this week.

School is out today, Thursday, June 6, and construction is set to begin on Friday, June 7 and last until August 23. There will be no access to the high school during that time.

According to school officials, they will be adding 68 parking spaces for improved parent drop-off, event parking, and student access to the high school; install updated energy efficient lighting; and construct better and more efficient drainage.

An advisory committee made up of parents, staff and community members came up with a long-range plan for the facilities and infrastructure, and the high school parking lot was a top priority.

Traffic congestion and parking at Cedar Trails was also a big issue, but once the school changed the start time for preschool to 9 a.m., it brought some relief to the parents dropping off their kindergarteners and first graders.

 

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Man injured when car hits tree


This van slammed into a tree in the Springs Church parking lot Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Sparta man suffered several injuries Monday his van ran into a tree off a church parking lot.
Thomas Brant, 67, of Sparta, was picking up a box of food in the Springs Church parking lot at 135 N. Grant in Cedar Springs Monday afternoon.
A budget rental truck was set up in the parking lot, and seniors were driving up to get their food. “He stopped to get his food, and then the van shot forward,” said witness Robert Wright, who was in line behind Brant. “He side swiped the trunk and ran into the tree.”
Cedar Springs Police Officer Chad Potts said that while leaning over to open the door, the victim’s foot may have slipped and hit the accelerator.
Brant was treated by Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue and transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance with a possible broken arm, dislocated shoulder, and burns on his face from the air bags being deployed.

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