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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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Solon Township briefs


Solon Township announces precinct changes

As a result of the 2010 census count and the resulting redistricting on the state and national level, Solon Township residents may find the places they have always gone to vote and who they voted for have changed.

Solon Township was part of the 73rd district in the state house of representatives, but is now represented by the 74th district (as are the Cities of Cedar Springs, Rockford, Grandville, Walker, and the townships of Tyrone, Algoma, Sparta, and Alpine). Also, the township used to be represented by both the 2nd and the 3rd congressional districts, which have now changed so that the entire township is represented in the 3rd congressional district. As a result, voters who may have liked voting for one candidate may have to decide on another.

Solon Township Clerk John Rideout said they considered two things when redrawing precinct lines: one was the size of the buildings where the elections are held; and two, they wanted to keep Kent City School District in one precinct. The reason being that the township hall, where precinct one is located, is much smaller than precinct 2, located at the Solon Wesleyan Church. As a result of the redistricting, precinct one will consist of the southeast corner of the township bordered by Algoma Ave. and 20 Mile Road. The remainder of the township will be precinct two. Additionally, keeping Kent City Schools in one district will facilitate a less confusing election.

Rideout indicated that voters should be receiving new voter identification cards in the mail shortly informing them where they need to go vote in the future. If they have any questions they are encouraged to contact the clerk’s office at 696-1718.

Barn to get facelift

The old horsebarn at 15185 Algoma will soon get a facelift—literally. The Solon Township board voted last Tuesday to tear down the first 30-40 feet of the east side of the building. “This preserves the majority of the barn,” said Clerk John Rideout. “We’ll put a face on it, fix it, close it up.” He said this would give them the room to start construction on the new township hall/community building in the front part of the property. He noted that they would be showing the final plans to the planning commission on March 28 to get their input. Solon bought the 19-acre horse farm in 2009 in a tax foreclosure sale for $28,378.

 

 

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Out of the attic


“Modern” Woodmen lodge members help an ill neighbor (Burch), in potato harvesting at Solon Center, circa 1915. Back row (L to R): Charley Terrell, Walter Spathe, Emmory Goodell, Alvin Heiss Sr., Guy Eyers, Ray Bloomfield, Sherm Smith. Front row (L to R): Chauncey Weller, unknown, Berny Goodell, Ira Goodell or Gerald Bloomfield, Morgan Smith, Glenn Heiss, Ernest Weller, Denny Noonen, Alvin Heiss, Jim Bloomfield.

Last week we printed a photo belonging to Donie Allington, 81, of Solon Township, and submitted by her son, Len. We asked if anyone knew anything about the photo or the people in it. Donie knew the men were Modern woodmen lodge members helping a neighbor dig potatoes, and that one of the men in the photo was her grandfather.
Imagine our surprise when Gail and Herb Merlington came in this week with a Post from 1993—a Post where we had not only printed the same photo, but had all the names (or most of them) as well!
It turns out that Gail saved that Post because not only are both her grandfathers in the photo, but she also grew up in the house that was pictured. Located south of 19 Mile, on the east side of Algoma, the house is still standing today. “The porch is now gone, but that window on the front is still there,” said Herb.
Gail lived in the home from the time she was born, with her parents, Sue (Magoon) and Robert Champlin, until she and Herb, who moved up from Lansing, were married, in 1963. Gail graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1961. She said she remembers her grandfather, Sherman Smith, living with them. She also said that her other grandfather, Charley Terrell, lived in the house on the northwest corner of Algoma and 19 Mile, and had a general store next to the house. Both Charley Terrell and Sherman Smith are in the photo.
The photo in the 1993 edition appears to have been printed in courtesy of the Cedar Springs Historical Society. Donie’s grandfather, Chauncey Weller, is indeed in the photo, as was an uncle, Ernest Weller. The picture says it was circa 1915.

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OUT OF THE ATTIC


Solon Center – Velzy

Does anyone know anything about this photo?

Len Allington, of Solon Township, passed on a photo to us from his mother, Donie Allington, 86, also of Solon Township. It is of a group of men with pitchforks that looks like it may have been taken around or just before the turn of the century. She said it was taken at Solon Center (Algoma and 19 Mile Road), which was known as Velzy at the time.
“I was told it was a group of ‘modern woodsman.’ They harvested potatoes for a farmer that was too ill to do it,” she explained.
She added that her grandpa, Virgil Weller, is in the photo, possibly the first or second one from the left in the bottom row. There is a Virgil Weller buried in Solon Cemetery, with a birthdate of 1844, and death date of 1912.

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Solon Township should consult architect for site design


Dear Editor,
I would like to take this opportunity to inform the residents of Solon Township that the Township Board is pushing to vote at the monthly meeting next Tuesday evening to finalize the plans for the new township hall/community building.  This action would pave the way to start construction this coming spring.
My concerns are these:  The original site plan did not include the future use of the entire parcel, only the immediate site of the new township hall.  The board has stated in the past that there are plans to use the property in the future as a site for a new fire station, a park with picnic pavilion, baseball and soccer fields and other amenities. These future plans were not taken into consideration when it came to the site location of the new hall.
Secondly, the board picked a group of Solon residents to come up with the building design and did not consult an architect.
I understand the that the Board would like to begin this project as soon as possible, but I think that they should proceed in a more prudent way, and make sure that if they are going to spend nearly a three quarters of a million dollars of taxpayer money ($200,000 borrowed), that the design of the entire parcel should be considered, and that an architect be consulted to make sure that the new hall and future buildings are designed in a way that is cohesive, the designs are inspired, and the finished product is something that the residents of Solon Township are truly proud of.
I encourage any Solon residents to come to the meeting at the Solon Township Hall next Tuesday evening (Dec. 13) at 7:30 and voice your opinions. If you have any questions you can call me at 231-750-2337.
Thanks,
Len Allington/Solon Township resident

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Solon approves new hall


The new hall will be built in front of this horse barn.

By this time next fall, Solon Township hopes to have a new hall.
The board passed a resolution in October approving the building site, and approved the final plans for construction last week.
The township offices, currently located on 19 Mile, just west off Algoma, will move to a new building, to be constructed this spring, at 15185 Algoma. Solon bought the 19-acre horse farm two years ago in a tax foreclosure sale for $28,378.
The board approved preliminary plans last fall for the construction of a 6,000 square-foot building with community room, at a cost of about $750,000. According to Solon Clerk John Rideout, they already have $650,000 of the cost.
He said the engineer is currently getting mechanical and electrical drawings done, and the project should go out to bid in January, with construction to start in the spring. They plan to build the hall in front of the horse barn, which has been used the last couple of summers to host a farm, craft and flea market.
The offices on 19 Mile will be used by the Solon Township Fire Department.

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Flower garden in bloom


We first featured flowers from Joan Covell’s garden two years ago when she was just starting it. Recently she sent us more photos of her beautiful garden in Solon Township. “Flowers came early this year and went away fast,” remarked Joan, “except for my mums. They were and still are beautiful.” She added that the birds love her garden, especially the hummingbirds. Thanks, Joan!

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Teen killed in Solon crash


 

This two-car accident in Solon Township last week resulted in the death of a Rockford teen. Photo courtesy of WOOD-TV.

A 19-year-old Rockford youth was killed in a two-car accident Thursday evening, August 11, in Solon Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Kyle James Alberta, 19, of Cannon Township, was traveling westbound on 19 Mile in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata about 6:52 p.m. when he stopped at the stop sign at Algoma. He reportedly then pulled out in front of a northbound vehicle driven by April Marie Proctor, 25 of Kent City. Proctor’s vehicle then struck Alberta’s vehicle on the driver’s side.

Alberta was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Kristin Nicole Martin, 19, of Rockford, was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance with possible internal injuries.

Proctor was transported to Spectrum Butterworth, by AeroMed, with multiple fractures on her right side.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The crash is still under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was Solon Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, AeroMed, and the Kent County Road Commission.

Kyle Alberta

Kyle, the son of Jim and Sheryl Alberta, was a 2010 graduate of Rockford High School, where he received Academic Awards for four years and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was majoring in cell and molecular biology with a math minor at Grand Valley State University. He was also an active member at Oakfield Baptist Church. Funeral services were held earlier this week.

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Solon pole barn gets reprieve


By Judy Reed
The possibility that a horse barn on Solon Township property might be torn down has caused an outcry among some of the citizens of the township. About two dozen of them attended the township meeting Tuesday evening, where the board listened to their complaints and suggestions, and ultimately removed “removal of the pole barn” from the agenda.
Clerk John Rideout said it was not being tabled, but removed from the agenda. “The architect said it is not necessary to move it (the barn) from the site right now,” he explained. The board has a new preliminary site plan that showed the pole barn could co-exist with the township hall on the same property.
Solon Township resident and architectural photographer Len Allington said that it’s a beautiful barn and he’d hate to see it torn down. “I’ve traveled all over the world taking pictures of architecture and so I probably view it in a little different light than most,” he noted.
“I think it’s great that the board decided not to tear down the barn and to let the farm market continue,” he added.
Vicky Babcock, who spearheads the weekly farmers market on the property at 15185 Algoma, said there were a lot of vendors there last Saturday, and because it rained, they were all in the pole barn.
Supervisor Bob Ellick said that if people want the pole barn to be used for various things, leaders from the community would have to come forward to do that. “We are going to be busy working on the new town hall project,” he explained.
The board voted 4-1 Tuesday evening to begin the process of working toward construction on the new town hall. Ellick voted against it because he didn’t like the date put forth in the timeline regarding when construction should begin, which is April 1. He has also said he’d like to see the township not finance any part of it.
Clerk John Rideout said that they could pay cash since they have over a million dollars in the bank, and finance a portion. “It’s $650,000 and we might finance a couple hundred thousand. Each year we wait the price goes up. It makes more sense to invest our money in the property than let it sit in the bank right now.”
Many in the audience asked the board to slow down, saying it was the first time the public had seen the new site plan. Several members on the board said they weren’t rushing, but in fact had been working on the plan for a new township hall for a number of years.
Allington also said he didn’t think they should rush into building the township hall before sketching out a complete site plan, including a soccer field, baseball field, picnic areas, and other amenities. “Wouldn’t you look at the whole property first?” he asked.

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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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