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My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town: Street repairs mean traffic delays in Norton Shores

My Town: Street repairs mean traffic delays in Norton Shores

NORTON SHORES, Mich.— Drivers can expect more traffic delays in Norton Shores over the next two weeks.

City road crews began Hot-in-place pavement recycling this week at Wellesley.  Workers will be repairing eight streets throughout the city this month.  During the moving operation, crews will be using flags to direct traffic.

The current order of street repairs is:

  • Wellesley
  • Highgate
  • Thompson
  • Stratford & Yarmouth
  • Harvey
  • Mount Garfield & Davis
  • Wickham
  • The Norton & Leon Area Grouping

The road work schedule may be altered based on road and weather conditions.

 

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town Muskegon: Free food and the city's future

My Town Muskegon: Free food and the city's future

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Dine on free hot dogs and ice cream while helping determine the future of the city during a community meeting Tuesday, June 3.

The city commission’s special community relations committee meeting will take place inside McGraft Park starting at 5:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to come out and share their ideas for and concerns about the city.  City commissioners and the city managers will discuss an action plan for the city.

For more information, visit the city website here.

My Town: Free business support now available at library

My Town: Free business support now available at library

WHITEHALL, Mich.-- A free resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs is now available at the White Lake Community Library.

SCORE Muskegon offers support for small businesses.  The mentor program is offered through the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

SCORE Muskegon counselors will be available to answer questions every Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the library.  No appointment is necessary.

The White Lake Community Library is located at 3900 White Lake Drive in Whitehall.

My Town: Hackley Public Library grand reopening May 16

My Town: Hackley Public Library grand reopening May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Hackley Public Library will celebrate its grand reopening this Friday, May 16.

Patrons are invited for the event, which will include a public open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The event is aimed at celebrating renovations, repairs and restorations made to the 27,214 sq. ft. facility through The Building of Character campaign.  The $1.1 million project included painting and repairing walls, improving restrooms, replacing interior lighting, adding emergency exits and upgrading the children’s library.   

Hackley Public Library opened in 1890.  The historic building was a gift from lumber baron Charles Hackley to Muskegon Public Schools.