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Holland street repair to cost $70,000


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The weight of a garbage truck caused part of a Holland street to collapse, exposing an expensive problem underground.

This week, construction crews are repairing aging storm water pipes near Azalea Avenue and South Shore Drive. Last week, the wheel of a garbage truck went through the street during its route.

City officials say holes in the underground pipes weakened the pavement. Repairs are expected to cost $70,000.

Crews should be wrapping up next week.


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Signs spark debate over public access to Lake Macatawa


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's backlash over a new city-effort to mark public access near Lake Macatawa in Holland. Some homeowners say city crews are infringing on their property rights by installing signs in their backyards. 

WZZM 13's Alex Shabad spoke to city leaders and other residents who support the new project.

Homeowner, Harv Klinger, does not want uninvited guests on his property.  With his fence and no trespassing sign, he wonders why a city crew didn't get the message. 

"They don’t come and ring the doorbell and tell us what they’re doing, they start pounding stakes in, walking all over our property and don’t say a word," says Klinger. "I think it’s kind of rude of them I don’t care if they are the city or not."

Ottawa Co. mental health leaders plan to ask for millage


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- They're facing budget cuts as high as $6.8 million over the next four years.

Community Mental Health of Ottawa County held a meeting Wednesday night to share its budget plan with the community and answer questions about services.

Some of those cuts are being made to Holland's Kandu, which helps provide jobs for people with special needs.

The organization employs about 275 people.

Community Mental Health executive director Lynne Doyle says the organization is trying to do what it can with the budget, to help those employees find new work.

"It's very meaningful for the folks who are employed over there," Doyle said. "I hope the meeting here today alleviated some of their concerns. We have a good plan in place, and we'll make sure that things get organized."

Man robbed at gunpoint at Holland ATM


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County deputies are investigating an early morning robbery at a PNC Bank in Holland where a man was robbed at gunpoint while getting money out of an ATM.

The suspect ran away with a small amount of cash. Deputies taped off neighboring areas while K-9 units search for the lone suspect. 

Authorities are waiting for the bank to open to secure video footage to help identify the suspect.

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Semi overturned on I-196 in Zeeland


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Westbound turn lane on I-196 Business in Zeeland was shut down Monday morning after a semi-truck overturned.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office tells WZZM 13 the accident happened around 9:45 a.m. It appears as though the semi was the only vehicle involved.

The accident remains under investigation.

Annual Care Affaire raises money for Wings of Mercy


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Wings of Mercy hosted the annual Holland Care Affaire at Tulip City Airport Saturday.

Wings of Mercy is a volunteer pilot organization that helps give people access to life-saving healthcare by arranging free flights to distant medical facilities.

Saturday's activities included a pancake breakfast, a 5k and airplane rides.

Holland woman wins wheelchair-accessible vehicle


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Holland woman bound by a wheelchair has won a national contest for her inspiring story.

On Thursday, Collene Van Noord received a new wheelchair-accessible vehicle at Crown Motors.

Van Noorde was named a Local Heroes Winner in the 2015 National Mobility Awareness Month campaign. More than 900 contestants submitted their stories, and more than one million people voted.

Van Noorde, who was seriously injured in a car accident, manages a blog to educate people on spinal cord injury.

"You're grateful for other people helping, but there's an independence that's gone, and that's part of your self esteem," Van Noorde said. "So, when you gain make your mobility and gain back some independence, it means you get your self back in certain ways."