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Fall Clean-Up for Leaves Only

Fall Clean-Up for Leaves Only

2012 Fall Leaf Schedule - Holland's Annual Fall Leaf Program has been scheduled for October 6, 2012 through November 10, 2012.

Citizens are reminded that only leaves will be picked up. If branches or other debris are in your leaf piles, your pile will not be picked up. To the extent weather permits, vacuum collectors are used in the leaf pickup program, and this equipment will not handle branches, grass clippings, or other yard debris. Leaf piles left in yard areas cannot be picked up due to the potential damage to yards, sprinklers systems, or landscaping by the trucks and equipment used in the program. The Streets Division asks that leaf piles not be placed near utility poles, guy wires, fire hydrants, mail boxes or other obstructions that would prevent their equipment from accessing your leaf pile.

As with snow removal, leaf piles may only be left on your own property, not the...

Community Energy Strategic Planning Task Forces Kick-Off Town Meeting

Community Energy Strategic Planning Task Forces Kick-Off Town Meeting

From: http://www.cityofholland.com

You are invited to participate in a Kick-Off Town Meeting of the Community Energy Strategic Planning Task Forces. This Call to Action is published to invite you to attend the Kick-Off meeting where you will be able to sign up to participate in one of four (4) Task Forces to be organized. The intent is to develop pilot programs to recommend to the City Council to accomplish the community energy implementation strategies. The first meeting of each Task Force will occur immediately after the Kick-Off in individual break-out sessions. The general charge for each Task Force will be to recommend efficient and innovative strategies to realize the Holland’s community energy goals.

Fall Clean-Up for Leaves Only

Fall Clean-Up for Leaves Only

2012 Fall Leaf Schedule - Holland's Annual Fall Leaf Program has been scheduled for October 6, 2012 through November 10, 2012.

Citizens are reminded that only leaves will be picked up. If branches or other debris are in your leaf piles, your pile will not be picked up. To the extent weather permits, vacuum collectors are used in the leaf pickup program, and this equipment will not handle branches, grass clippings, or other yard debris. Leaf piles left in yard areas cannot be picked up due to the potential damage to yards, sprinklers systems, or landscaping by the trucks and equipment used in the program. The Streets Division asks that leaf piles not be placed near utility poles, guy wires, fire hydrants, mail boxes or other obstructions that would prevent their equipment from accessing your leaf pile.

As with snow removal, leaf piles may only be left on your own property, not the...

Ottawa Co. studies ag incubator

Ottawa Co. studies ag incubator

By Mark Sanchez | MiBiz

WEST OLIVE — One West Michigan county plans to study whether it can feasibly tap into its historical roots in agriculture to create a new business incubator aimed at creating a sustainable economic future.

Ottawa County this summer commissioned a $30,000 feasibility study that's examining the potential for an agricultural technology business incubator to support innovators and entrepreneurs. If it finds validity in the idea, the feasibility study also will identify capital and ongoing costs and recommend a potential business plan on how to fund the development and operations of a business incubator.

Ottawa County would only proceed with the project if the feasibility study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shows clear potential for success, said Mark Knudsen, director of the planning and performance improvement for the county.

Holland In Bloom Container Contest Winners Announced!

Holland In Bloom Container Contest Winners Announced!

 

Bike Rack Use on MAX Buses Triples Since 2007

Bike Rack Use on MAX Buses Triples Since 2007

The popularity of combining bike riding with bus riding has exploded in the last five years on the Macatawa Area Express (MAX), prompting the Holland transit system to invest in larger racks that can hold three bikes instead of two.

MAX initially invested in two-position bike racks for all buses in its fleet in 2007 and, since that time, seasonal use of the racks has more than tripled. Bike use on the buses begins to increase in March with about 300 per month, and then spikes in June with MAX transporting up to 1,350 bikes during the month.  Use declines again in late fall through February.

Zeeland BPW Experienced All-time Peak Electric Demand and Water Usage

Zeeland BPW Experienced All-time Peak Electric Demand and Water Usage

Due to increased temperatures this past week the Zeeland Board of Public Works  (BPW) experienced its 2012 peak hourly electrical demand and an all-time peak hourly demand at 72.3 megawatts on Tuesday, July 17.  BPW’s previous all-time peak demand of 68.7 megawatts was experienced during June 2012.  The BPW reaches its peak demand in the summer because of increased commercial and residential electricity use largely due to air conditioning.  The BPW did not experience any outages or distribution problems due to the peak loadings.

Also due to increased temperatures and the lack of rainfall the (BPW) experienced its 2012 peak daily water usage and an all-time peak water usage of 9.90 million gallons in a day on Tuesday, July 17.  BPW’s previous all-time peak water usage of 9.89 million gallons in a day was experienced July 7, 2012.