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Ottawa Co. mental health millage first of its kind in MI


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's a new effort to deal with drastic cuts to Ottawa County's mental health department.

Over the past year, dozens of workers have been laid off -- and next year there will be dozens more.

Now, county leaders are proposing the first millage of its kind in Michigan, specifically to help pay for mental health services.

"I think there's a lot of anxiety out there about the future and loss of services," said Lynne Doyle, executive director of Community Mental Health of Ottawa County.

Words like "layoffs" and "budget cuts" have become too common.

"I do have concerns about our loss of funding, that's why we're looking at a millage," said Doyle.

The millage would be strictly for mental health services. Specifically, the 0.3-mill increase equals about $30 a year for a home worth $100,000.

Johnson Controls to pay Michigan $4M for not creating jobs


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Johnson Controls must pay back the state of Michigan after it failed to create 400 jobs at its Holland plant.

Under an agreement announced Tuesday, the company will pay Michigan about $4 million. It is also required to maintain the 225 jobs currently at the plant or pay back another $9 million to the state.

The company must also invest another $12 million in its the facility.

In 2009, the state approved a tax credit of more than $48 million over 15 years for the Holland plant.


Apples spill onto U.S. 31 in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- U.S. 31 and James street in Holland is now clear, after dozens of apples spilled across the road Monday afternoon.

The Grand Haven Tribune says the driver had to brake hard and some of the crates in his load shifted causing the spill.

Nearly 100 yards of roadway was covered.

No one was hurt and the Ottawa County Road Commission came in to help clean up the mess.


New Crown Motors dealership opens in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Crown Motors has opened a new dealership in Holland.

With four locations on the Lakeshore, Crown offers new car franchise lines, pre-owned vehicles and automotive care services.

The new location, The Mall of Crown Motors is located at 13001 New Holland St. off U.S. 31.

The Mall of Crown Motors has an indoor showroom and indoor delivery area to offer clients the ultimate pre-owned vehicle purchasing experience.

Express Services will open next month. Oil changes and basic maintenance will be available without appointments. Express Services will also include a complimentary car wash.


Taste of my Town: New Holland Brewing Company


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- For the past few weeks our "Taste of My Town" stories have taken us to breweries featuring seasonal beers just right for the fall.

This Saturday is no exception as the weekend morning news team heads to New Holland Brewing Company's Pub on 8th Street where they specialize in showcasing Michigan agriculture in the glass and on the plate.

"What we are really excited about is opportunities have come about for us to connect more and more seasonally and more and more agriculturally. So it's happening in our kitchen, our brewhouse, our distillery. There has never been a better time to eat or drink at the Pub on 8th," explained Fred Bueltman, the VP of Brand and Lifestyle for New Holland.

State levies $357,000 in fines for worker's death in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- An industrial accident that led to the death of a Dorr electrician in June has resulted in $357,000 in fines against two companies for what state inspectors are calling willful and serious violations.

Gates Electric Inc. of Hamilton was assessed $287,000 in fines from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for five violations, including a lack of protection for live electrical installation.

Electrical Inspection Service LLC of Holland was hit with a $70,000 fine for not following the National Electric Code.

The fines stem from the June 16 death Dale Berkompas, 40, an electrical foreman who died while preparing to wire a fire pump to the electrical supply at Brink Truck Lines in Holland.

The Dorr man left behind a wife and two children. Berkompas is one of 25 people to die on the job in Michigan this year.

GM, LG Chem executives discuss future production at Holland plant


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Executives with, big three automaker, General Motors are in Holland Wednesday to talk about future plans with partner LG Chem.

The Korean chemical company makes lithium ion batteries for plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and makes communications modules for OnStar.

Things have been moving in the right direction, recently, for the LG Chem's West Michigan plant. Just a few years ago, the company struggled with idle production, low sales and weak demand.

However, earlier this year the company announced a $25 million expansion and the creation of more jobs shortly before General Motors announced it would partner with LG Chem on its new Chevy Bolt.