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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 Holland: Overpass repairs shut down Washington Avenue for weeks

My Town Holland: Overpass repairs shut down Washington Avenue for weeks

HOLLAND, Mich.— Drivers heading through Holland will want to avoid Washington Avenue under U.S. 31 for the next couple weeks, as crews begin repairing an overpass damaged by a scrap metal hauler last week.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, all lanes of Washington Avenue will be closed under the highway for repairs.  During the project, a lane of southbound U.S. 31 will also remain closed, as well as the ramp from northbound U.S. 31 to northbound Washington Avenue.  The work is expected to wrap up by July 1.

A Padnos truck had its boom up when it drove under the highway, smashing into its steel beams.  The overpass will need permanent repairs and beam replacement at a later time.  Padnos will be charged for the repairs, which are expected to cost approximately $400,000.

My Town Holland: Voters approve school funding proposals in two districts

My Town Holland: Voters approve school funding proposals in two districts

HOLLAND, Mich.—  Two school districts in Holland will get the funding they're asking for.

Tuesday night, voters overwhelmingly approved renewing Holland Public Schools'  operating millage for three years, by a 1,624-to-242 vote. The property tax will remain at 18 mills, generating approximately $8 million for the district in its first year, ensuring the district receives its per pupil foundation allowance.

West Ottawa Public Schools will also keep its operating millage at 18 mills this year.  Voters approved the proposed renewal by a 3,800-to-926 vote.  The district's $90 million bond proposal passed by a slightly smaller margin, 3,183 votes to 1,546 votes.   The bond will help cover the cost of school building upgrades, purchasing school buses, adding a new transportation facility and adding and developing playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities. 

My Town Holland: School funding proposals in two districts up for vote May 6

My Town Holland: School funding proposals in two districts up for vote May 6

HOLLAND, Mich.—  Voters will decide the future of two school districts in Holland when they head to the polls Tuesday, May 6.

Holland Public Schools is asking voters within the district to renew its operating millage for three years.  The property tax would remain at 18 mills, generating approximately $8 million for the district in its first year, ensuring the district receives its per pupil foundation allowance.

West Ottawa Public Schools is asking voters to approve a nearly $90 million bond proposal that would help cover the cost of school building upgrades, purchasing school buses, adding a new transportation facility and adding and developing playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities. The district is also asking voters to approve renewing its current operating millage of 18 mills for the year.

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Winter is over, which means construction season is here.

Crews began work on more than 12 miles of U.S. 31 on Monday.  Workers are resurfacing  the southbound lanes, from Ferris Street to Quincy Street. 

The project is expected to run through June.  Drivers can expect traffic slow-downs in the affected area.  Intermittent single-lane and shoulder closures are planned.  All lanes should be open from 6 a.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday and weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

 

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for community members interested in making their neighborhood a more pleasant place to walk.

MDOT will be holding a series of walkability reviews designed to help community officials, business owners and residents learn about the benefits that come with a safe and attractive walking environment.  Pedestrian planning experts from Toole Design Group will lead the each event.  To register, email the contact below no later than Friday, April 4.

Dates

Location

Contact

Monday, April 21

Cascade Township

My Town Holland: Train from Chicago gets stuck in snow in Michigan

My Town Holland: Train from Chicago gets stuck in snow in Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) - Amtrak says one of its passenger trains traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids was delayed nearly three hours after getting stuck in a snow drift in Michigan.

Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm tells The Associated Press the Pere Marquette line train was about 8 miles west of Holland, Mich., on Thursday night when CSX railroad directed the train into a side track for a freight train to pass. The Amtrak train got stuck on the side track. Kulm says a CSX locomotive pulled out the Amtrak train. He says the Amtrak train and its 64 passengers arrived in Grand Rapids around midnight.

No one was injured and Kulm says the train had power for lights and heat at all times. He says Amtrak is apologizing to those affected by the delay.