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My Town: Whites Bridge rebuild project enters new phase

My Town: Whites Bridge rebuild project enters new phase

KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  The Whites Bridge Historical Society has entered a new phase in replacing the historic bridge destroyed by arson on July 7.

Tom Byle, vice chairman of the group, says it is now focusing on raising funds to build a replica of the bridge.  He says the group submitted an application for a federal grant on May 1, which would cover about two-third of the project’s estimated $400,000 cost.  The Whites Bridge Historical Society must raise the remaining $125,000.  Byle says the group has hired a professional grant writer to pursue additional project funding.  Once the historical society has collected enough money, the funding will be signed over to Keene Township, which will work with the Ionia County Road Commission on rebuilding the bridge. 

My Town: Community trailway meeting May 14

My Town: Community trailway meeting May 14

LOWELL, Mich.—  Lowell’s trail system is growing and now is your chance to play a key role in that development.

The Lowell Area Trailway Recreation Authority is inviting all community members interested in becoming involved in the trail system to their next meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at Lowell City Hall.  The meeting will take place upstairs at 5 p.m.  All visitors are welcome to stay for the regular LARA meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m.

For additional information, contact Mari Stone at clerk@vergennestwp.org

My Town Lowell: Bridge work means more driving delays

My Town Lowell: Bridge work means more driving delays

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Drivers taking Interstate-96 Tuesday night can expect another night of delays.

Work is expected to pick up again on the M-50/Alden Nash Avenue bridge.  Left lane closures will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.   The work is expected to wrap up Wednesday morning, weather permitting.  

My Town Lowell: Water treatment plant repair means hard water for residents

My Town Lowell: Water treatment plant repair means hard water for residents

LOWELL, Mich.—Lowell residents who rely on city water service may want to watch their white laundry starting next week.

The city has sent out an alert that the water plant will not be softening water from May 5 through May 26, because of a major repair.  Hard water can lead to iron deposits, which can stain white clothing going through the wash, as well as toilet bowls, sinks and bathtubs. 

Anyone with questions about the repair project is encouraged to contact the water treatment plant at 897-5234.

My Town: Lowell earns national award for tree program

My Town: Lowell earns national award for tree program

LOWELL, Mich.—  Lowell is celebrating another green honor this Earth Week.

The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded the Tree City USA with its Growth Award.  Lowell was named a 2013 Tree City USA for its commitment to urban forests, by establishing a tree board or department, enacting a tree care ordinance, maintaining an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and observing Arbor Day.  The Growth Award is in recognition for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters.

My Town Lowell: City Manager releases 2014-2015 budget recommendations

My Town Lowell: City Manager releases 2014-2015 budget recommendations

LOWELL, Mich.—A slight hike in water and wastewater rates is among the recommendations Lowell City Manager Mark Howe is making for the 2014-2015 city budget.

Howe says the rate increase would cost the average customer about $0.69 more per month and represent less than a one percent increase.

In a statement on the city’s website, Howe says declining property tax revenue over the past three years has led to a loss of more than $250,000 per year to the General Fund.  However property values are expected to level off this year. The city still faces the challenge of replacing nearly $500,000 in public works equipment over the next five years.

To see Howe’s entire 134 page budget recommendation report, click here.

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed for Earth Day trail cleanup

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed for Earth Day trail cleanup

LOWELL, Mich.—Community members are invited to celebrate Earth Day this Tuesday, April 22 by rolling up their sleeves and cleaning up the Lowell Area Trailway.

Volunteers will meet at 5 p.m. in the pavilion just west of Cherry Creek Elementary School, on Foreman.  Parking is available at Cherry Creek Elementary or Creekside Kingdom on Gee Drive. 

Volunteers should bring a bucket and gloves, as there is a lot of glass near the pavilion and trash along the trail.  For more information, contact Betsy Davidson at (616) 293-3206.