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My Town: Greenville to participate in National Day of Prayer May 1

My Town: Greenville to participate in National Day of Prayer May 1

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Community members are invited to “Pray 4 America” during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1.

Participants are encouraged to meet at noon at the flag pole in Heritage Park to pray for the nation for half an hour.

Heritage Park is located on the corner of M-57 and M-91.  For additional event information, contact Marie Neitzel at (616) 754-8513.

My Town Greenville: Public meetings over proposed millage hike April 21

My Town Greenville: Public meetings over proposed millage hike April 21

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Greenville Public Schools will hold two meetings for community members to learn more about an upcoming millage vote.

The district is asking voters to approve a hike in the Montcalm County special education millage, from 2.1878 mills to 3.5 mills. Supporters say Montcalm County has the lowest special education millage in the eight-county area.  A special election will take place May 6.

The special education millage informational meetings are scheduled for Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. inside the Central Services Facility, located at 1414 Chase Street in Greenville.

My Town: U.S. Congressman Dave Camp retiring

My Town: U.S. Congressman Dave Camp retiring

GREENVILLE, Mich.— The man representing Greenville in Congress will not be running for re-election.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) announced his retirement Monday, issuing the following statement:

“Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives.  This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family.

“Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life.  I am deeply grateful to the people of the 4th Congressional District for placing their trust in me.  Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose and inspiration.

“During the next nine months, I will redouble my efforts to grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American by fixing our broken tax code, permanently solving physician payments for seniors, strengthening the social safety net and finding new markets for U.S. goods and services.”

My Town Greenville: MAISD seeks approval of special education millage hike

My Town Greenville: MAISD seeks approval of special education millage hike

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Montcalm County residents are encouraged to head to the polls May 6 to vote on a proposed special education millage.

According to the website for Greenville Public Schools, special education costs the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District $4.7 million, but only $2.1 million is covered by local, state and federal government funding.  The remaining $2.6 million is taken out of the MAISD’s general fund, which impacts all education programming.

The district says Montcalm County has not increased its special education millage since 1988, when there were approximately one-third fewer special education students countywide.  The county’s special education millage rate of 2.1878 is the lowest in the eight-county area.  The MAISD is asking voters to approve raising the millage to a total of 3.50 mills, generating enough funding to keep the MAISD from dipping into its general fund.

My Town Greenville: New site selected to rebuild burned-out facility

My Town Greenville: New site selected to rebuild burned-out facility

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The Greenville Recreation Department has begun accepting construction bids to replace a storage facility destroyed in a July 4 fire.

Department Director Kris Berry says the fire at 300 E. Charles Street caused more than $60,000 in damage, reducing the storage facility and everything inside to ash. Berry says the city’s insurance company is providing approximately $44,000 to replace everything, so the department is looking to save wherever possible on the new storage facility.

The cause of last year’s fire is still undetermined, but authorities have said it was “not natural.” Berry says the new storage facility will be located in the Alan G. Davis Park, which is heavily used, deterring potential vandalism.

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.