Dorr to have new traffic signal
A new traffic signal will be installed in October at the intersection of 18th Street and 142nd Avenue in Dorr Township.
The flashing red light at the four corners will be replaced by a green-yellow-red signal, Dorr Township Supervisor Jeff Miling has announced. The Allegan County Road Commission will provide the light, which will not be paid by out of township funds.
Strain Electric will install the light after submitting the lowest bid at $42,000.
Rachel Adrienne Bouterse, a junior at Wayland High School, was selected as a finalist for the title for Class for 2015 Miss Allegan County Outstanding Teen Pageant, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Otsego Middle School Fine Arts Auditorium.
The regional pageant, sponsored by the Miss America Organization, will select a Miss Allegan (women ages 17-24) and a Miss Allegan Outstanding Teen (women ages 13-17 (high school junior)) to vie for the Miss Michigan America Pageant 2015.
Dorr Township may have its first-ever cemetery ordinance in place by Sept. 30.
The Township Board Monday night agreed to have Treasurer Jim Martin and Trustee John Tuinstra work together on finalizing a proposed ordinance for presentation and board vote at its Aug. 25 meeting.
The board, in a special meeting July 21, approved an ordinance modeled on the one adopted in Salem Township, and actually first adopted it June 23, but still is working on amendments for final adoption.
The Dorr Township Board Monday night adopted a resolution approving the Allegan County Drain Commission’s intentions to begin the layout and design of the Kay Drive Drain.
The drain would be located at Ranchero Estates west to a private road. Overflows occur in that area when it rains and tentative plans are to have a larger culvert built underneath the road to handle road washouts.
Trustee John Tuinstra said he’s concerned about the township’s liability in such a project but Supervisor Jeff Miling replied that all drain projects face the possibility of liability problems.
Though Wayland had just one candidate file for three open seats on its Board of Education, Hopkins and Martin had more candidates than seats for the Nov. 4 general election.
Incumbent John Myers filed, and he will be joined on the ballot by Benjamin Brenner, Jay Gibson, Traci Rhoades and Tamara Sevenski-Popma.
In Martin, there are five four-year terms available. Incumbents Sarah Brenner, Jennifer Harrison, Vincent L. Tuinstra and Jason Moored filed, as did Jim Schipper, Scott KuyKendall, and John VandenBerg.
Incumbents Anita Kerber and Dawn Buist chose not to seek re-election in Hopkins.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Because I was in Colorado at the time this forum took place, I asked Dorr resident Bob Traxler, vice chairman of the Planning Commission, to pinch hit a report on what happened Saturday evening.
by Bob Traxler
The three candidates for Dorr Township Supervisor made a joint appearance at a forum Saturday evening at the Cross Winds Church.
Wayland High School 6-7 senior pivot Lacey James apparently has made a verbal commitment to play basketball next year for the University of Detroit Titans.
James, an all-O-K Gold Conference selection for the coach Mike Hudson’s Wildcats last season, helped the team finish with a 21-4 overall season record and cop district and regional championships before eventually falling to eventual state champion Milan in the Class B quarterfinals.
Asst. 911 director held for OUIL
Jan Goswick, assistant director of Allegan County 911 dispatch, was arrested early Saturday morning by Otsego police on suspicion of drunk driving.
Goswick formerly served as director of the emergency 911 program, but she stepped aside earlier this year when Jeremy Ludwig assumed director's duties.
County officials reported she was not using a county car or working at the time of her arrest.
Goswick was released from the county jail after posting bond
Charles “Tim” Taylor of Hopkins, died Saturday, July 26, at his home. He was 77.
Mr. Taylor was born July 1, 1937, in Monterey Township, the son of Charlie and Zita (Cram) Taylor. Tim graduated from Hopkins High School in 1956.
He worked for the Allegan County Road Commission for more than 10 years and for Rockwell in Allegan for 23 years. He was a jack of all trades… building houses, barns, digging ponds, he loved to move dirt with his heavy equipment, he was always ready to help a friend or family with a project.
by Jeff Salisbury
Penny and I have four grandchildren; three are teen-agers; and I can hardly believe it. Two will be at the high school this fall (a sophomore and a freshman), one at our middle school (eightth grade) and one enters our 5-6 upper elementary building.