Cannon Township Enacts Ordinances to Regulate Ancillary Oil and Gas Activities as Part of FLOW’s Model Local Ordinance Program

This week, Cannon Township enacted three new Ordinance amendments to address the industrial impacts of fracking and oil and gas development in their community.  Amendments included changes to the Zoning Ordinance, Outdoor Lighting Ordinance, and Unwholesome Substances Ordinance.  Cannon Township is the first township to adopt ordinances based in part on FLOW’s Model Local Ordinance […]

Afendoulis takes oath of office in Lansing


State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township (right), today takes the ceremonial oath of office administered by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.  From left to right is Afendoulis’ mother, Tina; his wife, Phyllis; and his daughters, Elena, Sophia and Mari. Afendoulis was elected last November as the state representative for the 73rd House District, which consists […]

New township superintendent inherits an evolving community

Balance of law enforcement/fire and new parks a complicated mix By BETH ALTENA “The best government is where things run so smoothly people don’t even notice,” said Cameron Van Wyngarden, the new Plainfield Township Superintendent who took the helm of the township May 6, after the retirement of Robert Homan. At just 36 years of […]

Clearing up the confusion about education funding

By state Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Cannon Township On June 13, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law both the general budget bill and the school aid budget bill for the state of Michigan. For the third year in a row, the Legislature passed a structurally balanced budget more than four months ahead of schedule, making ‘early’ […]

Ruth Ann Karnes sworn in as new Plainfield Township Clerk

By BETH ALTENA The Plainfield Township Board voted to appoint Ruth Ann Karnes to fill the position of resigned Clerk Scott Harvey after discussion during their regular meeting on Monday, July 15. The seat for Harvey was empty during the proceedings as Harvey, after agreeing to continue in the position two more weeks, took the […]