August 27 2009

Administrator speaks on DDA longevity

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Kent County Administrator Daryl Delabbio said he thought the Squire’s article last week on DDAs did not make clear that DDAs can last forever if not allowed to expire. He offered this comment for clarification for our readers. In effect, DDAs can last “forever” if the city, township, or village extends them by amending their development and financing plans and time frame while they currently exist. So, if Rockford extends the existing DDA for another 10, 15, 20, 25 years, it can at any time continually amend its plan and extend the DDA’s life. If the City wants to amend the plan and extend the time in 2009, the DDA would exist for however long the plan called for (up to 30 years or until 2039). Then in 2015, the City wants to amend the plan again and extend the time, it can do so (for up to 30 years or until 2045). The County could not “opt out” of having it’s taxes captured by the DDA. If, however, the Rockford DDA ended based on its current development and financing plan and the City took no action to amend or extend it, then the DDA would end. At that point, if Rockford wanted to have a DDA, it would have to create a new one. At this point, the County could opt out, because state law (which was changed in 1995) allows it to. A 30-year time span is not required, but seems to be common to many DDAs.

News Bits – August 27, 2009

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North Kent Service Center to retain summer hours The North Kent Service Center (NKSC) is keeping the summer hours of Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., as new service hours for their clients and the community. NKSC has found that these hours have been beneficial for everyone during the summer months. With the longer hours, NKSC is able to meet the need of clients who are working, and community members wishing to drop off items at the donation center after work, and saves on operational expenses. The donation area will also be open Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Please do not drop off donations at the front door on Sunday or when gates are closed.)

Rockford Register – August 27, 2009

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Thursday, August 27 Seniors “Out To Lunch Bunch” at Candlestone Inn—Have lunch at the newly remodeled inn in Belding. Return around 2 p.m. Cost is $2 for bus fee. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Saturday, August 29 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. “Shootin’ for Home” 3-D Archery Fundraiser—8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta, to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Enjoy 30 targets, homemade food, raffles, door prizes, and Church Archery Teams Challenge. For further details, call Jeffrey deJager at (616) 696-9666. “Little Princess” Auditions—10 a.m. at Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW, just off Division, Grand Rapids. Five men, five women and 13 youth ages 8-13 are needed. There will be 12 performances, Thur.-Sat., Nov. 19 to Dec. 5, 2009. For an appointment, please call (616) 455-1001. 3rd Annual Driving Fore Conservation Golf Outing—9 a.m. at Tyler Creek Golf Course & Campground. Four-person scramble begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by reception and prizes. Register online at Your participation benefits conservation programs of Kent Conservation District, Timberland RC&D, and Trout Unlimited of West Michigan. Monday, August 31 “Little Princess” Auditions—7 p.m. at Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW, just off Division, Grand Rapids. Five men, five women and 13 youth ages 8-13 are needed. There will be 12 performances, Thur.-Sat., Nov. 19 to Dec. 5, 2009. For an appointment, please call (616) 455-1001. Tuesday, September 1 Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group affiliated with the American Heart Association, offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395. Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Wednesday, Sept. 2 Business Counseling—Starting a new business or have […]

A Message for You – August 27, 2009

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What are we convincing ourselves of? by MARCIA HUFSTADER Member, Third Church of Christ, Scientist Every day we are bombarded by thoughts, opinions and advertisements that come to us through friends and all sorts of media. A firm conviction of God’s goodness and all-ness enables us to see through that haze and therefore to think clearly. For instance, there are so many reports that would try to convince parents that children are in danger from all sorts of sources. When I hear such reports, I can either go with that idea, get wound up in fear and worry, or I can stay with the fundamental truth that God, good, governs. God, divine Mind, is perfectly governing all of His children harmoniously all the time. God wouldn’t create His likeness and then not maintain it. Could God ever be absent or unavailable when God is infinite, ever-present Love? All of God’s children (which we all are) respond to His direction and can hear His voice in a way we can understand. There is an unbreakable bond between God and his idea, man. It is much more peaceful, beneficial and accurate to understand God’s protecting, governing power than to fill our thoughts with fear. This peace helps us make better decisions from day to day, and helps us to do exactly what we should be doing. No matter how many times we hear fearful reports, it doesn’t make them more real than God’s caring, loving presence. Our best protection is listening to God, being alert, and using the ideas we receive in prayer.

Food, Family, Fun – August 27, 2009

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Art is more than paint and canvas Rockford Art in the Park a multi-media event Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 12, the first Saturday after Labor Day, and be sure to visit Garden Club Park by the dam in downtown Rockford. The juried art show—which includes no crafts—is a fine arts exhibition. For over 30 years the Rockford Area Arts Commission has brought this event to Rockford. Artists from across the state of Michigan compete in this juried art exhibition, featuring works in pottery, stoneware, sculpture, jewelry. glass works, painting, fiber arts and more. Artists are on hand to showcase their works, which are available for purchase by arts patrons at the event. A “Best of Show” award as well as five “Best of Category” awards (in Jewelry, Pottery/Stoneware/Sculpture, Glassworks, Painting, Fiber Arts) are presented.

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