Meeting set August 6 for more information by MITCH HARVATIN Cannon Township officials decided Monday night that they want to hear more about the proposal of putting two non-motorized sidewalks/trails starting at Myers Lake toward Cannon Farms and along M-44 near Bostwick Lake. Both projects would feature poles (railings) and hydrants. The contractor would also design the trail so it doesn’t draw puddles when it rains for a long period of time. The Myers Lake proposal is estimated to cost $12,100. The Bostwick Lake project is estimated to cost around $22,100. Township Clerk Bonnie Blackledge is for the project, but Township Trustee Steve Grimm said, “It’s a lot of money for a straight sidewalk.” Township Supervisor Peter MacGregor stepped in and said that the construction workers “will have to move a green box and a telephone pole.” Blackledge will hold an informational meeting for anyone who would like more information about these two projects on August 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cannon Township offices, 6878 Belding Road. The engineer of the project will also attend the meeting.
The proposed Cannon Town Square development on which Ric’s Food Center sits-and not much else-is in the process of foreclosure. Independent Bank will likely become the owner of the property, and is asking Cannon Township to reduce the amount of the bank line of credit against infrastructure requirements. According to Supervisor Pete MacGregor, the development will “plug and play” for anyone in a position to start building on the site. The infrastructure-roads, sewer, curbs, etc.,-are complete, with the exception of rain gardens. “Everyone loves Ric’s,” MacGregor said. “This board very much wants Ric’s to be successful. When they went in, they expected a whole community to be built around them and those would be their customers. That didn’t happen. They are an island.” MacGregor said the Planned Unit Development at the northwest intersection of Myers Lake Road and Belding Road is slated for 85 single homes, town homes, retail and office. A bank, cafe and restaurant were already approved and one of those businesses could build tomorrow. The proposed development was also slated to boast a clubhouse and park. As it stands, anyone who purchases the development would have to adhere to the conditions of the original PUD. “They can come back and ask for changes,” MacGregor said. The Town Square was designed to be a walkable, neighbor-friendly community. Original developers, Tol Companies Incorporated, planned to have a mix of residential and commercial-a mini-town where residents could virtually do all their shopping without driving their cars. Robert Tol said in December of 2007 that he believed the public was ready for the project, based on the principals of New Urbanism. That concept features walkability, connectivity mixed-use diversity and the theory that people enjoy a pedestrian-friendly design. The project was pushed back by years with changes and negotiation with the township. By the time they were able to build and sell residential and commercial spaces, the economy had tanked. Now the 40-acre center is undeveloped except for the Ric’s Food Center. MacGregor hopes that won’t be the case in the long-term. “I’d love a developer to drive by and say, ‘Wow! This is an opportunity,’ ” he said. “I want this to be a beautiful, vivacious, thriving corner. I want it done and done right.”
The Cannon Pool has reopened for its 45th year to the joy of many kids and families. This year families want and need inexpensive fun, choosing the Cannon Pool as a vacation alternative. Member, Mark Lemoine said, “We join the pool every year because of the fun, the Snack Shack and because it would cost me more just for the chemicals for a home pool than the cost of membership”. Cannon Pool continues to serve families throughout Kent County and welcomes your family as well. They are currently accepting memberships for the 2009 season. Look for them in the Rockford Start of Summer Parade on June 13, they will have FREE family swim passes so you can come cool off, relax and give them a try. See them on Facebook-Cannon Pool or look them up at www.cannonpool.org, or contact Kerrie Van Eck, Membership Coordinator at 866-6017.
Second Cannon car show coming up Saturday, June 6 Spring is in the air and autos are on the agenda for Cannon Township. On Satuday, June 6, 12 to 4 p.m. Bella Vista Auto Service, 6533 Belding Road, will host the second annual Cannon Classic Car show. Last year the first time event featured 75 classy classic cars and voters chose their three favorites for People’s Choice winners. This year three cars will again earn trophies, and the first 100 classic cars to show up and register will receive dashboard plaques. Ted Trocke, Bella Vista Auto owner and organizer of the event believes a car show is a nice way to spend a spring day and knows how much people love old cars. The first years event drew hundreds of visitors and, given nice weather, he hopes to top it this year, both in cars and visitors. “This year we will limit it to 150 cars,” Trocke said. The cars are all local, so visitors may see cars owned by people they know. To register your classic car prior to the event, which is recommended but not required, call Trocke at (616) 874-4444 or stop by the shop to pick up a flier. Classic car owner’s should be on site by 11 a.m. Cars will be displayed at Bella Vista Auto and Cannon Town Center (right next door).
It was sunny and wonderfully warm for all but the last hour of the sixteenth annual Bear Creek Waterfest on Saturday, April 24. Before the sky opened up for a beauty of a spring storm, children and adults enjoyed a pancake breakfast, bake sale, live music and the many interactive booths and activity stations. The Waterfest celebrates environmental issues, particularly water issues, and is held at Townsend Park each year by Cannon Township. At one time Bear Creek was closed to physical contact due to pollution caused by animal feces. Today kids are encouraged to jump right in and enjoy the water feature at the picturesque township park. For the last several years members of the band Hawks and Owls have added appeal with live music.