Would-be township firefighter files petition Trustees Charles Weldon and Victor Matthews and Supervisor George Meek are hotly contending allegations made in a recall petition filed by Nick Prill. Prill, who was once in the township’s fire academy and dismissed, filed the document June 17 and wording on the document was approved by Kent County July 9. The three are accused of repeatedly violating the Open Meetings Act, increasing water and sewer rates rather than making cuts to the budget and hiring a convicted sex offender. “There is no investigation of allegations in approving a recall petition,” said Matthews of the approval. “The county only has to approve that the wording is clear.” Matthews stated that the recall effort is one more step in a long campaign by a small, vocal special interest group to intimidate board members to adopt their agenda to the detriment of all the people of Plainfield Township. The group was successful in changing the minds of four board members earlier this year to approve and pitch in a portion of payment for a more than one million dollar upgrade to Belmont Avenue. In addition to the cancellation of the project, the township was informed by the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) that the township must reimburse for work done on the project following the original unanimous vote by the full board to approve funds for the work. That cost has yet to be totalled but the KCRC said it may be as much as $100,000. The three board members who refused to waiver in support of the project are the three listed in the petition. All three released a joint statement addressing each accusation. In regards to the accusation of violation of Open Meetings, all state that the board has relied upon the advise of legal council prior to having any closed meetings. They state there has been no water increase and an increase in sewer rates—an average of $2.71 per average household—was necessary in response to a significant decline in residential development and as part of the township’s contract with the North Kent Sewer Authority (NKSA). The new NKSA plant has saved residents about $5.5 in sewer rates, the statement by the three under recall states. In addition, they point […]
July 15 2010
Heart of Rockford sidewalk sales set for July Rockford is known for its festivals, fireworks, parades, parks, picturesque dam, destination dining, family outings, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking and biking the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail… and, of course, its one-of-a-kind shopping district. Most who live here or visit don’t need added incentive to stroll about and enjoy all that Rockford has to offer, but just in case you need an extra nudge, be sure to mark the Heart of Rockford Business Association’s annual summer sidewalk sales on your calendar. The shopping frenzy kicks off Thursday, July 15 at 10 a.m. and runs through Saturday, July 17. Shoppers can expect serious bargains on clothes, toys, books, cards, paper products, home accessories, hair, nail, bath and body products, jewelry, garden supplies, yarn, wall decor, and so much more. Barb Stein, owner of Great Northern Trading Company and an organizer of the sidewalk sales, said, “Don’t miss out on the fun—and savings! See you in Rockford!”
by ANA OLVERA Every business owner wants their customer to have an unforgettable experience while at their business. But for one Pizzeria Grandé customer, their experience was definitely one-of-a-kind. On Monday, July 5 around 6:40 p.m., a Buick accidentally accelerated into the front of Pizzeria Grandé’s building on Belding Road while trying to move their car, damaging half of the building’s front exterior. “When it happened, I just hoped no one had been hurt. The restaurant was full at the time, but luckily there were no injuries,” Pizzeria Grandé owner Jim Zanzig said. “Oddly enough, there were two Kent County Marine Officers in the restaurant at the time of the accident, so they were able to help out.” After being in business for 10 years, this is the first time Zanzig has experienced anything like this. “It’s not often you see a car go through the front of a building,” Zanzig said. Pizzeria Grandé is still open for business and running its usual hours at 6575 Belding Rd. However, there is a temporary door at the entrance while arrangements for fixing are made.
The beginning of summer is an excellent time to start making your own money. So long as you sell more lemonade than you drink, you can do so by starting a lemonade stand! Rockford residents Maggie Gem, 11, and Marissa H., 12, who will be attending North Rockford Middle School in the fall, have begun their own lemonade stand to earn money for the summer. They began on Tuesday, June 15 and managed to make $8.20 on the first day. The girls plan to continue their summer project. If you would like to enjoy some of their pink lemonade, you can find them at 167 Courtland Street, Rockford. For 25 cents you can buy a small cup and for 50 cents, a larger cup.