BDR asks for $2.3 million in damages over Family Fare plan

LAWSUIT WRAPS UP—The Plainfield Township manager, a trustee, supervisor, attorney and clerk wait on the tenth floor of the Grand Rapids Circuit Court with developer BDR’s attorney and a partner prior to closing arguments in the lawsuit BDR filed against Plainfield Township. The last day of the trial was Monday, November 9, when Judge Dennis Leiber heard one-hour closing arguments from each side. He took the case under consideration and will announce his decision.

Judge to rule on zoning for grocery store and complex A judge will decide if he thinks a developer was unconstitutionally denied use of property in Plainfield Township. Final arguments were heard it the downtown Grand Rapids courtroom of Dennis Leiber. Developer BDR proposed a grocery store, gas station, medical facility, office and restaurant plan […]

Sports complex land deal decided, faces board vote

ECONOMIC BOOST—A proposed ball field complex on Ten Mile Road could generate millions in revenue for the area. Kent County Commissioners will vote on granting a  two-year option to buy.

The West Michigan Sports Commission will have two years to come up with the cash to purchase 90 acres for a proposed ball field complex if the Kent County Board of Commission (KCBC) approves the deal. The KCBC will vote on the plan, which a finance committee proposed, at their next meeting. The Sports Commission […]

Plainfield firefighter, Deputy Clerk arrested as habitual sexual offender

Jeff Hawkins was arrested Monday, November 9, as a second-offense habitual offender, of Accosting Children for Immoral Purposes and for Using a Computer to Commit a Crime.

  On Monday, November 9, an arrest warrant was issued for 40-year-old Jeffrey Shawn Hawkins, of Plainfield Township. Hawkins was arrested and lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility. He was charged with two counts of Accosting Children for Immoral Purposes—each count is a four-year felony; two counts of Using Computers to Commit a Crime […]

Plainfield firefighters honored for service

WITH THANKS—Fire Chief David Peterson congratulates Lt. Jeff Drake as he receives honors for his years of service with the department.

Members of the Plainfield Township Fire Department were recognized for their years of service on Monday, October 5 during the township’s regular board meeting. Recognition began with firefighters with 25 years serving their community followed by 15-year awards. The board members expressed gratitude to the department and all the services provided to the public by […]

Rockford Education Foundation awards fall grants

LIGHT SURPRISE—The second-grade class at Crestwood Elementary School is happy to accept their requested light lenses for the fluorescent light fixtures in their classroom. The Rockford Education Foundation awarded this grant to the students at a recent surprise presentation in their classroom.

The second-graders in Mrs. Sanders’ and Mrs. Schroder’s Crestwood Elementary classes will have special light diffusers coming to their classrooms very soon. A student grant was awarded to this second-grade class by the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) last week. These students requested light lenses for the fluorescent light fixtures in their classroom. The students put […]