Family Fare developers won’t appeal court decision

The legal battle over an intensive development off Northland Drive in Plainfield Township is over. According to Trustee Vic Mathews, the developers, BDR Inc., agreed not to appeal a decision against their proposed development if the township agreed not to pursue damages incurred from the lawsuit. Matthews said the township might have had a good […]

Townships mixed on background checks, offender policy

Plainfield Township is facing harsh criticism regarding their lack of a policy requiring background checks on potential employees (see related story page 1), and their decision not to fire a firefighter who was convicted of a sex offense, but in fact the township is not alone. Cannon Township also does not require background checks for […]

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 […]

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 Township receives three water awards

Tom Smith of the American Water Works Association presents Don Petrovich with the American Water Works Association award  for the township’s successful wellhead protection program.

  Just in time for the Take Back the Tap campaign promoting drinking the water from your faucet as healthy and more environmentally sound than bottled water, Plainfield Township has proof of their water quality. At a September Michigan American Water Works Association meeting, the township received three awards for the quality of their water department. […]