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My Town: Dune land dispute ends in deal

My Town: Dune land dispute ends in deal

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A year-long battle over dune land in White River Township is over.

Monday, the Township reached a settlement with Bro G Land Company to buy the two-acre property on Lake Michigan.  The Township plans to incorporate the land into its Barrier Dune Sanctuary.

The deal ends the legal dispute over a dune land driveway. The developer wanted to create a 1,200 foot private pathway that would cut through the sanctuary to access the property. 

“The Township looks forward to bringing this matter to a close,” said Township Supervisor Mike Cockerill. “The Township was required by the MDNR grant in 1985 to protect the Barrier Dune Sanctuary and this settlement will fulfill that obligation. The Barrier Dune Sanctuary is a popular public amenity that also embraces the preservation of natural habitat and unique sand dune features for our children and grandchildren.”

House moved down Muskegon Co. roadway


MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) - Travel on a main road was slower than usual due to a house on the roadway.

WZZM 13's Jon Mills came across the home being moved on a trailer early Monday afternoon.

The one-story house got stuck for about an hour on the White Lake overpass at US-31.

The Muskegon County Sheriff helped escort the trailer.


My Town Whitehall: Millage on February ballot would upgrade fire services

My Town Whitehall:  Millage on February ballot would upgrade fire services

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Voters in Whitehall, Whitehall Township and Fruitland Township will soon decide a proposed tax to improve area fire services.

The millage would go toward upgrading equipment, replacing and relocating the White Lake Fire Authority's  Fire Station 1 and improving Fire Station 2.  The proposed 10-year tax is for up to 1.65 mills, amounting to $165 for every $100,000 in taxable property value.  The millage would generate an estimated $637,780.91 in its first year.

The measure is expected to be on the Feb. 24, 2015 ballot.  You can find a copy of the millage proposal below.

Multiple units respond to Montague Metal Products fire


MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters say they are not sure what caused the blaze that damaged a northern Muskegon County metal business Thursday night,

Crews got the call to Montague Metal Products, 4101 W. Fruitvale Rd., shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday.

Montague Fire District Chief Ron Anderson says the fire heavily damaged the north side of the 80' by 100' building, and caused the roof to cave in. He says the south side of the building sustained mostly heat and smoke damage.

Units from Montague, White Lake, Blue Lake, Dalton, Muskegon Twp., North Muskegon, and Oceana County's Shelby Twp. were among those called to the scene. Chief Anderson says the large response was due to the need for manpower and water assistance. He says the nearest hydrant was at least 1.5 miles from the building.

My Town Whitehall: Alcoa to expand, adding dozens of jobs

My Town Whitehall: Alcoa to expand, adding dozens of jobs

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Whitehall’s biggest employer is about to get even bigger.

Tuesday night, the city’s planning commission unanimously approved Alcoa’s plan to expand its Thermatech facility, located at 555 Benston Road.  The $16.3 million project is expected to create 25 manufacturing jobs.  The plans include an 8,187 square-foot addition and storage area for scrap. Alcoa plans to start construction immediately.

Public Works Director Brian Armstrong says planning commissioners also approved a 3,034 square-foot expansion to the loading dock on Alcoa’s plant three.

Made in Michigan: MasterTag nursery plant tags


MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you buy flowers and plants every spring, you most likely have touched and read the product a Montague company makes.

MasterTag

's horticulture labels are found at garden centers around the U.S. and Canada. The company employs 140 workers at three Montague facilities.

"We start with a plastic sheet, we cut it, print on it and fabricate it into the different tags. All of the design work is done here so we are actually an ad agency on top of a printing and distribution company," explains owner Rick Hughes.

Ex-firefighter sues Montague for stifling free speech


MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) - A former Montague firefighter is suing the department and his ex-boss, claiming he was fired for opposing a new fire house and supporting the fire chief's brother.

Former Montague Fire Chief Dennis Roesler handled dissent among the ranks by having people fired or demoted – including his own brother, the federal lawsuit claims.

The seven-member Montague Fire District Board acted in lock-step with the chief, effectively silencing anyone who opposed the department, to the detriment of the public good, the lawsuit claims.

It's the latest black-eye for the Muskegon County fire agency that oversees protection for the city of Montague along with Montague and White River townships.

Internal squabbling, the embattled new firehouse and criminal charges against the fire chief have plagued a department that is staffed with several members of the Roesler family.