January 2018


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$85,000 allocated
Pollution Prevention
Community Enhancement Program

$85,000 allocated for improvements to BL-196 near I-196 interchange 

The MACC Policy Committee approved $85,000 to help fund improvements to BL-196 near the interchange with I-196 (next to the Zeeland McDonald’s).  This contribution joins financial contributions from the City of Zeeland, Holland Charter Township, Zeeland Charter Township and private sector participants in matching a significant state grant to complete the $5.3 million dollar project.  The proposed modifications will improve traffic flow by replacing the existing indirect left turns at the traffic signals with direct left turns.  The project is scheduled to begin in 2018.

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Pollution Prevention – New Series of Commercial Tip Sheets

The MACC assists the Cities of Holland and Zeeland, Allegan and Ottawa Counties, and the Allegan and Ottawa County Road Commission on stormwater management. One part of this is making sure that they use practices at their facilities and during their operations to prevent stormwater pollution. This includes everything from vehicle storage and maintenance to snow plowing and lawn care. These same pollution prevention practices can be used at other institutional, commercial and industrial facilities.

The MACC created a series of simple tip sheets to promote these practices to land users in the Macatawa Watershed. We will distribute them in various ways over the next year. They are also available on our website. Beyond promoting these practices, MACC staff are also available to assist commercial and industrial landowners in assessing their properties and making recommendations for pollution prevention practices. Contact Kelly at kgoward@the-macc.org to learn more or set up an appointment.

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Community Enhancement Program 

The Community Enhancement Program (CEP) is a collaboration of the City of Zeeland (Sally Gruppen), Park Township (Denise Nestel), Holland Charter Township (Russ TeSlaa), Zeeland Charter Township (Glenn Nykamp), Laketown Township (Linda Howell) and Fillmore Township (Ken DeWeerdt).  The purpose of the CEP is to foster regional collaboration and cohesion.  The Community Enhancement Board announced grants to three organizations to further the purpose of the CEP:

$5,000 to the Holland Symphony Creating Access! Project.  The project brought together five community organizations who will use the funding to purchase 200 bi-lingual Peter and the Wolf books, underwrite tickets to the Family Concert, support pre-concert activities throughout March and provide needed transportation to the concert.

$5,000 to the Friends of Felt Estate to develop a brochure highlighting seven historic homes as well as develop a website/app that provides information on numerous historic sites in the Holland-Zeeland area.

$5,500 to the Historic Ottawa Beach Society (HOBS) to purchase a window shade system for the pump house museum. HOBS will be hosting a unique interpretive project focusing on Holland’s Big Red Lighthouse.

For more information on the CEP and to obtain a grant application please visit www.the-macc.org/cep.