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City of Wyoming Approves Tax Abatement for Michigan Turkey Producers

Wyoming, Mich., March 20, 2012 –The Wyoming City Council approved a 12-year tax abatement request for Michigan Turkey Producers during the March 19 council meeting.

Michigan Turkey Producers has been growing in the City of Wyoming for over a decade and currently produces both raw and cooked turkey products in its facilities at 1100 Hall Street and 2140 Chicago Drive.  The Hall Street location is slated to receive a personal property investment of $2,300,000 and is estimated to add 25 new jobs.  The Chicago Drive location is scheduled to receive a personal property investment of $1,440,000 and a real property investment of $9,200,000, as well as add 10 new jobs.  These planned expansions will allow the company to increase production in order to support a growing demand for turkey products.

13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

As the winter turns to spring, more and more potholes start to appear throughout West Michigan. We would like you to tell us where the worst potholes can be found.

If you've come across a really bad pothole in your neighborhood, please leave a comment below to let us know where we can find it.

Also, if you can safely get a photo, email those to pics@wzzm13.com along with your name, phone number, and location where the photo was taken.

As comments and photos come in, WZZM13 will publicize the worst of the worst in an effort to get them fixed as quickly as possible.

UPDATE: U.S. 131 exit reopens after fire

UPDATE AT 4:40 P.M. (WZZM) -- The ramp from northbound U.S. 131 to 28th Street has reopened after a semi fire.

Wrecker crews have cleared away the burned semi and its trailer.

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have closed off the northbound exit ramp from U.S. 131 to 28th Street because of a truck fire.

A semi caught fire on the ramp around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Wyoming Fire Department crews are responding to the fire.

The incident is also causing delays on east and westbound 28th Street.

WZZM 13 News is monitoring the fire.  We will have more online and on WZZM 13 News.

Wyoming yard waste drop-off site opening due to warm weather

Wyoming yard waste drop-off site opening due to warm weather

From the City of Wyoming Facebook page:

With the unseasonably warm temperatures we've decided to open the yard waste drop off site for the next three Saturdays - March 17, March 24 and March 31 - from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Remember this site is for Wyoming residential yard waste only (no commercial dumping) and you'll need to show identification each time you use the site. For more information, follow the attached link.


Program Provides Job Training for Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Wyoming Residents

The Pathways to Prosperity program will be hosting the final awareness sessions from now until the end of March.  The program, ending in July, is available to job seekers interested in pursuing training in the green jobs sector.  Interested job seekers must attend an awareness session in order to be qualified for participation in the program.  Training is offered for many green job types, including: truck driving, deconstruction, welding, customer service, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced battery manufacturing.

Upcoming Awareness Sessions:

March 21: Kentwood Activity Center, 355 48th St. SE, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

March 22: Urban League, 745 Eastern Ave. SE, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

March 26: Family Network of Wyoming, 1029 44th St. SW, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

March 28: Baxter Community Center, 935 Baxter St. SE, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

March 29: Family Network of Wyoming, 1029 44th St. SW, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Wyoming Library After-Hours Material Pick-up

Have you ever needed to pick up a book, but the library was closed? Try the after-hours pick-up at the Wyoming branch. Patrons may request to have their library items placed in a locker to be picked up at their convenience. You will need to call the library during open hours to obtain passcodes for the door and locker.

Please have your library card number ready when you call to arrange the pick-up.  For more information, call 784-2007.

Wyoming Library Book Sale

Wyoming Library Book Sale

The Wyoming Friends of the Library will be holding a two day used book sale on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st. Items for sale include withdrawn library materials as well as donated books, videotapes, DVDs, audio books. The book sale begins at 9:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. The last two hours on Saturday will feature a Bag Sale; buy a bag for $3 and you can fill it up with sale items. The proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library and will be used to fund library projects.

The Wyoming Friends of the Library have decided to no longer accept magazine donations. They will still accept books (except encyclopedias), videotapes, DVDs, and audiobooks. Items should be in good physical condition as the Friends sell them in the semi-annual book sales.

If you have magazines you wish to donate, please consider dropping them off at one of the local paper gators.  Many of the schools in the area use them as fundraisers.