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Salt truck crews prepare for a long day

Salt truck crews prepare for a long day

WYOMING, Mich.—Wyoming’s road crews are out salting the roads for the first time this winter season.

According to the City Hall Facebook page, five salt trucks were dispatched Monday night, as drivers contended with the first significant snow of the season.

Numerous slide-offs and crashes were reported across the area throughout the day. At least four people were taken to a hospital with injuries.

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The standards for ambulances running in East Grand Rapids may soon change.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the city commission approved joining an ambulance consortium with other Kent County communities.  The consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids currently works with AMR Ambulance, but the city does not have a contract with the company. 

City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Road closures announced ahead of 28th Street Metro Cruise

Road closures announced ahead of 28th Street Metro Cruise

WYOMING, Mich.  – The City of Wyoming is announcing road closures as the 28th Street Metro Cruise rolls back into town.

Michael Avenue from 28th Street south to Plaza Drive will be closed  from 4 p.m. Friday, August 23 to midnight Saturday, August 24 for the annual event.

The Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce began the 28th Street Metro Cruise in 2005 as a way to drive more business to the corridor after M-6 opened.  The annual event has since grown to attract more than 250,000 visitors every year, with more than 15,000 vehicles on display. 

The two-day event features a pin-up girl contest, red carpet car show and music.   For more information, visit the Metro Cruise website here.

New bus coming to Greenville

New bus coming to Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.— A new bus will soon roll down the streets of Greenville.

During their regular meeting Tuesday night, the Greenville City Council unanimously approved a contract with Michigan Department of Transportation to buy a new Transit Department bus.  City officials say the vehicle’s cost will be completely covered by state and federal funding.  The contract covers up to $122,000 in expenses.

The bus must still be built.  City officials expect the vehicle will have a Ford chassis with finishing touches by Hoekstra Transportation out of My Town Wyoming.

The Rapid holding bus fare forum August 7

The Rapid holding bus fare forum August 7

The Rapid will hold a public forum Wednesday, August 7 to address how it will handle bus fares in the future.

The bus transit service is drafting a policy for evaluating the public impact of any bus fare changes,  including when new services are added, like the Rapids  Silver Line on Division Avenue.  Officials with The Rapid say right now they are not considering raising prices, but more pass options.

Wednesday’s public forum will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Rapid Central Station second floor conference room, located at 250 Grandville Ave. SW in Grand Rapids.  If you cannot make the meeting, you can comment on the issue by calling (616) 776-1100.

Gentex announces $700 million deal to buy other business

Gentex announces $700 million deal to buy other business

ZEELAND, Mich.— A Zeeland-based company is buying up another auto parts manufacturer.

Gentex announced plans to buy Johnson Controls’ HomeLink business Thursday.  If all goes as Gentex plans, the proposed $700 million deal will close around September 30.  

HomeLink manufactures a vehicle-based control system that allows drivers to activate garage door openers, entry door locks, home lighting, security systems and entry gates.  Gentex produces automatic dimming rearview mirrors, camera-based lighting and driver assist systems, among other products.

If the deal is approved by federal officials, Gentex Chief Executive Officer Fred Bauer says HomeLink would be fully absorbed by the company over the next 12 to 18 months.  The proposed acquisition is expected to increase Gentex’s annual revenue to $125 million-$150 million per year.

Consumers Energy kicks off summer safety campaign June 8

Consumers Energy kicks off summer safety campaign June 8

WYOMING, Mich.—Consumers Energy will kick off its 101 Days of Summer Safety campaign Saturday, June 8 with UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour.

The Arrive Alive program raises awareness about the dangers of texting while driving and drunken driving.  Studies show roughly 89 percent of all Americans own a cell phone and people under 20 years are at highest risk for deadly crashes caused by distracted driving. Arrive Alive uses a high-tech simulator to allow people to experience the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving.

Consumers’ 101 Days of Summer Safety is open to the utility company’s employees and their families.  The Arrive Alive Tour will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Consumers Energy’s parking lot, located at 4000 Clay Avenue SW in Wyoming.