Doris Eloise Gooding of Wayland, formerly of Rockford, died Monday, April 7. She was 86.
She was born in Providence, R.I., to Carl and Ella (Nyberg) Nordquist. Doris was a mother, grandmother and homemaker.
Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Bakker will hear oral arguments at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to determine if Michigan Land Air Water Defense's lawsuit against the Department of Natural Resources may proceed.
MLAWD, a citizens' public interest group, is contesting the validity of extensive oil and gas leasing of publicly owned mineral rights in the Allegan State Game Area. The DNR auctioned the leases in 2012.
The wheels of justice are said to turn slowly, and sometimes the same is true in negotiating with two companies to being their business here.
Wayland City Manager Mike Selden told council members Monday night that the a firm from the Netherlands has asked for an extension for considering Wayland's purchase price offer for a parcel in the local industrial park.
Meanwhile, the city has agreed to offer a parcel in the industrial park to an undisclosed firm from Portage for about the same price and with the same tax breaks (50 percent on real and personal property for up to 12 years).
The Wayland City Council Monday night approved an easement to accommodate the new Green Acres assisted living facility's plans to hook up to city sewer.
City Manager Mike Selden said property owned by dentist Dr. Michael DeWeerd was the only part of that area on East Superior Street that had hookup to city santitary sewer.
"The intention was that once something came into that area, a connection would be made," Selden told council members.
The city many years ago could have accepted it as a city sewer line, but it wasn't necessary decades ago.
The Wayland City Council held a public hearing on the new five-year master plan for the Downtown Development Authority.
There wasn't a lot of comment, but one woman in the audience remarked, "I'd like to see a sign by the highway welcoming people to the downtown and let's them know where we are... Too many people who visit think the town stops at Uccello's (on West Superior Street off the U.S.-131 expressway)."
Main Street Director Alicia Zylstra, who had a hand in crafting the master plan, assured the woman the master plan includes what she was talking about.
City of Wayland crews have been removing twigs, sticks and limbs from curbsides in various locations within the city limits. City Manager Mike Selden said crews did not remove debris Monday, but will continue their work the rest of this week. The plethora of yard waste was the fallout from an ice storm last December that was followed almost immediately afterward by one of the worst winters in recorded history.
The Wayland Farmers Market market again this year will be located on the northwest corner of West Superior and Church Streets and will be open once local produce becomes available (sometime in May/June) through October on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wayland Main Street Director Alicia Zylstra said, "Last year, it seemed the new location generated more business. It is hoped this trend will continue, thus generating more vendor participation."
"It's good to be just plain happy; it's a little better to know that you're happy; but to understand that you're happy and to know why and how and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss." - Henry Miller
Ready for a pop quiz?
Consider this statement: "If something is too good to be true, it is."
Pop quiz question: What words will follow "it is..."?
(a) "too good" (If something is too good to be true, it is therefore not true). (b) "true" (If something is too good to be true, it is true.)
BZZZZZZZ. Time's up.
The Wayland Fire Department warns residents that "even though there is still some snow banks around, be careful on your burning as many departments are responding to grass/field fires that have gotten out of control." The burn permit line in Allegan County is 269-686-5222.
Mildred VanHouten, 93, died Saturday, April 5.
Mildred was a great homemaker on the family farm and showed her love to her family though her wonderful cooking. She was a hard worker. Mildred liked to do crafts, play the organ, read and especially to go square dancing with Ira.