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Ottawa County Media Room

Our goal is to be receptive, responsive and transparent.  Members of the media seeking interviews or information are encouraged to contact the Communications Manager, Shannon Felgner.

A handful of County Offices respond to media inquiries directly including:
Ottawa County Department of Public Health - Kristina Wieghmink (616) 494-5597
Ottawa County Community Mental Health - Anna Bednarek (616) 494-5545
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office - (616) 738-4000
If you are having trouble determining to whom you should direct your inquiry, the Communications Manager is a great place to start. 

Do you feel like you are the last to know about an Ottawa County Press Release? We are happy to add you to our media contact list. Email or call Shannon Felgner at (616) 738-4672.

Current Media Releases

August 5, 2014

Immunize: Protect the Ones You Love
Immunizations protect your health, minimize your risk for disease and protect your community.

Vaccines are the single most powerful, cost-effective public health intervention ever developed. Immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases. Immunizations are not just for children. All adults, especially pregnant women, need vaccines too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a family or community. While some diseases are not common in the U.S., they persist around the world and are only a plane ride away. It is important that we continue to protect our health with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can and do occur in this country. #NIAM14 Read More

July 16, 2014

Macatawa Greenway Trail Milestone Celebrated

On Wednesday, July 23 at 10 am, Ottawa County Parks will celebrate the initiation of 2.4 miles of paved, non-motorized path that will serve as a critical link in the Macatawa Greenway Trail.  A ground breaking ceremony will be held at Ottawa’s County’s Upper Macatawa Natural Area (1300 84thAvenue, Zeeland). The long awaited non-motorized trail will run through the Ottawa County Park and connect the Fred Meijer Kenowa Trail, a 10-mile bike path running along Byron Road east through Jamestown Township, with existing bike path on Adams Street developed by Zeeland and Holland Townships.  The new 2.4 mile trail will combine with a half mile of paved trail already within the park to meander through the forests, grassland, and wetlands of Upper Macatawa Natural Area and include three large ravine bridges plus a bridge over the Macatawa River. Read More

July 15, 2014

Survey Participants Help Ottawa County to be Healthier
Confidential survey gives residents opportunity to help address health challenges.

OTTAWA COUNTY – Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns. Barnes Research, Inc.is randomly selecting residents to participate in a confidential 15 minute survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS). Questions include topics such as nutrition, exercise, tobacco use, doctor visits and health insurance. Participant’s responses will help local health care and non-profit organizations determine how and where to direct resources that will address the greatest health challenges within our community. Read More

July 15, 2014

Ottawa County Board Voices Support for Proposal One

Next week at its July 22nd, 1:30pm meeting, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is expected to adopt a resolution, officially voicing its support for Proposal One. On the Michigan ballot for August 5, Proposal One would eliminate personal property tax levied on manufacturing businesses and provide a stable funding replacement for local government services including police, fire and other essential needs. Read More

May 12, 2014

Ottawa County Funds Environmental Assessment to Spur Economic Development

The Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority  has approved its first brownfield redevelopment assessment project as a part of its $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Program.  The County will be working with the City of Holland to conduct a Phase I environmental site assessment  on a site in the South Shore Village Shopping District, which is located approximately one block from Lake Macatawa in the City of Holland.  The initial assessment is estimated to cost around $4,000. Read More

April 24, 2014

Book Your Kids Camps with the Ottawa County Parks

Would you like your child to turn off Minecraft and learn some real outdoor survival skills? Do your children need to be exposed to feathered friends and not Angry Birds? Ottawa County Parks is here to help. Registration is now open for summer day camps. Programs for preschool through eighth grade are available. Space is limited so register today by calling 616-786-4847. Fees vary and payment is accepted by credit card or check. Read More & See Schedule

Freedom of Information Act Requests

All requests made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the act. Requests for public information should be made to the department which is responsible for the custody of the records.

Shannon Felgner,
Communications Manager

Main Office

12220 Fillmore Street
Room 210
West Olive, MI 49460
Phone: (616) 738-4672
FAX: (616) 738-4888
Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm