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May 27, 2016

The Prescribed Browsing Project is baaaack for its third and final year.

Ottawa County Parks launched its third and final year of the Prescribed Browsing Project, a unique initiative utilizing goats to combat invasive plants. This innovative, yet simple method reduces herbicide applications, is cost-effective, and allows access to locations where mowers or machinery could otherwise not reach. The project began in 2014 as a three year initiative and will conclude for review after this year.

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May 24, 2016

All Rise: Holland students to take over 58th District Court for a day

The 58th District Court will host Holland High School's AP Government students taught by Mr. Daniel Telgenhof. The students will conduct a full day criminal mock trial on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The trial will begin at 8:20 am and conclude at 2:50 pm in Courtroom B located on the second floor of the Holland Courthouse, 85 W. 8th Street in Holland. 

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May 20, 2016

The votes are in! Ottawa County residents selected the Top Dog in the photo contest being coordinated by the Treasurer's Office. Trinket was awarded the coveted title. In her entry, she barked, "I am a very happy girl who loves people. I am smart too! I also love to chase all of the birds and squirrels out of the yard." The pint sized pet, a Yorkshire Terrier, fetched 467 votes. Second through fifth place, the staff pick and random winner pictures will be shared on the County's social media channels.

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May 19, 2016

Ottawa County Population and Growth Rates  The 2015 population estimates for townships, cities, and villages were released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

Some of the Ottawa County highlights are provided below:

  • All of the townships in Ottawa County continued to grow in population between 2014 and 2015, while 4 cities saw a slight decline in population
  • Allendale Township experienced the largest population growth rate between 2014 and 2015 (5.8% increase)
  • Since 2010, the local units that experienced the largest population growth rates were Jamestown Township (12.5% increase), Allendale Township (10.8% increase), and Crockery Township (9.7% increase)

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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 Parks & Recreation - Jessica VanGinhoven (616) 994-4716
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.

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  • 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