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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 Road Commission - Alex Doty (616) 850-7221
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. 

Current Media Releases

December 13, 2018

Zeeland Twp. 96th Avenue bridge closure update

The contractor will be on site beginning Monday, Dec. 17, to start repair work on the 96th Avenue bridge.
Work will include the placement of a taller railing on the bridge.
This repair project could take up to two weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions.

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December 12, 2018

Ottawa County Chickenpox

A case of confirmed chickenpox has been reported in an unvaccinated student attending Rosy Mound Elementary in Grand Haven Area Public Schools. Parents of students in this school building were notified of the chickenpox case in a letter stating.

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December 7, 2018

What would you do if faced with an active shooter?

What should you do in the case of an active shooter? Hide? Evacuate? Doing the right things can increase your odds of getting through alive. So far in 2018, more that 800 people have attended a "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" class put on by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office. This thought-provoking and engaging class provides strategies, guidance, and a plan for surviving an active shooter event.

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December 6, 2018

Road Closure Notice: 96th Avenue bridge closure notice in Zeeland Twp.

The 96th Avenue bridge in Zeeland Township is being closed due to a damaged railing. As a result of the closure, 96th Avenue is closed from Adams Street to Ottogan Street until further notice. The detour is Adams Street to 84th Avenue to Ottogan Street. Emergency vehicles may access the site from the north and south up to the bridge. The OCRC will provide additional updates on the closure once we have them available.

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December 3, 2018

County Employees Awarded for Customer Service

Join us in congratulating Marshall Boyd from the Ottawa County Innovation & Technology Department and Amber Reagan from the Ottawa County Clerk/Register of Deeds Office, who have been recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the third quarter of 2018. You can read the nominations which earned each recipient an award plus learn more about them here.

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November 30, 2018

Ottawa County Parks' Grand Ravines wins award

The Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks), an organization dedicated to the advancement of public spaces, recreation and natural resources, announced that Ottawa County Parks was awarded the 2018 Park Design award for Grand Ravines. Park Design projects typically contain landscape and facility components, such as splash pads, playgrounds, and trails and linear parks.

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November 23, 2018

World AIDS Day 2018: Know your HIV status. Free confidential testing this Friday

World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention. Since then, every year United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to AIDS. This year’s theme for World AIDS Day, which will be marking its 30th anniversary on 1 December, will be “Know your status”.

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November 19, 2018

Celebrate Adoption Day with Ottawa County on November 20

There is no place like home for the holidays. Celebrating Adoption Day on November 20, the 20th Circuit Court Family Division will ensure not just a home for the holidays but a forever home for several Ottawa County children. At 9AM, ceremonies will begin followed by confirmation hearings with Judges Mark A. Feyen and Kent D. Engle presiding.

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November 14, 2018

Ottawa County is Testing a New Team Member: CORA

Ottawa County is forging into the future, testing the first court robot greeter in the country. This week the 20th Circuit and the 58th District Courts welcomed CORA to the team at Ottawa County’s Grand Haven Courthouse. Through Friday, CORA will direct visitors around the courthouse, allow customers to search the court dockets, answer frequently asked questions, and provide information about the judges and referees in both English and Spanish. Along with her utility, CORA can also entertain you with a dance or take a selfie.

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November 13, 2018

Ottawa County citizens invited to apply for Ottawa County Treasurer

Applications for Ottawa County Treasurer, an elected position, are being accepted though Friday December 7. The Selection Committee is made up of the County Clerk/Register Justin Roebuck, County Prosecutor Ron Frantz, and Probate Judge Mark Feyen. This group will review the letters and résumés on December 10. Interviews will be conducted in an open meeting on a date to be announced. Interested parties may contact the County Clerk/Register's Office at 616-846-8107 for additional information.

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November 12, 2018

Thanks, Birth Control Day is on November 13: What does birth control make possible for you?

Birth control helps make amazing things possible! Not quite ready for kids? Birth control lets you pursue dreams, goals, travel, school, work, relationships and more without the risk of pregnancy. It’s not just about sex - it's about living life on your own terms!

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November 7, 2018

Celebrate Adoption Day with Ottawa County on November 20

There is no place like home for the holidays. Celebrating Adoption Day on November 20, the 20th Circuit Court Family Division will ensure not just a home for the holidays but a forever home for several Ottawa County children. At 9AM, ceremonies will begin followed by confirmation hearings with Judges Mark A. Feyen and Kent D. Engle presiding. (Location: 12120 Fillmore Street, West Olive)

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November 6, 2018

Road Closure: 148th Ave. to be closed Nov. 7-8 in Spring Lake Twp.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 7, through Thursday, Nov. 8

WHERE: 148th Avenue, from Leonard St. to Boom Road in Spring Lake Township.

WHY: Culvert Replacement

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October 31, 2018

Robinson Elementary School PFAS Update

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) is working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Grand Haven Area Public Schools (GHAPS) to take the appropriate measures and develop an action plan to help ensure the water our children and residents are drinking meets appropriate state and federal standards.

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October 31, 2018

Public release of Robinson Elementary School water test results

WHO: Representatives from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Grand Haven Area School District, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Emergency Management Division and Ottawa County Administration

WHAT: Release of Robinson Elementary School PFAS test results

WHEN: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - approximately 4:45 pm

WHERE: Board Room - Ottawa County Administrative Offices, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460. **Please park in lot C. Doors to the board room will open at appx 4:30 pm for setup.

WHY: Inform the public and media about the PFAS test results and next steps

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October 29, 2018

Elevated PFAS levels at Robinson Elementary School in Robinson Township

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) is working with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Grand Haven Public Schools after being notified on October 29 of elevated levels of PFAS at Grand Haven’s Robinson Elementary School. School leaders immediately restricted access to drinking water in the building; bottled water is being provided to the school through the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Emergency Management Division and DHHS.

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October 24, 2018

Overcoming Adversity at the 231 River Run

If you ask most runners, they will tell you their journey; their running story; their why. And for some runners, the route of that journey changes along the way.
Seth and Alicia Reenders of Grand Haven are avid runners and 231 River Run veterans who found themselves on an uncharted path in May of 2018. Seth, 37, was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer after having brain surgery earlier that month. The summer was a whirlwind of chemotherapy, radiation and agonizing size effects.

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October 22, 2018

Ottawa County's Farmland Preservation Program Preserves Its 2nd Farm!

The low, rolling hills in the northeastern corner of Ottawa County is where you’ll find the Klein family farm. On their farm they grow corn, wheat, and soybeans as well as raise beef cattle. On July 2, 2018, upon granting an easement to the Ottawa County Farmland Preservation Program, 55.63 acres of their farm became permanently preserved, meaning that this acreage will always be used as agricultural land. The Klein’s property is directly adjacent to a 60+ acre parcel that has been preserved by the State of Michigan’s Farmland Preservation and Open Space Program. These two preserved properties create over 115 acres of contiguous preserved farmland.

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October 22, 2018

Medication Takeback Event on Saturday, October 27th

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ottawa County Opiate Taskforce will be participating in a national medication takeback event in order to safely dispose of unused and expired medications in our community.

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October 18, 2018

NEWS RELEASE: Ottawa County Chickenpox

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) received information on a confirmed case of chickenpox in an unvaccinated student attending Waukazoo Elementary in West Ottawa. Parents of students in this school building were notified of the chickenpox case in a letter stating:

By order of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health under the authority of the Michigan Public Health Code Act 368 of 1978, if your child has not been immunized and you cannot provide a verification of a previous diagnosis of chickenpox, he/she will be excluded from school until November 1, 2018, and may return to school November 2, 2018, provided they have not developed chickenpox during this time period.

If you suspect that your child has chickenpox you are encouraged to contact your medical care provider. All individuals diagnosed with chickenpox should be kept home until the rash has crusted over (usually about five days).

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October 18, 2018

Ottawa County Clerk & GIS Unveil New Applications for Voter Information

The Ottawa County Clerk's Office, in partnership with the Ottawa County Geospatial Insights and Solutions (GIS) Department, are unveiling new tools for voters as they prepare for the November 6 General Election.

The "My Election Polling Place" application will allow voters to type in their address or click anywhere on the county map to find their sample ballot as well as view and receive directions to their polling place.

The "My Elected Representatives" application allows residents to enter their Ottawa County address or click anywhere on the county map to find a list and contact information for all of their elected representatives, from the federal level, to city, township and school board officials.

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October 15, 2018

Ottawa County Road Commission ready for winter 2018 amid higher salt prices

The Ottawa County Road Commission is working to save money amid high salt prices for the upcoming winter maintenance season.

The Road Commission will pay $62.84 per ton for an allocation of 22,500 tons of road salt for the 2018-19 season -- an increase of more than $26 per ton compared to last season.

“The increase in salt price represents an increase of approximately $500,000-to-$600,000 in Road Commission winter expenses,” Ottawa County Road Commission Managing Director Brett Laughlin said. “The Road Commission has a fixed budget, and this additional cost could impact the proposed summer road improvements.”

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October 15, 2018

Ottawa County residents encouraged to shake their mailboxes this month

Before winter takes hold and snow plows hit the roads, the Ottawa County Road Commission asks Michigan residents to prepare by shaking their mailboxes this month.

“Our top priority is to maintain a safe and efficient road and right-of-way system for county residents,” said Ottawa County Road Commission Communications Administrator Alex Doty. “It is a resident’s responsibility to ensure his or her mailbox is secure.”

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October 12, 2018

Hamilton Selected as Ottawa County Public Defender

Robert C. Hamilton of Holland has been selected as the Ottawa County Public Defender. Hamilton has 30 years of experience in indigent defense counsel giving him extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system. He also comes with leadership qualities that will serve Ottawa County and facilitate this transition well. Hamilton, who is currently an attorney with the law firm Hann Persinger PC, is a graduate of Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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October 12, 2018

You're invited to a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration: New Grand Haven dental center opening to expand access in Ottawa County

My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) and the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) are pleased to announce the dental center located at 801 S. Beacon Blvd in Grand Haven will open to the public on Monday, October 29. The center will be a new resource open to the community and will serve children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, Healthy Kids Dental, Healthy Michigan Plan and private dental insurance. MCDC also offers MyDental Plan for patients without dental insurance, which provides reduced fees based on household income. An initial dental exam with X-rays will cost $39 for new patients.

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October 12, 2018

Road Commission honored for breast cancer awareness plow truck

One of two awards earned by the Road Commission at the APWA 2018 Snowplow Roadeo on Wednesday

The Ottawa County Road Commission wowed the judges at the American Public Works Association Midwest Michigan Branch 2018 Snowplow Roadeo with its Breast Cancer Awareness Month themed plow truck -- the winning entry in the Pride of the Fleet competition at this year's Roadeo.

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October 10, 2018

Hispanic Latino Commission Names Top 50 Latinas of Michigan

Among Them--Ottawa County's Reyna Orellana Masko and Juanita Bocanegra and retiree Patricia Sosa VerDuin.

The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan announced the top 50 Latinas in the state--and Ottawa County employees Reyna Masko and Juanita Bocanegra plus retiree Pat Sosa VerDuin were among the honorees. They will be officially recognized at the Statewide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations in Saginaw on October 12. The award recognizes distinguished Latina leaders who have significant involvement in their communities and their chosen professions.

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October 10, 2018

Let's Talk Month: Sexual health conversations with your kids

Let's Talk Month is a national public education campaign that is celebrated in October and coordinated by Advocates for Youth. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health encourages parents and caregivers to talk with youth about abstinence and sexuality.

  • Parents are the best sexuality educators for their children.
  • Teens consistently say that parents most influence their decisions about sex.
  • Parents want to be good sex educators, but may not always know how.
  • It is possible to be an "askable" adult.

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October 4, 2018

Ottawa County Launches GoFundMe Page for Local Trail Project

All outdoor lovers will soon be able to enjoy a journey along almost 50 miles of recreational trails in Ottawa County with the completion of the Spoonville Trail. Construction of Phase II of the Spoonville Trail, a 1.7-mile-long stretch in Crockery Township is planned to begin this spring. This beautiful section of trail way will meander through the picturesque ravines of the Terra Verde Golf Course property, making it the first public trail in Michigan with an easement through a golf course. While over 96% of the $2.3 million project is funded, a small amount remains in order to cross the finish line. To do this, the County has created a GoFundMe campaign as part of their fundraising efforts – and are in need of your help!

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October 3, 2018

JUST RELEASED: 2018 Ottawa County Community Health Improvement Plan

The Ottawa County community came together to create its next version of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). This plan works to help improve the health and well-being of local residents. The full plan and infographic are found at miOttawa.org/2018CHIP.

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October 3, 2018

Ottawa County Administrator's Digest Special Edition

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners approved the Ottawa County Tax Allocation Board’s recommendation to place the following ballot language on the November 6, 2018 ballot, as required by State law:

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October 1, 2018

The Road Newsletter | Ottawa County Road Commission Newsletter October 2018

News from the Ottawa County Road Commission--view 2019 Road Commission budget information, learn what to do with fall leaves, and learn about preparing your mailbox for winter.

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October 1, 2018

Join us for the most important meal of the day: Coffee with Cops

Join your local Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies this week for Coffee with Cops on Wednesday, October 3. Several locations throughout the county will be hosting the event including:
☕ Spring Lake: Idle Hour Restaurant, 8:30-9:30AM
☕ Hudsonville: Sprinkles, 9-10AM
☕ Allendale: Tim Hortons, 10-11AM
☕ Holland: deBoers on Douglas, 8-11AM
These events are great times to bring concerns or questions or just get to know your local team.

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September 27, 2018

Ottawa County chickenpox

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) was notified of confirmed chickenpox cases in students attending Jenison Public Schools at Kids First (ECC/El Puente). Parents of students in this building were notified of the chickenpox cases in the school.

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September 25, 2018

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Even though Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is coming to a close, keep in mind - suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

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September 20, 2018

Do your part and get Septic Smart! Failing septic systems can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - in conjunction with federal, state and local governments, and private sector partners - recognize this week as SepticSmart Week to encourage homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems. More than 1.3 million homes and businesses in Michigan depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. If not maintained, failing septic systems can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment by releasing bacteria, viruses and household toxins to local waterways. Proper septic system maintenance protects public health, the environment, and saves the homeowner money through avoided costly repairs.

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September 18, 2018

Sexuality educator receives state award for innovative work to address sexually transmitted diseases

Heather Alberda, AASECT certified sexuality educator with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH), received the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 2018 Outstanding Innovation Award. During the Roadmap to Health Conference, state leaders recognized Alberda for her innovative work to address sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In 2014, she created the Wear One program to help remove barriers such as cost, embarrassment and lack of access to condoms for people 18-24 years of age.

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September 18, 2018

ArtPrize entry brings healing to troubled Ottawa County teens

The 20th Circuit Court, Juvenile Court Division in Ottawa County is entered in the ArtPrize 10 youth collaboration division. The sculpture, Masked, was created by the girls who are court-ordered into the county's Lighthouse Program. Lighthouse treats adolescent girls within the detention center who have experienced trauma and the resulting mental and behavioral challenges. The masks are a therapeutic expression of the girls’ pain and suffering. They are also evidence of the girls’ hopes and visions of their lives without these negative experiences.

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September 17, 2018

With a straight ticket vote no longer a choice, clerk urges election day preparations

Ottawa County Clerk and Register of Deeds Justin Roebuck says that his office is preparing for longer wait times on Election Day, due to a federal court ruling on September 5 that removed the “straight ticket voting” option from the November General Election ballot.

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September 14, 2018

Hepatitis A exposure at the Michigan Renaissance Festival

The Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) issued a health advisory about an attendee of the Michigan Renaissance Festival (Holly, Michigan) who has a confirmed case of hepatitis A and was ill while attending the festival on September 1. The OCHD strongly recommends those who attended and worked at the festival on September 1, September 2 and September 3 be vaccinated within 14 days. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A.

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September 13, 2018

Judge Jon H. Hulsing Appointed to the Judicial Tenure Commission

Lynn A. Helland, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission announced the appointment of the Hon. Jon H. Hulsing as Commissioner for the Judicial Tenure Commission and will represent all of the circuit court judges in Michigan. Judge Hulsing will begin his three-year term as Commissioner on January 1, 2019.

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September 13, 2018

Events from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is raising funds for Shields of Hope this weekend at the first annual Cops & Rodders Car Show. The event runs from 11AM - 3PM on Saturday, September 15 at Grand Haven High School. Vehicle entry is just $10 and hot rodders can begin staging at 10AM. Spectators are welcome to come out for free!

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September 12, 2018

Historic pump house renovation wins State History Award

At their annual event on September 22, the Historical Society of Michigan will award the 2018 State History Award in the Restoration/Preservation category to the Historic Ottawa Beach Society for their collaboration with Ottawa County Parks to restore the pump house building.

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September 12, 2018

Recovery Fest on September 15 celebrates national recovery month

Throughout September, communities nationwide have the opportunity to inspire and advocate for individuals and families who are seeking help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recognizes September as National Recovery Month. This year’s theme, “Join the voices for recovery: Invest in health, home, purpose and community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. The theme aims to increase awareness and encourage people to take advantage of the increased dialogue around behavioral health needs and the increased emphasis on tackling our nation’s opioid crisis.

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September 11, 2018

Ottawa County Honors Employees for Customer Service

Join us in congratulating Jared Hayward from the Ottawa County's Innovation & Technology Department and Shawn James from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, who have been recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the second quarter of 2018. You can read the nominations which earned each recipient an award plus learn more about them here.

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September 7, 2018

Ottawa County officials are ready for an emergency - are you? Use these tools to prepare

Whether it's a disease outbreak, severe weather or any emergency; you need to be ready! September is National Preparedness Month and Ottawa County officials are urging residents to be ready for any type of emergency. Most Americans do not have supplies set aside or plans in place to protect their own or their family’s health and safety. The good news is that it is never too late to prepare for an emergency. You can take actions and use free resources to help you prepare for, adapt to and cope when an outbreak, disaster or emergency strike. Take time to prepare!

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August 31, 2018

First human case of West Nile virus in Ottawa County

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2018 in Ottawa County. Health officials urge residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites to reduce their risk for WNV.

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August 27, 2018

Ottawa County Tackles Challenging Groundwater Issues with Proactive Planning

One of the last places you would expect to encounter a challenge with ensuring a sustainable supply of fresh groundwater is Ottawa County. Situated along 24 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, with the Grand River traversing its landscape and Lake Macatawa and Spring Lake within its borders, Ottawa County is a popular destination for recreation, business, and living. Access to water is perceivably abundant. However, the water that is located underground and out of view, which is used by thousands of residents as their primary source of fresh drinking water as well as by farmers to irrigate their crops, is at risk.

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August 27, 2018

New system allows residents to view crime online

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and Ottawa County Geospatial Insights and Solutions released a new, mobile-friendly incident mapping system last month. The system allows users to search for police activity by date, location and type of incident. Incident types are categorized as traffic and crashes, crimes against persons, health and safety, drugs and alcohol, property, marine and other services. The incidents listed include a basic description of the call and the general area of occurrence. Calls under the jurisdictions of GVSU, Zeeland, Grand Haven, and Holland are included in the system.

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August 23, 2018

Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon counties see an increase in Legionnaires’ disease, a very serious type of lung infection

Legionnaires' disease is more common during the warmer months when temperatures are ideal for bacteria growth. However, regional epidemiologists are seeing an increase in cases in Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon counties. This increase corresponds with state and national increases. No common source has been identified related to the recent cases.

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August 23, 2018

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office Back to School Tips

If the photos popping up on your Facebook newsfeed are any indication, the first day of school is a milestone for families. Youth in Ottawa County will be returning to school both this week and next. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office offers the following safety tips for going back to school.

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August 21, 2018

Ottawa County Hosting Fundraiser to Benefit Farmland Preservation

Ottawa County’s Farmland Preservation Program is holding its 2nd annual Farms are the Tapas fundraising event on Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 6-8pm at Terra Square in Hudsonville. All proceeds from this event will support the preservation of farmland in the County. This fun evening features a master chef cooking competition with chefs from Sonder Eatery, The Farmhouse Deli, Butch’s Dry Dock, and The Elbo Room. Guests will dine on delicious creations made with locally sourced ingredients and vote on their favorite one. There will be a cash bar with local beer and wine and live entertainment by West Michigan musician Jack Leaver.

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August 16, 2018

Ottawa County warns: zero tolerance for drunk driving & seatbelt enforcement

Begining this weekend, the Ottawa County's Sheriff's Office will be joining police agencies across the state prioritizing drunk driving and seatbelt enforcement with extra officers on the road and zero tolerance for lawbreakers. On August 17 and 18, and again on August 24 and 25, additional patrol cars will be out in West Michigan getting drunk drivers off the road. In 2017, 320 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol-involved car crashes and 221 died in drug-involved traffic accidents.

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August 4, 2018

Hunting lotteries for Crockery Creek, Upper Macatawa, and North Ottawa Dunes are now open

Ottawa County Parks offers special permits for hunting at Crockery Creek Natural Area, Upper Macatawa Natural Area, and North Ottawa Dunes. Lottery drawings are held prior to the hunting periods at each of these sites. All three lotteries are currently open - apply today!

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August 2, 2018

Severe Weather Warning Siren Test Rescheduled

The monthly siren test for communities in Ottawa County will occur on: Friday, August 10 at NOON. This test is being delayed one week due to the large crowds anticipated at the Coast Guard Festival on the regular test date of August 3. The sirens will sound for approximately 1 to 3 minutes. Ottawa County monthly siren tests occur during the months of March through November on the first Friday of each month. The next siren test is scheduled for September 7.

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August 1, 2018

Ottawa County Parks & The Land Conservancy partner on property purchase

Along the banks of the Grand River, just upstream from Grand Haven’s famous musical fountain, along a cut-out in the river known as “the sag,” is a mile of shoreline that has been privately held for many decades.

The 345-acre property sits between green space owned by the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg and North Ottawa Dunes. The site has long been used for sand mining, but has been inactive in recent years. The property includes forested dunes, an 80-acre lake, and riverfront land with wetlands.

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July 24, 2018

Residents Give Ottawa County Gov High Marks

According to the results of a Citizen Survey released today, Ottawa County government continues to receive high marks from its residents. Seventy-eight percent of residents said that Ottawa County operations are heading in the right direction. A decade ago in 2008, just 54% of residents shared this view of the county.

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July 17, 2018

Your Lead Foot Buys Books

Do you have a lead foot? While we are not urging you to drive above the speed limit, your costly speeding ticket has a silver lining. A portion of the fines paid to the courts from criminal violations and civil infractions is distributed to local libraries. This year, Ottawa County fines netted nine public libraries a total of $749,943.

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July 17, 2018

Health department opening a new dental center in Grand Haven

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health partnered with My Community Dental Centers Inc. (MCDC) to provide greater access to dental care in Ottawa County. A new dental center will open in Fall 2018 at 805 S. Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven. MCDC is operating the six-chair center on behalf of the health department. The center will provide quality dental care to all – children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, Healthy Kids Dental, Healthy Michigan Plan and private dental insurance.

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July 13, 2018

Lottery for slips at new Ottawa Beach Marina now open

The Ottawa Beach Marina will have 15 seasonal slips, four moorings, and 26 transient slips. As stipulated by a 2005 court agreement, members of the West Michigan Park Association were given the first opportunity to reserve seasonal slips at market rate. At this time, up to seven seasonal slips and two moorings are still available for rent for the 2019 season. Due to the anticipated interest in slips, they will be available via a lottery.

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July 13, 2018

No Body Contact Advisory Lifted for Sand Creek in Ottawa County

The water samples for Sand Creek in Ottawa County are now below the threshold, and the no body contact advisory has been lifted. The creek runs through Tallmadge Township and into Wright Township when it crosses I96 to the north, then south again into Tallmadge Township

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June 29, 2018

Tips to stay safe and healthy during extreme heat

Summertime is here and it’s a HOT one! An excessive heat watch is in effect for Ottawa County – be sure to take precaution to stay healthy and safe. Hot temperatures and high humidity put people at an even greater risk of heat illness. The elderly, infants and children, homeless, people with a chronic medical condition and those who work or exercise outdoors are most vulnerable to heat exhaustion. NEVER leave children or animals in a vehicle alone on hot days – heat stroke or death can occur!

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June 28, 2018

ADVISORY: No body contact advisory issued for Sand Creek in Ottawa County

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality notified the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) of a sewage release that occurred in Walker (3 Mile Road in Kent County). The OCDPH issued a No Body Contact Advisory for Sand Creek in Ottawa County. The creek runs through Tallmadge Township and into Wright Township when it crosses I96 to the north, then south again into Tallmadge Township

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June 26, 2018

Ottawa County Hosting Fundraiser to Benefit Farmland Preservation

Ottawa County’s Farmland Preservation Program is holding its 2nd annual Farms are the Tapas fundraising event on Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 6-8pm at Terra Square in Hudsonville. All proceeds from this event will support the preservation of farmland in the County.

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June 26, 2018

Ottawa Sand purchase agreement approved by Board of Commissioners

Ottawa County is one step closer to acquiring dune property located in Ferrysburg.
In the fall of 2017, the current owner offered to sell the property based on an appraisal of $11.2 million and donate 25% of the land value to serve as match in a grant proposal for $8.4 million to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF).
In December 2017, the MNRTF Board recommended that a $4.2 million grant be awarded in 2018, with encouragement to submit a phase two grant request for the remaining funds needed in 2019.
Ottawa County Parks submitted a grant request from the MNRTF for phase two in April 2018. If approved, Ottawa County Parks will be notified in December 2018.

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Current Media Releases

June 25, 2018

Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz: Focuses on Protecting Lakes

Citizen volunteers and aquatic invasive species experts will team up at boat landings throughout the state to educate boaters about preventing the spread of harmful species during Michigan’s Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz, June 30 through July 8, 2018.

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June 19, 2018

First works of the Ottawa County Art Trust unveiled TONIGHT at 6PM

What: Ottawa County Art Trust Exhibition Reception. A total of 58 entries were submitted by 32 artists who live or work in Ottawa County. Of those pieces, 47 will be on display.
When: June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30PM. Award(s) announced at 6PM.
Where: Ottawa County Administration Building (12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive)

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June 19, 2018

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day: Test Your Way - Do It Today. FREE HIV Testing!

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status and get linked to care and treatment if they have HIV. This year’s theme; Doing It My Way - Testing for HIV, reminds us that each person has their reasons why they test for HIV and their unique ways of Doing It. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help keep you and your partner healthy. Join us on National HIV Testing Day to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV.

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June 19, 2018

First works selected for the Ottawa County Art Trust

The art has been submitted and the verdict in. At the Ottawa County Art Trust Exhibition Reception, organizers will announce which work(s) will be purchased to become part of the permanent art collection of the new Ottawa County Art Trust. The reception is on June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30PM in the County’s Administration Building (12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive). The public is welcome.

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June 18, 2018

County Employees Awarded for Customer Service

Join us in congratulating Britney Brown from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health and Amy Bodbyl-Mast from Ottawa County Fiscal Services, who have been recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the first quarter of 2018. Read the nominations which earned each recipient an award plus learn more about them here.

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June 15, 2018

FDA Investigating Multi-state Outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide Infections Linked to Pre-Cut Melons

The FDA is sharing additional distribution information that identifies retail locations that may have received potentially contaminated product subject to the recall. The FDA is advising consumers to discard any recalled products purchased at the listed locations.

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June 13, 2018

New, sensory nature trail for children & families

Eagle Scout constructs trail for children and families living with autism to experience the outdoors

Theodore (Tas) Stoetzner of Boy Scout Troop 354 of Jenison completed his Eagle Scout project by constructing the park system’s first sensory trail in May.
“I chose this project to help kids and families who live with autism enjoy the parks and be outside more. When I was learning about trails, I learned that autistic children sometimes have challenges with senses and decided that I should help them with four stations to help them hear, see, and feel different things in nature,” said Tas.

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June 13, 2018

Ottawa County Sheriff's Officers Springing into Action

School is out for the summer. Still, the Ottawa County Sheriff's School Resource Officers are springing into action--at Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena in Jenison--on Thursday, June 14. The officers will be taking kids through lessons in law enforcement at the "Super Cool Sheriff's School." About 200 fourth and fifth graders will be led through a series of exercises teaching them about laws and safety. At the end of the day, kids will leave as "junior cadets" of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.

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June 8, 2018

Ottawa County Art Trust Opening

Join Ottawa County and the Holland Area Arts Council for the opening of the Ottawa County Art Trust. The reception is planned for June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30PM in the County’s Administration Building (12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive). At the event, organizers will announce which work(s) will be purchased to become part of the permanent collection of the new Ottawa County Art Trust.

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June 7, 2018

Shay selected as Deputy Ottawa County Administrator

After wading through a pool of 118 applicants, Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg announced today that John Shay has been selected to serve as the next Deputy County Administrator.

"We are thrilled to have John Shay join the Ottawa County Team,” said Vanderberg. “John’s many successful years in municipal management will serve the County well."

John Shay is currently the Ludington City Manager, where he has served for 15 years. Shay also served as Village Manager of Almont for the five-years prior. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College and Master of Public Administration from Oakland University. He is currently the Vice-President of the Michigan Municipal Executives.

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June 6, 2018

Still time to enroll: Active Shooter Response Class

What should you do in the case of an active shooter? Hide? Evacuate? Doing the right things can increase your odds of survival. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is again offering the popular "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" training. This thought-provoking and engaging class provides strategies, guidance, and a plan for surviving an active shooter event.

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June 6, 2018

West Michigan Works! Seeks Input from Local Employers

One of the biggest challenges facing West Michigan employers today is finding talent - talent with the necessary credentials, and talent with the basic employability skills needed to create a dependable workforce. To address this challenge, West Michigan Works!, with the help of a group of educators, is creating a scalable curriculum and assessment to teach the specific employability skills needed in our region. To create the best possible product, employers are needed to provide the input for the content of this curriculum.

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June 5, 2018

Commercial Photography/Videography Permits in Ottawa County Parks

Since the beginning of the Parks Commission in 1987 it is against the rules to operate a commercial business from parks and open spaces (Rule 6.1k). This is in place to maintain the ambiance, and so visitors can have the experience at the park that you would expect from a park setting. Additionally, unregulated commercial business on park and open space property is a liability to the Parks Commission and could possibly cost the tax payers dearly if an uninsured business owner causes an injury in the park.

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May 30, 2018

Summer Camps for Kids! Register today!

Ottawa County Parks offers a variety of nature-based summer camps we are offering all season long!

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May 30, 2018

Farm to Food Expo Coming to Holland

Shop local. Eat local. Locally grown. We hear these phrases daily. And in Ottawa County, those phrases mean a huge variety of foods – strawberries, cranberries, black beans, apples, blueberries, cheese, eggs, pork, and chicken are just to name a few. All of these foods and many more are grown right here in Ottawa County by the farmers who are our neighbors. And on Saturday, June 9, from 9 am to 2 pm, Ottawa County Farm Bureau will partner with The Shops at Westshore to put on an event where these farmers will greet the public, answering questions about where food comes from, how it is produced, and why it is produced that way.

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May 30, 2018

Monthly siren test in Ottawa County

The sirens will sound for approximately 1 to 3 minutes. The Ottawa County Emergency Operations Center will coordinate the test this month utilizing the county North and South activation tones. Ottawa County monthly siren tests occur during the months of March through November on the first Friday of each month. For more information please contact Ottawa County Emergency Management.

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May 14, 2018

Join us for Cops & Cones on June 9

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Officers in Spring Lake-Ferrysburg are kicking off summer by sharing the "scoop" at an upcoming meet-n-greet on June 9 from 1-4PM. Join them at the Miss Lisa's Ice Cream in Ferrysburg where kids 12 and under can enjoy a free ice cream cone.

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May 9, 2018

Ottawa County's Fundraising Effort for Extended Paved Shoulders on Lakeshore Drive is a Success!

From miles of bike paths and paved shoulders to sandy beaches, Ottawa County has made outdoor recreation a priority and continues to seek opportunities to expand upon its extensive network of non-motorized transportation facilities. Of the popular cycling routes in Ottawa County, Lakeshore Drive remains at the top for many great reasons, including its scenic views, winding terrain, and regional connection from Grand Haven to Holland.

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May 9, 2018

Judge Knoll Appointed to State Board

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Judge Bradley Knoll of Ottawa County to the Michigan Community Corrections Board. The 13-member board serves in an advisory capacity to the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections and makes suggestions to improve many aspects of community corrections programs throughout the state. “I thank Judge Knoll for his commitment to improving community corrections programs in Michigan,” Snyder said.

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May 9, 2018

Active Shooter. What would you do?

Learn what you should do at the "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" class, enrolling now. What should you do in the case of an active shooter? Hide? Evacuate? Doing the right things can increase your odds of survival. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is again offering the popular "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" training. This thought-provoking and engaging class provides strategies, guidance, and a plan for surviving an active shooter event.

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May 4, 2018

Consumers Foundation Grant Awards $50,000 for the Grand River Greenway

Progress continues to be made on fundraising for the Grand River Greenway and the Idema Explorers Trail with a $50,000 gift from the Consumers Energy Foundation. “‘Leaving it better than we found it’ is a stand we’ve taken as a company and a foundation as we consider Michigan’s future,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation.

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May 4, 2018

Did you miss the public release? Here are the results of the 2017 Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey

Here's what attendees had to say: Suicidal behaviors and depression were the top two most concerning topics discussed. "Teens overall are more depressed and more likely to think about or complete suicide." The most positive or encouraging information attendees found was substance use is decreasing, there is more family/parent involvement and fewer teens are having sex. "We have a large number of involved and supportive parents in Ottawa County."

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May 1, 2018

West Michigan Regional Veterans Treatment Court Graduation

On May 4, two individuals are expected to graduate from the West Michigan Regional Veterans Treatment Court. The veterans treatment court uses a hybrid integration of drug court and mental health court principles to serve military vets and active-duty personnel. They promote recovery and stability with the help of community, state and federal partners. During the program, veterans are connected with treatment that provides and tools to lead sober, productive and law-abiding lives.

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April 26, 2018

Consumers Foundation Grant Awarded for the Grand River Greenway

Ottawa County Parks Foundation’s Grand River Greenway Campaign to receive $50,000 grant from Consumers Energy Foundation

Progress continues to be made on fundraising for the Grand River Greenway and the Idema Explorers Trail with the Consumers Energy Foundation recently committed to a $50,000 gift to the campaign. The greenway campaign is is the culmination of a 30-year vision to protect thousands of acres of high quality natural and recreational lands along the Grand River in Ottawa County and then connect the lands with a multi-use trail, the Idema Explorers Trail.

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April 20, 2018

Ottawa County Survey Participation Needed

Please answer the phone call

Telephone calls will be made through May to residents’ landlines and mobile phones. Help make Ottawa County a better place by taking 15 munites to answer the call.

Starting this week, Ottawa County adults will have the opportunity to give input on their satisfaction with local government services, priorities, tax burden, communication preferences and more. Ottawa County will begin its biennial citizen survey. The survey has been completed since 2006 to monitor citizen satisfaction.

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April 20, 2018

Youth Assessment Survey public release on Tuesday, May 1

Youth Assessment Survey Results

The Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey (YAS) is a locally developed teen survey that measures how many teens are engaged in a variety of both risky and beneficial behaviors that affect their health and well-being. The survey monitors how these behaviors increase, decrease or stay the same over time.

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April 20, 2018

Ottawa County, Michigan Community Mental Health Press Releases Update

As you may know, we are facing an Opiate Epidemic in Ottawa County and throughout the United States. Americans use 80% of the world’s supply of opiates (pain medication). If not carefully managed, opiates can be dangerous as they are easily misused and can cause accidental overdose and death. As a community, we can help by removing unused medications from our homes and safely disposing of them.

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April 20, 2018

Ottawa County Department of Public Health honored by Michigan Public Health Week Partnership

The Michigan Public Health Week Partnership, which consists of 10 public health organizations in Michigan, awarded the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) the 2018 Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion award for achieving the Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) national recognition. The Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion award showcases the significant accomplishments of individuals or organizations in the policy arena on the local or state level to improve the health and safety of their communities.

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April 19, 2018

2018 Ottawa County Technology Forum - April 26

The Adaptive Workplace: Developing a Culture and a Workforce that Thrives

This year’s Forum takes a look at organizational culture and the challenges confronting the workforce as generations mix and technologies change. Developing a culture and a workforce that thrives means finding ways to adapt to change, work differently, view risk, properly select and develop your workforce and incentivize learning. To help meet those challenges Ottawa County has sought to bring thought leaders who can help expand your ideas and provide incredible insight.

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April 10, 2018

New population estimates confirm Ottawa is the place to be

Ottawa County Population Growth Continues

Follow the crowd. Move to Ottawa County. The 2017 population estimates were released by the U.S. Census Bureau naming Ottawa County the fastest growing in the state between 2010 and 2017 with an 8.5% increase. Ottawa County was also the fasting growing in Michigan among the ten most populous counties in the state. The county's population is now an estimated 286,383--up 3,141 new residents since 2016 numbers were tabulated last March. Ottawa County remains the 8th most populated in Michigan.

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April 6, 2018

Ottawa County Road Commission Newsletter- April

Invasive species are defined as non-native plants or animals that can cause harm to the local environment. There are many non-native species that have been introduced to Michigan that do not cause harm, or are a benefit, but invasive species are those that can cause harm to the local environment, economy, and even public health.

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March 31, 2018

Ottawa County Parks Offer Healthy Appeal

A surprising chorus of spring peepers. The up-and-down stairs and vistas of Rosy Mound Natural Area. The quiet, twisting waters of the Pigeon River at Hemlock Crossing. Jen Bradshaw found many rewards in a year-long odyssey to visit all 38 Ottawa County parks and open spaces. But the opportunities for exercise and rejuvenation might top the list of park payoffs.

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March 31, 2018

Walk-in STD testing in April

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health will have its sexual health clinic open for walk-ins every Tuesday in April from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. for STD testing (only at the Holland location).

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March 31, 2018

First Sign of Spring: Severe Weather Warning Siren Test

The first of several monthly severe weather warning siren tests for 2018 in Ottawa County will happen on Friday, April 6 at noon. The sirens will sound for approximately 1 to 3 minutes during the test.

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March 30, 2018

Introducing: The Ottawa County Art Trust & Exhibition

Call for Artists: Ottawa County Art Trust Exhibition

Ottawa County and the Holland Area Arts Council are joining forces to establish the Ottawa County Art Trust Exhibition. “Establishing an art trust tangibly demonstrates the importance of creativity and culture to Ottawa County while preserving a legacy of assets for generations to come,” said Al Vanderberg, Ottawa County Administrator.

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March 29, 2018

Additional Funding Increases 2018 Road Improvements

Ottawa County Road Commission Receives $1.9 Million in Supplemental Funding from State Legislature

The supplemental appropriation from the Michigan Legislature, signed by Governor Rick Snyder, provides a one-time $175 million increase in transportation funding, garnering the Ottawa County Road Commission (OCRC) $1.9 million in additional revenue. The road commission will use these funds in 2018 to complete approximately 7 miles of additional improvements to primary and local roads.

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March 21, 2018

Pinwheels for Prevention Kickoff & Garden Planting in Ottawa County

The pinwheel represents the happy, carefree childhoods all children deserve. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, you'll find Pinwheel gardens around our community throughout April. Help us kick off the 2018 Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign! You're invited to join us to hear from local leaders about ways to support families and promote health, strong communities. We'll end the event by planting pinwheels!

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March 14, 2018

Ottawa County Ranks #1

Ottawa County ranks #1 as the healthiest county in Michigan

Ottawa County ranks #1 as the healthiest county in Michigan and has held that place since 2014, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings (CHR). The rankings show us where we live matters to our health and good health is influenced by many factors beyond medical care including jobs, housing, education, poverty and more. Ottawa County maintained or improved in 69 percent of the 35 measures, and did as well or better than Michigan in 85 percent of the 35 measures.

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March 13, 2018

Youth Assessment Survey Results

You're invited: The latest Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey results will be revealed on May 1

The Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey (YAS) is a locally developed teen survey that measures how many teens are engaged in a variety of both risky and beneficial behaviors that affect their health and well-being. The survey monitors how these behaviors increase, decrease or stay the same over time. A YAS has been conducted every two years (2005 - 2017) at grades 8, 10 and 12 in participating Ottawa County schools. The 2017 study includes 4,376 student responses from 11 school systems.

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March 13, 2018

Road Commission News

Looking Ahead to a Busy Summer

Spring is right around the corner, and that means that the Road Commission is getting ready for all the road improvements planned this summer in Ottawa County. The Road Commission is scheduled to be very busy this year with road reconstruction, resurfacing, and preventative maintenance. There are scheduled to be almost twenty miles of primary road improvements, over six miles of local road improvements, and over seventy miles of preventative maintenance performed. With increased funding from the State, and the Countywide Millage still in effect, the Road Commission can perform work on many roads that desperately need it across the county.

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March 6, 2018

No Body Contact Advisory LIFTED for the Grand River in Ottawa County

Ottawa County - The No Body Contact Advisory issued on February 26, 2018 has been LIFTED. The advisory was issued for the Grand River in Ottawa County due to flooding. As a reminder, flood waters and natural bodies of water contain microorganisms that can cause illness no matter how clean they appear.

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March 6, 2018

Ottawa County Community Health Needs Assessment revealed:

Improvement planning starts this month

Did you miss the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) reveal last week? No problem! Here's the summary miOttawa.org/2017CHNA and the full report miOttawa.org/2017CHNAFullReport. Additional studies that were a part of the CHNA and previous years can be found at miOttawa.org/healthdata.

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March 5, 2018

Schools, Law Enforcement, Emergency Responders Collaborate to Enhance School Safety

The Ottawa Area Secure Schools Network (OASSN) —a combined effort between schools, law enforcement, and emergency responders within the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) to enhance school safety across the region— hosted a Spring Summit March 1 at the Ottawa County Fillmore Administration Building in West Olive.

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March 1, 2018

Parks & Public Health team up to offer Step it Up! program for a third year

Step it Up! is free, 8-week program is designed by Ottawa County Parks & the Department of Public Health to help participants get active and visit new parks.

Step it Up! participants will have access to a free online step and activity tracker where they can record their progress throughout the challenge. Each week, participants who track their activity are eligible for incentive prizes, including 2018 Ottawa County Parks passes and gift cards to local farmers markets and outdoors stores, Meijer, and the Outdoor Discovery Center.

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February 28, 2018

Join us for a Thought-Provoking Series on Sustainable Transportation and Innovative Community Design

Be inspired! Join us on March 12 and 13 at the Sustainable Transportation and Innovative Community Design Series that will be held in the City of Holland. Attendees will explore topics related to walkability, sustainable transportation, community design, placemaking, and how to make great site plans. This Series will feature nationally-acclaimed speaker and transportation expert, Ian Lockwood.

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February 27, 2018

Ottawa County Honors Employees for Customer Service

Join us in congratulating Amy Brown and Kara Bostrom-Young from the 58th District Court and Jocelyn Garris from the Human Resources Office, who have been recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the fourth quarter of 2017.

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February 27, 2018

Ottawa County Urges Residents and Businesses to Report Flooding

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management continues to monitor the water levels along the Grand River and other areas of the county from the recent flooding. The water levels are expected to recede in the coming week and in an effort to accurately assess the damage that has occurred we are asking businesses and home owners to report any flood damage to Call 2-1-1 community access line between the hours of 9AM-4PM.

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February 26, 2018

No Body Contact Advisory for the Grand River in Ottawa County

Be flood ready - Be healthy - Be safe!

Floods, big or small, can have devastating effects on your home and your family. Floods can contaminate food and water, which can cause illness. Floods can lead to other dangers as well, like carbon monoxide poisoning, mold growth, electrical and fire hazards and more. Sanitation and hygiene are very important during and after a flood because infections are likely to spread. Illness and outbreaks can occur long after a flood is cleaned up due to spoiled food, contaminated water, power outage or exposure to mold.

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February 23, 2018

Ottawa County Issues Emergency Declaration

On 02/23/2018, the County of Ottawa sustained widespread or severe damage; injury or loss of life or property caused by flooding caused by heaving rainfall and snowmelt. As a result of this situation, the following conditions exist: flooded homes and roadways, damage to utilities, and public health concerns related to flood damage.

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February 23, 2018

Ottawa County's Top Ten Dog Names for 2017

The numbers are in and tabulated for dog licenses issued in 2017.

Since the year 1919 Michigan law has required that dogs be licensed. Additionally, the law requires that to get a dog license proof of a rabies vaccination by a veterinarian must be provided. Along with ensuring that pet owners keep rabies vaccinations up to date, dog licenses save time, money and emotional distress. If a dog is lost, the license will make the return of the pet simple.

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February 22, 2018

Find out more about the health of Ottawa County

Register today and join the conversation on February 28.

6 in 10 Ottawa County adults are NOT a healthy weight. 9 in 10 overdose deaths were opioid-related. Find out more! We will share information about the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan - where we're improving and what still needs work. Also, at this event, we will begin the conversation about developing the 2018 Community Health Improvement Plan. We want to hear from you on what we can do together as a community!

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February 19, 2018

It’s So Easy: Apply for an Ottawa County Job

Today Ottawa County launches a new online job application system that will make applying for Ottawa County employment even easier. Job seekers visiting miOttawa.org will be able to complete user profiles, search for available positions, apply for multiple openings at once and sign-up for notifications about new employment opportunities.

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February 16, 2018

Active Shooter & Emergency Trainings Available for Citizens & Churches

In just six months, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office has trained approximately 375 residents on how to respond during an active shooter event. The popular Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training is a thought-provoking and engaging class provides strategies, guidance and a plan for surviving an active shooter event. In addition to the training for individuals, an Emergency and Security Worksop for Places of Worship is being offered to prepare church leaders for a variety of crisis situations, such as violence, disruptive visitors, plus medical and weather emergencies.

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February 9, 2018

30 Years Of Keeping Kids Warm - Walk And Donate!

Kids From Every School In Ottawa County Have Benefitted From Walk For Warmth

Every quadrant in Ottawa has benefitted from the Walk, and that means every school has kids who have had the heat kept on because of you! Here's where to donate online!

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February 8, 2018

Ottawa County Road Commission News

The Road Commission is a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Agency (MS4). We are one of several MS4 agencies responsible for managing storm sewers in Ottawa County. Storm sewers, which collect and move polluted storm water, affect water quality throughout the County. Our extensive and beautiful fresh water resources are important to residents and visitors alike. Taking care of our water resources is essential to all of us.

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February 6, 2018

Ottawa County Accepting Applications for Farmland Preservation

Ottawa County is a leader in agricultural production. It is the most agriculturally diverse county in Michigan and consistently ranked in the top 100 counties in the nation for its value of agricultural products sold. Our strength in agriculture, however, is also combined with an exceptional quality of life that attracts new residents and businesses to our communities. This population growth places added pressure on farmers to retain the land needed to produce fresh, locally grown food.

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January 30, 2018

Mobile dental unit participates in “Give Kids a Smile!” Day this Friday

Ottawa County Department of Public Health Miles of Smiles mobile dental unit provides dental services for Medicaid insured and financially qualifying uninsured children in Ottawa County. Partners include dental society involvement, dentist and hygienist volunteers, school administration dedication, community support, funder’s generosity, Ottawa County Administration support and Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s commitment to help improve the health of children.

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January 29, 2018

How Healthy is Ottawa County?

Find out and Join the Conversation February 28

The Community Health Needs Assessment study helps identify health and health service issues by gathering feedback from health care professionals, individuals and community leaders.

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January 25, 2018

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Ottawa County Community Action Agency offers free tax preparation assistance to low-income filers. Call 616-393-4433 to see if you qualify and make an appointment. Appointments are available February 1 through April 13 in Holland or Grand Haven.

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January 24, 2018

Health Department Protects Ottawa County Through a National Recognition Program

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies. The OCDPH demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The OCDPH joins a cohort of 500 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region.

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January 23, 2018

Ottawa administrator delivers the 'State of the County' address

Ottawa County is where people want to be. Low property taxes, a flourishing economy, and a region rich in natural beauty are just a few qualities attracting residents to the area. Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg shared this and other Ottawa County highlights from 2017 during this afternoon's State of the County Address. Other themes in the report include Ottawa County government's strong financial position; the collaborations and partnerships that enhance services and save tax dollars; exciting park and paved trail developments, and innovative improvement processes.

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January 18, 2018

Ottawa County Parks seeks public input for proposed acquisition of dune property

Ottawa County Parks is offering multiple opportunities this winter for the public to provide input on the proposed purchase of 353-acres of dune property in the cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven. The public input will inform the grant application process for the proposed acquisition, which is known the “Ottawa Sand Acquisition Project.”

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January 17, 2018

Walk for Warmth Special Guest Speakers - Student Winner Revealed

Making people warm has never been so easy! For the first time in 30 years you can help families keep the heat on by donating online! Give first then come to the Walk For Warmth Saturday, February 10, 8:30 AM, City on a Hill, 100 Pine Street in Zeeland.

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January 15, 2018

Now announcing the Idema Explorers Trail!

The Ottawa Parks Foundation is pleased to announce a landmark $2 million gift from the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation for the development of the Grand River Greenway. “Through this gift, the Greenway Campaign has turned a corner – we are now much closer to achieving our goal of raising $7.2 million to expand access to the thousands of acres of land along the Grand River, protect additional land, and complete a trail connection between Millennium Park and the Grand Haven beach.”

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January 11, 2018

Best Financial Credit Union Opens Its First Ottawa County Branch Office in Spring Lake

A small, aging industrial building had long occupied the corner of School and Savidge Streets in Spring Lake Village, but on January 16, 2018 Best Financial Credit Union will open the doors of their first Ottawa County branch office in that location.

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January 10, 2018

How You Can Help the Keep Your Roads Clear in Winter

The Road Commission has the responsibility to make sure its roads are safe and clear for travel. In the winter, this means plowing and treating the roads for ice and snow. When winter hits hard in West Michigan, it can affect us all, and there are some things that the residents can do in their own neighborhoods to help in keeping the roads safe and clear.

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January 9, 2018

Walk For Warmth Now Takes Plastic - And Poster Contest Winner

Marking the 30th Anniversary of the first Walk For Warmth we wanted to go big! We've added an easy way for people to donate to families facing cold hardships this winter, by putting a Donate Now button on our web site! It's easy and it's the same process as buying anything else online - except this gives you the warm fuzzies as you assist a family facing a shut-off notice from their utility company.

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January 5, 2018

Ottawa County Park Foundation’s Grand River Greenway Campaign Gaining Momentum

Ottawa County Parks Foundation’s effort to complete its Grand River Greenway Campaign is gaining significant traction with two recent gifts from regional foundations. Recent grants from two West Michigan family foundations, Wege and Frey, totaling $860,000 help build momentum for the Greenway Campaign, which is still pursuing “lead” commitments from donors.

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December 27, 2017

Pigeon Creek Lodge - Special Winter Break Hours

Pigeon Creek Lodge - Special Winter Break Hours

Wednesday, 12/27: 9 am-10 pm
Thursday, 12/28: 9 am-10 pm
Friday, 12/29: 9 am-10 pm
Saturday, 12/30: 9 am-10 pm
Sunday, 12/31: 9 am-8 pm
Monday, 1/1: 9 am-8 pm

The lodge will only open in good ski and trail conditions. You can check trail conditions by calling the winter hotline: 616-738-9531. Or, online: miOttawa.org/trails

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December 15, 2017

Pigeon Creek Park Lodge in West Olive to open Saturday, December 16

The Pigeon Creek Lodge will open for the first time this season on Saturday, December 16! The lodge will be open from 9 am-10 pm, with concession and ski/snowshoe rental available until 8 pm. Pigeon Creek Park will be open from 7 am-10 pm. XC ski trails will be lit after dark.

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December 5, 2017

If You Have A Meeting Bring Food - Holland Christian Cinnamon Rolls and LemonJello's Coffee

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the event that lets neighbors help neighbors; that helps kids stay warm in the coldest months of the winter, that helps families provide heat and hot meals to their children and elderly.

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November 30, 2017

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Seminar Available

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office added two more sessions of the popular "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" training. This thought-provoking and engaging class provides strategies, guidance and a plan for living through an active shooter event. Doing the right things can increase the odds of survival.

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November 27, 2017

Local kids "Shop with a Sheriff" to make Christmas brighter

Santa looks a little bit different this year for some Grand Haven area kids. Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputies and Grand Haven Fire Fighters will help these kids fulfill Christmas wishes at the 9th Annual Shop with a Sheriff benefit on December 5.

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November 21, 2017

Nearly 4400 Homes - CAA Affects Thousands

Numbers don't always tell you what you want to hear. Sometimes seeing big numbers can be disturbing, especially when those numbers represent cold, hungry or homeless people living right around you.

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November 9, 2017

Hepatitis A and how to prevent infection

Local and state public health officials continue to investigate a large hepatitis A outbreak in the southeast part of Michigan. Since the beginning of the outbreak in August 2016, more than 450 associated cases have been reported. No common sources of food, beverages or drugs have been identified as a potential source of infection. No cases of hepatitis A connected to this outbreak have been reported to date in Ottawa County. More information about the hepatitis A southeast Michigan outbreak is located at www.michigan.gov/hepatitisAoutbreak.

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November 9, 2017

Ottawa County program offers military discounts at 100 local businesses

With Veteran’s Day approaching Nov. 11, the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office is spreading the word about a county-run program for veterans involving discounts at more than 100 local businesses. Ottawa County veterans who sign up for the Honor Rewards program are given a personalized photo ID card they can use to receive discounts at businesses throughout the county. These businesses range from restaurants and realtors to law offices, chiropractors, car dealerships and more.

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Freedom of Information Act Requests

When it comes to your Ottawa County government, we are receptive, responsive and transparent. At the same time, we have a process to standardize operations, keep things timely and streamline the costs. To submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, visit our convenient online FIOC Center. Remember that some materials may be exempt from disclosure by state or federal law, such as information of a personal nature about individuals. For this reason, some records may be unavailable or information will be blocked out, or redacted. It can take up to ten days to receive a response to your request, although we exceed this standard by responding within five days. Occasionally, we will ask for an extension to research your request further.

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