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Wheeler Assistant Librarian decides to step down

Denise Dykstra, assistant librarian at Wheeler Library in Martin, has announced her resignation after serving in the No. 2 post behind Director Alicia Kershaw for seven years.
Library Board member Alice Kelsey announced the personnel move to the Township Board Wednesday night.
Dykstra posted on Facebook, “After over seven years here at the library, our family has made the decision for me to leave the library. I’ll be a stay at home mom again to my boys. Our children grow so quickly and we felt this was a now or never decision for us…stay home now or miss out on too many things.”
One example is that her son, Eli, has shown tremendous success as a cross-country runner at the junior high level at Martin.
“While I am thrilled to be staying home with my family, I cannot even begin to put into words how very much I will miss you all,” Dykstra added. “I have loved being a part of this library and having so many of you become a part of my life. My heart is full and overflowing. Thank you for making my job here so enjoyable!”

Kelsey said the library is making do in her absence and they hope to have a replacement named very soon.

In other business at the Martin Township Board meeting Wednesday night, the board:

• Was presented information from Suzannah Deneau of Wightman & Associates on the proposed River to River Trail Plan to connect Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, 35 miles along the old interurban trail.

Deneau said no decisions need to be made yet, but there will be meetings on the proposals in March on how to secure funding and how to get input on what people want or don’t want.

Four public sessions have been held, in the City of Wayland, Byron Township, Cooper Township and the City of Plainwell, with a total of about 150 people attending.

She said three different routes have been examined, and it appears the interurban is the consensus choice.

• Approved the recommendations for graveling this year from the Allegan County Road Commission. It was noted the cost is estimated at $12,500 per miles for about six miles. The cost last year was $81,000.

• Heard a complaint from a local resident about excessive motorists’ speeds from Shelbyville to the end of 124th Avenue at the Allegan County Park. A request has been made to lower the speed limit from 55 to 35 as vehicles get close to the more commercial and industrial areas, such as Weick’s Grocery, B & R Excavating, the county park and Kraai Well Drilling.

 

 

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