A list of priorities composed by the Grand Ledge City Council will bring in members of the community through a large park project that’s being referred to as the Jaycee Park Master Plan. Jaycee Park, one of the many recreational areas in the City of Grand Ledge, will undergo several updates and construction work beginning this summer. The master plan for the park, originally set forth in 2013 with a construction start date of summer 2018, was officially adopted at the council’s Jan. 8 meeting earlier this year. According to the Grand Ledge City Council website, “Jaycee Park is 5.92 acres of pristine park land, situated along the Grand River.”
Adam Smith, the city administrator of Grand Ledge, talked about the City Council’s routine in choosing which projects to prioritize during the two-year periods.
Residents of Grand Ledge and the surrounding areas came out on Saturday afternoon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade and other festivities. The parade, sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association, began at 2:00 p.m. in downtown Grand Ledge.
A bomb threat at Grand Ledge High School, coupled with similar threats made against surrounding area schools, resulted in multiple active Shelter-in-Place and evacuation situations within the last two weeks. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, students and staff at the high school in Grand Ledge sheltered-in-place after reports of a bomb threat reached the school’s administration. The threat was found written on a bathroom wall. Grand Ledge High School sophomore Anne-Marie Latourette said the school entered into the Shelter-in-Place while she was in her second-hour class period.
February’s combination of heavy rainfall, warm temperatures and rapid snow melt led to multiple road closures in the Capital area due to flooding, but ultimately didn’t deal major damage to the City of Grand Ledge.
Grand Ledge city officials have put together a list of high-priority community issues to address in 2018 and 2019. It includes provisions to update the city’s drinking water systems, revise its City Charter and increase funding to several parks in the area.
There are many things in life that can make you happy, but sometimes they can be hard to find, or make time for. For brothers Ben and Ed Huston, however, the recipe to a happiness is simple: good beer and good people. Brick Haven Brewing Company opened up on Dec. 8, 2017, after a three-year project repurposing the old building. “It was once a church,” said co-owner/founder Ben Huston, “It was then the Grand Ledge city hall up until 2014 and in 2015 I bought the building for $50,000.”
Now in its second month of being an open, Brick Haven Brewing Company is showing more promise than expected, even by the Huston brothers.
The first Grand Ledge School Board meeting of the month attracted about 100 community members, as many were concerned with the proposal to switch from a traditional school year calendar to a proposed “balanced” calendar. The new calendar would have a shortened summer break and longer scheduled instruction breaks throughout the school year. Jonathan Shiflett, president of the Grand Ledge School Board, said that, if enacted, this calendar would be utilized by all schools in the Grand Ledge School District, which has 5,240 students. A presentation about the calendar and student achievement within Eaton County was given by the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency. Although the board members were allowed to ask questions during the presentation, the public was not.
It’s a cold, snowy day in a small, tight-knit town. Downtown Grand Ledge is dead, apart from one business that still has its doors open an hour after their marked closing time. It may be only 1 p.m, but business-owner Beth Augustine has been there since 2:30 in the morning, baking fresh pastries and bagels, the same way she does every single day. Their Flour Child bakery opened its doors on the streets of downtown Grand Ledge on Oct. 4, 2016.
The quality of drinking water for the City of Grand Ledge is an inconvenience, not a health risk, Public Service Director Larry LaHaie said. Many residents believe they are paying too much to be inconvenienced. The city has a multistep water treatment process that removes iron and adds fluoride, LaHaie said. “The treatment process, we pump it from wells and then it goes through an iron removal process, where actually it’s aerated and the dissolved iron in the water then bonds with the oxygen so that it can be filtered through, it’s like a sand filter almost,” he said. https://soundcloud.com/user-185485168/larry-lahaie-1
“After that it is chlorinated for disinfection and we add phosphate for corrosion control,” he said.
The Boy Scouts of America announced on Oct. 11, 2017, that they would begin allowing girls to join the Cub Scout program and eventually earn the Eagle Scout ranking. Girls in Grand Ledge may be able to join in 2018. Beginning next year, Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops will be able to decide whether or not they want to establish a separate ‘den’ or ‘patrol,’ respectively, for girls. The Boy Scouts made it clear that the groups would be single-gender, said a Grand Ledge Cub Scout committee chair.