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Jaycee and Oak parks to undergo expansions in near future

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Two of Grand Ledge’s most well-known parks are getting a makeover.

Starting this construction season, Jaycee Park and Oak Park will be undergoing expansions. The motion was brought forward at the April 11 City Council meeting. The additions will be made to fit the needs of the community, according to City Administrator Adam Smith.

Oak Park. W Front St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837. Map: Courtesy of Google.

Oak Park. W Front St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837. Map: Courtesy of Google.

“The acquisition will provide for the expansion of Jaycee Park and enhance a connector trail for the existing river walk and new non-motorized trail facility,” said Smith. “As discussed in city’s 2011 Parks and Recreation Plan, the need to provide fishing opportunities, wildlife viewing and public recreation opportunities.”

“Oak Park contains some of the most spectacular outcrops of bedrock ledges in the area. The project will enable improved access to recreational opportunities and will provide for improved maintenance of the natural features of the site through addressing erosion control and storm-water run-off.”

University of Utah Parks, Recreation and Tourism Professor Jeff Rose said that he believes the project is a smart move for the community.

“Jaycee Park boat launch adds a bit more water front opportunities. This is one of the trends that is occurring across the country. Boards are trying to get money donated and purchase land adjacent water resources,” said Rose. “Oak Park has lots of multiple use opportunities. All of which are looking for multiple uses of particular resources. Lots of different groups are satisfied. Everyone is happy. I believe these expansions are fairly intuitive and reasonable.”

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Grand Ledge Library undergoing renovations to help fit community needs

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

After years of saving and carefully well-thought-out plans based on community needs, The Grand Ledge Area District Library will be undergoing a massive renovation to start this spring.

“By very prudently saving we saved a percentage that was over our working capital that we needed for many, many years, said Grand Ledge Library Board of Trustees President Joan Kane. “Back in ’08 we tried to do this and had our same architect then realized we didn’t have enough money to do what we needed to do.”

Construction plans of Grand Ledge Area District Library.

Construction plans of Grand Ledge Area District Library.

“With the new renovation we will be pushing the entrance out. There will be an elevator that will go up to the club room which is the old 1931 building,” said Kane. “There will be a bathroom upstairs now, which there never has been. They are giving us 240 days, eight months, to complete the project.”

The renovation comes after much consideration of the needs of the Grand Ledge community.

“The community always needs space. People take up more space than books do,” said Grand Ledge Library Director Lise Mitchell.

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Who wants $3 million back? Grand Ledge Public Schools taxpayers to benefit from bond refinancing

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

After paying for a School Building and Sites bond issue since it was approved in 2007, the taxpayers of Grand Ledge Public Schools are soon getting a bit of a refund.

Superintendent of Grand Ledge Public Schools Brian Metcalf announced in a press release that taxpayers will see a savings of approximately $3 million over the next 20 years. The money stems from the refinancing the 2007 bond passed for school improvements and will bring a 12 percent savings on interest rates.

“The benefit of refunding or refinancing the bond is that after 10 years we have the opportunity to go back and see where interest rates are. Can we finance any better interest rate that we can save our taxpayers a whole lot of money?” said Metcalf.

“Once that 10 years is up we looked back at it to get some quotes and it showed we were going to save somewhere around 10 percent. So when we had projected a savings at 10 percent we said absolutely, lets move forward. It turned out to be actually about 12 percent or just over $3 million which is a really nice savings for our community and parents.”

Metcalf went on to say taxpayers can expect to get all of these savings back.

“It’s just for taxpayers. Taxpayers already paid for all the projects, that’s already all done. But the debt is the refinancing and that’s how we will save. It’s like refinancing a mortgage,” said Metcalf. “We are watching our bonds. Normally it’s a 30-year bond so every 10 years we have an opportunity to take a look at each of those bonds so they are paid off.”

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The mystique behind Grand Ledge

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Grand Ledge has been known for its long history. The buildings and architecture dating back over 100 years adds character and mystery to the downtown area. CLICK FOR FULL VIDEO STORY on the mystique that lies behind Grand Ledge.

Grand Ledge Opera House, built in 1884. Photo by Kaitlin Petrillo

Grand Ledge Opera House, built in 1884.
Photo by Kaitlin Petrillo

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The Historical Society has done an awesome job of laying out the years of history behind GL, make sure to check it out here.

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L.A. composer makes big move to Michigan to help musicians in the community.

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter 

Twenty-two-year music veteran Brian Roth has made his work known around the world by composing music for over 10,000 commercials and having his work appear on FOX, ABC, MTV, plus many more outlets. However, this composer is making a big change.

Composer / Audio Editor/ Sound Designer, Brian Roth. Photo by: Madison Morse

Composer / Audio Editor/ Sound Designer, Brian Roth. Photo by Madison Morse

In late 2014 Roth moved back to his roots in Michigan to settle down with his family, but this did not slow down Roth’s career. He decided to opened up The Roth Academy of Music in Grand Ledge which features nine teachers, 40 students and lessons for 14 different instruments.

“We realized that as our kids are getting older we wanted them to be around family. So we decided together that we were going to move back to Michigan so the kids could be with their grandparents, but in doing so it was important to me to keep doing what I am doing,” Roth said.

Roth was able to make the transition without a hiccup due to the increases in technology. Professor in film composition and Michigan State University doctoral composition student Samuel Joshua said Roth is making a smart move by using technology to his advantage.

“He has the ability now to not be in the feature market while still having an audience and composers who want to use him. Technology and the internet allows you to be anywhere in the world and writing music for someone who is thousands of miles away. It’s a global village,” said Joshua. “If you can still work in Michigan as well as be with family and teach the community without folding your career I would do that.”

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YES Center, keeping kids out of trouble since ’04

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Grand Ledge’s YES Center has been welcoming kids to hangout after school since 2004. The YES Center was first established when the community and Rotary Club wanted to do something to not only occupy the dangerous free-time students have after school, but also to bring the younger generation of Grand Ledge together.

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The YES Center is located on the corner of Harrison and Scott, at 327 Harrison St.

The YES Center is located on the corner of Harrison and Scott, at 327 Harrison St.

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Grand Ledge looks to keep roads and sidewalks clear through winter

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Michigan took another beating this winter, Grand Ledge being no exception. The city has received 23 inches of snow already this calendar year, according to wunderground.com.

The snow plows and salt trucks were put to great use this season with back-to-back snowstorms in February. To ensure residents of how soon they can expect their roads to be cleared The City of Grand Ledge has developed a snowfall plan.

“We summarized it into the public service announcement flyer for the general public to have a better understanding of our preplanned snow event response,” said Grand Ledge City Administrator, Adam Smith. “Grand Ledge Ordinance #554 requires removal of snow/ice within 24 hours when it reaches three inches of accumulation.”

Total Snow Fall Comparison (in inches) Last Winter - This Winter To Date. Graph by: Madison Morse

Total Snow Fall (inches) Last Winter – This Winter To Date. Graph by: Madison Morse

The priorities for snow plowing include: State Trunk Line (M43, M100), major street routes (i.e. Bridge, Jefferson, Jenne), primary school routes and all other secondary and neighborhood streets. CEO of Snowmen Snow and Ice Management Services, Jeremy Swenson, agrees that Grand Ledge is taking the right steps.

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