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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 - Zach Russell (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

June 22, 2017

Free HIV Testing on Tuesday, June 27: National HIV Testing Day

On June 27, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health is offering free and confidential walk-in rapid HIV testing at the Holland location between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. A few drops of blood taken from a finger provide accurate detection of an HIV infection. This FDA approved test is simple, and test results take only 20 minutes. People who get tested will receive free packs of condoms and educational materials about sexually transmitted disease prevention and treatment.

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June 15, 2017

Ottawa County to roll out new election equipment in August

Ottawa County voters will find upgraded technology and a fresh look to their voting experience as they head to the polls this August. The Ottawa County Clerk’s Office, together with the State of Michigan, has purchased all-new voting equipment from Hart InterCivic, a federally certified elections software vendor based in Austin, Texas. The purchase marks the County’s first major upgrade of voting technology in 13 years.

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June 8, 2017

Summer meals for kids - Meet Up and Eat Up sites in Ottawa County

The Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program was created to provide anyone 18 years of age and younger free nutritious meals during long school vacations. The program is available at locations throughout Ottawa County serving breakfast, lunch and/or snacks during the summer months.

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June 8, 2017

Join us on the farm for 'the most important meal of the day'

When was the last time you visited a farm? Are you eager to learn more about how food is grown and harvested and how farm animals are raised and cared for? The perfect opportunity awaits you and your family and friends at the Ottawa County Breakfast on the Farm event at J & J Dairy near Marne. Breakfast on the Farm provides a first-hand look at modern food production and the farm families who work hard to produce a safe, wholesome food supply for Michigan communities and the world.

Breakfast on the Farm is Saturday, June 24 from 9AM to 1PM with breakfast served from 9AM to noon This fun family-friendly educational event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available online or can be picked-up at the Ottawa County Michigan State University Extension office at 12220 Fillmore Street in West Olive; at Farm Bureau Insurance offices in Allendale, Grand Haven, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Spring Lake, and Zeeland; and at Macatawa Bank locations in Allendale, Grand Haven, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison and Zeeland.

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June 7, 2017

Exhibit to Celebrate Asian Residents is on Display at Ottawa County Buildings

Ottawa County’s Cultural Intelligence Committee has partnered with the Herrick District Library to display “Our Asian Pacific American Community” exhibit. The exhibit will be displayed until July 28 in:

  • West Olive at the Administration Building (12220 Fillmore);
  • Grand Haven at the Courthouse (414 Washinton);
  • Holland at District Court (85 West 8th Street), Community Mental Health (12265 James Street) and Public Health (12251 James Street)

The displays can be viewed during normal business hours of 8AM -5PM. The nearly 50 oral histories, transcriptions, and photos collected as part of the 2016 "Our Asian Pacific American Community" Project are a part of the permanent collections in the Herrick District Library in Holland.

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May 30, 2017

Outdoor Warning Siren Test

The monthly outdoor warning siren test for communities in Ottawa County will occur on Friday, June 2 at Noon. The Ottawa County Emergency Operations Center will coordinate the test this month utilizing the county north and south activation tones. The sirens can be activated geographically, depending on the path of the storm or other approaching danger. The sirens will sound for approximately 1 to 3 minutes during the test. Each day, the sirens' computer systems are tested to ensure they are properly communicating with the sirens in the communities. On the first Friday of each month from April through November, the audible sirens are tested.

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May 24, 2017

Ticks spread diseases - How to prevent tick bites

In Michigan, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease. It is spread by an infected blacklegged (deer) tick. Most humans are infected through the bites of immature ticks called nymphs that feed during the spring and summer months. Nymphs can be difficult to see since they are approximately the size of a poppy seed. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. “Prompt removal of ticks is the best method to decrease the chance of Lyme disease,” said Dr. Paul Heidel, the medical director of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. “Seek medical attention if you develop a fever, a rash, severe fatigue, facial paralysis, or joint pain within 30 days of being bitten by a tick.”

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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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Shannon Felgner

  • Shannon Felgner,
    Communications Manager

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  • 12220 Fillmore Street
    Room 210
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 738-4672
    FAX: (616) 738-4888
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm

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