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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.