GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The May 3 elections around West Michigan mostly ask voters to approve bonds or millages, though there are township and school board races on ballots.
There are eight candidates for two seats on the GRPS board . One of the seats is open, and Catherine Mueller is running for re-election to the other.
Voters in East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Walker, and Wyoming will be asked to approve a millage increase for a regional Rapid transit line. The current millage of 1.12 was approved in 2007, and voters will decide whether to add 0.35 mills. The increased millage would continue the current Rapid service but allow for improvements. That includes the Silver Line proposal, which is a plan to begin a regional bus express line and, as part of the Transit Master Plan, begin the process of a modern streetcar system.
Other races of note:
Emmett Township : Vote for new Supervisor, Treasurer and Trustee following Recall last election over millage mistake.
Hudsonville Public Schools : $82 million bond proposal to build a new high school, auditorium, pool, elementary school and transportation facility. Remodel existing buildings, technology improvements, improve athletic facilities and playgrounds.
South Haven Public Schools: $47 million bond proposal for additions and remodeling of L.C. Mohr High School, along with technology and athletic/physical education facility upgrades. 3.32 mills in 2011. That translates to $332 more on a $100K house.
The victim driver could face charges, and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, police said.
Michigan authorities say this year's deer harvest appears to be down significantly from 2012 because of weather, disease and rule changes.
Thirty-three-year-old Ronald T. Smith II grew up in Warren.