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What’s with the White House? Lately it appears to have gone into overdrive, trying to regulate “greenhouse gas emissions” and related practices it sees as accelerating so called “climate change.” Meanwhile it often rejects suggestions the science behind the so-called theory is still flawed, resulting in forecasts that time proves inaccurate. For example, in 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that by 2010 some 50 million “climate refugees” would be fleeing coastal areas around the globe due to flooding caused by a rise in sea levels. According to a 2003 climate report issued by the Pentagon, California by now should be home to a number of inland seas. Probably this would have eliminated the many fires that state has experienced this summer, but guess what? It hasn’t happened. The Pacific Ocean has stayed pacific. Now President Barack Obama, through the Federal Highway Administration, has issued a proposed regulation for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions at transportation construction projects. Does that make sense? Meanwhile Jerry Jung, former owner of Michigan CAT, is making a case against using ethanol, brewed from corn, as a fuel. It’s a pretty sound one. Finally we publish the remaining six steps of a 13 step construction worker safety program. Go To Dragline

CM And Architect Named For $160 Million Hospital

The construction manager and architect for the proposed $160 million expansion of Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph have been disclosed. Full Story

Monroe Expected To Open New Hospital In 2022

A plan to construct a replacement hospital in Monroe was announced last week by ProMedica, on land is has just purchased with easy access to I-75. Full Story

Holland Freezes Taxes For Geenan DeKock Plan

Meeting last week the Holland City Council approved a ten year property tax freeze for an estimated $30 million mixed use development planned by Geenan DeKock Properties on Eighth Street. Full Story

DNR Plans New Game Preserve In Monroe County

Last week the Monroe County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution of support for a plan advanced by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for a fifth natural game preserve in the county. Full Story

Saginaw County Debates New County Jail Options

At the Jails subcommittee meeting of the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners tomorrow the current development of a new county jail campus will be discussed, along with a new suggestion made by William Federspiel. Full Story

Plymouth Receives Big Grant For Kellogg Park

A grant of $700,000 was announced last week in Plymouth in support of a $1.2 million redevelopment of Kellogg Park in the city’s downtown area. Full Story

DNR To Improve Thompson Fish Hatchery

Funding provided in the state’s fiscal year 2017 budget will enable the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to finance a $12.2 million expansion and upgrade of its Thompson State Fish Hatchery. Full Story

Stormcloud Brewing To Expand Production

Plans were announced late last week for a new brewing and bottling pant in Frankfort’s industrial park on M-115 by the Stormcloud Brewing Company. Full Story

Battle Creek ANG Discloses Large Electrical Job

A pre-solicitation notice has been issued by the U.S. Army for the repair of the electrical distribution system of the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, an effort estimated in the $1-5 million range. Full Story

East Lansing Eyes Repairs To Underground Garage

At tonight’s meeting the East Lansing City Council is expected to approve a  bond proposal not to exceed $6 million to finance repairs on the MAC Avenue parking garage, a two level underground structure. Full Story

Repurposing Eyed For Historic Wealthy Street Buildings 

Last week 616 Development, Grand Rapids, held an advisory discussion with the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission on its plans for converting the 733 Wealthy Street building, and adjacent history properties, to a mixed use development. Full Story

Holland’s Salvation Army To Expand Community Center

In Holland the Salvation Army has reached the 85% market in its campaign to raise $1.5 million to finance the renovation and expansion of its community center, located at 104 Clover Street. Full Story

Developer Changes Plans For Old Courthouse Site

The developer who bought Farmington’s old 47th District Court courthouse property last spring with the intention of constructing single family is reporting a change in plans. Full Story

Washington School Conversion Backed In Holland

Last week the Holland City Council approved a ten year Neighborhood Enterprise Zone District to support the repurposing of the vacant Washington Elementary School into an apartment complex, with surrounding property used for single homes. Full Story

St. Clair Inn Renovation Facing Stiff Financial Winds

The effort to renovate, restore, and reopen the historic St. Clair Inn in St. Clare is still alive but progressing slowly. Full Story