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Labor Day Blues

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What, another summer on the way out??  Say it ain’t so, Joe.

For residents of Macatawa, it means a change at the gatehouse and a it means a change in trash collection.

1. After Labor Day Monday, September 3, the gatehouse will no longer be staffed.  Everyone in a vehicle will use their own remote or punch in the PIN code.  UPS/FedEx trucks will have to drive up the hills and into the parking lots to deliver, so use caution.  The speed bumps and swim buoys will be removed.

2.  Trash will be collected once a week, only on Mondays (except on Tuesday September 4, the day after Labor Day).  This collection will stop at the end of September.  We are working on what trash removal will look like in October and after (until regular collection beginning in May).  More information on trash later…

Remember that biodegradables (‘yard waste’) is separate from household trash and must be taken to Republic or be removed by a landscaper.

3.  The biggest change:  Keith Koeman will serve his last day as our gatehouse manager this weekend….be sure to give him a heartfelt thank-you for his years of service if you see him.  He took this gatehouse position and shook out the cobwebs and organized it into a professional business, complete with structured staff training and a policy & procedures manual. To top it off,  he led us to our next gatehouse manager:  Terry VandenBerg.

4. Terry will start the day after Labor Day.  Keith has mentored him this summer and he plans to hit the ground running.  Please welcome Terry when you see him.  Many of you met him at the Annual Cottagers’ Meeting in July and have seen him around periodically–occasionally in his Allegan County cruiser.  His daughter Emma also worked at the gatehouse this summer. We wish Keith well in his retirement (although we’re pretty confident that he won’t be sitting in his rocking chair much) and we wish Terry well as he transitions into the gatehouse operations.

Thank you, Keith!!                               And welcome, Terry!!

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