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Press Release

October 5, 2012

CONTACT:   Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or

Grandville Clean Water Treatment Plant Wins Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Community Excellence Award


Grandville wins the 2012 Community Excellence Award.
View and download additional photos from this event here.

Mackinac Island, MICHIGAN - The city of Grandville was honored with the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Community Excellence Award on October 5 at the League's Annual Convention on Mackinac Island.

The peer-nominated Community Excellence Award, affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships.

Grandville’s expansion and renovation project created a clean water plant that incorporates innovative wastewater treatment technology.

“We’re really proud of our project and to bring it online for our citizens and (those in the surrounding) township,” said Councilmember Joshua Meringa, who said the wastewater treatment facility provides improved efficiency of operations, reduces their carbon footprint and offers significant financial savings for customers.

Meringa also credited engineering firm Moore and Bruggink Consulting Engineers for helping them with the project. Meringa accepted the award along with fellow councilmember Steven Kauffman and Mayor James Buck, who were all present to accept the award.

Grandville competed for the statewide title against finalists from the League's six other regions: Region 1 Utica's Riverwalk connecting the city's downtown and riverfront; Region 2 Baroda's "Gateway to Wine Country" placemaking campaign; Region 4 Durand's downtown streetscape project; Region 5 Port Huron's regional recreation partnership; Region 6 Alpena's arts and culture partnership; and Region 7 Bessemer's water infrastructure collaboration.

For past CEA winners, click here.


For more information contact, Matt Bach, communications director for the Michigan Municipal League at (734) 669-6317 or


The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.



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