In 2000, the communities of Plainfield, Cannon, Courtland, Alpine and the City of Rockford were engaged in a fight with the City of Grand Rapids. The issue was the scheme by Grand Rapids to implement an onerous surcharge on those communities related to sewage treatment. It was Neil Blakeslee who led the effort to form the North Kent Sewer Authority. Under Neil’s uncompromising leadership, the NKSA was born. Today, it is a nationally a recognized facility that allows our communities to develop as we see fit; without undue influence from Grand Rapids or any other outside entity. Everyone who lives, works or visits our communities owes a debt of gratitude to Neil Blakeslee.