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Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

There is a lot happening in the Ada/Cascade area with construction that started on July 27th and will run through October 31st.

In Cascade, near the original Town Hall, changes will be made to the Museum Gardens, redesigning it to encourage more interaction. There will be new trees planted along with new plants, a sculpture pad, musical interaction pieces, soft lighting and new seating.

Old 28th Street will be realigned to reduce speeds when approaching and entering Cascade Rd from the east. This intersection will continue to be a right turn only but closer to a 90 degree angle. New sidewalk will be included in this project also.

My Town: Commissioners to vote on potential road tax Jan. 19

My Town: Commissioners to vote on potential road tax Jan. 19

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— City commissioners are expected to vote on a proposed tax for road and sidewalk repairs Monday, Jan. 19.

The city commission will hear from residents one more time before deciding whether to move forward with the proposed 2.0 millage.

In October, Mayor Seibold convened a group of citizens to research and recommend a long-term solution for improving the road and sidewalks in East Grand Rapids.  After several meetings, the Streets & Sidewalks Task Force recommended the city propose a 10-year millage dedicated to upgrades.  The tax would cost approximately $300 per year for the owner of a $300,000 home. More information on the proposal can be found at www.eastgr.org/streets.

My Town: East Grand Rapids gets AAA rating

My Town: East Grand Rapids gets AAA rating

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EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Sabo PR) – Fitch Ratings has affirmed the AAA Bond of the City of East Grand Rapids’ AAA Bond Rating.

The Fitch rating cited consistently strong unrestricted general fund balances, a strong financial management team and a stable tax base as factors that contributed to the rating.  The region’s solid, diverse economy and the City’s affordable carrying costs for both debt service and retiree benefits were noted as additional factors.

“We are very pleased East Grand Rapids has again received a AAA bond rating,” said East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan. “Our conservative policies and practices help us ensure that our residents’ tax investments in the City are put to the best, most efficient use.”

My Town: Community to weigh in on potential EGR road tax Jan. 5

My Town: Community to weigh in on potential EGR road tax Jan. 5

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  The first of two city commission meetings centering on a proposed tax for road and sidewalk repairs is Jan. 5.

In October, Mayor Seibold convened a group of citizens to research and recommend a long-term solution for improving the road and sidewalks in East Grand Rapids.  After several meetings, the Streets & Sidewalks Task Force recommended the city propose a 2.0 mill, 10-year millage dedicated to upgrades.  The tax would cost approximately $300 per year for the owner of a $300,000 home. More information on the proposal can be found at www.eastgr.org/streets.
 

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The search is on for a new judge to preside over Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

Chief Judge Robert Redford is leaving his post to become the chief legal counsel for the governor’s executive office.  Governor Snyder chose Redford to replace Judge Mike Gadola, who was recently appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Snyder also named Rep. John Walsh his director of strategy.

“It’s essential to have such talented individuals who have a passion for helping the people of our state and the vision and expertise to craft policy and build relationships that will help us accelerate our state’s dramatic comeback and work to keep moving Michigan forward,” Snyder said. “I know I’ve found the right people in Rep. Walsh and Judge Redford.”

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

My Town EGR: City to consider tax for road and sidewalks

My Town EGR: City to consider tax for road and sidewalks

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— City commissioners are considering a proposed tax that would pay for improvements to the city’s roads and sidewalks.

In October, Mayor Seibold convened a group of citizens to research and recommend a long-term solution to improving the road and sidewalks in East Grand Rapids.  After several meetings, the Streets & Sidewalks Task Force recommended the city propose a 2.0 mill, 10-year millage dedicated to upgrades.  The tax would cost approximately $300 per year for the owner of a $300,000 home. More information on the proposal can be found at www.eastgr.org/streets.