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Wyoming Reaches Contracts with Employee Union

Wyoming Reaches Contracts with Employee Union

The City of Wyoming has reached a tentative labor agreement with its largest employee union.
 
The four-year agreement with 170 members of the Wyoming City Employees Union is the third successive contract for this bargaining unit that has included significant concessions from the employees.  While the agreement gives employees minor raises over the next four years, it still provides the City with savings of approximately 20 percent over the term of the contract.
 
 “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our largest employee union,” said City Manager Curtis Holt.  “While things are slightly better economically today than they were when we negotiated the contract in 2009, we are still unsure of what the future holds.  For example, changes in property tax legislation could affect our budget’s bottom line.
 

Godfrey-Lee Board of Education candidate nominations due by August 14

Godfrey-Lee Board of Education candidate nominations due by August 14

From: http://www.godfrey-lee.org

The Godfrey-Lee School Board Election is scheduled for November 6, 2012.  There will be two, six-year terms open for the Godfrey-Lee School Board on the November 6, 2012 election.  Interested candidates must file a nominating petition, or a $100 filing fee along with an affidavit of Identity at The Wyoming City Clerk’s Office, located at 1155 28th Street S.W., Wyoming, MI.  Nominating petitions shall be filed with the Wyoming City Clerk no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.
 
The Godfrey-Lee Board of Education meets on the second Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at the Godfrey-Lee Administration Building.
 
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Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Cooperation

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Cooperation

From: http://wyomingmi.gov

It has been awhile since I have talked about cooperation, collaboration and coordination issues related to the City of Wyoming.  Approximately, a year ago the short-lived One Kent Coalition floated the idea of collapsing municipal and county governmental structures into a single entity.  However, that conversation quickly lost momentum; instead the County established a committee designed to study cooperation and collaboration among local governmental units.  The City of Wyoming was not involved in that discussion, so we remain somewhat in the dark as to any new ideas being proposed by that committee. 

City of Wyoming seeks election inspectors

City of Wyoming seeks election inspectors

From The City of Wyoming Facebook page:

The City of Wyoming is looking for election inspectors (also called poll workers) for the upcoming primary and presidential elections. If you have some computer experience and enjoy helping people, visit the Ciity Clerk's office or call 530-7296.

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Tax Abatement Process

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Tax Abatement Process

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

In the past, the City of Wyoming has provided 100% “PA 328” abatements for companies that are expanding employment and in most cases significantly.  Although we do not collect an income tax, the feeling has been that investments in new employment create “spin-off” in our community, for example, stronger property tax collections to support the services the City provides.  Similarly, 50% tax abatements provide a benefit to the business in addition to the income from tax dollars that support city services. 

Cherry Street Health Services to develop health center in Wyoming

Cherry Street Health Services to develop health center in Wyoming

On June 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced nearly $129 million in Health Center new access point funding. Sebelius made the announcement during a stop at Covenant Community Care, a health center located in Detroit. This Affordable Care Act funding will establish new health center sites to care for an additional 1.25 million people in communities across the country.

Cherry Street Health Services here in Kent County is one of six Michigan organizations that have been awarded funding, which will provide $566,667 annually, enabling them to develop a health center in Wyoming. “We are very appreciative of this major investment in expanding the ability of Health Centers to increase access to primary and preventive care in the City of Wyoming,” said Chris Shea, Chief Executive Officer of Cherry Street Health Services.

Wyoming City Council Votes to Improve M-6 Pedestrian Trail

Wyoming City Council Votes to Improve M-6 Pedestrian Trail

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

On Monday, June 4th, the Wyoming City Council voted to connect the sidewalk along Byron Center Avenue with M-6 Trail along the North side of M-6. Wyoming is sharing the $115,000 cost of construction with the Kent County Parks Commission.  
 
In 2004, the City of Wyoming updated Byron Center Avenue from a two lane country road to a six lane boulevard with public utilities and sidewalk extending South to Metro Way. The Michigan Department of Transportation completed the M-6 pedestrian trail in 2010, which crosses Byron Center Avenue at the foot of the West-bound M-6 off ramp just south of the Wyoming city limit. Connecting the trail to the sidewalk along Byron Center Avenue will allow trail users to cross the street at a safer location.