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Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Turn on 28th Street approval by the Planning Commission

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Turn on 28th Street approval by the Planning Commission

From: http://wyomingmi.gov

This week our planning commission had the opportunity to review and ultimately approve the “Turn on 28th Street” plan.  Although the vote was not unanimous, I believe most recognized the efforts, planning and vision associated with the project.  This process began nearly two years ago and included numerous stakeholder meetings of business owners, property owners, and residents.  There were also design charrettes, public hearings and committee meetings, giving everyone in the community the opportunity to be involved.  Overall, the process was recognized as complete, inclusive and well thought out.  In addition, the Michigan Planning Association recognized the City of Wyoming with an award for its public engagement efforts in formulating this plan. 

Wyoming Mayor delivers “State of the City” address

Wyoming Mayor delivers “State of the City” address

Key topics that the mayor discussed were:

- A new vision for the City of Wyoming that will focus on environmental quality, economic strength and social equity.  

- The need for a new public safety service model that will help the City deliver fire and police services more efficiently.  

- The changing face of municipal services and how Wyoming is on the leading edge of that change.  

- Recent census data, which shows that Wyoming is growing and is becoming an even more diverse community. Wyoming grew by 4 percent since the last census, and has a current population of 72,125.  

- The importance of celebrating diversity. Mayor Poll said that the community is culturally, socially and economically diverse and offers opportunities for individuals from all walks of life, which is something that the community can celebrate and embrace.  

Breakfast with Congressman Amash

Breakfast with Congressman Amash

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast with Congressman Justin Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd District.  The breakfast is scheduled on Monday, December 12 from 7:30am – 9:30am at the Hilton Hotel at 4747 28th Street SE.  The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  To register go to  www.grandrapids.org/congressional-breakfast  or call 616-771-0303.   

 

The 3rd Congressional District covers Barry and Ionia counties and most of Kent County.  Amash serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  He is a Republican from Cascade Township.

City Manager's Blog - More Positive Action

City Manager's Blog - More Positive Action

Several weeks ago, I wrote about Governor Snyder’s message of “relentless positive action.”  Over the past few weeks, we have had several opportunities to celebrate this positive action, first with the announcement of the expansion of Priceline in Wyoming, which will include the addition of more than 500 new positions.  Next was our partnership with Grand Rapids and Kentwood to engage in a full staffing study of our joint police and fire operations.  The City Council also helped Grand Rapids Plastics with a tax abatement that will help them expand. In addition, we also approved a grant to plant new trees in our parks and approved an ordinance, in first reading, dealing with vicious animals.  These are all good, positive actions for our community.
 

City Manager's Blog - Turn on 28th Street

City Manager's Blog - Turn on 28th Street

This week the Wyoming City Council accepted an award from the Grand Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  The award was in recognition of the work done on the “Turn on 28th Street” project.  The “Turn on 28th Street” project is the project our Downtown Development Authority and Wyoming Planning Department pursued to determine the best course of action for the future development of 28th Street, particularly the corridor between Clyde Park Avenue and Burlingame Avenue.  The process included citizens, business owners, developers, council members and many others who are interested in the future of Wyoming.

City Manager's Blog - Pit Bulls

City Manager's Blog - Pit Bulls

Recently, the Wyoming City Council was approached by several citizens who voiced concerns regarding Pit Bulls in our community.  In reviewing these concerns, it has become apparent to Police Chief Carmody and other city staff that the concerns mentioned stem from owner responsibility and not necessarily the breed specifically.
 
Over the years, Pit Bulls have been both vilified for their aggressiveness and strength as well as highlighted for the abuse many have suffered due to owner neglect and dog fighting circles; we all remember the Michael Vick dog fighting story.
 
This difference in opinion is largely due to peoples’ individual experiences with Pit Bulls. At the time of the initial discussion, our city council heard from citizens who have had negative experiences with Pit Bulls and from residents who are current owners and find the breed to be a very acceptable and good companion.
 

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Public Safety Millage Update

Recently, the mayor asked me for an update regarding the Public Safety Millage, which was passed by the citizens of the City of Wyoming in 2010.  He wants to make sure we are making good on the message we presented to voters in May of 2010.  The question approved by voters asked them to approve an additional millage levy of 1.25 mils for public safety operations for five years.  The message to our citizens included two facets.  First, we wanted to maintain current service levels, and second, we needed to change our service model for public safety operations to be more efficient, a goal that would not be achieved overnight and, therefore, time was necessary to implement that change.