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Rep. Hooker hosts town hall on April 11

Rep. Hooker hosts town hall on April 11

News Release: 

State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, will host residents for a local town hall meeting on Monday, April 11.

The lawmaker hopes residents will bring their questions and suggestions about Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposal, along with any general concerns or ideas they have.

"The more I can listen to the people in my district, the better I am at representing them in Lansing," Hooker said. "I know that the governor's proposed budget is something people have a lot of thoughts on, and I'm very interested in hearing those thoughts while my colleagues and I continue to work on a final draft."

The Wyoming Branch of the Kent District Library will host the town hall meeting, which will be on Monday, April 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The library is located in Wyoming at 3350 Michael Ave. SW.

Residents are encouraged to attend, and no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Time to think about running for City Council

WYOMING - Three positions will be up for grabs this fall on the City of Wyoming City Council.  Councilmember 2nd Ward, 3rd Ward, and one at-large member will be elected on November 8, 2011.  All three positions are for four-year terms.

Candidates must be registered electors in the City of Wyoming and a resident for at least one year before the filing deadline.  The filing deadline is 4:00pm on May 10th. 

Candidate packets with required forms and instructions are available at the City Clerk's Office.

Wyoming Considers Next Steps in GM Site Redevelopment

WYOMING, Mich. - On Monday, March 21, the Wyoming City Council is expected to take several steps needed to move forward on the redevelopment of the former General Motors site – a project that will create hundreds of new jobs in Wyoming.
The City Council will consider the approval of documents necessary to establish a brownfield site and begin the demolition process at the 36th Street SW location.
 “This is a great time for the City of Wyoming,” said Mayor Jack Poll. “We are committed to bringing jobs to our community, and look forward to taking the next step to bring new life to the former GM location.”  
At the council meeting, project developer Lormax Stern and the City of Wyoming are expected to sign important agreements that will allow the redevelopment of the GM site to move forward:

Consolidation Debunked (Again)

Consolidation Debunked (Again)

By: David Britten, Superintendent of Schools, Godfrey Lee Public Schools

A new study was released this past week from the National Education Policy Center titled, Consolidation of Schools and Districts: What the Research Says and What it Means. Authored by Craig Howley, Jerry Johnson and Jennifer Petrie, Ohio University, the study cites nearly ten pages of previous research findings and extensive publications concluding emphatically " that a century of consolidation has already produced most of the efficiencies obtainable...and in the largest jurisdictions,  (those enrolling 15,000 or more students)  efficiencies have likely been exceeded."

The study does a very nice job of summarizing the history of consolidation, particularly since 1920, highlighting the dif

Wyoming City Council Election Process Begins

Wyoming City Council Election Process Begins

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

The following City of Wyoming elected offices will be on the November 8, 2011 ballot:

Councilmember at Large - four year term
Councilmember 2nd Ward - four year term
Councilmember 3rd Ward - four year term

The City Charter requires that candidates be registered electors of the City of Wyoming, and a resident of the City for at least one year prior to the filing deadline.

Candidate packets with required forms and instructions are available in the City  Clerk's Office. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. on May 10, 2011. If more than twice the number to be elected file in any office, that office will have a primary election on August 2, 2011.

Call 530-7296 for more information.

Mayor State of the City Address 2011

From: City of Wyoming

I am going to begin my State of the City address by looking back over the last couple of years. In 2009, Wyoming proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary as a City. We looked back at the history of what made us a successful community. We celebrated the building of a strong municipal government complete with police and fire services, utilities, strong neighborhoods and vibrant parks. We recognized the blessings we have; the jobs our families hold, the schools our children attend, the churches where we worship. When we welcomed 2010, we knew it was time to plan for the next 50 years. The City Council, staff and community worked throughout 2010 preparing for the continued success of Wyoming. The efforts of the last year serve as a foundation for the work we will do in 2011.

Wyoming residents reject charter amendment

By: Kelli VandenBerg

Wyoming, Mich., Nov. 3 – Wyoming residents rejected the Capital Improvement Program charter amendment vote in yesterday’s local election, with 60% of voters turning down the proposal.

The proposal was a result of citizen requests for an opportunity to see some millages unrestricted. It was designed to give residents the choice to expand the use of the funds collected under the Capital Improvements Program millage to also include general operations of the city.