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My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Wyoming: City considering extending parking rules

My Town Wyoming: City considering extending parking rules

WYOMING, Mich.--   The City of Wyoming is considering extending its odd-even parking rules.

The city council will take up an ordinance amendment that would make the odd-even parking effective Dec. 1 through March 31 each year and during any declared snow emergency.  That’s one month longer than the current ordinance.

If the amendment is adopted during the city council meeting Monday, March 3, the revised ordinance would be declared an emergency ordinance, which would take effect the very next day.

The odd-even parking rules are as follows:

  • Park on the side of the street on which addresses that are odd or even align with the date being odd or even.
  • On a cul-de-sac, parking shall only be on even-numbered calendar days.
  • After midnight, your vehicle must be parked on the correct side of the street for that date.
  • Parked cars will not be ticketed from 7 p.m. to midnight.

My Town Wyoming: Before it rains, clear your drains

My Town Wyoming: Before it rains, clear your drains

WYOMING, Mich.--    The City of Wyoming is asking for residents to help clear street drains and catch basins as rain moves into West Michigan. 

The drains need to be clear of ice and other materials so rainwater and melting snow can flow into them.  Blocked drains could lead to significant street flooding.

Catch basins are located along curb lines, most often near corners and low points on the street.  For more information, contact the city at (616) 530-7272.

My Town Wyoming: City panhandling restrictions to take effect March 4

My Town Wyoming: City panhandling restrictions to take effect March 4

WYOMING, Mich.--- A new ordinance restricting panhandling in Wyoming will take effect March 4.

The city had a final reading of the ordinance during the city council meeting Feb. 17.   The ordinance prohibits people from soliciting for money or other things of value:

  • On private property without an owner’s consent;
  • Within 15 feet of any public restroom entries or exits;
  • Within 15 feet of an ATM;
  • Within 15 feet of a pay phone;
  • Within any public transportation vehicle;
  • Within 15 feet of any bus stop or taxi stand;
  • From any driver on a public street, not including emergency services;
  • From people waiting in line to enter any building;
  • Within 15 feet of an entrance or exit of a building.

To read the entire ordinance, visit the City of Wyoming’s website here.

Michigan Supreme Court rules against Wyoming medical marijuana ordinance

Michigan Supreme Court rules against Wyoming medical marijuana ordinance

WYOMING, Mich.—The Michigan Supreme Court is siding with a registered medical marijuana user who wants to have Wyoming’s medical marijuana ordinance voided.

The ordinance banned the cultivation and use of medical marijuana, threatening civil violations as punishment.

John Ter Beek wanted to grow and use marijuana for medical purposes in his home and argued state law protects people like him from punishment.   A lower court sided with the City of Wyoming, saying a federal law prohibiting marijuana usage preempted the state law allowing medical marijuana.  When Ter Beek appealed the decision, the Court of Appeals reversed the ruling.

City of Wyoming recruiting for 2014 Citizens Academy

City of Wyoming recruiting for 2014 Citizens Academy

 WYOMING, Mich.—   The City of Wyoming is recruiting for its 2014 Citizens Academy.

The Citizens Academy is a four-week course informing residents about how the local government works and impacts neighborhoods.  The academy is aimed at promoting leadership while providing city administrators feedback to consider while making decisions that impact Wyoming residents.

The Citizens Academy will take place Tuesdays, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.