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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.

Help firefighters by keeping hydrants clear

Help firefighters by keeping hydrants clear

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- East Grand Rapids city officials are asking residents to help out firefighters when they are back out shoveling.

Here's the city's message from the latest East Express E-Newsletter:

"If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please consider helping the Public Safety Department by keeping snow piles away from the hydrants or shoveling out around the hydrant after heavy snows.  

Public Safety officers do make the rounds and shovel where necessary, but traffic issues, accidents and other duties may keep them from getting to all the hydrants in a timely manner.  If there is a fire in your neighborhood, seconds count, and taking the time to dig out a fire hydrant to attach hoses can make a difference in fighting a fire.

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

Friends of the Cascade Library donate new sign

Friends of the Cascade Library donate new sign

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  The Cascade Township Library’s old, antiquated sign is getting replaced.

John Alcorn, President of Alcam Signs & Lighting Inc., and Friends of the Cascade Library member Paula Rowland began staking out space for a new electronic sign Monday, November 11.  Rowland says the LED message board was ordered Monday and the concrete base for the sign will be installed within the next couple of weeks.  The LED board is being built by Electro-Matic Products, Inc.  in Farmington Hills.  Alcam Signs & Lighting, Inc., located in Wyoming, will be putting the sign together.

The new electronic sign is being donated by Friends of the Cascade Library.  The organization, which is approximately 300 families strong in Cascade Township, is funding the $20,000 project through its used book sales.